Shopping and retail

From exclusive boutiques to Primark and John Lewis, Exeter packs quite a shopping punch for a compact city. There really is something for everyone within its modern Princesshay shopping precinct, numerous shopping centres, quirky shopping areas, cobbled streets and booming Farmers’ Markets.

Even if shopping isn’t usually your thing, Exeter will have something to tempt those pennies out of your pockets. Plus, there’s plenty to explore and some great historical architecture to take in in these thriving areas of the city centre.

For a twist on the usual shopping experience, take a look at Exeter Trails and explore Exeter’s hidden treasures from the independent retailers trading in the city.

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Princesshay, a modern shopping precinct in the heart of the city centre, houses over 70 of the best high street names as well as some independent and more specialised stores. Beautifully placed with the iconic Cathedral as it’s backdrop, it includes high street favourites like the Apple Store, Hollister, Debenhams, Topshop and Zara, as well as stationers, booksellers and music stores.  The surrounding high streets include John Lewis, House of Fraser, Jack Wills and Urban Outfitters. It’s not all big names though; off the high street are smaller shopping centres packed with independents and more bespoke offerings.

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The West Quarter of the city is a fascinating place to visit with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. Teaming with independent and specialist stores, vintage shops, photography studios, florists, music shops, and a host of eateries to recuperate in, the only thing you need to worry about is making sure you allow plenty of time to see it all.

For a bit of charm, pay a visit to picturesque Gandy Street, just off the High Street. This hidden gem’s cobbled streets are lined with independent gift shops and jewellers, offering that something a little different to Exeter’s shopping experience.