Where to shop in St Ives

Where to shop in St Ives

Date Posted: 24 Jan 2023

While there’s no such thing as the St Ives Shopping Centre, if you love independent shops and galleries, St Ives is perfect shopping territory for you.

The main shopping district in central St Ives is centred around the pretty streets of Chapel Street, Fore Street and High Street. Shop-lovers are spoilt for choice with a delightful array of boutique shops and galleries. While St Ives may be best known for its beautiful beaches, save some time to meander its quirky cobbled streets to browse the wonderful selection of independent lifestyle shop, offering a host of coveted brands, many of which are local.

So where are the best shops in St Ives? Here, we round up 10 (trust us, there are plenty more) of our favourites stores with something to suit every shopper.

Kirsty Bridgewater Shop Launch
Kirsty Bridgewater Shop Launch
Kirsty Bridgewater

Best for… jewellery

Location: 2 Market House, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1RZ

While St Ives may be known as Cornwall’s crown jewel, it also has plenty of jewellery shops to tempt those who like shiny things! One of our favourites has to be Kirsty Bridgewater, having recently just opened a new store on Market Place, the jewellery is lovingly made just up the road at its Jewellery Workshop at Sloop Studios.

An award-winning jeweller, Kirsty is a skilled designer and maker having studied a range of techniques; create stunning rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelet. A visit to this jewellery shop in St Ives is a must, just don’t blame us if you’re tempted by a gift or two, alongside jewellery you’ll find gorgeous homewares, flowers, cards and more.


Penwith Gallery

Best for… art lovers

Location: Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NL

There are many galleries and art/craft shops in St Ives. An art mecca, St Ives is vibrant and alive, and there is plenty for the culturally-minded to see at the Penwith Gallery. Art lovers will enjoy the sensitively renovated gallery with inspiring displays of local artworks and creative exhibitions. A glance into Cornish culture and creativity, it’s a feast for the eyes, at Penwith Gallery appreciate sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, photographs and prints.


Ula St Ives
Ula Clothing & Lifestyle

Best for… gifts

Location: 53 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE

Full to the brim with talented Cornish producers and their artisan products, you’ll want to buy everyone you know a trinket from this gift shop in St Ives. From sustainable tableware and snug interior pieces such as cosy cushions and throws, to long-lasting accessories and locally-made jewellery. There really is a gift for everyone at Ula Clothing & Lifestyle.


St Ives Bookseller

Best for… book lovers

Location: 2 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2AB

Book worms will enjoy the independent St Ives Bookseller. One of the leading independent  bookshops in the country, as soon as you step through the door on Fore Street you’ll see why. With a welcoming atmosphere, the St Ives Bookseller is beautifully fitted with oak bookcases and Cornish slate floors, with a large range of titles given its size.

We love the whimsical children’s section, and its selection of Cornish books is impressive too, many as signed editions. If there’s a book you can’t find, speak to the friendly members of staff… their literary knowledge is second to none.


LaffKids St Ives
Laff Kids Clothes

Best for… kids

Location: 31 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE

Little ones will love Laff Kids selection of whimsical and wonderful toys, from timeless wooden pieces from Orange Tree and super soft Steiff, while parents won’t be able to help themselves with Laff Kids range of kids’ clothes. Expect to see much-loved coastal-inspired brands such as Hatley, Kite and Toby Tiger. It’s a real treasure trove!


The Allotment Deli

Best for… food

Location: 30A Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE

A small set of farmers and local allotments bring you fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at The Allotment Deli. Whether you need fresh veg for a recipe or you want to pick up a selection of nibbles to enjoy back at your holiday cottage. The produce is laid out beautifully and the deli has a wonderful selection of cheese, meat, and store cupboard goods. Why not treat yourself to a takeaway sandwiches to enjoy at the harbour? They also make Cornish cheese hampers to order, we urge you to try their nettle-wrapped Yarg, it’s a delicacy.



Best for… home interiors

Location: 54 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE

What place could be more inspiring for your home than Cornwall? Interiors brand Brocante offers stylish contemporary gifts and homeware, with shops situated in Fowey, Mevagissey, Perranporth, Charlestown, and here in St Ives. From unique gifts, clothes and accessories to swoon-worthy homeware and interior pieces, this shop in St Ives is a lifestyle shopper’s dream. Everything in Brocante is simply gorgeous, and perfect for those home interior Pinterest boards.


Tiki Surf Co

Best for… surfers

Location: 2 High Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1RR

Tiki Surf Co has been serving the UK’s surf scene since 1967 and remains the only British surf brand to have its own surfboard and wetsuit range. Stocking some of the world’s leading surf and lifestyle brands, whether you’re looking to purchase a bodyboard, surfboard, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or simply looking for some surf-inspired threads, you’ve come to the right place at Tiki Surf Co.


Best clothing shops in St Ives
OSKA St Ives

Best for… womenswear

Location: 18 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AB

There are over 50 OSKA stores worldwide, and 11 in those are here in the UK, but most exciting of all Cornwall is lucky enough to have one of its clothing shops here in St Ives. Providing an elegant, simple and timeless look, the designer OSKA womenswear label is to be worn with happiness. You can expect luxury materials, attention to detail and innovative designs in this wardrobe of dreams.


Academy & Co.

Best for… menswear

Location: Lifeboat Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LE

When it comes to clothes shopping in St Ives we have so much love for Academy and Co, which actually blesses St Ives with three stores. Each branded as more of a lifestyle store than a clothing shop, founded in 2007, Academy and Co is an independently owned and operated. Stocking a selection of stylish brands, from cool new kicks to cosy cashmere jumpers and snug beanies, in this more-than-a-clothing shop you’re bound to get your sartorial fix.


Academy & Co St Ives

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