Shopping in Chelmsford
We all love a spot of retail therapy from time to time and residents of Chelmsford are certainly not short of options in which to go on a spending spree. Boasting an extensive choice of shopping centres and retail parks, the city of Chelmsford is home to a myriad of leading brand names, independent boutiques and specialist retailers, so there really is something for everyone in this highly-desirable commuter belt location.
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Home to over 25 of the high street’s top brands, Bond Street is Chelmsford’s prime open-air retail and leisure destination. Nestled in the heart of the city centre, visitors can indulge in some serious retail therapy amidst the wide-ranging choice of leading brand names. Since its opening in 2016, Bond Street has gone from a tired carpark to an attractive, well-to-do shopping destination enticing visitors from across Essex and beyond. With well-known luxury retailers including John Lewis, Hotel Chocolat, Foyles and L’Occitane it’s easy to see why Bond Street is such a popular choice to splash some cash.
There’s plenty of places to stop and refuel whilst relishing a shopping spree on Bond Street. From riverside eateries such as Byron and Bill’s to something a little more quintessentially British at the Tiptree Tearoom & Shop where visitors can enjoy a light-bite of delicious patisseries accompanied by a choice of Tiptree’s heavenly fruit preserves.
Bond Street is also home to an Everyman Cinema where film lovers can enjoy an innovative cinema experience. Forget slush puppies and popcorn, Everyman’s game-changing cinema menu means you can order a glass of wine and a ‘Spielburger’ straight to your seat.
With over 80 retailers, eateries and services all under one roof, High Chelmer is Chelmsford’s one-stop shopping destination. From high street favourites such as Boots, New Look, Next and HMV to specialist retailers including the Tottenham Hotspur store and Chelmer Fine Art; High Chelmer is one of the city’s most-loved shopping centres and the ideal place for a family shopping trip.
To keep the hunger at bay, a diverse choice of restaurants and coffee shops can also be found at High Chelmer, including French all-day dining eatery Côte Brasserie, family favourite Queenies Coffee Shop and the affordable-luxury steak and lobster lounge, Bourgee.
Occupied by a number of major high street names, Chelmer Village Retail Park is perfect for those in search of an outdoor shopping trip with larger outlets. Enjoy a rummage in TK Maxx, a browse through the rails in Outfit or furniture shopping at Next Home. Craft-lovers favourite, Hobby Craft, and tech store Currys PC World are also among the well-known names calling Chelmer Village Retail Park home.
Established over 800 years ago and offering great value for money, there is a plethora of independent stalls to be discovered at Chelmsford Market. Run by local traders, this Chelmsford institution is an indoor marketplace selling everything from plants and vinyl records to whole foods and pet supplies; whatever you’re looking for, you’re almost guaranteed to find it here. The market is open five days a week and is conveniently located slap bang in the middle of Chelmsford city centre.
Chelmsford High Street
For foodies, Chelmsford High Street Market is host to an array of local gastronomic wonders running every Friday and Saturday. Absorb the bustling atmosphere and indulge in fresh produce ranging from fruits and vegetables to artisan breads, handmade sausages and award-winning pies.
Alternatively, there are also a number of big-name retailers and cafés along the pedestrianised high street including Debenhams, Paperchase and Marks and Spencer, along with Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero to keep you recharged as you peruse the shops and stalls.
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