Planning a shopping trip in Bude? While it's no metropolis, there's a great selection of Bude shops for you to peruse at your leisure.
Bude’s high streets – of which there are three main streets – are dotted with a diverse selection of independent shops, ranging from boutiques to galleries, clothes shop and naturally gift shops galore. The town centre is pretty compact, and easy to walk around and there are plenty of café pitstops and pubs to refuel along the way.
Away from the main streets, the farmers’ and craft market is held on Fridays during the summer months at Lower Wharf, for top-notch food and Cornish products.
We’ve rounded up our ten favourite shops in Bude to have on your radar.
At the top of town on Belle Vue is The Merchantman. Independently owned, it’s split across two floors; upstairs you’ll find one of Bude’s best clothes shops with a range of womenswear, menswear and shoes from much-loved brands, alongside accessories such as sunglasses, hats and bags.
Downstairs there’s a mix of beautiful homeware and gifts, many of which take inspiration from the coast. From gorgeous ceramics to cuddly Jellycat toys, this Bude shop is full of lovely things you’ll want to take home, plus there’s plenty of beach paraphernalia if you’re caught short.
Airculture is an independent clothes shop in Bude, which is family run and has been offering beachside fashion and supplies since 1995. Known for its laidback casual clothing, from hoodies to bobble hats and many garments in-between. Locals and visitors alike love the quirky illustrations, from the ‘pasty crew’ to checkerboard ice cream cone that adorn the brand’s t-shirts, and hoodies.
While you’re there, be sure to grab a coffee – one of the best in town.
The Jaunty Seagull sells handmade creative items from across Cornwall and Devon. From ceramic and glass homeware, to locally produced candles and home fragrance, you’re sure to come away with a gift or two. If you like shiny things, check out jewellery by local Bude talent Sally Napier or KC Jewellery. The Jaunty Seagull recently started stocking handmade Suddy Nora Cornish soap, handwash and shampoo bars, too.
Wroes is Bude’s only department store, and you’ll find plenty to browse here. When it comes to clothes shops in Bude, Wroes certainly has the biggest range for both men, women and kids. But Wroes goes beyond sartorial goods, there’s plenty of homeware pieces from bed linen to kitchen essentials and more. Plus, if you want to complete some rambling during your time here, then the outdoor section has you covered for all of your walking endeavours.
Looking for a new holiday read? Spencer Thorn has an inspiring collection of books, many celebrating Cornwall from cookbooks to wild swimming literature. There’s something for every budding bookworm, including young readers.
Owned and run by the same family for over 50 years, the team at Spencer Thorn are not only knowledgeable but friendly too with top-notch service. As well as its fantastic selection of books, it’s also a fabulous gift shop, stocking loveable plush toys, art prints, jewellery and more.
Bellini’s Deli Kitchen on Queen Street is the best shop for all of your Cornish food produce needs. While it’s a compact shop, there’s a great selection of fresh fruit and veg, alongside organic breads, charcuterie, smoked fish and meats. If you’re looking for a local tipple you’ll find artisan gin, rum, wines, as well as locally produced teas and coffee. Bellini’s Deli Kitchen also offer a range of ready-made Cornish hampers.
Tucked away on Lansdown Mews, a quaint courtyard, you will find Bude’s Refill Shop, a social enterprise which sells foodstuffs, pampering gifts, haircare, chocolate and candles. If you’re cutting down on your waste, then you’ll be more than catered for here, just remember to bring your own container!
Zuma Jay is famous in Cornwall, having been situated on the North Cornwall Coast since the early 1970s. A wetsuit specialist, inside you’ll find a huge range all year round of mens, ladies and kids’ wetsuits – even second hand wetsuits. If you’re new to the sport the knowledgeable staff are all surfers with a familiarity of the equipment on sale at Zuma Jay. As well as surfing and bodyboarding goods, you’ll also find a plethora of watersports equipment including stand up paddleboarding and swimming, alongside surf-inspired clothing.
Handpicking every item you’ll see on the shelf; North Coast Wine Lounge has the finest selection of wines and spirits to purchase. From Cornish gin made a few miles down the road, to a wonderful range of red, white, sparkling and rose wine. You can try before you buy too, with a selection of wine available to buy by the glass or bottle and enjoy the terrace or on the collection of tables inside. There’s also a rather tempting cocktail menu.
Situated on Lansdown Road, Wildwood is a unique shop which supplies ethical, sustainable homewares and gifts for the home, body and mind. You won’t miss it, there’s a large wooden tree installation surrounding the entrance and a collection of wooden pieces to browse outside. Inside you’ll find an eclectic mix, from incense and aroma oils to cushions and dream catchers.
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