St. Austell, with 35,000 people, is the biggest town in Cornwall. The region naturally gravitates towards independent and local businesses so, although you will find the odd Cornwall shopping centre, expect quaint market towns and plenty of surf shops.
Shopping in Cornwall
Truro is the county’s central shopping hub, home to several high street brands including Debenhams, and Marks and Spencer. You’ll also find dozens of independent shops selling everything from antique furniture to jewellery, with plenty of clothes shops including Preloved Boutique, and Magpie & Fox. The town also holds a regular Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
With nearly 150 listed shops, St. Ives is a great spot for some retail therapy. The tight streets are crammed with independent outlets spanning craft shops, bookstores, art galleries, gift shops and – of course – plenty of surf shops. The bustling market is held every first and third Saturday of the month and is a great place to pick up some bargains and practise your haggling skills.
A blend of big-name high street stores and independent outlets, Falmouth is a great place to shop. Centred along its High Street, you’ll come across a wide range of shops touting everything from fresh fruit and veg to art galleries, homewares, yacht clothing, surf wear, handbags and more.
Newquay Surf Shops
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without at least one trip to a surf shop – you can barely stumble a few yards in some towns without coming across a Rip Curl or O’Neill logo. Some of the bigger and better shops include Zuma Jay in Bude, one of the oldest surf shops in Europe and Ann’s Cottage, has eight stores across the region.
If you’re looking for a few mod cons with your shopping, the West Cornwall Shopping Park offers plenty of free parking and extensive branches of Next, and Marks and Spencer, as well as Boots, and Costa. With baby changing facilities, and free parking for two hours, it’s conveniently located within a five-minute walk from our Hayle hotel.