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Discover our local and designer shops

Take a shopping trip around Portsmouth and discover designer brands, unique locally-made items, vintage finds and much more

Portsmouth's ready to welcome you

Things are getting back to normal in the city, but some places still have their own covid restrictions. So it's best to check directly with businesses to confirm what activities and services are available.

Portsmouth and Southsea are great places for shopping.

If you like to buy from local, independent shops, you'll find lots of choice in our thriving small business community. We also have a designer shopping outlet by the waterfront where you'll find big brands at discounted prices, and a central shopping district for high street names.

Independent shops

Southsea is an independent shopper's paradise. You'll find everything from vintage clothes, to records, homeware, flowers and craft supplies. These are some of our favourite independent shops in Southsea. 

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Budd's Herbal Apothecary

A beautiful retro-looking apothecary, selling all manner of herbal remedies >

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A haberdashery and workspace selling wool and vintage buttons. They also run craft workshops and a weekly crafting meet up >


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Hotwalls Studios

A collection of artists' studios where you can see the artists at work and buy artwork and gifts >

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Dress Code 

Portsmouth and Southsea's vintage vinyl records, clothing and quirky gifts boutique >

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Nothing Ventured Vinyl

Electronic music specialists selling rare and vintage vinyl – you'll often find in-store DJs there too >

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Rose Clover

A super-friendly florists stocking plants, flowers and ultra-stylish pots to keep them in  >

Bottles of spirits on the beach

Portsmouth Distillery

Hand-crafted, multiple award-winning spirits distilled in an eighteenth century fort. They also run tasting tours >

Portsmouth clothing brands

We're home to lots of independent clothing brands, these are our faves. 

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Strong Island Clothing Co

Portsmouth's homegrown clothing brand, inspired by the sea and the city >

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Love Southsea

Jumpers, t-shirts, artwork, homeware and gifts – all celebrating Southsea >

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Bored of Southsea

An independent skate shop (and Southsea institution) selling skating clothing and equipment >

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Island Feather

A boutique sport and fitness brand for women, inspired by the sea on our doorstep >

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Grocers and butchers

If you want to avoid big supermarkets and buy fruit, vegetables and meat from small shops, Portsmouth and Southsea has independent groceries and butchers including:

Southsea Deli

The only independent classic delicatessen in Southsea

Astles of Portsmouth

Award-winning family butchers

Mediterranean Super Market

Selling fruit, vegetables, Halal meat and Mediterranean goods

Portsmouth International Food Centre

Selling fruit, vegetables, spices and Halal meat

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Street markets

Whether you're looking for gifts, clothing or food, you'll find street markets that meet your needs across Portsmouth. 

Love Southsea Market

Held on the first weekend of every month, you'll find gifts, homeware and clothing from local makers and independent businesses at this market on Palmerston Road.

Hampshire Farmers' Market

Held every third Sunday of the month on Palmerston Road, you can buy fresh produce from local producers including local meats, cheeses, baked goods, pickles, fruits and vegetables

Commercial Road Market

All day every Thursday, Friday and Saturday selling fruit, vegetables and flowers

Furniture shops

At some point while at uni you'll need furniture, even if it's just a reading lamp. You'll find affordable furniture shops across the city, and bigger outlets nearby. 

  • DEBRA – A great charity shop on Elm Grove that stocks second hand sofas, beds, wardrobes, fridges, kitchenware and clothes
  • The Furniture Factory – A great place for furniture in the north of the city on London Road in North End
  • Fawcett Road in Southsea has many furniture shops such as Mack & Sons and Harbour Furniture

University of Portsmouth students shopping at Gunwharf Quays
Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet
Shops and restaurants at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Gunwharf Quays outlet

Gunwharf Quays (pictured above) is the biggest shopping outlet for designer brands in Portsmouth. You'll find outlet stores from major international names such as Nike, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, All Saints, Jack Wills, Michael Kors, Vans, Adidas, The North Face, Molton Brown, Bose and many more.

Gunwharf is also home to a 14-screen Vue cinema, a bowling alley, Aspex contemporary art gallery, and a host of restaurants – including Nando's, Pizza Express, Five Guys, Wagamama, and Loch Fyne. There are plenty of bars and a casino to discover as well.

And it's where you'll find a centrepiece of the Portsmouth skyline – the iconic Spinnaker Tower – which offers panoramic views of the city and the Solent from it's viewing platform. 

Getting to Gunwharf from campus is quick and easy – it's a 10 minute walk from University House to Gunwharf, and if you're travelling by bus or train from further afield, Gunwharf is situated right next to the Portsmouth bus terminal and Portsmouth Harbour railway station.

High street shopping

Commercial Road is the main high street in Portsmouth, where you'll find Primark, Debenhams, Topshop and H&M. Southsea and North End also have smaller high streets.

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