Just a stone’s throw from the city’s bustling High Street, the charms of Gandy Street’s quirky independent stores lie waiting to be discovered. Meanwhile, on vibrant Queen Street, a pair of stylish shopping centres – linked by their very own bridge – rub shoulders with some of the best local shops in Exeter.
The high street has its place but if you’re after something extra special, Exeter’s upmarket emporiums won’t disappoint.
There was much excitement when John Lewis opened its first Devon store in Exeter back in 2012 and it’s still the first port of call for many of the city’s dedicated followers of fashion. If you’re looking for a chic outfit or a killer gift, then head to Castle Street, home to designer boutique Crede and great specialist shops like Erin Cox Jewellery, where you can pick up stunning pieces, handcrafted in-store.
Guildhall has set a new standard in shopping and dining since it reopened in 2017, while neighbour Harlequin is home to some of the city’s best independent stores. Princesshay is the star of the Cathedral Quarter, with over 70 big-name brands and local success stories vying for your attention.
Exeter boasts a trio of excellent shopping centres, with Guildhall and Harlequins linked by a bridge over Paul Street. Guildhall has a fine selection of national stores, such as Primark and The Body Shop, alongside local independents and a modern outdoor ‘food court’ that has to be seen to be believed. And if all that retail therapy has taken its toll, then you’ll be pleased to know they even have their own spa.
At Harlequins, the focus is on specialist local outfits covering everything from hair and beauty to homeware and jewellery. It’s also a great place to pick up the latest designer labels, with Jonathan Hawkes flying the flag for stylish menswear and Dukes stocking Armani, Paul Smith, D&G and more for men and women.
With Exeter’s iconic cathedral as its backdrop, the award-winning Princesshay development showcases over 70 stores, from high street big-hitters to independent favourites. It’s a great place to relax and recharge too, with a great range of restaurants and cafés from Starbucks and Costa to Wagamama and local favourite Chandos Deli. Princesshay is even home to one of Exeter’s best-loved attractions: Exeter’s Underground Passages, a unique journey into the medieval tunnels beneath the city’s streets. It’s probably best done before you’re laden down with shopping bags though!
For more on Exeter’s shopping centres, head over to our dedicated page.
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