When I'm thinking about the best places to shop in Bournemouth of course I'm biased to locations such as Southbourne. With its array of independent businesses that are full of creativity and joy.  What could be better than strolling down a friendly high street where everyone loves the laidback style of shopping and café lifestyle. 

I'm very proud to be in the centre of Southbourne's vibrant high street, affectionately known as Sobo by the locals.  People wave and smile at you and the community comes together on some wonderful projects throughout the year for all to enjoy.  Here you will find a group of people passionate about their small businesses offering something more than just items to purchase. We all put our heart and soul into what we are doing, and the result is a vibrant high street.

My Pick Of The Best Places To Shop In Bournemouth

When you are looking for women's clothes shops in Bournemouth with a relaxed vibe look no further than Sugar Mango.  I have curated a women’s fashion edit of fun colourful clothes that can be worn anywhere and most importantly for any age!  You will also discover my passion for jewellery especially gemstones.  My little boutique has everything a girl needs. With beauty products, accessories, and lifestyle gifts all handpicked by myself for your delight.  Find out more about SugarMango here.

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Our high street is full of creativity, pop into Haberdasherdoo and get help from Jane on your craft projects. Or try Tilly’s Gifts for handmade artworks by Karen (the owner)  and sniff out her fab range of Yankee candles.  For something a bit more quirky there are amazing things at Flaming Nora’s. From Pink Flamingos to giant lamps, this fun store will have you browsing for hours.

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Discover the joy of thumbing through the pages of Kirstie’s hand-selected books at BH6 Book Store. She’s great at finding you the perfect read and will order in anything you fancy.

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I love Southbourne Cards, I can just pop in and tell Debbie the occasion and she finds me the perfect card. No more trawling racks of cards, just great personal service.

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For all things cheesy you must visit Parlourmentary, their cool shop of all things cheese and meaty will have you drooling to taste what’s on offer. And don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about cheese, they are brilliant at letting you taste first and will advise you on a great cheese board selection. 

Then get some freshly baked bread to eat with your cheese from BH24 and possibly a little sweet treat for afters.

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When you need to stop for some refreshment my favourite places are Delhi Rocks for a little Mediterranean nibble, run by Gio whose love for great food and rock is embodied in the shop’s character.  Or pop into Harry’s for coffee and homemade cake galore. 

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These are just a few of the best places to shop in Bournemouth, I’ll let you discover the rest when you visit. Hopefully, this little taster has got you inspired to make your next shopping day out an independent experience. Because shopping small is a vote for the type of place you want to live, its a lifestyle that gives back to your local area and keeps it alive.