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Inverness is only a small city, with fewer than 60,000 residents, but as it is central to a much wider geographical area there are far more shops than you might expect. Add to this the fact it draws in visitors from across the globe, and the options for shopping are surprisingly good, with something for everyone, all within a short walking distance.
The main mall in Inverness, Eastgate is centrally located and full of options for shopping. There are over 50 different shops and 13 different places to eat, all under one roof. For those who are driving, there are also two large carparks.
Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness +44 1463 226457
This is a pedestrianised street, which links many of the other shopping areas of Inverness, including the Eastgate Centre. Here you can find international or national chain stores, but there are also a healthy number of Scottish shops and small independent businesses. The High Street is a good place to start exploring the shops of Inverness, with several other shopping streets leading off it.
This is a beautiful gallery, spread over two floors, with varied art available at different price points. The original and unique art displayed here is regularly refreshed and updated, with items including paintings, screen prints, sculpture, hand-crafted jewellery and more. This is an ideal location to purchase a gift or to find a work of art that you can take home as a memento as your visit, and something different from the usual souvenirs available.
Castle Gallery, Castle Street, Inverness, +44 1463 729512
The different foods available in Inverness can surprise the visitor, and even a few locals, who may be more used to doing their weekly grocery shop in one of the larger supermarkets. If you are after gluten free food, then locally produced and award-winning Angelic Gluten Free products are sold at Holland and Barrett in the Eastgate Centre. In the Victorian market, visitors can buy foods from across Asia at Saffron Oriental Food, or walk a little further up Church Street to Victory Global Food where, as the name suggests, you can buy a surprisingly large range of speciality foods from around the world. With many traditional butchers, bakers, fishmongers, grocers and more, there really isn’t room in this guide to include all the delicious treats you can buy in the city, from Arbroath Smokies to haggis, or tablet to Scotch pies.
Saffron Oriental Food, Victorian Market, Academy Street, +44 1463 718322
Victory Global Food, Church Street, Inverness, +44 7446 899358
Another long-standing kiltmaker and supplier of Highland dress, Highland House of Fraser can also offer excellent advice on buying a kilt, or what to wear to different occasions. Located on the west bank of the River Ness, the location is enviable and has been occupied by the business for over 50 years.
Highland House of Fraser, Huntly Street, Inverness, +44 1463 222781