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Several of the main areas to explore include Gillygate for antiques dealers, and St. Mary's Square and its Coppergate pedestrian mall for name brands and chain stores. One of the best streets for shopping is Stonegate, with an array of independent outlets.

Several specialty shops that have ideal gift items include Maxwell and Kennedy, 79 Low Petergate (tel. 01904/610034), a candy store specializing both in Belgian chocolate and Cambridge Wells dark, milk, and white chocolates; and Mulberry Hall, 17 Stonegate (tel. 01904/620736; www.mulberryhall.co.uk), housed in a medieval house from 1436, with 16 showrooms on three floors devoted to the best in British and European porcelain, fine china, crystal, and some antiques. For your furry friends, the Cat Gallery, 27 Stonegate (tel. 01904/611053; www.thecatgallery.co.uk), is Britain's largest feline-themed store.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.