Tony’s Stores (and Post Office) in Westhall Village for a good range of supplies as well as fresh milk, bread, and home-cured bacon and ham.
Halesworth has a good range of shops; there’s a big Co-op on the edge of the town and a very good range of smaller specialist shops within the town itself, including the Focus organic store (with a good gift selection and a clothes boutique next door) as well as a Deli for good local cheeses and produce. There are two good butchers and greengrocers Melons as well as a hardware store and bicycle shop. There are antiques shops and gift/interiors shops and newsagents and a great second hand bookshop. On the first Saturday of the month there's a fantastic Brocante market with over 50 stalls selling a wide range of fascinating stuff, as well as a small cafe selling bacon butties and hot drinks. It's a great occasion for meandering around and if vintage if your thing, Halesworth also has an excellent selection of antique and junk shops dotted throughout The Thoroughfare. Do visit Black Dog Antiques at the top of the Market Place - a fascinating building that's currently being restored floor by floor; the ground floor has a good range of antique stalls within it and the owners are great to get into conversation with; you have been warned, you may be there a while!
Bungay also has a number of antique and junk type shops as well as gift shops and is a great place to find unusual presents. You can visit Clive Davies at work in his pottery and buy mugs, bowls, vases; he also takes commissions and is well worth looking in on. There are greengrocers, wholefood shops, butchers, fishmongers, a micro-brewery (The Green Dragon) and more.
Beccles sits right on the Waveney, and is famous as the Gateway to the Broads. There’s plenty in the way of shops – a big supermarket as well as many smaller individual shops catering for all needs. Bailey's Delicatessen is well worth a visit whether for shopping or eating upstairs.
Walberswick: if you want to buy your fish fresh off the boats, head for the shacks along the quay (follow signs to The Harbour as you enter Southwold); Samantha K's is our favourite and further down, Sole Bay is also very popular. And when you get back to Ivy Grange Farm, dig out the huge pan with griddle for cooking over the campfire and emulate some of our guests from 2014 and make a campfire paella, or follow in the footsteps of one of our Masterchef winners and create an amazing crab risotto!
Southwold is perfect for a holiday amble and shop - lots of seaside-y type things for sale as well as good butchers, delis, greengrocers and an amazing pharmacy. If you enjoy hand-crafted things, you must check out Craftco, a co-operative of arts and crafts people with a shop in the town which sells a fantastic range of gifts, art and crafts.
If you want to check-out the Best Independently Owned Shop of 2012 (according to GourmetBritain.com) visit Emmetts of Peasenhall, south of us down the A12. it's great for foodies and gifts.