Shopaholics guide to Newcastle

March 1, 2012

With the Gateshead Metrocentre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping complex, and the high end boutiques of fashion-conscious suburb Jesmond, Newcastle is shopping heaven.

Toon Top-10 for shop-a-holics…

  1. Gateshead’s Metrocentre has over 330 stores selling everything from high-end fashion to homeware. Includes the Metrocentre Qube entertainment complex and Odeon Imax Cinema.
  2. The magic of Fenwick’s – The Fenwick’s department store was founded in Newcastle in 1882 and is the flagship store of eight nationwide. Sensational food court and top fashion labels, make sure you get an iconic green bag.
  3. The Quayside Market – Sundays. If you like a browse and a haggle, you’ll love the vibrant market on Sunday mornings on Newcastle’s iconic quayside, 9.30am to 4pm.
  4. Visit the world’s smallest Marks & Spencer’s at the Grainger Market which dates back to 1830. A classic Victorian covered market containing the original M&S Penny Bazaar.
  5. Eldon Square shopping centre boasts 140 stores in the heart of the city centre, including a new Apple Store, Hollister and a four storey Debenham’s.
  6. Alive after Five is a new initiative which sees shops, restaurants and cafes staying open until 8pm on weeknights and 7pm on Saturdays in Newcastle.
  7. Discover North East designer Jules B at his swanky Jesmond boutique
  8. Tynemouth Chocolatier Gareth James has a Newcastle store at 12 Front Street, hmmm delicious!
  9. Take the Tyne and Wear Metro to Tynemouth, a coastal town home to the Green Ginger Arcade, a converted Church housing 17 independent shops selling everything from cupcakes to antiques.
  10. Traditional country outfitter Barbour hails from South Shields and has its outlet store at Jarrow – a short ride from Newcastle on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

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