I couldnn't pass this one without writing a review. Chester is a brilliant City for shopping as not only is it a beautiful setting but it is also quite compact. A short stroll away from the more popular areas such as bridge street and eastgate street where the famous "Chester Rows" are is possibly the most memorable shop in Chester...Lee Louise. It is situated at 70 Foregate street which is a minute away from Marks and Spencers if you are familiar with the main drag!
There is no denying it is definately the most unique shop in the town. The shop streches right back and as many people will tell you it is "like an Aladdins cave" jam packed with ethnic, gothic and hippy style clothing. Lee Louise regurlarly changes suppliers so unlike many of the surrounding high street shops you will literally find something different every time you visit! I personally have shopped here since I was a child, and have even managed to get some clothing specially ordered! Some of the more well known makes this shop stocks are Uttam, Nomads, Jordash and culture.
It is open all year round and staff are always happy to help! So if you are visiting it is well worth dropping in!
Watergate street is the destination for any discerning modern women,once the location for chesters antique shops,it has now become home for the independent fashion stores peppered with the odd multi national,NICHOLS at 32 watergate street has a wounderful range of european labels from paris to copenhagen.situated at street level and forming part of booth hall mansion,a grade 1 listed building dating back to the 13th century,the interior hosts a wealth of architectural delights.The staff are welcomeing and very knowledgeable,with a free alterations service nichols hits the mark.There are several other fashion stores of interest and are all located in this very beautiful and picturesque part of chester.
last year saw the launch of chester fashion week,sadly the main focus was centred around the large department stores and cheshire oaks which is situated in ellesmere port,so hopefully this year the organisers will make contact with the beautiful boutiques found in watergate street.
Although a resident in the lovely old town of Shrewsbury and generally more than happy with the choice of shops right here, occasionally I feel the need to visit the bright lights of Chester for a little stronger retail therapy and a little more choice.
Now, I know we're discussing clothes shops, and not Chester's history...but I have to tell you a bit about the feel of the place, just so you'll know why it's so special. :)
Chester is, as a town, very in touch with its history and so the town centre - the main shopping area - is completely unlike most other cloned town centres with the same old shops in the same buildings you can find everywhere in the country. Instead, the town centre is based around the old Roman road system, with little straight streets crammed full of buildings built in every age from Tudor onwards. Even with all this history behind it, Chester still manages to be modern and has a unique air of being an old town with thoroughly modern shopping.
It's a fairly big place, so as you would expect the choice of fashion shops is wide. In terms of high street fashion, there are a lot of shops which do stock most of the current ranges: New Look, Next, Marks & Spencer, BHS, Monsoon, Pilot, Top Shop, Kookai, Zara, Gap, H&M, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge. For those wanting a bargain and a quick fashion fix, these shops are invaluable! The actual shops aren't huge, as most of them have been fitted into small buildings, so they don't have as much choice as say, Birmingham, but to me the experience of shopping in Chester beats Birmingham hands-down!
For workwear, Chester fits the bill nicely as well. You can find shirts at Austin Reed and the Sartori Shirt Company, and suits at Planet, Principles and Next. A huge choice of jumpers can be found at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
Chester is wonderful for more upmarket and designer shops, too. There are too many little designer boutiques for me to list (just have a wander around and see what you can find, especially down the side streets) but there are also well-known stores such as Karen Millen, White Stuff, Jaeger, Laura Ashley, MaxMara and French Connection. For other designer brands, a good bet is the department store, Browns of Chester, which stocks lots of brands such as the designer ranges for Debenham's, Morgan, Jane Norman and Oasis.
All in all, Chester gives a unique shopping experience and a lot of choice for the discerning shopper. Go yourself, have a wander around, explore the little boutiques and one-off shops, and you'll know what I mean.
Chester is crawling with clothes shops... on the main high street there is a massive branch of marks and spencers, one store for men and one store for women, a huge BHS, a massive next, a burtons menswear, a new look, a monsoon, a pilot etc etc and this isn't even mentioning the side street and department stores and shopping precinct which have shops such as warehouse, oasis, kookai, evans, topshop/man, dash, laura ashley, morgan, miss selfridge, river island, bay trading company and many many more. However Chester also has many upmarket fashion outlets catering for the more upmarket woman, these independent boutiques are famed around cheshire and this is where many women get their outfits for the chester races, these bouriques are all around the city centre of chester, mostly on the higher terraces or on the lower terraces as you approach the road with habitat on. Chester is quite a small city, which does mean that although the choice of shops is large the size of most of the shops isn't large. This limits the choice of clothes a little as not all of the shops hold the full stock as most shops in Manchester do, but this doesn't deter from the fact that chester is a good place for clothes shopping and also a nice environment to clothes shop in, with beautiful buildings all around, and nice little cafes to rest from a hard days shopping, chester is definately a good clothes shopping environment
Chester has one of the best shopping facilities in Chester and is easly accessible for all. There is a train and bus station and park and ride schemes which save the hassle of parking and drop you right in the centre of Chester. With shops being in a relatively compacted area you won't wear your feet out too much either! For fashion, Chester really does have it all. First of all there are all your high street names - Top Shop, New Look, Miss Selfridge etc with all the latest fashions at affordale prices. Moving on, for the more upmarket buyer there are shops such as Pilot, Monsoon and Oasis as well as Warehouse in the Browns shopping centre which is full of expensive clothing by small and large designers. If you prefer a more offbeat look there are several tribal shops offering that little bit different something you've looked all over to find. As well as the above there is also a huge Marks and Spencers, and similarly large BHS to keep your Mum and Gran happy. This goes to show that Chester will keep all the generations happy when looking for clothes. I would recommend the city for one of those family shopping trips because you're bound to find something to suit you with the variety of fashion shops on offer.