When you find yourself smitten with a place like Prince Edward Island, inevitably you want to take a piece of it home with you. Whether that’s a funky piece of art, an enduring keepsake or something edible—whatever your taste and style, Charlottetown has plenty of shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans who have adapted their social distancing & health policies, and are ready to safely welcome you into their worlds.
As you wander through the downtown core, you’ll find a wide array of independent stores and friendly shopkeepers with unique merchandise on display. Must-visits on Queen St. include JEMS Boutique, Luxury Market Consignment Boutique, Liquid Gold Tasting Bar, and Colour Blind. Amongst the patios and restaurants on Victoria Row, you’ll find unique treasures at Kuriosities, Northern Watters Knitwear, Happy Glass, Green Eye Designs, Bayberry Lane, Urban Daisy Eco Boutique, and Details Fine Art Gallery. Be sure to explore the side streets as well where little shops are tucked away awaiting your discovery.
Located in the middle of downtown, the Confederation Court Mall is filled with delightful shops to suit your every desire, retaining the charms of a by-gone era. During the summer months, head to the waterfront for more shopping bliss at Peake’s Wharf, where storefronts will tempt you with jewellery, artwork, souvenirs, clothing, and other treasures. Make time to visit Founders’ Food Hall & Market just east of Peake’s Wharf, where Island artisans, crafters, and food purveyors will delight you with their unique creations and commitment to high quality.
Want to take a taste of PEI home with you? Place an order with MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound, where they’ll pack your lobster to go or even ship it home for you! For unique foodstuffs and artisan goods, head to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Farmers’ Market, Riverview Country Market, Terra Rossa Grocerant & Wine Bar, or Kent St. Market. And for a crowd-pleasing treat back home (if they even make it that far!), be sure to pick up a big package of Cows Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips at the Anne of Green Gables Chocolate Store.
At the north end of the city, you’ll find all the convenience and variety of a larger urban centre, including well-known chain stores, large grocery stores, and the Charlottetown Mall, which has over 50 great stores and services in one location. To get there, head north from the downtown core via University Avenue, which also has tons of amenities along the way, or by foot or bicycle along the Confederation Trail.
At the edge of city limits, along the North River Causeway, you’ll find an inviting collection of unique shops, like Inspired Living and How Bizarre!, a PEI Brewing Co. outlet, Receiver Coffee Co. (Milky Way), and family-friendly restaurants like Piatto Pronto, Moo-Moo Grilled Cheesery, and Boom Burger. Last but not least, you’ll have arrived at the epicentre of the ice cream universe, COWS Creamery Factory, which is open to the public and well worth a visit. And, of course, a cone (or two!).