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Where to Shop in Swansea - Covered Markets and Oriental Ornaments

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As the largest city in southwest Wales, Swansea is a major regional shopping hub. It has a wide variety of outlets clustered in several distinct areas. You'll find most brand names in the city centre and in newer out-of-town malls. For smaller shops, you can head to the Independent Quarter or to the Uplands neighbourhood. For an old-fashioned shopping experience, you can explore Swansea's famous indoor market.

City centre


You'll find all the main British high street chain stores in central Swansea. Many of the bigger names are located along Oxford Street and around Castle Square. This largely pedestrianized zone attracts over 50,000 visitors every week. If you're looking for the latest fashions, you can choose from top national and international brands, such as Next, H&M, Marks & Spencer, and River Island. Just south of this area is the Quadrant Shopping Centre. Here you'll find around 40 retail outlets, including Debenhams department store.


  • Quadrant Shopping Centre, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 3QW; Tel: +44 1792 460312; Website: Quadrant Shopping Centre

  • Debenhams, 22 The Quadrant, Swansea SA1 3QX ; Tel: +44 8445 616161; Website: Debenhams

Swansea Indoor Market


Swansea Indoor Market sits beside the Quadrant Shopping Centre but offers a very different shopping experience. Built in 1961, it ranks among the largest covered markets in Britain. Home to over 100 stalls, you can browse for fresh food and flowers or choose from a range of fashion items and novelty gifts. Seafood lovers will not want to miss the Cockle Rotunda at the centre of the market. Here you can sample locally caught shellfish, as well as laverbread - a Welsh delicacy made from seaweed.


  • Swansea Indoor Market, Oxford Street, Swansea SA1 3PQ; Tel: +44 1792 654296; Website: Swansea Indoor Market




The trendy suburb of Uplands is just west of the city centre. It's close to Swansea University and home to a large population of students. You'll find an eclectic range of stores here, laid-back cafés, and bars. There are several unusual gift shops along Uplands Crescent and Brynymor Road, such as Crundles, which has been in business over 40 years. This small boutique is packed with oriental ornaments, silver jewelry, clothing, and quirky gifts.


  • Crundles, 80 Brynymor Road, Swansea SA1 4JE; Tel: +44 7865 894665; Website: Crundles


Independent Quarter


The western end of central Swansea has a high concentration of independent traders. This area - comprising Plymouth Street, Nelson Street, Oxford Street, Dillwyn Street, Picton Arcade, and Shoppers Walk - has become known as the Independent Quarter. You'll find specialist retailers here offering unique designer products. The traders pride themselves on knowing their business intimately, and offer a personalized service. Tyler Jenkins specializes in gold and jewelry, while Rowberry Shoes is the place to look for both footwear and designer fashion. Rowberry has been run by 5 generations of the same family since 1898.


  • Tyler Jenkins, 4-5 Plymouth Street, Swansea SA1 3QQ; Tel: +44 1792 475805; Website: Tyler Jenkins

  • Rowberry Shoes, 1 Picton Arcade, Swansea SA1 3BH; Tel: +44 1792 360043; Website: Rowberry Shoes


Out-of-town shopping


Within easy reach of the city are several out-of-town malls. The largest is Morfa Shopping Park. It's 2 miles from central Swansea and close to Liberty Stadium - home to Swansea City soccer club. There are dozens of shops here. If you're looking for the latest fashions, you'll find branches of Next, New Look, and Outfit. There are also DIY, household, electronics, and food outlets. Elsewhere, Mumbles, at the south end of Swansea Bay, offers a range of small independent shops.