Planning a Baltic Cruise?  In this installment of our Baltic Cruise Travel Guide Series, check out West Quay Retail Park and Shopping Centre, one of the best places to shop in Southampton.

Best Shopping Places in Southampton

West Quay Retail Park

West Quay Retail Park spans over a huge area, and that includes the National Express Coach Station, McDonalds and TGIF which is just downstairs from Ibis Southampton Centre.

The Retail Park specialises mostly in home furnishings and family product, not exactly the kind of things that tourists like ourselves would like to buy on a vacation.  In spite of that, you can trust the shopaholic in me to see interesting finds at the retail park!

I am not talking about these – these jerseys only interest Tommy.. 🙂

‘Frozen’ is hot in the UK, and I cannot help but lament why they have so many varieties of Frozen merchandise. Even a pharmacy store is better stocked with Frozen merchandise than our own toy stores.

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IKEA – Home Furnishings

IKEA the furniture store is just opposite to the West Quay Shopping Centre.  It always maintains its consistency in imaging and products across the world, right down to its restaurant and the food they serve.


Perhaps the best view you will get in Southampton City is the City Cruise Terminal from one of the top floors at IKEA.


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West Quay Shopping Centre

West Quay Shopping Centre is one of the best places to shop in Southampton.

My favourite place at the West Quay Shopping Centre is their Build-a-Bear workshop, because it is a hotbed of ‘Frozen’ and ‘Despicable Me’ products!

Olaf in summer.

Elsa and Anna, bear-version.

Another of my favourite cartoon characters – the Minions!

Frozen-inspired clothes and accessories for those who would like to dress up their plush companions. These merchandise are really hard to find elsewhere, but prices are very steep, certainly not in the range of what we could find in Bangkok.

The West Quay Shopping Centre opens out to the main city centre and shopping street of Bar Gate and Bar Street and even the Old Town further down.


At the top floors of the West Quay Shopping Centre is where the cafes and restaurants were. So many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We eventually settled on the Chicago Rib Shack for dinner – some kind of fast-food joint which is more within our budget.

Join us next as we explore the Southampton City Centre.

First published 1 Jan 2016
Last updated 17 Aug 2019

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