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Fashionable Shopping Centers and Funky Historic Neighborhoods - Where to Shop in Canterbury

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The Canterbury shopping scene is a great mix of past and present. The bulk of the action is found downtown, where charming narrow walkways, brick-paved streets, and historic relics may add a touch of reverence to your window shopping. You’ll also find charming storefronts housing a blend of contemporary boutique shops and popular modern stores featuring the hottest fashions and the coolest trends.

The High Street area

 

Certain segments of this red-bricked downtown Canterbury road are known by different names, like Parade or St. George Street. Regardless of what it’s called, you’ll encounter a mix of popular chain stores and independent boutiques selling luxury items tucked in classically quaint storefronts. If you want to take some unique craftsmanship home, you can stop by Lush and pick up a block of handmade French lavender soap or a citrus bath melt. You’ll also be able to indulge in a sweet treat at Hotel Chocolat when your day of shopping is completed.

 

  • Lush, 8 High St. Canterbury CT1 2JH; Tel: +44 1227 450449; Website: Lush
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  • Hotel Chocolat, 8-9 Parade, Canterbury CT1 2SG; Tel: +44 1227 767564; Website: Hotel Chocolat

Whitefriars

 

This massive indoor-outdoor shopping complex has developed into one of Canterbury’s most popular shopping destinations since it opened in 2005. You can expect to see department stores along with scores of fashion and accessory shops spread out amongst its 5 buildings. Fenwick’s department store’s contains a spa and 2 restaurants in addition to 5 stories worth of clothing and accessories from luxury brands like Jaeger and Ralph Lauren. Looking for jewelry? Beaverbrooks offers designs from some of the most desirable brands in the industry - think Michael Kors and Emporio Armani.

 

  • Fenwick’s, St. Georges St. Canterbury CT1 2TB; Tel: +44 1227 766866; Website: Fenwick’s
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  • Beaverbrooks, 24 St. George’s St. Canterbury CT1 2SS; Tel: +44 1227 456264; Website: Beaverbrooks

 

St. Peter’s Street

 

Head to the northern end of High Street to browse St.Peter's Street, a compact and popular shopping area. A collection of offbeat and unusual independent shops gives the area a distinct quirky vibe that is quite different than what you’ll find elsewhere on Canterbury’s main road. The alternative fashion options on sale at Funky Monks range from 1980’s inspired ensembles to Victorian-era steampunk dresses. If you’re looking for something to read on the way back home, Oxfam has more than 60,000 new and used books for you to choose from, including several rare and antique selections.

 

  • Funky Monks, 21 St. Peter’s St. Canterbury CT1 2BQ; Tel: +44 1227 781781; Website: Funky Monks
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  • Oxfam, 51 St. Peter’s St. Canterbury CT1 2BE; Tel: +44 1227 454091; Website: Oxfam

 

The King’s Mile

 

This neighborhood tucked behind the façade of Canterbury Cathedral has long been known for its history, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. It also has a reputation for being a prime area to browse unique boutiques, independent craft stores, and vintage items. The husband and wife team behind Canterbury Glass Art have crafted a unique collection of hand-made glass-based items, ranging from jewelry to decorative plates. At Siesta, you’ll find a global collection of clothing, crafts, and accessories with an emphasis on folklore items like Mexican sugar skulls and singing bowls.

 

  • Canterbury Glass Art, 56 Palace St. Canterbury CT1 2DY; Tel: +44 1227 478418; Website: Canterbury Glass Art
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  • Siesta, 1 Palace St. Canterbury CT1 2DY; Tel: +44 1227 464614; Website: Siesta