Colchester shopping

Colchester town centre offers a fantastic shopping experience, with specialist independent shops sitting alongside big names and department stores. You can browse through the historic lanes of the town as well as enjoying the latest high street trends in its contemporary shopping arcades.

Whilst shopping, you can effortlessly explore Colchester's unique history intertwined throughout the town centre, you will pass within minutes of the town's main attractions, and find yourself spoilt for choice with the range of places to eat.

You will discover regular market days 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!

Colchester Town Centre

Independent Shopping in Colchester

South Lanes, Colchester
The South Lanes

Colchester is packed full of independent stores and boutique cafes and businesses. From Crouch Street to The South Lanes you can head out and explore these narrow streets to find everything from 1940s inspired tearooms, retro clothing, and fashion boutiques all offering somehing that little bit different.

Trinity Street

Tucked down one of Colchester's most picturesque streets you will unearth a tresure trove of unique businesses in a historic setting. Watch out for special events by the Trinity Traders throughout the year.

Trinity Street
Trinity Street

Featured Shopping Destinations

VisitColchester Gift Shop


The VisitColchester Information Centre, situated in the beautiful Georgian Building Hollytrees House, has a fantastic gift shop selling a wide range of Colchester souvenirs and famous Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam.

Fenwick department store


An award-winning department store. Six floors offering everything from fashion to furniture. World famous brands. The latest must-haves. Superb gifts. Exceptional customer service.

Cants of Colchester


U.K oldest established rose specialists. Shop /office and small display garden. Containerised roses on display in summer. Rose plants available all year and rose related sundries.

H Gunton Ltd


Delicatessen and fine foods. The widest range of cut cheeses in the area. Morning coffee on the first floor. Many local products. Colchester tea towels and shopping bags. Gift packs and hampers all the year round.

The Craft Spot & Stationery Centre


Stationery for home, office and school. Craft supplies for card making and scrapbooking.

Markets and Fairs

Colchester Market

Visit Colchester on the right day and you'll be able to enjoy one of many markets and fairs that regularly occur in the town.

Food and Drink

Colchester's main market takes place every Friday and Saturday along the High Street with a wide range of stalls, including a fantastic selection of food stalls where you can purchase a quick snack or unusual and speciality foods that are generally locally-produced.

Similarly, once a month you can visit the Farmers Market, located in Colchester Art Centre hosting a wide range of local producers selling their wares. The nearby towns of Wivenhoe and Sudbury also host regular Farmers Markets.

Colchester Market

Vintage and Craft

You'll find a wide range of indoor craft and vintage markets regularly popping up at venues across Colchester. Keep an eye on our event listings for events such as the monthly Bazaar in Firstsite, or regular fairs hosted by Made In Colchester, Secret Vintage World, and various other organisations in town.


As the seasons change so do the markets on offer, and there is always guaranteed to be several excellent Christmas Markets as December approaches. October usually sees the excellent NSPCC Book Fair taking place, and in the summer months you can often find several fairs taking place in the grounds of Castle Park, including Colchester Food & Drink Festival.

Combined with some excellent independent shops and a strong presence from the big High Street stores, you will discover that Colchester offers one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences in the whole region.

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