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Blackpool Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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From cute independent stores to popular high-street fashion, Blackpool is well equipped to handle all of your shopping needs. Whether you’re looking for the biggest designer names and global brands or a little something out of the ordinary, this vibrant seaside town has got the right combination of grand shopping centres, open-air markets and store-lined streets to hit the desired mark.
Around Houndshill



With a charming variety of independent shops, the pedestrianised streets around Houndshill are ideal for gift and souvenir buying but are also home to big-name stores and favourite high-street brands. Fizzing with family entertainment and a flourishing café culture, the heart of Blackpool is packed with perfect people-watching spots which are perfect for a quick breather after catching a bargain.


St John’s Square



In the streets surrounding St John’s Square you’ll find boutique shops well stocked with anything from designer garments to all sorts of accessories, not forgetting hairdressers and health shops. The square itself, surrounded by arrays of busy cafés, is a great place to enjoy a catalogue of regular events, playing host to popular seasonal and visiting markets. The adjoining Birley Street – lined with shops and small businesses – is renowned for its giant silver arches and comfortable outdoor seating.


Abingdon Market



A mosey through the historic Abingdon Street Market – a converted Victorian Police Station – is a must. Expanded to fit its current purpose in 1928, the indoor market is home to approximately 60 stalls brandishing a variety of quality goods, including fresh food, clothing, linen, vintage jewellery, and hair and beauty products. Years of experience mean the traders are always on hand with some friendly advice and customary banter.


South Shore



The South Shore area of Blackpool – known the world over for the kaleidoscopic amusements of Pleasure Beach – comes with a hefty dose of distinct and quirky shops. An enticing run of stalls along the South Promenade is perfect for scoring a few keepsakes, while a larger shopping area can be found on Lytham Road. Of course, Pleasure Beach itself is bursting with novelty purchasing opportunities and specialised merchandise.


Freeport Fleetwood



Just outside Blackpool, about 20 minutes’ drive away, is Freeport Fleetwood, a US-style outlet shopping village promising exclusive deals on fashion for all the family. With low prices on high street brands, footwear, cosmetics, and gifts of every design, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. Once done with the shops, or perhaps just halfway through, a variety of restaurants and comfortable seating areas will help replenish your energy before round 2. A nautical-themed outdoor play area will also keep the kids entertained.