Catering to all shopping needs from trendy boutiques and high-street fashion to local markets and speciality stores, this city has it all.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to pick up some last-minute freshers’ fancy dress, or just looking to browse the Newcastle shopping centre in between lectures, we’ve got you covered in this handy guide.
Northumberland Street is often considered the heart of the city's retail district. This pedestrianised street in the city centre is lined with an array of shops, and eateries. You'll find all your favourite high-street brands, including Marks and Spencers, TK Maxx, and Primark, among others.
Newcastle’s popular department store, Fenwick, can also be found just off Northumberland Street. Here, you can enjoy both high-street and luxury brand clothing, cosmetics and homeware. Feeling peckish? Take a break from shopping and visit the famous Fenwick Food Hall.
Eldon Square is another popular Newcastle shopping centre you can access from Northumberland Street. Here you’ll find more high-street favourites so you can get your essentials, outfits for special occasions, and gifts, including the store that houses it all, John Lewis.
Still can’t see what you’re looking for?
If Fenwick or John Lewis doesn’t have what you need, the Metrocentre in Gateshead is certain to. As Newcastle’s biggest shopping centre, the Metrocentre is a haven for student-friendly shops, including one of the most popular clothing shops for young people — yep, you guessed it: Zara.
Situated a short distance away from the city centre, this shopping centre is one of the largest in the UK. Open for late-night shopping, Newcastle’s Metrocentre houses over 250 retailers. Why not pop over after a late lecture and peruse the array of clothing, homeware, and entertainment shops and outlets? With over 60 eateries, you can fuel up as you go, too.
As well as offering excellent shopping opportunities, Newcastle malls are packed with activities. Check out The Gate on Newgate Street, a sprawling leisure complex and mega-mall all rolled into one. Whether you want to go on a cinema date or spend an afternoon in the video game lounge there’s something to entertain everyone.
Once your wardrobe is kitted out ready for the most exciting chapter of your life, why not slow down the pace a bit and check out one of Newcastle’s many amazing markets?
The Quayside Sunday Market is a traditional market that takes place every week all year round. The Quayside market itself offers up a variety of artisanal crafts, plenty of baked goods, and tasty food stalls. The perfect way to round off a weekend with your housemates.
Similarly, the Grainger Market in the heart of Newcastle city centre has nearly 60 stalls selling everything from handmade crafts, to foodie bits and fresh produce. Whilst you’re there, wander into the architectural masterpiece that is the Central Arcade. As you’re browsing, take a look at the vaulted glass ceiling, or take a peek at JG Windows — a Newcastle music store that’s been a key part of the city since 1908.
A visit to Newcastle’s markets wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Jesmond Food Market, held the first and third Saturday of every month, located in Jesmond on Armstrong Bridge, overlooking the spectacular scenery of Jesmond Dene. It is the perfect place to sample local produce, pick up a tasty treat, and stretch your legs.
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