- Plenty of high street names
- Harbourside gift shops, bars and cafes
- Craft shops in the historic Pavilions arcade on the marina
As the largest town on the English Riviera, Torquay has a wide range of shops to suit most needs. The main town centre winds up from the harbour in one long street where the majority of the UK’s well known high street brands can be found. Familiar names include WH Smith, BHS, TK Maxx, Boots, River Island, HMV, The Body Shop and Early Learning Centre to name a few.
They are punctuated by a range of local traders, more so towards the top of town, mobile phone shops, coffee shops (just the 2 Costa’s and one Caffe Nero…) banks, cafe’s fast food outlets and convenience stores.
Down on the harbour front, Hoopers and Debenhams department stores look out over the smaller craft on the inner harbour (both have restaurants with a view), along with an eclectic mix of gift shops and cafes. A number of bars have outdoor seating for the summer months, giving the town it’s cosmopolitan feel.
Also overlooking the marina is The Pavilions – the 100 year old building originally commissioned as a leisure venue for music, thatre and socialising. Today it hosts a range of craft shops and a cafe.
Torquay has some larger shops at The Willows and on the main road into the town with plenty of free parking. Here you will find the newly extended Marks and Spencers, Next, Sainsburys, Mothercare, Comet, PC World and Pets at Home to name a few.
For window shopping and browsing it’s also worth the short trip up to Wellswood and Babbacombe, a mile or two north of the town centre where there are an interesting range of local shops.