Let’s face it. We all have our favourite places to visit in Exeter. Those shops, cafes, restaurants, events and haunts we know the best. The place where everyone knows your name, you’re given your regular spot and you love them for it. But next time you’re in exeter why not cast the net a bit wider? We’ve put together some ideas to help you go off the beaten track, make the most of the many streets of your time in Exeter and discover some hidden gems.
Castle Street & Little Castle Street
These old streets fork around an island of fabulous independents from boutiques selling gorgeous handcrafted jewellery and designer clothing to a much loved café, a bead shop full to the brim with colourful delights, a pub, a brand new and state of the art dentist centre and complimentary therapies. Take a stroll up from the High Street and explore while you do the loop.
Upper Paul Street into Gandy Street
Gandy Street is an Exeter staple and one of our favourite shopping quarters for clothing, jewellery, interesting items for the home and cultural events. You may be forgiven for not turning the corner but we’d thoroughly recommend it because you’ll find yourself in Upper Paul Street. This little stretch that takes you back down to Queen Street is part of medieval Exeter with the mighty Victorian architecture of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on one side of you and quaint old houses on the other. It’s a little piece of history just a stone’s throw from the High Street and has some charming boutiques too.
Paris Street is full of some great haunts for gift seekers, bargain hunters, foodies and adventurers alike. The street is home to Exeter’s Underground Passages where you can explore the city’s ancient waterworks. Hop across the road and make your way down a row of shops selling everything from locally sourced, artisan food and drink to quirky homeware and children’s toys.
McCoys Arcade, Fore Street
Described as the ‘Camden of Exeter’, Fore Street is an eclectic shopping experience with makers and designers setting up camp and creating a mecca for artisans. Halfway down the hill, the McCoys Arcade’s covered walkway has a fascinating collection of independent retailers and a great place for a coffee pit stop!
North Street into South Street
See-saw over the brow of the hill between these two streets and find a mix of services, fun things to do, uber cool coffee shops, retro fashions, a tattooist and a blooming lovely florist. With shops selling second hand antiques, books and records that are positively calling out for a rummage, a board game café and ice-cream parlours, this area is your first port of call for a nostalgic afternoon.