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Portsmouth has some great shopping opportunities. From the downtown high street to the many museum gift shops, it will be hard to leave without doing some shopping. Most major stores in the city accept all major credit cards. The museums have great gift shops where you can buy memorabilia and educational DVDs, games and more.
You can begin your shopping tour in the city center. There is an outdoor city market whose origins go back hundreds of years. The market takes place Thursdays through Saturdays on Commercial Road. Also in this area is a large mall, the Cascades Shopping Center which has original and recognized shops and eateries. Note mall hours in the UK, unlike many places in the world, close early at 5:30.
The Southsea district, partcularly Albert Road, is another top place to shop as it is full of unique boutiques, antique shops and vintage stores. Shopping here provides original gifts and specialties of the area as well as upscale stores and of course, a lot of cafes and restaurants to feast in when you've tired out.
To upkeep the shopping sprees, head to Gunwharf Quays on the waterfront where you can bargain at the 90+ outlet stores with designer goods. Aside from the shopping heaven here there's also over 30 bars & restaurants, some with live entertainment and a lot of action. It's a fun place to shop during the day and hang out at night.
For further details on shopping in Portsmouth, see the official visitor website