The city is a great place to shop until you drop – or at least, need a caffeine fix. From indoor markets to brand new shopping centres and streets laden with high street classics, there’s no shortage of shops in Swansea if you fancy indulging in a spot of retail therapy during your stay.
The largest indoor market in Wales, Swansea Market is packed with over 100 stalls offering everything from farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to leather goods, jewellery and personalised gifts. Open six days a week and closed on Sundays, why not bargain your way down the stalls and finish with a flat white in one of the several cafés and coffee shops dotted around the site?
A monthly market that sells everything from fresh produce to pottery, chocolates and arts and crafts, the Uplands Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 9am-1pm. It’s ranked as one of the 10 best street markets in the UK, as well as being a runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly awards.
Inspired by the success of the Uplands market, the Marina Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Square from 10am-3pm, with a similar range of goods and stalls on offer.
One of the main avenues in Swansea connecting the bus station, The Quadrant and Castle Square, Oxford Street is full of high street classics. H&M, Topshop and Next, as well as several independent outlets, offer a good, diverse range of shopping.
Just around the corner from there, you’ll find The Quadrant. At 30 years old, the two-level shopping centre has been refurbished several times and is home to over 90 stores and outlets, including a giant Debenhams. The impressive glass-ceilinged atrium makes for a great meeting spot, while there are seven restaurants and cafés in the centre, allowing you to refuel during your retail therapy.
Head east out of the city centre and you’ll find Parc Tawe Retail Park. A large purpose-built retail park, it’s home to a large Odeon complex, ten-pin bowling and dozens of shops, including Mothercare World, JD Sports and Homebase. You’ll also find a drive-through Costa Coffee for that immediate caffeine hit.
Morfa Shopping Centre is two miles from the city centre and is an expansive retail park full of big-name brands and houses 2,000 parking spaces. Open daily and until 8pm during the week, the centre is home to 19 shops and food and drink outlets, including Next, TK Maxx, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.
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