We’re going to let you in on a secret that only locals know: Swansea is great for shopping in small and independent stores. Yes there are all the regular high street stores, but if you know where to look, there are some real standout gems.
Here is our pick of our favourites in and around Swansea:
Oyster Gallery – 72 Newton Road, Mumbles, SA3 4AQ
The Oyster Gallery is an art store like no other. Stocked to the brim with original art work, limited edition prints and photography, there is something for every type of art-lover. And if you’re looking to display a purchase in your home, they have a picture framing service too.
Pop in for unusual greeting cards, handmade jewellery and other arts and craft gifts, perfect for presents this Christmas.
Attica – 52A Plymouth Street, Swansea City Centre, SA1 3QQ
If you are looking for something a little quirky or unusual then pay a visit to the clothing and gift shop Attica. With racks filled with pretty dresses, colourful scarves lining the walls and plenty of kooky homeware gifts, this is a great place to shop for someone who likes to stand out. It’s truly boho chic!
There’s even something for the guys – how does a clock made out of a Corona bottle sound?
So Cocoa – 28-30 Dunns Lane, Mumbles, SA3 4AA
Do you love anything and everything chocolaty? Then So Coca in the Mumbles is a must visit. Just off the main beaten track you will find the only independent chocolate shop in Swansea. With everything from luxury handmade chocolate sculptures to gourmet, small sweet treats, it’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory – minus the craziness!
They also stock a number of well-known brands like Booja Booja and Charbonnel, so you certainly won’t be disappointed. Make sure to try some of the desserts they serve here; there’s pastries galore!
Moustache – 5 Cradock Street, SA1 3EN
For high quality, branded gear for men, Moustache is the place to be. Every discerning gentleman shops here, with brands like Fred Smith, Lyle and Scott, plus Polo by Ralph Lauren. Your man will be the best dressed in town after a trip to this city centre store.
Cover to Cover – 58 Newton Road, Mumbles, SA3 4BQ
Cover to Cover is a well-known and established boutique book store in the centre of the Mumbles. The store has been a popular local business since it opened back in 1999, and they really know their stuff here, as the owner was once in publishing.
The store stocks a number of fiction and non-fiction, new and old titles, on a variety of subjects, and is the go-to place for their range of local books. So if you’d like to get to know the ‘real’ Swansea, pick up a book here!
Stardust Boutique – 102-104 Eversley Road, Sketty, SA2 9DF
Do you love everything that sparkles? Then you’ll adore this shop. With formal, party and prom dresses ranging from £200 to £1,000, this is a 5 star shopping experience that any girl would love.
Expect to see stock from dress designers such as Forever Unique, Sherri Hill and Jovani. All of which would be perfect for a big event such as a wedding or ball.
Arora Boutique – 64 Wind Street, SA1 1EQ
For something a little cheaper for a night on the tiles, make a trip into the city centre and to Arora Boutique. Whether you are looking for a bodycon mini or a floaty maxi dress, there is plenty to choose from.
And Arora is just around the corner from the Dragon Hotel. We’re independent too! So pay us a visit and book a room. We have plenty of special offers on in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.