Truro is where you’ll find more of the big high street names than anywhere else in Cornwall, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have plenty of unique independent shops. When you’ve opened your suitcase and discovered that you’ve forgotten a few choice essentials for your holiday, Truro is the place to head to – it’s got M & S, two big chemists, Waterstones and so on for all the day to day needs. Once you’ve shopped for the basics, though, go for a wander around this pretty cathedral city and nose around some of the more interesting shops.
Lemon Street Market is a tiny but lovely shopping centre with an art gallery upstairs and some imaginative shops below. One specialises in recycled products, another has chic home ware, there’s an artisan bakery and a deli. Two cafes make it a good spot to hang out for an hour.
The Pannier Market, just off the main pedestrianised area of Lemon Quay, has a much more traditional feel with butchers and grocers jostling for space with kitchen products and china stalls. The cafe here, Fodders, has a great reputation for coffee. On Wednesdays and Saturdays producers from around the county gather on Lemon Quay for the weekly farmer’s market, perfect for stocking your holiday property fridge.
There’s no shortage of gorgeous things for the home in Truro; Uneeka has accessories, gifts and unusual treats from all over the world while Inhabit has everything from rugs and lighting to original kid’s toys.
Mount’s Bay Trading is quirkiness itself; two floors jam-packed with kitchen ware, mirrors, Oriental rugs and fashion from less familiar brands. In the next street along, you’ll find a shop that sells only jeans; the team here has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things denim.
Good places for a break to revive yourself? Saffron is a bistro-style restaurant that does a great lunch that’s all about seasonal, Cornish ingredients; Archie Browns is a vegetarian café that is as popular with carnivores as with veggies – get there early or you’ll have to join the queue for lunch, it’s so busy – both places have imaginative menus that change every day.
Lemon Street Market
The Pannier Market
Truro Farmer’s Market
5 Boscawen Street, Truro , TR1 2EL, 01872 888530
2 Green Street Mews, Truro, TR1 2LH, 01872 222231
Mounts Bay Trading
12-13 River Street, Truro TR1 2SQ, 01872 240624
The Old Jeans Store
14A Kenwyn Street, Truro, TR1 3DJ, 01872 261961
5 Quay Street, Truro, TR1 2HB, 01872 263771
105-106 Kenwyn Street, Truro, TR1 3BX, 01872 278622