You’ll find a unique range of independent boutique shopping - the best in retail and services from the High Streets of Cowes and East Cowes.
Whether you need an individual gift, new outfit, cash machine or a chemist; a marine photographer, a gallery filled with local talent, or a jewellers, this is the place to find what you need.
Cowes boasts an excellent range of distinctive shops, many - but by no means all - catering for the yachting fraternity. You can shop until you drop along Birmingham Road, down Shooters Hill, through the High Street, and right to the end of Bath Road that runs into Cowes Parade.
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Most of the High Street in Cowes is pedestrianised, making shopping a delight. The town also has an array of fashionable clothing shops, with independent retailers as well as famous brands.
Stroll through the town and explore the lovely shops, photographers’ stores and art galleries, or curio and craft shops, then head for The Parade or The Green to enjoy the sun, sea views, and an ice cream.
When hunger or thirst calls there are ample delicatessens, cafés, restaurants, and lively pubs to choose from, or pick up traditional fish and chips to eat on The Parade whilst watching the world sail by.
Take a trip on the Chain Ferry over the River Medina to East Cowes where you’ll find a good range of shops in the centre offering everything from unusual and interesting gifts, antiques and collectibles, to DIY and pet stores. Then walk down to the Esplanade in East Cowes and enjoy some refreshments right on the seafront.
Shopping in Cowes is an exciting experience at any time of the year, and in particular, the vibrancy of the town during prestigious events such as the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, and Panerai British Classic Week, is not to be missed.
In August, there is an amazing festival atmosphere throughout the town whilst Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is on, and over 100,000 visitors come to Cowes just to soak up the atmosphere and be part of the action.
Cowes and East Cowes are small towns with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere and you can be sure of receiving a warm welcome at any time of year. We hope to see you there!