Shopping in Porthmadog
Porthmadog, unlike many towns today, is full of charming little specialist shops each with character. It could be easy to dismiss the town as one long high street; explore the side streets with their charming little shops and you might be pleasantly surprised!
Whether youíre staying in Porthmadog or just visiting, this is the place to buy those presents for the family and souvenirs of your holiday.
The famous Rob Piercy Gallery is hidden away in Snowdon Street, but itís well worth a visit. You can buy a Piercy original along with other works by famous local artists or choose from a large selection of excellent prints. From discounted woollens from the woollen mills to original works of art and superb Welsh craftwork, this is the place to shop.
Kerfoots by the roundabout in the High Street is the area's own mini John Lewis selling quality home wares, crystal and gifts and the top floor has a fine coffee shop. But to mark the millennium the owners commissioned their own stained glass dome as you climb the elegant spiral staircase.
Almost diagonally opposite is the town's cinema, where "First Knight," which was filmed on location in the area, was premiered. It is only a little place but one of few for miles around.
And if youíve been looking for an elusive LP or CD try Cob Records - international record dealers. For Welsh jewellery, there are several in the High street; Portmeirion pottery from its own shops, Nigelís for films and the processing of your holiday snaps. Look for Outdoor World on the Criccieth road if you are thinking of camping, walking or climbing gear and Hamdden caravans for your entire caravan needs.
There are bakeries selling the local Welsh fruit bread-Bara Brith, locally made ice creams, shops selling prints of Porthmadog in days gone by and books from Browsers or Bargain Books. Several shops sell Welsh books or music by Welsh musicians, particularly Siop Eifyonedd, and there is even a gentlemanís outfitter, rarely seen in towns today. If you are thinking of adopting an abandoned or mistreated dog, visit PAWS in the High street.
To see a list of advertising shops and llinks to their websites please visit the Shopping page of the main Town Website.