In Harrogate and the surrounding area we are blessed with fabulous shopping opportunities, with everything from Farmers Markets selling fresh local produce to stylish boutiques offering fabulous designer names and service to boot. Listed below are just a few thoughts and ideas to help our guests plan their visit.
On the way into Harrogate from Rudding Gates stop first at The Clothes Room on the Wetherby Road, a lovely boutique set just back off the road for super service, great labels including Joseph, and coffee!
West Park is home to several lovely boutiques: Lynx, the White House and Georgie’s, Orvis for all of your country and fishing needs, and Weetons the award winning local food emporium, worth a visit even if you don’t need any food, great for foodie gifts and morning coffee or a bowl of fresh soup for lunch. A little further along the road is Cook, a frozen food store great for almost home cooked dishes that just need heating up.
James Street – for Hoopers the local department store and most nice chains including Brora, Jigsaw, Hobbs, LK Bennett, Whistles, Russell & Bromley, Space NK, Molton Brown etc. James Brindley and the White Company are there too for those interiors moments and Waterstones, Paperchase, Cath Kidston and Hotel Chocolat!
At the end of James Street and visible behind the Cenotaph is Montpelier Parade with Betty’s Tea Rooms right at its top. If you don’t drop in for tea or coffee and Fat Rascals do pick up a box of their old fashioned peppermint creams, fantastic as a gift if you absolutely have to give them away.
Wander down Montpelier Parade to find some of Harrogate’s galleries, more lovely boutiques with Toast, Brace, Hawicks Cashmere and right at the bottom Farrahs, home of Farrah’s Famous Toffee and now a food hall and coffee shop too.
Round the corner to Montpelier Gardens for the Drum & Monkey, a locally famous seafood restaurant, and Morgan Clare, another really super boutique with a lot of great designers on its hangers, and round into Montpelier Street for the antique shops and Caroline Charles.
Walk up Montpelier Gardens onto Parliament Street and visit the Westminster Arcade. It’s a beautiful old arcade with some real treasures in it; a very good health food shop for all the supplements you can think of, and a chocolate shop for all the ones you shouldn’t. A little further down Parliament Street are Peter Gotthard Hairdressers, very reliable should you need a quick cut and blow dry. Further up the street and you find Daniels, a super shoe shop and the local Ugg stockist, and Betty’s again.
Wander along Oxford Street to see the Harrogate Theatre, Duttons for Buttons (even if you don’t need any) and the amazing lingerie shop ‘Fit to Bust’ next door! Cut through Marks & Spencer Food Hall, up the escalator and exit on to Cambridge Street for the other town centre staples such as Boots, W H Smith, Topshop, H&M, Bodyshop etc and then through to James Street, up Princes Street and into Princes Square to find Sasso, a super Italian Restaurant which does a great value two course lunch for £8.95 and Cafe Marconi for pastries and coffee or a glass of champagne.
Leave the Square via Albert Street and cross Station Parade to visit Woods, Harrogate’s best linen emporium, please note that Woods is closed on Saturdays, and the new Rigby & Peller boutique for super lingerie. Retrace your steps across Station Parade and look to your left down towards the train station and Victoria Shopping Centre to find the taxi rank for a cab back to Rudding Gates.
We should of course have mentioned the Mercer Gallery, the Pump Room Museum and the Turkish Baths (which usually need booking some time in advance if you require a treatment) so if in need of any additional culture or a foot massage retrace your steps and you’ll find them down in the vicinity of the Montpelier Quarter.
We hope our guests have a wondeful time shopping in Harrogate and an extended copy of this guide and a map can be found in the Client Guide in each apartment. For more inspiration the web links of most of the mentioned stores can be found below:
Peter Gotthard Hairdressers
Sasso & Cafe Marconi
Mercer Art Gallery
The Pump RoomMuseum