Shops in New Bern, NC

Retail shops and stores in New Bern, NC offer just about everything you need for an afternoon of shopping but in two very different places. Historical downtown New Bern carries the feeling of an old town that is almost exclusively populated with one-of-a-kind stores that range from jewelry and handmade toys to bridal gowns, ornate furniture, antique shops and art galleries. This distinctive selection of stores and boutiques is scattered throughout New Bern's Historic Downtown and should certainly be included on any souvenir or gift shopper's list. A pleasant stroll along Middle, Pollock, Hancock, Craven and South Front streets brings the satisfaction of great and various stocks, easy chats with store personnel and pretty waterfront views.

Shopping in downtown New Bern is also a great way to find specialty items for everyday use, children’s toys, weddings and unique anniversary gift ideas. Few shopping districts in Eastern North Carolina have so many diverse options in one area. Within just a few blocks, a Saturday afternoon of shopping could include fresh tomatoes, handmade wooden toys, gardening tools, a wedding dress, clothes for boating, flip flops and a one-of-a-kind piece of home décor from one of several antique shops. And if all that shopping makes you feel like you’re gonna drop, re-up your energy at one of two coffee shops, or with an ice cold soda straight out of the tap at the Pepsi Store.

Across town on Hwy 17 the retail stores are much larger and offer the familiarity of big box stores. This expanded shopping center includes several malls populated with stores carrying shoes, clothing, furniture, books, home repair items and much more. Spread out into several clusters, you’ll find Wal-Mart and Lowes Home Improvement in one area, Target, Harris Teeter and several eateries are in another and the Twin Rivers Mall, which offers JC Penny, Belk, TJ Max, Michaels and lots more.

New Bern is large enough to support specialty shops as well. Active residents have two bike shops to choose from and numerous other outfitters with choices for kayaks and related boating accessories. Musicians can also gear up at two separate stores, one downtown that specializes in acoustic and stringed instruments, while the other caters to a wider need among band students and professional musicians requiring PA equipment and amplifiers.

From large department stores in malls with ample parking, to smaller specialty shops, art galleries, interesting antique shops, jewelry stores and boutiques, New Bern, NC has plenty of shopping options for every taste. Highlighted here are a few of the shops along the way and a few others around New Bern. Keep in mind that many shops change their hours seasonally, so visitors should call ahead or check online for days and hours shops are open.

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Downtown New Bern Shops

Nautical Wheelers New Bern Shops
411 Broad St., Oriental
202A Craven St., New Bern
NC 28571
(252) 249-0359

Nautical Wheelers has two locations: 411 Broad Street in Oriental and 202A Craven Street in New Bern.  Rooms in the 1906 Oriental house feature gifts, home furnishings, edibles and wearables with a sailing theme. The wide variety of products includes jewelry, footwear (Merrell, Sebago, Keen, Olukai, Rainbow, Columbia), boating apparel (Columbia...more about Nautical Wheelers

504 S. Front Street
New Bern, NC
(252) 633-2242

Conveniently located across from the Tryon Palace/ North Carolina History Education Center at the corner of Hancock and South Front Streets, AtOmic Cycles Bicycle Shop offers new bicycles, all types of cycling equipment, components, apparel and accessories. Well trained and experienced staff provide bicycle sizing/fit consultation along with expert advice on...more about AtOmic Cycle Bike Shop

309 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 637-6663

Bear Essentials pampers people with attractive and useful organic and natural personal-care products, Hauschka Signature Treatment facials and holistic massage experiences. The shop sells soaps, lotions, cosmetics and balms including an apricot bar soap with honey. Such products not only smell good but also make skin feel silky smooth. Located in...more about Bear Essentials

301 Pollock St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 637-2300

Shopping can be different and fun at Bern Bear Gifts right across from City Hall. The shop features souvenirs of New Bern's rich heritage and other one-of-a-kind city and state items. There are flags of the city of New Bern, T-shirts celebrating the 300th anniversary of the town, cups, spoons, caps,...more about Bern Bear Gifts

256 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-5898

This store is a well-maintained reproduction of pharmacist Caleb Bradham's soda fountain serving ice cold Pepsi right where the drink's inventor served it up himself. First known as Brad's Drink when Bradham concocted the sparkling cola in 1898, the beverage was known world-wide 50 years later. A gift shop offers a...more about The Birthplace of Pepsi Cola

309 Pollock St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-5171

For 62 years, Branch's has provided New Bern with quality products, changing focus with the times, but never budging from the integrity the founder stood for. Brothers Chris and David honor three generations of family business by offering quality indoor and outdoor furniture for the home and office furniture and accessories...more about Branch's

317-A Pollock St.
New Bern, NC 28563
(252) 633-4369

Carolina Creations is an art, craft and gift gallery par excellence. Representing many American potters, glass blowers, woodworkers and jewelers, the shop offers a broad selection of practical and decorative art for the home. Works by resident potter Michael Francoeur, as well as multimedia artist Janet Francoeur, set the standard of...more about Carolina Creations

421 S. Front St.
Historic Downtown
New Bern, NC
(252) 633-0043

The Farmers' Market is open every Saturday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM year round with fresh, homegrown, local produce, plants, eggs, honey, meats, and unique, handmade, local arts and crafts. On any given weekend, coffee, sauces, jams, jellies, salsas, preserves, and vinegars are displayed for sale along with home-baked cakes, pies,...more about Farmers' Market

250 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28563
(252) 636-3285

Four C's, Coastal Casual Clothing Company carries several fine lines of gifts, sportswear, and travel accessories for men and women. Open seven days a week, the store also handles camping gear, and equestrian supplies. Among active wear brands offered are Columbia, North Face and Royal Robbins, and footwear includes sandals by...more about The Four C's

300 E. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 633-4648

On the New Bern Historic District waterfront, Galley Stores at Skipjack Landing is convenient by land or by river. Offering “Special of the Day” complete meals and restaurant-quality sandwiches, the store accepts grocery and provisioning orders by phone or online. Name-brand, choice-cut steaks, meat, fruit, vegetables, basic groceries and home supplies...more about Galley Stores at Skipjack Landing

225 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-0000

Walking into Middle Street Landing brings the shopper into an explosion of color with the world of Vera Bradley handbags and accessories. Moving further, the visitor is enveloped in the fragrant land of Crabtree & Evelyn, Camille Beckman, The Thymes, Archipelago and Lady Primrose. Following discoveries include fine sterling and gold jewelry...more about Middle Street Landing

215 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-4261

Mitchell Hardware is an authentic turn-of-the-last-century hardware store serving historic New Bern, NC, and the surrounding areas since 1898. The friendly staff invites you to take your time perusing their amazing selection of goods, from old to new hardware items, nostalgic candies, boating supplies, a full line of cast iron cookware,...more about Mitchell Hardware

214 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-6770

Snap Dragon Way Cool Toys provides fun for the shopper with an inviting selection of baby items, crafts, games, dolls, science kits, outdoor products and generally neat stuff. Snap Dragon has Melissa and Doug, Corolle (dolls), Playmobil, puppets, trains, an extensive book nook with classic  and new favorites,  and far too...more about Snap Dragon Way Cool Toys

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