Aberaeron is a lovely harbour town with colourful Georgian houses. For Welsh gifts visit Seld. Find clothes at Ji Bink a Jac Do and Steil. Naturally Scrumptious is a popular deli and café bar offering a wide range of local, regional and international deli products and the local butcher is Owains Butchers. There’s arts and crafts in the Tourist Information Centre, with a different artist exhibiting every month. It’s also one of the locations for Taith Gelf Ceredigion Art Trail – ‘Open studios’ around Ceredigion.
You’ll find high street stores and a good selection of independent shops and original boutiques in this university town. For antiques visit The Furniture Cave, it also sells paintings by local artists and Welsh pottery. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is home to the University’s collection of ceramics and also sell ceramics. The International Ceramics Festival is held here every 2 years. The Photography Shop, (featured in the crime drama ‘Hinterland’) sell local photos on canvas and Oriel Y Bont Framing shop sell works for well known locally based artists.
Pollys (and Ollys for the boys) are popular clothing and accessories shops and Her Dandy Wolf sell vintage style clothing, cards and house accessories. Find unique gifts at Dots.
For Welsh gifts browse Siop Inc, Siop y Pethe and the shop at the National Library of Wales. If you’re looking for books then Ystwyth Books has over 80,000.
Brecon has a good selection of independent retailers as well as high street stores. Find a special gift at Beacons Crafts selling quirky china sculptures and locally handmade things. Clarke’s Toy Shop is a popular and historic shop and pick up some top class country and formal clothing at Aiden Sweeney. Ardent Gallery has an excellent selection of artists including pieces from nationally recognised artist Timmy Mallett to local artists such as Allan Morgan.
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You’ll find high street shops and a number of good independent shops in Cardigan, including an old fashioned sweet shop, traditional ironmongers, and Mundos which has a good range of locally relevant gifts and home décor.
A visit to the castle is a must and it has a small shop, the Guildhall and the Guildhall market are also worth a visit. There are a number of galleries too.
This historic town was once the meeting place for Owain Glyndwr and the gaols have been converted into shops and coffee houses. The character and architecture of the town makes this an unique market town. You won’t find many chain stores in Dolgellau but there is a good selection of independent shops from local butchers and bakers to maps and outdoor Gear. There’s Waterloo, Guinevere and Siop Medi for gifts. You’ll find Welsh souvernirs, Clogau Gold and exclusive carrie Elspeth “Made in Wales” jewellery in Waterloo. Siop Medi is a quirky design-led shop offering unique top end products from Wales, Scandinavia and beyond. It’s owner, Nia Medi, is an actress, novelist and ex-designer on makeover programme, Real Rooms for Pebble Mill. Tŷ Siamas, the National Centre for Welsh Folk Music has a music and gift shop, selling CD’s, musical instruments, gifts and more. It also houses a multi-media musical exhibition, café and bar and holds live music concerts in the auditorium.
Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its annual Festival of Literature and also for its books - from which it derived its name 'The Town of Books'. There are millions of them, and they are everywhere. The castle's a book shop, the cinema's a book shop, the fire station's a book shop, the alleyways are book shops. It’s not just books that can be picked up here though. Hay Deli has a fine selection of delicatessen and whole foods bought locally. The End specialises in French linen, quirky one off antiques and interesting goods; Number Two sell a good selection of high quality clothes and find unique hand made jewellery at Satori. Hay houses a varied selection of small shops from PSM for that canoe you always wanted and for all your outdoor activity needs; The Hay Makers home with their quality crafts; Jones Home Hardware for that special piece of kitchenalia or exploring the Hay Antique Market
Lampeter is the place to visit for Welsh quilts and blankets. You will find The Welsh Quilt Centre in the town centre.
Just a 10 minute drive from Lampeter is the Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets shop in Llanybydder.
Heading towards Tregaron and approximately 15 minutes drive from Lampeter is Jane Beck Welsh Blankets. It’s also worth visiting Tregaron, well-known for the Rhiannon Welsh Gold Centre - a shop, gallery and jewellery workshop.
You’ll find Teifi Harps here. It’s not a shop but a workshop with a show-room and they can take pre-arranged visits.