Even though it’s a compact city, Portsmouth has an eclectic shopping scene.
Commercial Road and the adjoining Cascades Shopping Centre have the high-street shops – H&M, Topshop/Topman, TK Maxx, WHSmith, Waterstones, Starbucks, Costa, and all the rest of them.
Gunwharf Quays is a designer outlet, home to the likes of Nike, Adidas, GAP, Dr. Martens, Vans, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and so on. There’s also a Vue cinema here, plus eateries like Patisserie Valerie, Frankie & Benny’s, Jamie’s Italian, Krispy Kreme, Pret, Nando’s – loads!
Albert Road is the alternative shopping strip: the place to come for vintage clothes, secondhand books, comics, CDs and records, weird antiques, and other such bits and bobs.
Household food is obviously going to be one of your top priorities, so we’d best give you a few pointers! There’s a huge Tesco Superstore about a five-minute walk away from our residence, and also a Tesco Express and an Iceland a little bit closer.