If you love independent boutiques and galleries, Falmouth shops are sure to impress. The shops are predominantely dotted about four main streets, Falmouth High Street, Church Street, Market Street and Arwenack Street. There’s often bunting hanging in the pretty streets and a friendly vibe.
Shop-lovers are spoilt for choice with a delightful array of boutique shops with wonderful selection of independent lifestyle shops, offering a host of coveted brands, many of which are local, plus plenty of high street favourites, too.
So where are the best boutiques when shopping in Falmouth? Here, we round up 10 (trust us, there are plenty more) of our favourites stores with something to suit every shopper.
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In each beautiful product you’ll find Cream Cornwall’s distinct coastal identity, inspired by its surroundings, this gift shop in Falmouth is full of luxury and exclusive homewares and has been a popular choice since its opening in 2016. The classic collection showcases iconic blue and white maritime and sea creatures designs across a selection of mugs and bowls, cushions and lampshades.
Looking for a clothes shop in Falmouth? Cornish favourite clothing brand Seasalt has been clothing the Cornish and beyond for over four decades. The Falmouth clothes shop, its flagship shop, stocks women’s clothing, footwear, menswear, accessories and its much-loved Rain collections, so shoppers will be sartorially spoilt for choice. Best of all, all of the Seasalt pieces have been designed just up the road in its studio overlooking Falmouth Bay.
The Cornish Kitchen ©Bella Bunce
Visiting a local deli is a must when in cornwall. And Falmouth’s Cornish Kitchen, located in the historic Admiralty buildings on Arwenack Street, is full of treats. From locally-made chutneys and jams from The Cornish Larder, to tipples made here such as gin and sparkling wine, they also stock a wonderful selection of Cornish cheese and meat, we urge you to try Lynher Dairy’s nettle-wrapped Yarg – it’s a delicacy.
During the day you can enjoying freshly baked pastries, breakfast bagels, freshly pressed juices, smoothies and locally roasted coffee on the patio, or simply fill up your basket and take your goodies home.
Book worms will enjoy the independently owned Falmouth Bookseller, one of the leading book shops in the country. With a welcoming atmosphere, the Falmouth Bookseller is wonderfully stocked, covering an array of genres.
If you’re visiting with young book lovers then there’s plenty of children’s book, plus a selection of Cornish books making great gifts to take home. If there’s a book you can’t find, speak to the friendly members of staff… their literary knowledge is second to none.
A Falmouth gift shop which has been a popular choice since it opened its doors in 2020 is The Bean Hive by the sea. A quirky lifestyle and gift shop, decorated in a pretty pastel pink, you’ll find everything from cards and gift bags to oven mitts and candles.
Stocking much loved brands such as Snoopy, Miffy, Eleanor Bowmer and Liberty, the products are cool, colourful and comical!
Naturally, surf shops often dominate the high streets in Cornwall. In 1998, local surfer Keith Richards opened Freeriders in Falmouth, becoming the go-to destination for all your surfing needs. Stocking everything from accessories such as sunglasses and caps, to wetsuits and surfboards, Freeriders brings you the very best surf equipment available. There’s also an impressive selection of surf-inspired sartorial goods, too.
Uneeka, an independent shop on Falmouth’s Market Street, specialising in ethical, fairly traded accessories and soft furnishings. With two stores in Truro, if you’re on the hunt for a gift shop in Falmouth, there’s a whimsical selection at Uneeka Life. You’ll find bags, scarves and purses, alongside locally-made candles and essential oils.
Falmouth is a creative place, and it has its fair share of art galleries. If you’re looking to purchases a piece of local art, a Falmouth art shop which is worth a visit is Beside the Wave. A contemporary art venue, most of the artwork here takes inspiration from Cornwall’s undeniable beauty. Predominantly rooted in the landscape including coast and countryside, you’ll find stunning paintings and prints, plus a wide selection of ceramics for sale.
Looking for a Falmouth jewellery shop? Let us introduce you to Wearnes, the inventors of the unique Cornish tin jewellery, containing genuine shipwrecked tin. Established in 1890, by William Wearne, Wearnes Jewellers is now headed by fourth generation family member Sarah Corbridge and her husband Adam. This Falmouth shop has a stunning collection of necklaces, earrings, rings, cufflinks and bracelets all made using Cornish tin and gold or silver. The perfect Cornish keepsake!
If you want to update your wardrobe while in Falmouth, Finisterre has to be on your radar. With a stylish collection of surf-inspired sustainable clothing, Finisterre stores now grace the country as the Cornish born brand has quite the following. Stocking menswear and womenswear, you’re bound to fall in love with a few sartorial gems.
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