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Top 10 Suffolk Coast Shopping Spots

The Suffolk Coast is best known for its miles of glorious beaches, quaint countryside villages, and coastal heathland, but that’s not to say we don’t have our fair share of fabulous shopping areas too!

Whether you’re staying here on holiday, a short break or just a whistle stop day trip, you can’t beat a little retail therapy to make your visit complete.

To make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, we’ve put together our top 10 Suffolk Coast shopping spots…

1. Bungay


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This pretty little market town has a lot to offer when it comes to shops. There are plenty of independent local stores to browse, selling everything from arts and antiques to cutting edge fashion and stylish jewellery. When you visit Bungay be sure to pop along to Moth Crafts. A charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk. You can find the perfect handcrafted gift, card or print at Moth as well as treats for yourself or something different for your home. They also sell paper craft supplies and high-end yarns for those who like to make, crochet or knit!

You won't go hungry in Bungay either! Be sure to stop by Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers to stock up on locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables and to order your veg box!

2. Aldeburgh

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Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. Pastel-coloured 19th Century holiday villas line the promenade and to the east, the pebble beach with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch.

From a shoppers point of view there’s a generous sprinkling of clothes boutiques, antiques and arts, an independent book shop and a huge variety of culinary temptation!

Although Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, one business has been ever present in the town. O & C Butcher is still in its prime High Street location, and still sells a vast range of clothing and footwear. They mainly specialise in country clothing and stock dozens of leading brands plus accessories, meaning you can buy a complete outfit from the store and look the picture of sartorial elegance. Your four-legged friend isn't left out either as the store sells a range of dog coats and accessories!

Although the Adnams shop in Southwold is the true Flagship, there are now Adnams stores located in many Suffolk towns including Aldeburgh. Offering a top class tasting experience, pop in to purchase the famous Ghost Ship and Copper House Dry Gin and choose from a huge selection of wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

And if you fancy taking a taste of The Suffolk Coast home with you, be sure to stop by Lawson's Delicatessen, selling cheeses, meats, olives, bread, fish and coffee!

3. Lowestoft

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The fine seaside town of Lowestoft has long been a favourite destination for bucket and spade family holidays and day trips. Today, the award winning Blue Flag beach and promenade is as busy as ever - Running alongside the beachfront is a mix of popular high street chain stores as well as some lovely independent shops too.

Just outside the town, in the coastal village of Pakefield, you will find the Ferini Art Gallery. The Gallery hosts a range of workshops and events, as well as exhibitions of local artists; with many pieces featuring the stunning landscape of The Suffolk Coast. 


4. Felixstowe

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Felixstowe is a charming seaside town with a vibrant town centre and a wonderful mix of attractions. The bustling shopping centre is home to a great selection of big name stores, plus speciality boutiques, crafts, gifts and independent shops – a great place to pick up something special as a souvenir of your day by the sea.

You’ll find another branch of the Adnams store here which is a must for great wines, spirits, beers, kitchenwares and gifts, but if you’re looking for something in particular, check out the Visit Felixstowe website for an in depth A-Z list of all the great retail outlets and eateries on offer.

5. Snape

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Snape is a gem of a village and a 'must-visit' destination for anyone who wants to sample the beauty and atmosphere The Suffolk Coast countryside has become famous for, whatever the season!

The Snape Maltings complex houses art galleries, restaurants, cafés, shops and stunning holiday cottages inside an intricate network of beautiful brick buildings. Unsurprisingly, it’s a favourite place for visitors and locals alike. Shopaholics will be in their element amongst the eclectic mix of wonderful stores here from toy and book shops, boutiques, craft shops, to house and gardens and fresh food pantry.Whilst visiting, make sure you stop by the Lettering Arts Centre; selling a range of beautiful lettered artworks and gifts from statement works of art to small gifts.

6. Southwold

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There are few seaside towns quite as quintessentially British as Southwold. With its sandy beach and beach hut-lined promenade, Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere.

Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, winner of The Good Pub Guide 2011’s ‘Brewery of the Year’. The brewery itself is very much the focal point of the town with its brewing rooms set just behind the High Street and adjacent to the town’s lighthouse. Brewery tours are on offer throughout the year, and there is no shortage of pubs and restaurants at which to sample the variety of Adnams beers on offer. More recently they have added a distillery, which as well as the wine shop, guarantees your favourite ‘tipple’ will be available!

Collen & Clare is a beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offering womenswear, menswear, beauty, lingerie and accessories. Further along the coast you’ll also find their contemporary womenswear and accessories store in Aldeburgh.

