Compact Bath is a shopper’s delight – winding passageways, big-name high-street shops and plenty of boutiques have long attracted visitors wanting to flash some cash.
SouthGate is the newest addition to the shopping scene – the faux Georgian style open-plan shopping centre replaced a truly awful dated shopping complex and has brought big names like Debenhams, Topshop and Apple to the city centre. It’s also kept up Bath’s tradition of independent retailers, with the Little SouthGate string of boutiques within the larger complex.
Stall Street and Union Street (parts of which are pedestrianised and flanked by high-street favourites) link the shops to Milsom Street where you’ll find a concentration of boutiques, especially in the newly renovated Milsom Place.
Passageways lead off to the Guildhall Market and shops on Pulteney Bridge, but if you keep going up through town towards the Royal Crescent you’ll find a kooky little enclave of shops in Margaret’s Buildings.
Back down in town, head east from the centre to visit the Artisan Quarter of Walcot Street where you’ll find cutesy homeware shops, vintage clothing and antique dealers. Bath’s independent shops make the city really special and many are fighting rising rents to stay afloat. Here is my guide to the best of the independents - Shopping in Bath: The Best Boutiques - so be sure to pay them a visit.