The Chester shopping experience has a unique charm all its own, with The Rows – mock Tudor timber framed fronted shops housing best designer boutique shops and unique stores at its heart. Blending independent specialist shops with small modern shopping centres packed with favourite high street shopping names, Chester offers one of the best shopping experiences in the North. The Chester Rows are completely unique. They’re black and white beamed historic buildings lining the street, with the lower-floor shops situated part-way underground with steps down to the store. Above, the overhanging top storey makes a covered walkway from which second-storey shops can be entered.
Find Chester’s outstanding choice of independent shops across central Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate, Foregate and don’t miss a selection of hidden gems down Godstall Lane. Exquisite jewellers, independent galleries and fashion shops feature along St Michaels Row and you’ll find first class independent hair salons in Chester such as Headmasters. Pick up the finest perfumes at Penhaligon’s on Eastgate, stop for a delicious smoothie or veggie snack at Edens of Handbridge and don’t miss a tour of Chester Market on Princess Street with around 50 delectable market stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to gifts.
Grosvenor Shopping Centre
Offering over 70 stores, the popular Grosvenor Shopping Centre in the heart of Chester city centre sits on Pepper Street just a 15 minute stroll from Chester Station with its own car park. Most UK top brand women’s fashion stores have a presence here from Topshop to Jigsaw, alongside stylish modern world cuisine restaurants, homewares, chic shoe shops and cafes. Accessible and with great family facilities, the Grosvenor is Chester’s shopping hub for quality high street brands.
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet sits just north of Chester (around a 15 minute drive) in nearby Ellesmere Port and is easily accessed off the M53 motorway, Junction 10 – follow the signs for Outlet Village. One of the exceptional McArthurGlen designer outlets, Cheshire Oaks houses over 145 top brands including unique designer brands such as Church’s English Shoes, Barbour with its super British country style and an Armani Outlet.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.