Newcastle upon Tyne - The Geordie Shopping Guide

The Central Arcade shopping mall

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Newcastle city centre is a popular place both for the residents and tourists due to its blend of culture, stunning landmarks, vibrant nightlife and the shopping experience.

Newcastle upon Tyne has an array independent stores and boutiques, together with shops associated with nationwide chains, three department stores and numerous market stalls. So there are plenty of places to shop and indulge in some good old fashioned retail therapy.

Eldon Square shopping centre in the heat of Newcastle city centre

Eldon Square is the main shopping centre in the heart of the city and is home to around 150 high street stores and independent specialist stores. It includes three flagship departments stores; Fenwick, John Lewis and Debenhams.

The shops cater for fashion, clothing accessories, footwear, jewellery, arts and crafts, technology and electrical goods, gifts and health & beauty.

When you need a break, there are many cafes, restaurants and food outlets, whether you are looking for some fast food, a coffee and a relaxing meal.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in Eldon Square and do not fancy walking around the streets of Newcastle, why not consider a trip to the Metrocentre in Gateshead.

Shops in Newcastle city centre

Monument Mall


Monument Mall is nearby Eldon Square, located next to Grey’s Monument and just off Northumberland Steet. The shopping mall adjacent to the Monument Metro station.

It is home to designer brands Reiss, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, luxury jewellery retailer ROX and others including Kiehls, Fat Face, and TK Max.

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street is the main high street for shopping in Newcastle. The pedestrianised street, at the heart of the city centre, is flanked by the Monument and Haymarket Metro stations. The street is home to many of the nationwide retailers including H&M, J.D. Sports, Primark, Marks and Spencers, Sports Direct, mobile phone shops, cafes and fast food outlets including Greggs.

Greggs, founded in Newcastle, is a nationwide chain of takeaway food vendors specialising in savoury products such as pastry bakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches and doughnuts.

Fenwick, the iconic department store, is the flagship shop on the street presents a stunning beautiful Christmas-themed window display every year during the festive activities, with moving characters, music and lighting. Well worth a visit with the children.

The street is also resident to the annual Christmas market in December, with stalls and attractions selling food, drink and gifts. The Christmas fair has now become so popular that it extends to the Monument Mall, Blackett Street and Grey Street.

Shopping on Northumberland Street

Image: Andrew Curtis / Fenwick’s Department Store, Northumberland Street / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Charm of the Geordie MarketsMarkets

Grainger Market is a covered market which opened way back in 1835. This traditional market, housed in a Grade I listed building, is home to numerous stalls. The market traders sell fresh produce including fruit & veg and meat, specialist food, clothing, footwear, books, music, arts and crafts, unusual gifts, together with other specialist independent stores.

The Quayside market is a weekly bazaar that takes place on Sundays on the Quayside along a stretch of the River Tyne, between the Tyne Bridge and Millenium Bridge. Goods for sale include fresh produce, jewellery, arts & crafts, street food and confectionary.

Specialist Arts and Crafts

For those looking for more specialist paintings and sculptures the department stores, John Lewis and Fenwick, have galleries dedicated to paintings by local artists.

Others recommendations that warrant a visit include the North East Art Collective in Eldon Gardens, an annexe of Eldon Square, Castle Fine Art on Grey Street and The Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street, in nearby Shieldfield.

Specialist Music Shopping

The Central Arcade on Grainger Street, next to the Grey’s Monument in Newcastle is home to J.G. Windows, is the specialist music shop.

The store sells everything from pianos and sheet music, ukuleles, drum kits, saxophones, trumpets, guitars, C.D.s and vinyl music to hi-fi equipment. The arcade is worthy of a visit to admire the arcade’s architecture.

Transport Links for Newcastle City Centre

The main train station is Newcastle Central station, and everything is generally within a 10-minute walk. Local buses frequent all the main roads accessing the heart of Newcastle, with bus stops strategically located around the main shopping centre, Eldon Square, on Blackett Street, Pilgrim Street, Gallowgate, Haymarket as well as Neville Street next to the train station.

Newcastle is blessed with a light rail network, the Tyne and Wear Metro, which links the city centre up with various suburbs of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle Airport and the even the coast at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. The Metro runs underground beneath the city centre where three stations exist on the network; Newcastle central, Monument and the Haymarket.

Accessing the city centre by car, there are several large car parks and multi-storey car parks located around the city centre. All are well signed so there are should be no problem getting parked.

While this is not an exhaustive list of all the shops and services available in Newcastle city centre, we hope there is enough to inspire you.

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