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Shopping New England Style - Newport's Independent Stores and Boutiques

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Shopping in Newport typically means walking from small independent store to small independent store, which makes browsing the town's cute boutiques is a pleasure unto itself. There's no mall in sight either and the art galleries most likely outnumber the chain stores. Every budget is catered for, but the majority of Newport's shops tend toward the high-end.

Shopping on the wharfs


With the Atlantic as an atmospheric backdrop, Newport's wharfs are home to a cluster of small shops, each a delight to peruse. Most are independent, such as the art and home goods store Egg & Dart. Here, you'll find a variety of original artwork, some by co-owner Chris Wyllie. Egg & Dart also sells the more interesting things you need to stock a kitchen, such as wine glasses and cheese boards. On the wharfs, you can also buy clothes, soap, jewelry, and candy - don't miss Destination: Chocolate, a sanctuary for tourists with sweet teeth.


  • Egg & Dart, 57 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 619 4760; Website: Egg & Dart

  • Destination: Chocolate, 15 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 847 1223; Website: Destination: Chocolate

Thames Street


A short walk from the wharfs brings you to Thames Street, Newport's main drag and shopping epicentre. You can buy just about anything on Thames Street, from souvenir T-shirts to one-of-a-kind works of art. A few larger chain stores like Banana Republic are tucked among the more numerous independent shops. Cabbage Rose and Tropical Gangsters are small boutiques selling women's clothing and accessories, some by local designers. Other Thames Street stores stock soap, yarn, jewelry, and clothes for men, women, and children.


  • Cabbage Rose, 493 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 846-7006; Website: Cabbage Rose

  • Tropical Gangsters, 375 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 847 9113; Website: Tropical Gangsters


The Brick Market Place


Between the wharfs and Thames Street, you'll find Newport's Brick Market Place, an open-air plaza that houses around 30 stores. Quite a few are clearly tourist-centric - called Tourist Trap and Souvenir Stop - selling t-shirts, postcards, and other souvenirs. However, a number of shops also cater to the broader public, selling shoes, clothes, jewelry, and the like. Even visitors who aren't huge fans of shopping might find the Brick Market Place appealing for its historical elements - it was built in 1762 and designed by Peter Harrison, a renowned colonial New England architect.


  • Tourist Trap, 107 Swinburne Row, Brick Market Place, Newport RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 846 4531; Website: Tourist Trap

  • Souvenir Stop, 115 Swinburne Row, Brick Market Place, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: +1 401 849 6717; Website: Souvenir Stop


Wrentham Premium Outlets


Devoted bargain-seekers are in luck: a large outlet mall is within driving distance of Newport. Located just over the Rhode Island border in Massachusetts, the Wrentham Premium Outlets's 170 stores can easily fill a whole day of shopping. You’ll find just about anything you’re looking for, from clothing and shoes to candles and home goods. Big brand names like J. Crew, Calvin Klein, The Gap, Brookstone, and Bose offer big discounts, sometimes up to 70 percent off retail prices. A food court and 2 family restaurants will replenish your energy after hours spent wandering the shops.


  • Wrentham Premium Outlets, 1 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Wrentham, MA 02093 ; Tel: +1 508 384 0600; Website: Wrentham Premium Outlets