It’s been a few years now since I moved down to Ramsgate from London, but I still enjoy exploring the town finding interesting places to eat and shop. Shopping in Ramsgate is not ideal, as like the rest of this part of Kent, the local High street has been badly damaged by the extensive out of town shopping available at the soulless Westwood Cross.
The following map covers a selection of different types of Independent shops available in the town, including the ones described below.
There are also a series of smaller Maps for each different type of shop.
Click here to view Shops by Type
In King Street you have Michaels Bookshop a very interesting second hand book store, the Haberdashery & Fabric shop, which is spread over two floors and well worth a visit – check out its button wall, which looks like an Art installation
Harbour Street and Charlotte Court
In Harbour Street you will find The Modern Boulanger a French style Bakery with Cafe & Deli and Alchemy by Saltworks a lovely shop selling Womens & Mens wear with a focus on shoes and bags and Limarni a shop selling designer handbags, backpacks and accessories made by Coco Barclay.
Charlotte Court is just off Harbour Street and in the Old Police Station at 12 Charlotte Court you will find the original branch of Saltworks, arguably one of the most interesting and stylish shops in Thanet. They have done a great job converting the old police cells. They sell ladies and children’s clothing, designer furniture, gifts, jewellery, perfume, jams, chutney and speciality teas.
York Street, Queen Street and Turner Street
towards the top of York Street and In Bloom Florists in Queen Street where you will also find an attractive Homeware and Plant shop called Potters as well as McGillan & Woodall an Art Gallery and shop that sells ceramics, jewellery and cards
and The Elephant in the Room a gift shop that sells all sorts of adorable, quirky and unusual gifts and cards.
You can head up the High Street a bit and turn off at Turner Street to check out two shops The Recovery Well/Wellbeing Hub which sells products such as oil burners, soy wax and other eco friendly wellbeing products for personal use and for the home,
and Magick, a Wican & Pagan gift shop,that also sells jewellery, candles and crystals,
or you can continue up Queen Street, where you will find Stories from the Past, a Vintage shop specialising in women’s accessories.
West Cliff Road and Addington Street
Queen Street leads into West Cliff Road and just off West Cliff Road is my favourite street in Ramsgate – Addington Street. This street is in the early stages of regeneration and has such a lot of potential.
On the corner you can’t miss Vinylhead a rather cool record shop, selling old and new vinyl, a real find for music lovers, and much bigger than it looks from the outside.
Albie & Pearl which sells Vintage furniture, Art and Homeware.
No 36 by SP, a lifestyle shop.
The Sewing Room, a high quality clothes alterations and repairs service that also sells vintage clothing.
On one side of the Marina, you have the Arches, where you will find some retro/vintage/antique shops (see Ramsgate Retro Shopping Guide for more information) and don’t miss Harbour Active a retail clothes shop that is located directly above Harbour Bikes, it stocks Animal and Gas Monkey brands,
Clareys Chocolates the Ramsgate Chocolatier making artisan chocolate, operating from Coco Latino and the modern and stylish Archive Homestore & Kitchen. This is a design-led lifestyle store that showcases a range of products, from suppliers like the House of Rym, where Scandinavian design is blended with Tunisian handcrafts. It’s also the place to get interesting coffee table books and cute gifts for adults and children. They also sell food and drink, the upstairs seating area is great with its fabulous views over the Harbour.
Archive Homestore & Kitchen is easy to spot with its yellow door.
The High Street
The High Street in Ramsgate, like so many High Streets in the UK these days is not very interesting, however if you head for the top end of the street there are some Retro/Vintage shops, Ramsgate Thrift Store, a colourful vintage clothing store, Silk Road selling Preloved and Handmade items for the home and Island Vintage with it’s large and diverse collection of ceramics, a collection of vinyl, Hi-Fi, CDs & cassettes. There is also the cleverly named It’s Sew Ramsgate, a Sewing and Pattern cutting School that sells vintage fabric and haberdashery and just around the corner in Chatham Street is Howling Sounds a specialist Vinyl record shop.
If in the St Lawrence area don’t miss:-
Foliage – A plant shop & cafe bar.
One Shop not to miss is the Petticoat Lane Emporium which is a collection of Shops and Stalls, it’s the starting point for the Ramsgate Retro Trail described in the Ramsgate Retro Shopping Guide.
Click here to view the Ramsgate Retro Shopping Guide.
Click here to view the Ramsgate Charity Shops Guide.
Click here to view the Ramsgate Art Gallery Guide .
Specialist Shops & Services
The Grumpy Goblin Gaming Emporium – Two gaming shops at 82 & 90 Queen Street stocking, Trading Card Games, Table top games, Board games, Graphic Novels and much more. They also run regular Tournaments and Events.
Curio Collectors Emporium – A Hobby Shop & Cafe, that sells models, paints, board and card games, hobby and art supplies. They also have on site Games nights.
Board at Home – A Shop selling board games, puzzles and accessories. They host a regular Board Games Club in their ‘Board Room’.
Paris Drycleaners – A highly recommended, efficient and reasonably priced drycleaners in Queen Street.
Timpson – A good local shoe repair, locksmith and key cutters at 2 Harbour Street.
Sherleys Pet Store – The local Pet Store in Queen Street.
House of Dawg – Shop selling Dog wear and accessories in the High Street.
Supermarkets, Food Shops & Stalls
The town is well served for Supermarkets. It has the only Waitrose in Thanet and away from the High Street there is an Aldi, a couple of branches of Tesco, a large Sainsbury’s, an Asda, an Iceland, Londis, Costcutter and a
As well as :-
- The Family House Oriental Grocers in Kings Street, specialising in food & drink products from China. The staff are very helpful and if they don’t have an item in stock, they are happy to order it in.
- The Oban Supermarket in King Street selling, International Food, Drink, Cigarettes, Fruit & Vegetables and fresh Halal Meat.
- Days Supermarket a Food & Drink Convenience Store in Harbour Street.
- Baltic Branch in Queen Street, a grocery store, which specializes in East European food.
See Supermarket Map
Food Shops/Stalls include :-
When visiting shops in Ramsgate check the opening times as they can change, especially in the Winter season.
To learn more about Ramsgate check out the Visit Ramsgate web site.
For more information on places to Eat and Drink in Ramsgate and information on places to Eat, Drink and Shop in nearby towns and villages, see the East Kent/Thanet Guide.