Shopping in Suffolk

If you’re thinking of staying in Suffolk, make sure you visit some of the regions best-known locations to do a spot of retail therapy! Whether its fashion stores or rural trade fayres and traditional farm shops, there is something for everyone.

Ipswich is the home town of the Suffolk region and hosts a high-street and waterfront of many major high-street fashion brands. The likes of Debenhams, Oasis, H&M, Gap, Marks & Spencer, River Island and Topshop are all located on the main high-street, which also passes directly through the Town’s Cornhill square – accommodation to the local market stalls. Further south of the town center is the Buttermarket Shopping center which houses New Look, T K Max, British Home Stores (BHS) and a number of independent jewellery and homeware shops.

The town center is slowly expanding outwards, further towards the towns rejuvenated waterfront location, adorned with restaurants and cafes with picturesque views of the redeveloped dockland area. There is plenty of parking around the town center with park-and-ride facilities from the north-west, south-west and north-east outskirts of the town.

For a slower-pace, less hectic shopping experience with similar high-street brands, then head for Bury St Edmunds. The modern Arc shopping Center recently developed for the mid-Suffolk town is becoming a popular shopping location for the county. With 36 retail shops, some leisure and residential developments, it’s a magnificent multi-purpose location which even hosts a cultural venue inside with a 500-seater Apex.

aldeburghIf you want to venture to the eastern coastal areas, then head towards both Southwold and Aldeburgh. Southwold in the northern of the two locations and is home to the Adnams Brewery where you can tour and taste their award-winning ales and spirits found throughout many pubs in the region. Finish in the shop to purchase fine quality beers and bottles for yourselves or as great gift idea. We recommend passing back through Aldeburgh on your way back to your hotel in the Ipswich area. Aldeburgh is well-known for its finest fish and chips in the UK and same may go as far as the world! There are also a few surprise shops to help you fit into the local scenery. You’ll find O&C Butcher of Aldeburgh is home to labels such as Hunters, Barbour, Brown of London, Harris Tweed and Dubarry.

If you’re staying not too distant from Ipswich and wish to return home with some delightful local foods, then consider both Jimmy’s Farm and the Suffolk Food Hall on your last day. Both situated within 10 minutes’ drive of each other and nearby the scenic Waveney of the River Orwell. Visit Jimmy’s local farm shop for fresh meats of both local and rare-breed pig varieties. The farm began as a documentary series in 2002 featuring the story of Jimmy and friends, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The Suffolk Food Hall down the road brings together a mass of local produce from vegetables to cheeses, patisseries to jams from all areas of the region. It also has a great café and restaurant should you be stopping for lunch before your journey home.

Enjoy a relaxed stay in the area at many of the affordable hotels in Ipswich. Both the Best Western Claydon Hotel and the Gatehouse Hotel in Ipswich offer a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere and boast easy access to any of Ipswich’s main road links to Ipswich’s town center, Bury St Edmunds and the A12 towards Aldeburgh and Southwold.