How about buying a beautiful gift which will always remind you of Southwold? The Amber Shop in the High Street holds an extensive range of exquisite amber jewellery and is, in fact, the largest amber specialist in the UK. You’ll find carvings and artefacts from around the world here too and story boards to explain the history of amber. 

After all that retail therapy, you’ll be glad of a sit down and refreshment. The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike whether it’s for a morning coffee and pastry, a loaf of the day’s freshly baked bread or one of the delicious treats displayed temptingly in the window.

You really can’t leave Southwold without visiting the iconic Pier which hosts a wide range of things to see and do. Take a moment to watch the cheeky water clock as you wander around the cafés, restaurants, shops and an amusement arcade.

7. Woodbridge

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The ‘gem’ in Suffolk’s crown, Woodbridge combines excellent shops with superb pubs and restaurants and numerous activities both indoors and out. You’ll find stores covering every type of item from DIY and craft supplies to wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques, deli’s cook shops, tailors, and even a violin shop!

For a fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery, head over to Fiona’s Fabrics. Owner Fiona Turner has a passion for all things creative! Her beautiful shop is full of fabrics, colourful yarns, ribbons, buttons, threads - you name it - a great selection of craft supplies and a huge amount of experience and expertise in dress making, knitting, sewing, and crochet!

If you get a whiff of delicious freshly baked bread during your shopping spree it’s most probably emanating from The Cake Shop. This award-winning family run bakery is now in its third generation and after winning ITV’s “Britain’s Best Bakery” in 2014, it is a must-see if you are visiting the Suffolk Coast!

To make sure you don’t miss out on your shopping experience in Woodbridge, check out the Choose Woodbridge website for a full directory listing of local shops.

8. Wherstead

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If you’re a bit of a ‘foodie’ then The Suffolk Food Hall located in Wherstead near Ipswich will not leave you feeling disappointed… with everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. 

The 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural ‘Oscars’) you will find a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s play area. The Food Hall brings together the best local specialists and has a wide selection of artisan and luxury food and drink including a market hall, scratch baker, traditional butcher, fishmonger, delicatessen, chocolatier and greengrocer.


9. Antiques Markets

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The Suffolk Coast is famous for being a treasure house for antiques. Whether you are interested in furniture or decorative items in your home, splendid jewellery, or something very precious and beautiful to keep as an investment - Suffolk is the place to come!

Searching for antiques and vintage items is great for getting a little insight into previous lives and long gone eras. It’s a very satisfying pass time and well worth planning day trips or a holiday exploring the world of Suffolk antiques alone! 

There's a range of fairs and markets you can while away a few hours at; be sure to pop along to the Beccles Antiques Street Market, and check out our Antique and Vintage Markets guide which highlights a few across The Suffolk Coast which are well worth a visit…

10. Arts, Crafts and Galleries

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If you are a lover of arts and crafts and galleries, The Suffolk Coast scores points with this too. Places such as Southwold, Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth and Aldeburgh are full of art galleries and craft shops for visitors to enjoy. 

The Artists Boulevard in Oulton Broad near Lowestoft is certainly worth a look, showcasing local themed art, photography and abstract canvases right through from Easter to October, so too is The Halesworth Gallery which is celebrating 50 years of art this year. 

And, for something totally different…

Isolated on the pebbled beach of Aldeburgh, the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House welcomes a new artist, poet, performer, musician, thinker each week as artist in residence. Each Weekly artist’s residency culminates in an exhibition of brand new work.


Things to see and do


Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Kirkley

Kirkley

Home to an award-winning, blue-flag beach and independent shops cafes and restaurants, the village of Kirkley sits just south of Lowestoft and is the ideal place to enjoy a family day out.

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Inspirations

Inspirations

Located in the heart of Wickham Market on the charming village square lies 'Inspirations' - a brand new shop providing a wide selection of inspiring gift ideas for the family and home

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WHERE TO EAT


Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds is a family run business based in Suffolk and has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. 

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The Cake Shop Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery

Woodbridge

Award-winning family run bakery set in the historical town of Woodbridge baking fresh bread and creating beautiful cakes using the best ingredients available and designing cakes that are visually stunning and taste delicious.

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Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast.

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Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Lawson's Delicatessen

Lawson's Delicatessen

Lawson's Delicatessen is a much-loved shop on the High Street in Aldeburgh selling carefully sourced food including cheese, charcuterie, olives and bread. Also serving Monmouth Coffee to take away.

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farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.

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