Shopping in Canterboury is an interesting experience.
Though there is the big and new revamped Whitefriars, offering big hit shops such as Topshop, H&M, River Island, Accesorize, Monsoon, Jane Norman (yuk), Boots, M&S, etc etc, there are little sidestreets with interesting little shops and boutiques to be seen!
The topshop in canterbury is not amazingly massive, it is of a small - medium size and offers topman as well on the first floor. It is a real shame there isn't a Primark in Canterbury, considering that there are two main universities in the town, they would rake in a fortune. I think they need to hit that closed down Woolworths up with one of them!
For fairtrade items, there is a shop called Siesta round the back streets behind debenhams, on a corner. They deal in a lot of fairtrade and interesting objects!
Main fashion stores include: New Look, Topshop, Warehouse, H&M, M&S, Swarovski, Karen Millen, Miss Selfridge, Claires Accesories, Ann Summers, River Island, Republic, Jane Norman, Gap, French Connection, Quicksilver, Body Shop, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, Monsoon and Accesorize.
For alternative finds, it isnt very good but there is a vintage store down towards Westgate called Revivals, though the stuff in there is more charity tat than decent products. Funky Monks is also a really weird shop stocking odd clothing and vintage. Kind of like the more curious bits of camden put into a shop, but not unpleasantly. There are small independant shops too - Jeans and Things just stock jeans, as you might have guessed.
Overall it is good to explore the back roads, Kings Mile, and all the little pubs and bits in town, but if you are after something different in terms of alternative fashion then head back to east london.
The fashion shops in canterbury have recently drastically improved due to the introduction of the whitefriars shopping area of canterbury. Before this for high fashion shops a trip to bluewater would be necessary. However now you can get most of what you need in Canterbury. When I speak I refer mainly to mainstream fashion and brand chain shops. There are a few alternative shops (such as indoor market) however Canterbury is not the best area if that is what you are after.
There are many chain stores, such as GAP, H&M, topshop, Zara and River Island. They are mainly situated in the new white friars area. You do not have to venture out of this area if that is all you want. There are also gift shops and beauty shops. Between Fenwicks and Boots they have all your make up items covered. My favorite fashion store is Fenwick. It has tons of brand names clothes and its all set out in an easy to view way, with lots of funky little gifts too.
I would definitely recommend Canterbury if you are into your fashion, however it offers nothing you couldnt get from bluewater so dont make too much of a journey.
Brief view of Canterbury Canterbury is a very cultural city, and attracts many tourists from around Europe & the rest of the world. This is the home of the Canterbuty Cathedral & therefore also the home of the famous Archbishop of Canterbury. What shops are at the highstreet? The Highstreet of Canterbury is packed with familiar brand names: Topshop, Miss Selfridges, GAP, Etam, Jones, and many more. People who enjoy buying things from these familiar shops will be delighted, since there are an almost endless array of shops to go to. There are usually always price-cuts at some of the shops at any given time. Any unusual shops? There are quite a few second hand shops around the city and you can find all sorts of unusual clothes there. There's a shop called the 'Indoor Market' that sells very alternative style clothing at good deals. It's a miniature version of what a person can find at Cambden Market. 'Revivals' is a shop that deals in fashion-ware that are very 60's & 70's style. You can find lots of interesting shoes and accessories at this shop. if you're lookign for jeans, there is even a specialised jeans shop on the Highstreet called 'Jeans and things' and there is a variety of brands, styles and price-ranges. Where do you take a break from all the shopping? Well, there are plenty good places for either a coffee, or a whole meal. Coffee shops in Canterbury: Cafe Nezzo, Starbuck, The Canterbury coffee house & Aroma, to name a few. Then there are also plenty of restaurants to eat at. If you want som junk food you'll find: McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut all on the Highstreet. Canterbury does have a greart selection of international restaurants, You can find Italian (Little Italy), Greek, Indian (Kashmir), American (Fatty Arbuckles).