Do you love shopping and have ever wondered where’s the best shopping on Cape Cod? The trick about going shopping on Cape Cod is knowing where to go to find these unique boutiques and high end shops. Cape Cod is not known for its big shopping malls or big box stores, it is known for its small scattered shopping areas. Here is your guide to the best shopping for the true shopper on the Lower & Outer Cape.
Chatham is home to the ultimate downtown shopping experience. Chatham has coffeeshops scattered throughout town, ideal for the many necessary coffee stops one must take during a full day of shopping. The downtown shopping area starts at the rotary, which has a newly renovated movie theater (the Orpheum). Across the street are high end boutique shops such as J. M. Laughlin to start your journey. On your journey downtown, there are plenty of jewelers, fashion boutiques, kid friendly stores and shoe shops sprinkled with candy shops and gourmet ice cream along the way (if you stop at Buffy’s, as for their complimentary hot pink sprinkles). At the end of Main St., you will find an organic local boutique, Fisherman’s Daughter owned and operated by the town’s own Taylor Brown. There are a couple of lunch spots perfect for any appetite. Bluefins Sushi and Saki Bar was featured in Cape Cod Magazine and offers innovative cuisine, fresh off the boat sushi and creative cocktails.
The Lemon Tree Village is the place to be in Brewster. Located right on Route 6A in Brewster, the Lemontree Plaza has a shop to please everyone in your party. Our Brewster office is also located on the left hand side of the plaza, above the chocolate shop. Feel free to stop by to inquire about Brewster Real Estate and Brewster Vacation Rentals. On your way down Route 6A, take time to stop at the Brewster General Store.
This old time general store has a variety of goods you are not likely to see anywhere else! From old fashioned candy to one of a kind souvenirs to take home so you always remember your trip to scenic Cape Cod, you will find something that excites you in this store! Want to find out more about Brewster? Take a look at our 12 Reasons Why You Should Move to Brewster.
Harwichport is located on Route 28 in the center of town. This part of Harwich is home to the famous “Music in the Port” which occurs every other Wednesday during the summer months. There are stores to appeal to all audiences. Mr. Gravity is popular with kids because of their kite and toy selection. Sativa offers beautiful jewelry, body products and a variety of gifts. Locally owned restaurants are peppered down this short walk, such as the new Mad Minnow which has a menu that changes daily to choose from, making every experience an opportunity to try something new. A create your own frozen yogurt shop and Bucky’s Biscotti will entice any sweet tooth.
There are three areas of Dennis to do a little shopping, Dennisport located on Route 28, Route 6A Dennis and Patriots Square.The Patriots Square Shopping Plaza is conveniently located off of exit 9A on Route 6. In the plaza, there is a movie theater (Entertainment Cinema) and tavern for when you’ve finished shopping and would like to have dinner and take in a movie. Marshalls is the crown jewel to the plaza, which offers discount brand name clothing, furniture and children’s items. There is a Hallmark store, Olympia Sports, jewelry and grocery store to round up your best Cape Cod shopping.
Dennisport is an up and coming part of the Cape that has recently undergone a face lift and added a number of new storefronts. It is short in distance, but the variety of stores is impressive. At one end you have the Organic Market where you can pick up your juice to give you energy you need for a day of shopping. There is an art gallery and music store on one side of the street, and the Red Nun Bar & Grill on the other. The Red Nun is famous for their burgers, making them an ideal lunch stop. Couple this shopping trip with Patriots Square, as they are close to one another and both are relatively small shopping areas.
It is recommended that when vacationing on the Cape, you take the time to explore Route 6A. This winding and historic route is peppered with boutiques that span the entire Cape. Route 6A Dennis has a variety of shops, unique places to eat and an amazing playhouse/theater, Cape Playhouse. Check the marque outside during your day shopping to check out the variety of independent films or plays showing.
Main Street Orleans is small, but it has something that no other shopping spot on the Lower Cape offers. This is of course the Hot Chocolate Sparrow. The Hot Chocolate Sparrow makes its own chocolate goodies and consistently superior coffee drinks. Once you have your coffee, you must stop in Snow’s where they have a model train set up year round. Snow’s is a fun store to browse because they have everything you could think of under one roof from gardening supplies, model airplanes, housewares and jewelry. Just to the right of CVS on Main Street is a small toy store called the Red Balloon you need to check out. There are a couple small clothing stores, a gallery, jewelry store, a shoe outlet store, and bike shop located on Main Street for your best cape cod shopping enjoyment. Mahoney’s is an upscale lively bar where you could have a drink and lunch during your trip. Around the corner is the Hole in One which is open for breakfast and early lunch, a local favorite.
For a unique shopping experience, stop by the Wellfleet Drive-in during the day Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (and Monday holidays). Located in the drive-in theater parking lot is a large flea market which attracts vendors of all types throughout the summer. You never know what kinds of treasure you will find at this flea market! Vendors travel from all over to display and sell their items and bring in quite the crowd during the summer months.
Commercial Street in Provincetown is something you have to see to believe during the summer months. While the shoulder season months are still busy, the summer is a whole other world! Commercial Street is the center of this artist community with a rich fishing history. This colorful and eccentric community is home to unique and one of a kind shopping whether it be clothes, art or accessories. It is a very dog friendly area with plenty to do after your day of shopping. At lunch time you will have a variety of options from locally sourced menu options, fine dining or greasy take out. It is definitely an entire day destination for your best cape cod shopping experience.
Best Shopping on Cape Cod
Cape Cod is known for being an ideal summer vacation location. Make the most of your time on beautiful Cape Cod and check out these one of a kind best Cape Cod shopping spots. You are bound to find a momento to take home from your trip that you wouldn’t be able to find at the typical souvenir store! Make sure to also check out our blog about Cape Cod Playgrounds.