The exceptional array of shops in Southampton make it the number one shopping destination in Hampshire, with two indoor shopping centres, a wide range of markets and plenty of independent retailers all housed within the city centre. From the retail haven of Westquay Shopping Centre to the artisan delights of Southampton’s General Market, there is plenty here for the avid shopper.
Shopping in Southampton
In the heart of Southampton lies an 800,000 square foot shopping centre with around 150 stores and loads of restaurants and bars. Read more about the city’s main shopping destination with our guide to Westquay Southampton.
Nearby, you can also find West Quay Retail Park, which is home to a number of retail favourites, such as Matalan, JD, Mamas & Papas, as well as dining options including TGI Friday’s and McDonalds.
Bargain hunters may prefer a trip to The Marlands Shopping Centre, which is host to a number of popular discount retailers, such as Savers and Poundland, as well as a number of independent retailers. We recommend you pay a visit to the award-winning chocolate shop Fredericks. Their luxury chocolates are all handmade in-store by owners Jan & Mark, who are experts in everything chocolate and even offer a chocolate making experience if you book in advance.
If you are looking for a more artisan shopping experience, Southampton’s markets will be right up your street. Southampton General Market on High Road hosts a different market each week. On the first Saturday of every month, it is the Antiques & Collectibles Market. Perhaps this is your opportunity to find that long-sought-after Steiff bear, or a unique piece of antique jewellery.
If you are visiting on the second Saturday of the month, you will find the Southampton Arts & Crafts Market, followed by an Artisan Food Market on the third Saturday, and the Vintage & Retro Market on the fourth and final Saturday of the month. It is worth noting that these markets are only held between April and November.