You'll find excellent shops in Swansea, including Wales' largest indoor market. The largest coastal city in southwest Wales has about any type of retail experiences, from independent stores to big-name outlets. If you’re on the hunt for intricate handicrafts and vintage goods, you can also visit the city’s very own Independent Quarter.

    In this guide, we’ll take you through the best places to go shopping in Swansea so you can discover where to shop and what to buy in this coastal city.


    Swansea Market

    The largest independent market of Wales

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    Swansea Market is the largest independent indoor market in Wales. It’s a popular meeting spot for both tourists and locals, with a beautiful glass dome ceiling as its centrepiece.

    Opened in 1961, Swansea Market houses over 100 independent stalls varying from fresh local produce to artisanal handicrafts. If you’re feeling hungry, be sure to stop by any of the bakery stalls to try homemade cakes and pastries or step into any of the cafés to refuel for the day.

    Locatie: Oxford Street, Swansea, SA1 3PQ, UK

    Openingstijden: Monday–Saturday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 654296


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    Quadrant Shopping Centre

    A popular shopping spot in the heart of Swansea

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    Quadrant Shopping Centre is a popular shopping centre set in the heart of Swansea. It offers a unique single-storey shopping experience with big-name stores such as Debenhams, The Body Shop, and Boots. Students can receive further discounts from participating stores, so be sure to approach the information counter for extra details.

    At the end of Quadrant Shopping Centre, you'll discover a covered walkway with direct access to the Swansea Market. This makes your shopping experience in the city centre a seamless one.

    Locatie: Dillwyn St, Swansea SA1 3QW, UK

    Openingstijden: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 460312


    Oxford Street

    Swansea’s high street shopping destination

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    Oxford Street is a prominent shopping area in Swansea’s city centre. All the main British high street chain stores are along this street, such as River Island, H&M, and Marks & Spencer.

    The pedestrianised area invites over 50,000 shoppers a week. Along the way, you’ll come across buskers and aspiring artists as you stroll down the streets. Oxford Street is known to be a key route that connects visitors to other prominent Swansea shopping places, such as Swansea Market and Quadrant Shopping Centre.


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    Parc Tawe Retail Park

    A shopping and entertainment retail park on River Tawe

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    Parc Tawe Retail Park is an out-of-town shopping mall on the west bank of River Tawe. This outdoor retail park includes 2 establishments – the original Parc Tawe area and a newer Parc Tawe North building. It houses a variety of name stores, such as JD Sports and Mothercare.

    Due to its outdoor setting, Parc Tawe Retail Park may be difficult to visit on rainy days. Luckily, you could always count on its onsite cinema and bowling alley if you're looking to hide away from the rain.

    Locatie: A4067 Quay Parade, Swansea SA1 2BA, UK

    Openingstijden: Daily from 6 am to 1 am

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 653249


    Independent Quarter

    The place to visit for artisanal designer products

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    The Independent Quarter is a sprawling shopping area in Swansea city centre. It covers Plymouth Street, Nelson Street, Oxford Street, Picton Arcade, Dilwyn Street, Singleton Street, and the Shoppers Walk.

    As its name suggests, you’ll find a variety of independent boutiques selling artisanal jewellery and fashion goods. The Independent Quarter is also where you can find the iconic Rowberry Shoes, a shoemaker dating back to 1898. You can expect warm hospitality like no other, as the traders pride themselves in offering excellent customer service.


    Gower Gallery

    Shop for bespoke arts at this gallery

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    Gower Gallery is an arts and craft gallery in the heart of Mumbles village. Previously known as Mumbles Fine Art, this decade-old establishment overlooks Mumbles Bay, creating a scenic shopping experience.

    From unique home décor to sculptures and handcrafted jewellery, Gower Gallery is the one place where you’ll find it all. If you’re interested in a piece of local art but are worried about finding the right frame back home, the store supplies bespoke frames on-site to complete your purchase.

    Locatie: 530 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4DH, UK

    Openingstijden: Monday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 368669



    For more local shopping experiences in Swansea

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    Uplands is a suburban community just 1 mile west of Swansea city centre. Often listed among UK's top hip hangouts, it features a shopping experience that takes you through independent boutiques and unique gift stores.

    Be sure to stop by the Uplands Market, which takes place each last Saturday of the month. It’s a great spot for sampling homemade dishes or buying one-of-a-kind trinkets. Visit the 'Do Not Go Gentle' stage, where aspiring artists and poets perform for free.


    Siop Tŷ Tawe

    A historic Welsh giftshop

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    Siop Tŷ Tawe is a Welsh gift store that sits by the corner of Christina Street in Swansea. Established in 1987, it’s one of the rare stores that proudly presents Welsh culture to tourists in Swansea.

    Pronounced Shop-tee-ta-we, you can find anything Welsh on display, including books, home décor, and greeting cards for every celebration. If you’re looking to practice your spoken Welsh, Siop Tŷ Tawe partners with the National Centre for Learning Welsh to supply courses across all levels.

    Locatie: 9 Christina St, Swansea SA1 4EW, UK

    Openingstijden: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and 2.30 pm to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 456856


    The Gamers’ Emporium

    A shopping haven for boardgame lovers

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    The Gamers’ Emporium is a boardgame establishment along Swansea’s High Street. Featuring a variety of board games, comics, and modelling collectables, this is a must-visit for every board game enthusiast.

    If you'd prefer to play games during your visit, the store's 2nd level doubles as a gaming space with 6 spaced out tables for all your needs. On lucky days, you may even catch special card game tournaments happening in-store. As the Gamers' Emporium strives to be family-inclusive, it imposes a strict ban on smoking and drinking.

    Locatie: 8 High St, Swansea SA1 1LE, UK

    Openingstijden: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 930328


    Cover to Cover

    Swansea’s independent bookstore

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    Cover to Cover is an independent bookstore in The Mumbles, about a 10-minute walk of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church. The owners themselves in curating a variety of book selections, including contemporary fiction titles and children’s choices. The store also carries non-fiction books related to local history and music.

    In a bid to support local writers, it often holds book launches and meet-and-greet sessions in store. For those looking for unique gifts to bring back home, Cover to Cover has a handpicked gift section for every occasion.

    Locatie: 58 Newton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ, UK

    Openingstijden: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Telefoonnummer: +44 (0)1792 366363

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