Shopping in Bedford
Enjoy shopping malls, winding back streets filled with cafes, restaurants, delis, cakes and a few surprises.
In the town centre there are two very old Arcades that house independent shops ranging from the Arcadia Sweet shop that has been trading since 1905 to Blossom Lingerie, a boutique lingerie shop offering a beautiful range all the way up to the K cup and Pumpernickel Health Shop offering the usual array of foods and supplements; they also provide nutritional advice.
The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre, is open seven days a week with 36 stores trading over two levels. The Howard Centre is linked to the Harpur Centre and is easy to find, only a few metres from the bus station and a 10-minute walk from the train station. On Saturdays you can enjoy your first 2 hours parking for free at the Borough Car Parks and all day on Sundays.
Cafes and Coffee Shops
Bedford’s café culture has expanded in the last few years so coffee and cake lovers can enjoy a variety of independent cafes, great food, homemade cakes in a great atmosphere. The Pavilion in Bedford Park Café has recently restored the old Pavilion building, and set in stunning surroundings, you can enjoy a well-earned fair trade coffee as well as hot and cold food and homemade soups and cakes while the kids play and the dogs socialise.
The Kiosk in Russell Park is also a little oasis on a cold rainy day – beautiful coffee, fabulous cakes and a blanket for your knees.
Markets in Bedford
A thriving market town Bedford hosts three speciality Markets; a weekly Gourmet Food Market, Farmers Markets twice a month, a weekly Home and Garden Market and a Handmade in Bedford Market during the summer.
You can take your pick from fresh local vegetables, fresh fish, local meats, fresh Thai dumplings, croissants and crepes fresh from France, delicious handmade artisan breads, Jamaican Jerk chicken and Mexican street food.