Visiting Newcastle for a shopping minibreak
Newcastle is the perfect shopping destination in many ways. With everything from the biggest high street label to the coolest independent designers, plus vintage treasures and flea market finds. So bring an empty suitcase and plenty of cash, because if you’re going on a shopping minibreak, be prepared to spend up big.
Here’s a challenge: go through all 140+ shops at Eldon Square in one weekend. Not for the faint hearted, this mega shopping centre is right in the middle of town and features a few extras (like a climbing wall!), plus eateries so you can stop and refuel. All your chain store needs are here, plus the big department stores and plenty of electronics. If that’s not enough for you, the Metrocentre is Europe’s largest shopping centre with 330 stores. Phew.
If massive shopping centres freak you out, try for a more relaxed wander through Grainger Market. This undercover market has great street food and brilliant pre-loved finds, plus craft and niche cosmetics. For every hipster and lover of alternative fashion, cosmetics and homewares.
For the hardcore vintage lovers, there are plenty of devoted vintage shops out there. Retro and Attica come recommended, plus there are plenty of charity shops bursting with vintage bargains – but be prepared to sift through to find a bargain.
If outlet shopping gives you a kick, you have to check out Royal Quays, Newcastle’s outlet hub. With homewares, sportwear, fashion, cosmetics and outdoor, there is a huge array of bargains at this place.
Newcastle is the perfect destination for a massive shopping trip, whether it’s a blowout shopping bonanza or a few budget buys, you’ll be able to find what you want – and even what you didn’t know you were missing – and have a great time in the process. Just make sure you don’t go over your baggage limit.
Vivienne Egan writes for FHR – http://www.fhr-net.co.uk