Penarth: a great shopping destination

As part of a series encouraging you to discover our distinctive towns, this blog post focusses on the elegant town of Penarth.

With the easing of coronavirus restrictions, now’s a great time to venture out and discover what our high streets have to offer. Please remember to follow the latest government guidelines when visiting.

With a Victorian shopping arcade and a huge variety of high quality independent shops, Penarth is a delightful place for finding something special or simply browsing for an afternoon.

In a beautifully converted Victorian building, Hamptons offers an exceptional selection of everything you need to make a house a home: furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories. Head to their spacious Food Hall for mouth-watering artisan products which you’ll find hard to resist.

Windsor Road

Babies and kids will look fantastic in the clothes at Funky Monkey, and they have a lovely selection of toys for young ones, too. Treats for all ages are to be found in the Umpa Lumpa Sweet Shop where traditional sweets in retro jars adorn the shelves.

You’ll be excited by the bespoke, locally-made pieces in Glass by Design. While the glass makers in this studio specialise in fused and stained glass and offer day courses for beginners, their retail gallery also includes the creations of craftspeople who work in felt, textiles, metal, ceramic and slate.

Shopping in Penarth is even more of a pleasure since the introduction of outdoor eating ‘parklets’ in Stanwell Road, Victoria Road and Ludlow Lane - similar to the al fresco eateries of mainland Europe. While the glass sides provide a cosy space, the green roofs - planted with sedum - attract pollinating insects, and excess rain water flows into the planters which edge the decked seating areas. These attractive, undercover areas are proving popular with customers at Willmore's 1938, Gin 64, Foxy's Café & Deli, Street Food Hut and The Windsor Restaurant & Tea Rooms.

Windsor Arcade

The taste of Denmark couldn’t be fresher at Brod, where they make Danish breads, pastries and cakes every morning. If the Danish ‘hygge’ equates to enjoying the great things in life with good people, the team at Brod have created the perfect ‘hygge’ place. Bringing a slice of Spanish culture to Wales is Bar 44 which has two restaurants in the Vale of Glamorgan at Penarth and Cowbridge. They offer your favourite tapas dishes, and sell ‘cook at home’ boxes for that authentic experience around your own table.

Alexandra Park

A walk through Alexandra Park brings you to the iconic Penarth Pier and elegant Esplanade with a variety of eateries. Have an ice cream while walking along the pier or head for the Italian Gardens and enjoy your takeaway along with the fantastic views out to sea.

The Pier and Esplanade

Discover the Vale’s other shopping destinations: Barry, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major.

Vale Town Centres showcases all the great places to shop across all four towns in the Vale. ❤ Barry ❤ Cowbridge ❤ Penarth ❤ Llantwit Major❤

Take a look so you can find some great places to shop when you visit. It also gives some great tips on some of our local cafe's and restaurants.

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