Plymouth has no shortage of things to see and do, but shopping is also one of the port city's main draws. From luxurious goods and trendy fashion to vintage finds and quirky collectables, there’s a little bit of everything hidden in Plymouth’s many malls, shopping streets and boutiques. 

    Whether you want to window shop and see what’s around or hunt for hidden treasures, check out our guide to the best places to go shopping in Plymouth. 

    1

    Drake Circus

    An indoor mall with more than 70 stores

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    Drake Circus is a covered shopping mall that has just about anything you could want. It's located in the centre of Plymouth, built among the ruins of Charles Church. 

    Here, you can find more than 70 shops that include familiar brands like the Apple Store, Billabong, Accessorize and Boots Pharmacy. The 425,000-sq-ft mall is home to numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as a cinema with multiple screens for you to catch a film in between your shopping.

    Location: 1 Charles St, Plymouth PL1 1EA, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 7 pm, Thursday from 9.30 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 223030

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    Plymouth city centre

    A good mix of big-name brands and vintage boutiques

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    Plymouth city centre is a massive shopping area with plenty of retailers and national brands. The fully pedestrianised boulevard provides everything you need to explore on foot without having to rely on public transport. The layout consists of shopping districts, malls, and markets to ensure you can easily find what you need, as well as sections for restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. 

    One of the highlights of the city centre is the Barbican’s Historic Quarter, where you can shop for unique art pieces at speciality stores and vintage boutiques. 

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    Royal William Yard

    A shopping and entertainment hub in Stonehouse

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Royal William Yard is a hub of shopping, relaxation and activities in the city. It’s home to many restaurants, bars, galleries and shops, including boutiques for bespoke gifts and limited-edition fashion from top designers. You can find just about anything you want here, from jewellery to electronics. 

    Notable boutiques include Identity Fashion, Martin Bush Fine Art and Ocean Studios, where you can pick up works from local artists and makers. After shopping, stop in Steel Brew Co, where you can try a variety of microbrews and distilled gins.

    Location: Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 600533

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    The Barbican

    Find quirky gift shops on and around Plymouth's waterfront

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    • Food

    The Barbican is a historic waterfront area in Plymouth that's home to an array of independent shops and galleries. It's also where you can explore attractions such as the Plymouth Gin Distillery and the National Marine Aquarium.

    Shopping-wise, Barbican is a great place to shop for paintings, sculpture, clay art, jewellery and other handicrafts that make unique gifts and mementoes to bring home. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Plymouth Arts Centre to see the latest exhibition and have a drink at the onsite cafe or bar.

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    Plymouth Market

    Great for foodies looking to sample artisan meals

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    The Plymouth Market is a thriving market on Cornwall Street, around a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal Plymouth. It has over 150 stalls selling artisan food products, fresh produce, meats and other foods, as well as fresh-made meals like sourdough pizza. 

    You can also find crystals, florists, auction antiques, souvenirs, fabrics, clay art, automobile parts, pop culture treasures, and fishing gear – basically just about anything you can think of. If you’re planning a trip to the Plymouth Market, be sure to arrive early to get top picks and leave a lot of time to peruse all the stalls.

    Location: Cornwall St, Plymouth PL1 1PS, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 306551

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    West End

    A picturesque shopping district in Plymouth

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    Plymouth’s West End is a haven of independent shops and speciality stores, as well as the historic Plymouth Market. Known for its abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants, it's among the best shopping areas in Plymouth. 

    Along with excellent shopping opportunities in brick-and-mortar shops and stalls at the market, the cobblestone streets are great for exploring on foot. See unique architectural touches and vibrant street art from local artists along the way. Like the market, the West End has a diverse mix of goods, so there’s something for everyone.

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    Sutton Harbour

    Excellent shops and boutiques line this charming waterfront

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    Sutton Harbour is a must-visit on its own, thanks to its charming waterfront area, fishing vessels and yachts, but it’s also a top shopping destination. You can find plenty of shops, boutiques, entertainment venues, cafes, restaurants and tour operators for water sports. 

    Highlights include Crafts By You, a crafts shop and workshop space that sells handmade gifts, and the Barbican, a hub of arts and crafts. No matter what you’re looking to find, a trip to Sutton Harbour is a must during your Plymouth holiday.

    Location: Sutton Harbour, Plymouth PL4 0RA, UK

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    Primark

    A great place for affordable fashion, accessories and homewares

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    Primark Plymouth is a discount clothing store in Drake Circus that offers affordable fashion. It offers women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, accessories, homewares, lingerie and beauty products. You can also get footwear, nightwear, luggage, travel accessories and confectionery products. 

    One of the best aspects of Primark Plymouth is that it favours brands with sustainable materials and cruelty-free production processes, so it’s a boon for both ethical and affordable fashion. After exploring the offerings at Primark, you’ll have all the shops of Drake Circus nearby.

    Location: Unit 1, Drake Circus Shopping Centre, 1 Charles St, Plymouth PL1 1EA, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 6.30 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am from 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 660254

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    Hop Shop

    Great for brewing your own wine or beer

    • Shoppers

    Hop Shop is a speciality supplier of wine, beer and cider kits, home-brewing hops and grains, as well as brewing equipment and just about anything else you'd need for home brewing. 

    You’re unlikely to find as wide of a selection of malt, yeast, enzymes, sugars anywhere else in the city. Hop Shop is on Dale Road, about 0.6 miles southeast of Central Park Plymouth. 

    Location: 22 Dale Rd, Plymouth PL4 6PE, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday 9.30 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 660382

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    Radiant

    A gallery showcasing science and social exhibits

    • Shoppers
    • Couples
    • Families

    Radiant is a unique gallery and showroom for provocative art pieces and unique science and social exhibits in Plymouth. You can explore the artwork and unique treasures at the galleries before heading to the onsite gift shop for a one-of-a-kind memento from your trip. 

    If you’re visiting in winter, Radiant hosts the Radiant Christmas Grotto, a collection of holiday-themed theatre performances, music concerts, dance performances and aerial acrobatics. Many events take place throughout the year, so be sure to check the gallery's website or social media pages.

    Location: Derrys Cross Roundabout, Plymouth PL1 2TE, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 227448

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