Shops and Amentites

Shopping in Barmouth

The nearest supermarket is the Co-op in Barmouth. This is virtually below the cottage in that you leave by the front door down the steps immediately in front of the cottage to the main road. A short walk along the road to the left and cut across the road and down and you are at the Co-op within a few minutes of leaving the cottage. The opening hours are 8 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on. We think that this is a really well-stocked supermarket; we are often surprised by the special things that you can buy there.

There is also a Spar supermarket in the main town, again only a few minutes walk away from the cottage. This has longer opening hours but is not as well stocked – more of an emergency place, with lots of booze and crisps! There is an Iceland near the Co-op giving another supermarket option.

There is a really good butchers (David Jones) which is also in the main town close to the cottage.

We like Weigh Out which is further along the main street towards the harbour. Here you can buy dried fruits, flour, sugar, herbs and spices, all sold loose so you can weigh out as you wish.

The main town has lots of gift shops and some nice clothes shops. The branch of The Original Factory shop is very popular for lots of practical things. There are quite a number of shops selling all sorts of beach items, buckets and spades, lilos and beach balls – anything that you might need to take to the beach.

As you would expect in a seaside town, there are lots of gift shops for all sorts of different price brackets. I like Summer Strawberries for gifts and reasonably priced photo frames, mirrors etc. Gecko has lovely smells and unusual gifts and Love It some nice Welsh options.

We also like the Oriel Gallery where there are lots of prints of local scenes to take home to remember your holiday.

The most amazing shop in Barmouth is probably Pieces for Places which is a really upmarket interior design shop in a conversion of a huge chapel along the main street. A really surprising find in Barmouth and a great place to visit in order to look at something unusual.

The Dragon Theatre is a local community arts theatre where they show films and have all sorts of entertainment throughout the year.

The St John’s Hill Gallery provides an arts space with different visiting exhibitions and, also, organises workshops, particularly during holiday times.

The Bendi-Gedig children’s play area is a great new introduction to Barmouth, with a soft play area for younger children. This is right in the town centre by the Co-op.

As we have referred to in other places on the website, the cottage is on the side of a hill and this does mean a fairly steep walk back up from the shops, or back up the steps in front of the cottage. However, you do have a parking space and therefore it is also easy to make a quick journey down by car; you can usually get a parking space fairly easily for a short visit to the shops.

 

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