Mawgan Porth shops are mainly "functional" beachside shops; Betty's Newsagent & surf shop, The Cafe, fish and chips take-away, Cornish Fresh supermarket & delicatessen and a dedicated surf shop.
At the top of the hill behind the Merrymoor is Bre-Pen Farm Shop - which sells all things Cornish - wine, fruit juice, bread, meat, scones and a whole range more; whilst in the other direction - up past the crazy golf course and half way to St Mawgan - there's Gluvian Organic Farm shop (the farm is Soil Association Approved) for their home-reared meat and vegetables, home-baked pasties, bread and cakes.
The village of St. Mawgan is an old unchanged Cornish village with all the things you'd expect; pub, post office, a pretty little river and village green/playing fields plus an antique shop and a gift shop. The Bonsai Nursery sells a selection of plants, small bonsai trees & bonsai paraphenalia and the Village Post Office & Stores sells a great range of local produce including home-made jams. The tea room at the back of the Post Office is reputed to serve the best cream teas around!
In St Eval there's a Candle factory that produces its own high quality candles. Based on a farm they still use traditional methods of pouring, dipping and drawing. The candle range includes fragranced, classic church candles, scented tins, beeswax and natural candles. For something special they can make a bespoke candle for your own souvenir.
Kingsley Village Market is best described as a "crafts fair supermarket". It's an ideal place to go to buy someone a gift when you have no idea what to get them! In 2010 there was jewellery, hand sewn teddy bears, books, pictures, a chocolatier, hand-made cosmetics, bath products, locally produced candles and basketry, woodt-urning and glassware. In the high season there are often crafters working at their counters.
The food hall and delicatessen is not the cheapest but it is very good. There is a wide range of the season's best vegetables, fish, meats, bakery goodies, creamy cheeses, local beers, ciders and wines. And upstairs, if you need a break, there's a cafe.
The facilities include free parking, good disabled access, toilets and lots of room for people to move around in a light and spacious environment.
In recent years this town has become a must-see tourist destination. Once a quiet fishing port, Padstow is one of the busiest places to visit in the area. The harbour is the focal point of the town with a variety of art boutiques and craft shops, pubs and restaurants alongside each other.
A high portion of the shops are independent, giving a wide variety of choice. This includes a jewellers with a variety of accessories designed on the premises; Tri Society - a specialist woman's clothing store selling their own brand clothing. In the high season many of the shops stay open late for an evening browse.
You can't really mention Padstow without including Rick Stein. Home of his famous seafood restaurant (budget £100 a head with wine and book 3 months in advance!) or try his fish and chip take-away for a slightly different fish and chips. He also owns a bakery, the Metropolitan Hotel, a bistro set back from the harbour and a delicatessen - and probably more.
Fame isn't everything and there are many independents offering equal value and quality.
This old market town has been refurbished in recent years. The shops are predominantly functional, independent retailers; many are to be found in the cobbled pedestrian high street. There are boutiques, traditional toyshops, jewellery shops to browse with a selection of coffee shops for the essential break. It is home to a single screen cinema - old fashioned roomy seats, where the small sweet selection is in the ticket booth !
If you are here in early June of course the best shopping may just be at the Royal Cornwall Show - an agricultural and equestrian show with a wide mix of Cornish food, local produce and commercial stands.
The town was built around the River Camel and the now-abandoned railway running alongside the Estuary down to Padstow is one of the most popular trails in Britain. The countryside is unspoilt, being unreachable by any other access and the views across the estuary are picture-postcard quality. Six miles separate the two towns, with bike hire available at both ends.
For a coffee shop try "Relish", run by Sarah and Hugo, passionate about their food and drink - Hugo won the 2008 UK Barista Championship and represented the UK in the World Barista Championship.
Home to the famous Fistral Beach, Newquay overlooks the Atlantic and its own selection of beaches no more than ten minutes away. The town is very popular in the summer, catering for tourists with all they would expect - take-aways, entertainment halls, clubs and pubs abound with Macdonalds, KFC, Poundsaver, and T-shirts shops as well as the independents.
The high street is a mile or so long, much of it traffic-free. Amongst the gift shops and surf shops are the usual high street mix of any town - Boots the chemist, bakers and grocers but the larger supermarkets such as Sainsbury and Morrisons are based further out. For lunch in the town try the "Fort Inn" with views over the harbour, you may well get to see the resident seals begging for titbits from the returning boats.