Shopping in Bridport & West Bay
Bridport is well known for its huge variety of small and independent shops, where you'll find unique fashion, fantastic food and drink and individual gifts you won't find anywhere else.
The shops spread out in three directions along South, East and West Streets and many are long established family businesses. In-between you’ll find cosy street side cafes to grab a coffee or something to eat.
There is not just one, but five markets which take place regularly in the town. There’s the twice weekly street market and monthly farmer and vintage markets which attract shoppers from all around. And occasionally there are a couple of extra pop-up markets too.
Down at West Bay, there are a number of shops scattered in between the seaside cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Bridport was one of the first Transition towns in the UK and promotes responsible tourism by asking visitors to use refill bottles and cups, buy local produce and use bags for life instead of plastic bags.
Something a little different
There are some great independent and alternative shops which makes Bridport a lovely little town to enjoy some retail therapy.
Stock up on local produce at the butchers, bakers, greengrocers and delis. Browse the boutique clothing and jewellery shops for the latest addition to your wardrobe, or if eco-living is your thing, there are second hand, wholefood and zero-waste outlets on offer too.
There are also a number of vineyards and breweries nearby which all have shops selling their produce. Why not try before you buy with one of their tasting tours?
The Antiques Quarter
You’ll find the historic art and antiques quarter at St Michael’s Trading Estate. The shops here are filled to the rafters with collectables, memorabilia and objet d’art and makes for a wonderful few hours of antiquing.
The Alleyways Antiques Centre has over 50 traders under one roof - the constantly changing stock means there is always something new and interesting to buy.
Alongside the shops selling antiques, vintage and retro, you’ll also find artist studios and galleries, music and records, plus a café so you can rest your feet and grab something to eat.
Saturday is most certainly market day, with three markets taking place in town on that day.
Every Wednesday and Saturday you’ll find Bridport Market with stalls and producers visiting from around the local area to sell unique gifts and delicious food and drink.
The Country Market is in the WI Hall on North Street every Saturday and on the 2nd Saturday of the month, the Farmers Market takes place on Barrack Street.
Between March and November on the last Sunday of the month, you can visit the Antiques Market at St Michael’s Trading Estate.
Artisan Markets are held at least once a month in the theatre at Bridport Arts Centre. Opening at 9am and running until around 2pm, the market features a varied mix of local talent. From bakers to woodturners and artists to jewellers.