Suffolk offers fantastic shopping opportunities and here’s some of the best places to shop. One of the county’s most treasured places to shop has got to be Snape Maltings. The elegant buildings in which the retail outlets are housed date all the way back to the 19th century. Eclectic furniture and homeware can be found in House & Garden, unique clothing pieces in Samphire, and quirky kids’ bits in Little Rascals.
Meanwhile, up the B1125 at Southwold, you will find a plethora of independent retailers along its pretty High Street and down its lanes – assuming you can tear yourself away from the glorious beach, that is! Denny of Southwold, established in 1861, sells contemporary and traditional jewellery. Another Southwold independent, Tilley and Grace, is a favourite with locals and visitors.
Suffolk’s other seaside towns have a fine selection of appealing stores with goodies certain to catch your eye and steal your heart. Check out Moth Crafts in Bungay, an outlet showcasing the home-made products of local craftspeople, and indulge in alpaca yarn and paper craft supplies for your own arty projects. In Felixstowe, Poor Richard’s Books offers some 8,000 second hand and antiquarian titles across two floors; it’s just heaven for the ardent bibliophile.
Ipswich has a bustling centre with well-known stores such as Cotswold Outdoor and Lakeland, as well as its own traditional department store, Coes. This Suffolk staple has been serving customers in the town since 1928, with sister branches in Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Similarly, Bury St Edmunds has attracted lots of big-name outlets over the years like Crew Clothing, Next and Hobbs, many of which are based in its ultra-modern Arc Shopping Centre.
Elm Tree Gallery
The Old Bakery, The St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 9QG
Elm Tree Gallery was established in 1978, and prides itself on giving a friendly and personal service to all customers. Many visitors make a point of regularly returning to the Gallery because of the unique and friendly ambience and excellent selection of gifts and greetings cards. Visitors can relax with a tea or coffee and a delicious piece of cake! There is limited seating inside but additional seating outside, weather permitting. Visit website
Coes of Ipswich
20-28 Norwich Rd, Ipswich IP1 2NH
Ipswich has a bustling centre with well-known stores as well as its own traditional department store, Coes, showcasing male and female fashion, plus school and formalwear. This Suffolk staple has been serving customers in the town since 1928, with sister branches in Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Visit website
Hall St, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9JR
The Woolpatch is a delightful little shop stocking beautiful yarns, fabrics and haberdashery sourced from the UK and afar. The Woolpatch also runs classes and workshops during the day. Examples are: general knit and knatter classes, skills workshops learning how to crochet for example and craft workshops where you can just make wonderful things! Visit website
14 Dial Ln, Ipswich IP1 1DL
Zeebra Chic is a small and friendly independent shop based in the heart of Ipswich, offering a unique collection of Italian clothing, gifts, accessories and that little something different. The shop is open from Monday until Saturday, from 9am until 5pm. Visit website
High St, Thorpe-le-Soken CO16 0EA
Marisa Arna designs and makes her jewellery, including any stone-setting, at her studio in Thorpe-le-Soken, near Frinton-on- Sea, in Essex. Her work in silver, gold, platinum and gemstones including diamonds is both contemporary and timeless and comfortable enough to enjoy wearing every day. It ranges from ready-to-wear inexpensive gifts to bespoke engagement, wedding rings and any other piece of jewellery marking a special occasion. Commissions can include the remodelling of old gold jewellery into new, wearable pieces which can be enjoyed for many more years and will make future heirlooms. Visit website
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