• Top 10 Suffolk Coast Shopping Spots

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. Waveney Valley

FD - Flint Vineyard - Wine bottles

The Waveney Valley is home to the market towns of Bungay, Beccles and Halesworth; each packed with independent shops, cafes and galleries - ideal for buying local produce, jewellery and unique gifts, homewares and fashion. This pretty little market town has a lot to offer when it comes to shops. 

Located in Earsham near Bungay, Flint Vineyard is an award-winning vineyard producing four wines; Bacchus 2018, Silex Blanc 2018, Pinot Noir Precoce and the Charmat Rose 2018 - ideal as a special gift or as a treat for yourself!

If you prefer ales to wine, head to St Peter's Brewery where you can enjoy a tour of the brewery and buy a case of one of the craft beers including stouts, porters, ales, lagers, alcohol free, gluten free, organic beers and seasonal specials. 

Just a short drive away you will also find Fen Farm Dairy - producer of Baron Bigod Cheese, which was served at the wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! The farm produces and sells a range of mouthwatering raw dairy products including raw-cultured butter, free range eggs, raw cream, buttermilk and milk from their farm shop, and you can fill up a bottle of delicious raw milk from the farm's vending machine! 

For homewares, check out Huus in Halesworth and Southwold; the two stores offer gifts, home accessories and furniture inspired by the clean lines of Northern European design plus popular items such as candles, soaps and certain ceramics. If you're looking for an extra special gift or romantic gesture, Densoms Jewellers sell a collection of classic and contemporary jewellery and offer a bespoke design service if you want something truly unique. 

If you're enjoying a stay in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk Lunch can deliver a hamper of delicious local goodies direct to your door. Pop into their shop in Bungay or visit the website to book yours!

2. Aldeburgh

TTDA - OC Butcher - Shop front

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.

3. Lowestoft

TTDA - Ferini Art Gallery - Exhibition

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. 

Drive on to Oulton Broad where, alongside the beautiful Edwardian park, you will find The Gift Shop; the perfect place to buy souvenirs and mementos from your visit to The Suffolk Coast or to find a birthday or anniversary present; with collectables, jewellery, home fragrances, figurines and Suffolk branded items. 

4. Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets - Bread - Bokeh Photographic

The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... Whenever you visit, there's bound to be a market selling fresh, local produce and artisan goods nearby; with weekly street markets at Beccles, Bungay, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Halesworth, Southwold, Wickham Market at Woodbridge and farmers markets at Woodbridge, Snape, Beccles, Halesworth, Ipswich and The Long Shop Museum. 

So wherever you are, whatever the day, you know where to go for a taste of The Suffolk Coast!

Click here for a for a full list of markets on The Suffolk Coast.

5. Snape

TTDA - Snape Maltings - Home shop

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

TTDA - Collen & Clare - Exterior

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.

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

Woodbridge - Market Hill

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!

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. Delis and Farm Shops

TTDA  - Suffolk Food Hall

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.

Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold and close to Snape, Friday Street Farm Shop and Cafe site hosts an in-store fishmongers and butchery, a cafe, PYO fruit and a large home store which stocks a mix of well known brands, new designers and local craft and giftware producers, plus gardening products and Salters nutritional dog food.

Pay a visit to the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK and pay a visit to Emmett's Stores in Peasenhall near Saxmundham. Along with their famous Suffolk Black ham many other flavours of ham are available along with bacon and a wide range of natural and delicious food products.

Wickham Market is home to E.W. Revett & Son, where you can buy all you need for your summer BBQ or if you prefer seafood to meat, a visit to Pinneys of Orford is a must! Here you can buy freshly caught and smoked fish and stock up on home produced cooking such as crab cakes, potted crabs or angels on horseback. Whilst in Orford, don't forget to stop by the iconic Pump Street Bakery for delicious baked goods, coffee and artisan chocolate!

Or if you prefer to dine in style in the comfort of your own home, order meal-box from Pinch, who create restaurant calibre meal-kits for you to finish at home all made the finest Suffolk produce.

9. Antiques

Grand Brocante

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! 

Pay a visit to Black Dog Antiques in Halesworth, built around 1570,  the Grade II* listed property is the perfect setting for the eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and mid-century modern pieces that it houses. Inside you will find antique pine and mahogany pieces, mid-century modern industrial, vintage tools, pictures, taxidermy and lots more. Blackdog also holds specialist markets in the historic Market Place over the course of the year. Starting with the Spring Garden Market at the end of April, followed by the Midsummer Market at the end of June. On the antiques front, the monthly Brocante Antique & Vintage Fair takes place at the Old Print Works on the first Saturday of the month from March - December. With thirty-five Brocanteurs attending each month, there is an ever-changing array of antiques, vintage and collectables on offer.

Located on the outskirts of Wickham Market, you can enjoy an hour exploring the antique centre at Old School Antiques where you will find a wide variety of antiques, collectables and curios on display; from large furniture, seating, chests of drawers and closets through to small collectables.

You will find antiques a'plenty also at Beccles Antiques Street Market, organised by Blyburgate Antiques, which takes place in May and September - 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

TTDA - Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

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. 

Just a short drive from Walberswick and Saxmundham in Yoxford, you will find Rowe & Williams Gallery; a commercial art gallery in Yoxford, specialising in the art of Suffolk and East Anglia, which presents changing displays of museum quality art from the early 20th century to the present day at a range of prices. The small gallery is spread over two floors where there is always a display of a range of paintings, drawings and prints that celebrate the sense of place of Suffolk and the extraordinary landscape. Many of the artists shown have work included in national and regional collections and we offer the opportunity to have a little piece of Suffolk at home.

