Colchester Shopping & Places to Eat

Eat, Drink & Shop

Colchester's bustling town centre is lined with fantastic places to eat, drink and shop. The wider Colchester area is also scattered with traditional tea rooms and pubs, as well as award-winning restaurants.

Find traditional English meals in wooden-beamed restaurants, try a pint of local Colchester ale in a High Street bar, and indulge in retail therapy, in both artisanal and big brand shops.

Tiptree Jam with Cream Tea
Made in Colchester - Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam

Places to Eat & Drink

From world class restaurants to traditional pub food there are places to eat in Colchester that will suit everyone.

With an eclectic mix of tastes from all over the world served with a cosmopolitan ambience, there's sure to be something to suit all tastes and pockets.

Colchester Market happens in High Street is every Friday and Saturday, and there are regular Farmers' Markets selling local produce.


 Best Places to Eat

Local Specialities

A Taste of Colchester

The wider Colchester area has a history of sourcing nationally and internationally renowned products, from the famous Colchester Oyster, to the delicious Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam, and today with its very own vineyards and breweries. 

Today, you can still discover the tastes and history of Colchester. A trip to Mersea Island isn't complete without indulging in a sea-food platter. Tiptree tea-rooms are scattered around the area, and you can even visit the Wilkin & Sons Jam Factory. You can also visit Mersea Island Vineyard and Dedham Vale Vineyard throughout most of the year, and test your East Anglian wine-tasting skills!

The local high street market and farmers' markets are a great places to discover a mix of locally-sourced products, so make sure you get a proper taste of Colchester!

Oysters on Mersea Island. Photo: Visit Essex
Mersea Oysters

Places to Shop

Lining up to welcome you along narrow streets and bustling lanes are the temptingly distinctive specialist shops in Colchester, with big names just around the corner.

There are also regular markets held in and out of town, including the Colchester Market held weekly on Fridays & Saturdays on the High Street.

Shopping in Colchester can be a fantastic way to unwind, so find the perfect place to stay in Colchester and make a break of it!


Best Places to Shop