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Retail Therapy

Royal Arcade, Cardiff
Royal Arcade, Cardiff

We like a bit of shopping here. From our local markets to our city centres full of leading high street stores we’re spoilt for choice. But our favourite thing when it comes to shopping is our speciality shops and independent boutiques. They’re crammed full of local designer stock that you won’t find anywhere else. Beware, window shopping is difficult.

Here are some of favourite shopping tips from around Wales –

  • Abergavenny. Like markets? Abergavenny in south east Wales has a craft one, an antique one, a farmers one and a retail one. See our markets page for more suggestions of markets and farm shops.
  • Betws-y-coed. In the beautiful area of Snowdonia this little town offers shopping for the adventurer and will kit you out for all your outdoor activities. It’s also home to the Trefriw Woollen Mill, which has been weaving Welsh tapestry bedspreads for over 100 years.
  • Cardiff. Our capital has all the big high street stores. But Cardiff likes to stand out from the crowd. You’ll see how if you explore the Victorian Arcades. There are six in total full of quirky and unusual stuff. There’s a shop that sells nothing but violins. Which is next to a surf shop. And a Welsh cheese shop. No wonder it is regularly voted one of the top UK shopping destinations.
  • Hay on Wye. Home to the world’s most famous literary and arts festival, if you’re in search of a rare, collectible or a bargain book then Hay on Wye is the place to shop. The river-side town with the Black Mountains to the south and the Brecon Beacons to the west has almost 40 second hand bookshops and the largest collection of antique books in Europe.