Saxmundham is also home to Vela Art Gallery; a new art gallery and cafe bar on Saxmundham High Street, with a cosy atmosphere to enjoy art, German food and artisan coffee. 

If you love abstract art, Studio byAbi in Framlingham showcases and sells the works of local artist Abi, with colourful abstract prints and artworks at a range of budgets - perfect as a gift or reminder of your holiday on The Suffolk Coast.

And whilst in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, head to the beach and visit the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House. The gallery 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

Rowe and Williams Gallery

Rowe and Williams Gallery

Founded in 2017, Rowe & Williams is a commercial art gallery in Yoxford, specialising in the art of Suffolk and East Anglia, which presents changing displays of museum quality art from the early 20th century to the present day at a range of prices.

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Huus

Huus

Contemporary home accessories & gifts inspired by Northern European design - live in style!

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Huus

Huus

Contemporary home accessories & gifts inspired by Northern European design in a heritage building in Halesworth - live in style!

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Blackdog Antiques and Events

Blackdog Antiques and Events

Blackdog Antiques is set at the top of the historic Market Place in Halesworth. Built around 1570 the Grade II* listed property is the perfect setting for the eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and mid-century modern pieces that it houses.  It is also the registered office for A Blackdog Event Ltd

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East Suffolk Markets

East Suffolk Markets

The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... you name it, we make it!

So wherever you are, whatever the day, you know where to go for a taste of The Suffolk Coast.

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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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Studio byAbi

Studio byAbi

Bold abstract art of the area by local artist. Perfect as a gift or holiday reminder.

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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

"Because Aldeburgh Beach LOOKOUT is 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" Caroline Wiseman, founder.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse

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. From an artisan butchery to the bouncy pillow outside for the children, it's a mix of Suffolk's best. 

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape

This year's Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival takes place on 25th & 26th September 2021 at Snape Maltings.

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The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is an independent retailer providing a diverse selection of quality gifts, souvenirs, collectables, jewellery and home fragrancing, and is perfectly based in the beautiful surroundings of Oulton Broad in Suffolk.

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Vela Art Gallery

Vela Art Gallery

Vela Art Gallery is a new art gallery and cafe bar on Saxmundham High Street, providing a gemütliche (cosy) atmosphere to enjoy art, German food and artisan coffee. The Gallery hosts regular events and exhibitions or you can browse the art and Nordic inspired gifts.

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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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Earsham Street Deli

Earsham Street Deli

Earsham Street Deli is an award winning, independent emporium on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, championing small and artisan producers.

Priding themselves on offering an outstanding range of foods from the local area and beyond, everything in store is individually selected for its taste and provenance.

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Densons Jewellers

Densons Jewellers

Densons Jewellers is a family owned and operated, boutique style shop offering a carefully selected a range of contemporary and traditional jewellery, popular watch brands, and a selection of gifts for all occasions.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Blyburgate Antiques

Blyburgate Antiques

Established in 1998, Blyburgate Antiques in the market town of Beccles is a family owned antique shop selling a wide variety of quality antiques and collectables.

Their stock includes china, silver, metalware, furniture and a good range of antique, vintage and modern jewellery.

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Old School Antiques

Old School Antiques

Within the amazing showrooms Old School Antiques are fortunate to have the space to display a wide variety of antiques, collectables and curios, from large furniture, seating, chests of drawers and closets through to small collectables.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just five miles from Aldeburgh.

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Take a tour of the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery in the heart of Southwold 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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Beach Street Felixstowe 

Beach Street Felixstowe

EAT. DRINK. SHOP! A unique and vibrant destination on the seafront of upcycled shipping containers. Discover independent boutiques, artisan producers and street-food eateries...

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offers Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories.

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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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Baileys Delicatessen

Baileys Delicatessen

Baileys Delicatessen, a market of fine foods & great coffee in the charming town of Beccles, is a perfect place to indulge no matter what time of day!

Count on their deli store for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, celebration cakes, takeaway foods, hampers & bespoke catering.

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Fen Farm Dairy 

Fen Farm Dairy

Beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.

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Pump Street Chocolate Bakery and Cafe

Pump Street Chocolate Bakery and 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 and drink whilst enjoying the panoramic views of the Orwell Estuary. 

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The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

Set just moments from the elegant Ipswich Waterfront, The Briarbank Bar and Brewery is home to a microbrewery and first-floor bar. Providing a warm welcome to all, it's the perfect location to sample some local Suffolk beer, enjoy a relaxing drink and grab a bite to eat with friends and family. 

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Pinch

Pinch

A restaurant experience for you to finish at home. Pinch creates restaurant calibre meal-kits using the finest Suffolk produce. From Pump Street chocolate to the Maple Farm flour and eggs that make the pasta, there is much to celebrate on the Suffolk coast. Pre-order your Pinch box and collect from Maple Farm, Kelsale.

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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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Friday Street Farm Shop & Cafe Restaurant

Friday Street Farm Shop & Cafe Restaurant

Friday Street Farm is a thriving arable farm situated near to the quintessentially English seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. 

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Waveney Valley, close to the bustling market town of Bungay.

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

From light lunches with spectacular views to delicious pizza in the open-sided Tipi, there are plenty of places for you to eat at Snape Maltings.

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