Most people wouldn’t go to Bath just to shop; the city has much more to offer than that. However, most of the shops here are centrally located and in a pedestrianised area. They also have a good range of independent stores if you browse around palces like Broad Street and Cheap St. Some real gems can be found of the main thoroughfare. From the top of the city at Milsom Street going south, if you keep straight you will walk on Union St, Stall Street and then Southgate Street. As a general rule of thumb the more exclusive and expensive shops are towards the north, at the Milsom Street end.
Key areas are:
Podium Shopping Centre, Northgate St
This is a two level covered over shopping centre containing top end High Street type shops such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Julian Graves (Health Food stores) and a Waitrose (this is the most centrally located supermarket apart from the M&S Food Hall) as well as a number of independent stores and a few coffee shops and restaurants.
Milsom Place Shopping Centre, between Milsom St/Broad St
This contains a lot of fashion and home ware boutiques such as Hobbs and Cath Kidston. Plus independent stores which sell a variety of (mainly) designer labels. The centre looks very classy, it has a modern feel but in keeping with the sandstone Georgian look of the city. There are places to eat in here such as Jamie’s Italian (Jamie Oliver restaurant).
Jolly’s of Bath, Milsom St
This is a now a House of Fraser Department Store and takes up one side of the top end of Milsom St. Although it keeps the traditional frontage it is very modern inside. There is a wide range of cosmetics and perfumery along the front windows and further back are accessories and a coffee shop. Fashion and Home are on the upper floors.
Rossiters of Bath, Broad Street
A top end furnishing department store, they also do gifts and fashion accessories. They stock mainly premier brands. A lovely shop to browse.
Union Street/Stall Street (Close to Bath Abbey)
These two streets run into each other. It is along here and the streets coming off of them that the main High Street chains will be found such as Next, WH Smiths and Marks & Spencer (expanding for spring 2010).
Southgate Centre, Southgate Street (on from Union Street)
Only part of this was open when I visited (early Spring 2010), more parts are due to open soon. This is a well laid out pedestrian area, with modern building built in a traditional Georgian style to fit in with the rest of the city. Featured shops include Bose, Apple and Game.