An Exeter Shopping Adventure

I love my blogging job. 

This morning I took the train from Plymouth to Exeter (about an hour) for a shopping trip, and just look at these gorgeous coastal views along the sea wall from Teignmouth to Starcross:

Have you ever been to Exeter? The historic and pretty city is home to three railway stations, one cathedral, one university, one college, and a lot of amazing shops.  

Princesshay (I actually saw this place being built in 2007, from my office window).

Hosted by the three shopping hubs of Princesshay (Debenhams, Reiss, Karen Millen), the High Street (Gap, Boots, John Lewis) and the Guildhall ShoppingCentre (Primark, WIlkos, Superdrug). Nestled amongst these hubs lie more shops and tea rooms and bars and eateries along Gandy Street and Queen Street.  But believe me, just head for Exeter Central Station (or walk the steep, steep hill from Exeter St David’s station) and all the shops are accessible, with plenty of rest stops to suit every taste and budget, from Michael Caine’s Abode to a Subway.

I digress from shopping (and that won't do, oh no).
After an hour planning and writing on the train, I alighted at Central and headed straight for Princesshay for Karen Millen, Zara, Cath Kidston and Joules – all stores that are not yet available in Plymouth (although there is a Karen Millen concession in our House of Fraser).  Then onto Gap, via a quick foray in The Card Factory, to top up on birthday cards (17 for £2.00 – all I have to do now is remember the dates).  

Starting to feel hungry, and knowing that I shouldn’t make any shopping decisions with a grumbly tum, I’m inspired to eat at Wagamama – quick and delicious, and the same price as a coffee shop or department store cafe; I treated myself to 5 steamed chicken dumplings (I LOVE DUMPLINGS, and I didn’t have to share any!) and some rice, along with the free green tea available.

I LOVE DUMPLINGS (Ahem, gyoza)

Refreshed, it’s back out for another visit to Karen Millen, whose team I saw working at last month’s Marie Claire @Work Live event – which was a fabulous day out; were you there? Then a peer into Hotel Chocolat to try out their Mojito range; Chocolate yes, Mojito yes; together – absolutely not, but then I’m not a fan of liqueur chocolates.  A quick dash into Russell and Bromley, JoJo Maman Bebe and a final stop at Patisserie Valerie for a Mille Re-Feuille: 

I had to pop into the 99p stores, too (almost opposite Exeter St David’s) as you just never know what you’ll find – an over-door hanger for the inside of my wardrobe to house my long necklaces, and this adorable bag.  

I do, I really do.

Sadly, I didn’t really have time for the High Street (other than Gap) and completely missed John Lewis and Next (although to be fair I was there at 5am only a few days ago).

So, yes, I love to visit Exeter for shopping, and occasionally I do feel deprived as a shopper by the different options available (I was in Cath Kidston and Zara for an undisclosed amount of time, and had a little fun elsewhere)

A good day at the office.
Yet, Plymouth has a TK Maxx in the centre (Exeter’s branch is out at a retail park), and now a Tiger Store, both of which I can usually be found in every other day.

On the journey home I added up that I’d saved about £200 in the sales today, and done quite a bit of work, so definitely worth my whirlwind visit; next time I visit I hope to stay for longer, and perhaps, er,  take advantage of the many bars conveniently situated between the shops.

Where are your favourite places to shop? 

Wander Mum


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  2. ARGH - I follow quite a few English blogs, and I keep seeing Wagamama popping up, but we don't have any here in Canada!! So unfair!! :'(

    1. Ah, but you have Wahlburgers and Bath and Body Works :) #LifelongNewKidFan and #BeautyAddict :) Thanks for your comment!

  3. Looks like a great day of shopping! That pastry looks AMAZING!

    1. I've never yet met a Mille Feuille I didn't like. Or could pronounce correctly #joysoflanguages.

  4. I haven't been to Exeter for AGES. Such a beautiful city and clearly good for shops. I'm a total Cath Kidson fiend and can spend a long time (and money) in there! Great bag for life too. Very appropriate. By the way, I can't believe how cheap the cards were! Thanks for linking #citytripping

    1. I think I'm overdue an Exeter visit - love pottering around Exeter Cathedral and the Green as well as the shops!

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