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“cozy, pretty and very refreshing!!”
Review of Totnes Market

Totnes Market
Ranked #10 of 39 things to do in Totnes
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

A walk by the Totnes market place will remind you that even market-places can be cozy and peaceful(not lonely in any sense). The shops are not too many in number but adequate to keep you engaged. They have quite a few nice eating joints offering British/English cuisine- we tried The Dartmouth.
A walk to the LittleHempston Rail is recommendable, especially if you have kids along!!

5  Thank abhilasha_india
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

I have just come back from four days in Devon In November 2012 and it was beautiful!

I stayed with family so nothing to report here on accommodation – daren’t! But our day out in Totnes was wonderful. I had never imagined there to be places still like this in the country where every High Street is littered with chain stores. In Totnes all shops are unique and vibrant. I heard the local council have a policy of turning down all planning applications from large stores and long may they do so because what a difference it makes.

You park by the river, gorgeous in its autumnal colours and walk into the main street which slowly winds uphill. You don’t notice the slope because the shops are so interesting. We started at the Cheese Shop where they had samples from all over the south west of England. I was curious to know what the Sweaty Bishop varied tasted like but didn’t want to ask. But they will cut you small tasting samples off any chesses and they are so rich you almost don’t need lunch.

Of further up the hill you pass a series of mouth watering cake shops and bakeries which contained old fashioned confectionary and pastry such as cheese straws, Chelsea Buns, carrot cake as you have never seen before, chocolate crunchies which were to die for and lovely smells to harden the heart of the most sensible eater.

At the top of the street, after passing a stand of clothes guarded by a man curiously dressed in a top hat and tails, you find the Flea Market. From saris, to old cameras, blue bleached pine bureaus, aromatic herbs and oils, a woman talking to a pot pig, books galore. It is a marvelous place to spend an hour or two.

We bought two loaves of apple and walnut bread from a Rastafarian who reputedly belonged to some cult that are living back to basics in Devon somewhere and that was so delicious it was like cake.

For anyone who likes the unusual, then go. It felt like Christmas there already because everyone was happy, smiling and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

8  Thank SammyB889
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We like Totnes especially the informal varied and unregimented regular street market. Our problem is the slightly smug oversold projection of a unique self appraising supposedly independent (but maybe introverted) character that rejects anything from anywhere else. For that reason we welcome the grant of planning permission for a Costa Coffee in the Main street and the injection of some reality and worldliness to the Totnes cacoon. No harm will be done. All can live together. But we will be able to get good coffee at last. No great difference from the arrival of Peter Jones on Sloane Square. The proof of the pudding will be in the level of trade. Morrisons did not harm the other shops. Nor will Costa.

3  Thank PlongeurV
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

What a town. We visited 3 times in a week and enjoyed every visit. We found a great market, small intimate shops and as a place for people watching its great. There's a real out of this world feeling and its an inspirational place. In particular there's some great art shops and a couple of brilliant music shops. I came away with a Mandolin which I'm slowly learning to play. There's also a great range of coffee shops and cafe's.

Well worth a visit but get there early as its a busy place

8  Thank AndyWorsfold
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

I love buying fresh bread here - especially the olive bread, it's to die for!
Slightly expensive but great for gifts.

3  Thank Nuzzzzie
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