You can experience unrivalled shopping in Winchester, thanks to the array of different stores and boutiques that line the cobbled streets. From high street retailers to individual emporiums and from fashion and souvenirs to food and drink, there is something for everyone when you take a trip to the city of Winchester.
There are so many boutiques, deli’s, markets, designer stores and gift shops that its not a question of where to shop in Winchester, but which shop to discover first. For a comprehensive list on where to shop in Winchester, take a look at our guide.
Winchesters High Street Retailers
You can shop ‘til you drop when you wander around Winchester. Located either on or off the main high street or inside The Brooks shopping centre, this is where you will find retailers galore. From Argos to Next, Primark and Waterstones, you’ll find all of your high street favourites.
If you are looking for something new to wear then Winchester is brimming with clothes shops, including Debenhams, Jack Willis, Fat Face, The White Company, Phase Eight, New Look, Oasis and River Island to name but a few. And if you can’t resist buying another pair of shoes to add to the rack, then Clarks, Jones, Timpson and JJB Sports are the places to head.
If you have little ones in mind or in tow, then The Entertainer and The Toy Cupboard should keep them amused. Or if you are looking to kit the kids out, why not visit JoJo Maman Bebe or Cath Kidston for the latest in children’s fashion. And for all your make-up, toiletries and medicine supplies, Superdrug and Boots are on hand.
No matter what your budget or occasion, Winchester has a shop to suit all. From Poundland to Laura Ashley and Paperchase to Thornton’s, you can tick off your shopping list as you stroll the flagstone streets.
Winchesters vintage boutiques
Are you looking for something unique and unusual? Winchester boasts a wide variety of vintage, upcycled and second-hand shops and markets selling clothes, accessories, furniture, glassware, jewellery and pottery.
So, if you are looking for something truly bespoke, shabby chic, retro or even a collectable but at a bargain price, this is the place to come. Why not pop into the Stardust Years, Fab Vintage, Charming Magpies, Molly’s Den or visit the vintage fair, which visits Winchester 2-3 times a year.
But if you can’t wait that long, on the first Sunday of each month there is a Vintage and Retro market to explore. Situated close to the Brooks shopping centre you can purchase all sorts of vintage gems including homeware and vinyl records.
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Winchester gift shops and tourist information
To make the most of your visit, make sure you call into the Tourist Information Centre. Here knowledgeable staff can tell you more about the city, places to go and sights to visit. There is also a dedicated box office where you can buy tickets for local events and a shop selling keepsakes, postcards, art and jewellery.
Whether it is a present to take home or a gift for yourself, Winchester has many souvenir shops. These little Aladdin Caves sell everything from keyrings to trinkets and local produce.
You’ll find a variety of goods on sale in one of the many weekly markets. Here you can buy everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fashion, bric-a-brac, jewellery and household items.
But perhaps, the best market to visit is the farmers’ market, which is one of the largest in the UK. Famous for being featured on Rick Stein’s food programme (he has a restaurant here too!) it is held in the heart of the city.
Over 80 sellers line the streets twice a month, selling their homemade local wares of meat, cheese, creams, olives, breads, honeys, cakes and fresh fish. Here you can buy or sample some of the best and often award-winning produce that Hampshire has to offer.
Restaurants, Cafes and Deli’s
Shopping certainly builds up an appetite, and thanks to the plethora of coffee shops, deli’s, takeaways and fine dining restaurants, you’ll never be short of places to eat in Winchester.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast and a visit to the River Cottage Canteen. Hugh Fernley Whitingstall’s kitchen creation passes through the National Trust’s city watermill. Or if you simply want to refuel with a coffee then Costa, Café Nero, Starbucks or our personal favourite – Coffee Lab UK – have a barista team that will provide you with the perfect mug of something warming.
There is no end of places to visit for lunch in Winchester. From Zizzi’s to Ask or Pizza Express all the chain restaurants are situated here, as are a number of scrumptious delicatessens. Other great lunchtime finds include the Forte Kitchen and the Wykeham Arms.
If decadent dining is what you crave then there are plenty of restaurants to tantalise the taste buds. The Black Rat on Chesil Street is perhaps Winchester’s best spot for modern British dining and has a Michelin star to boot. Not suitable for children under 12, its innovative menu of pigeon breast and pressed pigs head, is centred around local produce and utilises ingredients grown in the kitchen garden.
If you are looking for quality but want to dine with the kids, then Rick Steins restaurant serves fresh fish dishes and has a separate children’s menu too.
The Chesil Rectory is also a firm favourite as this gastro pub has a romantic vibe and serves fabulous cuisine. But if you are looking for something different, then the Palm Pan Asia restaurant offers modern, unfussy Thai food.