Coventry is a major city located in the Midlands region of England, known across the nation for its cathedral and industrial heritage, and now as a hub for shopping. The city boasts some fabulous options for making purchases of all kinds.

    This guide shows you the best places to go shopping in Coventry – from huge retail parks to city-centre enclaves of indie ventures, the list is as varied as it is extensive. Read on for ideas on where to shop and what to buy. Instead of meaning to ostracise, the saying, "sending someone to Coventry" can actually mean nabbing a good bargain.

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    Coventry Market

    An indoor market for local produce and artisanal items

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Although Coventry Market might be a little run down in parts, this old-school indoor market remains the best place in the city to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and more.

    Coventry Market remains unpretentious and it’s the kind of place where the vendors know most of their customers by name. As with any quality market, prices are open to interpretation although you're unlikely to find better value anywhere else in Coventry whether you are here looking to buy groceries, clothing or handicrafts.

    Location: 14 Market Way, Coventry CV1 1DL, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)2476 224927

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    West Orchards

    A long-established mall with over 40 stores and a selection of eateries

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    West Orchards is a stalwart on the Coventry shopping scene. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Coventry, easily accessible on foot from anywhere in the city centre.

    The sprawling mall features over 40 stores including Primark, JD Sports and other high-street favourites, and is one of the region's most popular spots for retail therapy. Set across 5 floors, West Orchards shopping centre offers guests a range of choices for refreshment during their visit, with the food court boasting options such as Subway, KFC and a Chinese noodle bar.

    Location: RING ROAD J9, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 6.30 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)2476 231133

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    Arena Park

    Sprawling retail park featuring high-street shops and supermarkets

    • Shoppers

    Arena Park is a large retail shopping area adjacent to Coventry's Ricoh Arena, the former home of the city’s football team. Around 3.5 miles from the city centre, Arena Park is just an 8-minute drive or half an hour by bus from the heart of Coventry.

    Home to high-street favourites such as Next and New Look, Arena Park also boasts a branch of the popular sports megastore Decathlon. There is also a Marks & Spencer with an extensive food selection as well as a Tesco Express for further grocery shopping.

    Location: Classic Drive, Rowley's Green, Coventry CV6 6LN, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: Classic Drive, Rowley's Green, Coventry CV6 6LN, UK

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    Cannon Park

    A large retail park just outside of the city centre

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Cannon Park is a spacious shopping zone providing locals and visitors with an alternative to city-centre shopping in Coventry. With stores such as Boots, Costa Coffee, CEX and many more, this retail park is also home to a branch of Tesco, which has a megastore in the vicinity.

    Food options include a Subway and Asian Street Foods, a popular spot serving halal takes on Southeast Asian cuisines including Thai, Malay and Singaporean options. Cannon Park is conveniently located just 4 miles southwest of the city centre, a 10-minute drive or half-hour bus journey.

    Location: Lynchgate House, Lynchgate Rd, Cannon Park, Coventry CV4 7EH, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6 am to midnight, Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)2476 690400

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    Warwickshire Shopping Park

    This retail park is home to a gym, beauty salons and more

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Warwickshire Shopping Park is a complex that offers a comprehensive shopping experience, just 4 miles west of Coventry city centre. With high-street stores such as H&M and DW Sports, there is also a wide variety of electronics shops including an o2store and a Carphone Warehouse branch.

    Warwickshire Shopping Park is unique in the area because it is also home to a branch of the popular PureGym chain as well as numerous beauty salons. Dining options at Warwickshire Shopping Park include Gregg’s, Costa Coffee and M&S Food Hall.

    Location: 1c Kynner Way, Coventry CV3 2SB, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)2476 443032

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    Central 6 Retail Park

    A compact shopping area with a diverse range of stores

    • Shoppers

    Central 6 Retail Park is a small shopping centre that’s nonetheless packed with variety. There are high-street names such as Next and Sports Direct along with opportunities to snag some bargains with the likes of TK Maxx and Poundland.

    For those seeking to buy for their home, Central 6 has branches of Oak Furniture Land as well as Home Sense. Add to this a gym, a golf shop and driving range, and a variety of dining options, you have a comprehensive shopping centre that is easy to get around.

    Location: Warwick Rd, Coventry CV3 6TA, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1932 860505

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    FarGo Village

    A repurposed industrial space home to independent businesses

    • Shoppers

    FarGo Village is Coventry’s trendiest shopping district. A hub for all things indie, artsy and hip, this small clutch of businesses is housed in a former factory space that has been brought back to life through a repurposing project.

    Shopping opportunities at FarGo Village are extremely wide-ranging, with artisanal cake shops, antique stores, jewellery designers and so much more offering their wares. FarGo frequently put on events at their space, with a makers' market and vegan food festival being just 2 of the most recent examples.

    Location: Far Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5ED, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)2476 252434

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    Elliott’s Field Retail Park

    A huge outdoor shopping park focusing on high-street fashion

    • Shoppers

    Elliott’s Field is an enormous retail park 12 miles from Coventry city centre which offers some of the best shopping in the wider region. Home to popular brands such as Topshop, Next and Dorothy Perkins, there are also a wide variety of eateries including Nando’s and Midtown Eats, a funky American-style diner.

    Maybe the most attractive element of a visit to Elliott’s Field is the presence of a Nike Factory Store, where visitors can find cut-price items of clothing and footwear from one of the globe’s leading sportswear manufacturers.

    Location: Elliott's Field Retail Park, Leicester Rd, Rugby CV21 1SR, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sundays from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)7795 684176

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    Bannerbrook Park Coventry

    A small clutch of shops, restaurants and a pub near the centre

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Bannerbrook Park Coventry is a shopping mall that sits just a couple of miles west of Coventry city centre. Home to a pub serving traditional food and ales as well as a clutch of shops including Barnardo’s, a pet store and a pharmacy, this is a great place to come for a browse.

    Bannerbrook Park is also home to a range of restaurants such as an Indian restaurant and bar called the Rupee Lounge. Nearby, Bannerbrook Chippy serves up classic fish and chips to hungry locals and visitors.

    Location: Gramercy Park, Coventry CV4 9AE, UK

    Open: 24/7

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    The Cross Point

    A large collection of shops, entertainment and restaurants

    • Shoppers
    • Families
    • Food

    The Cross Point is a sprawling complex offering shopping, entertainment and eateries just northeast of the Coventry city centre. Popular with visitors and locals alike, there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from including popular chains like Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s and a Brewer’s Fayre Pub.

    In terms of shopping, The Cross Point offers an enormous Tesco Extra branch with sections for electronics, clothing, groceries and more. Entertainment options are plentiful at The Cross Point retail park and include a multiscreen cinema and 10-pin bowling arena.

    Location: Coventry, CV2 2SZ, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)8715 278266

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    James Connolly | Guest Writer

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