Shopping in Southern Delaware

Shopping takes on many forms in Southern Delaware, from the antique stores in Lewes to the eclectic boutiques in downtown Rehoboth

People come from all over to meander down the sidewalks of our quaint towns, stopping to browse for furniture, designer clothes, unique gifts, one-of-a-kind art and more. Of course, they also come to avoid paying extra for their goods—Delaware is sales tax-free and proud of it.

One of the main shopping areas is downtown Rehoboth, which features a diverse array of boutiques and small shops with unique finds and gifts. Browse through local art galleries for a new piece for your collection, or stop by an art supply shop to gather all the supplies needed to create your own masterpiece.

The stores in Rehoboth will provide everything you need to have a perfect vacation. Biking is a popular beach hobby, and there are enough bike shops for you to find that sassy beach cruiser or rugged mountain bike you’ve been dreaming of. There are also places to rent beach items such as lounge chairs and other necessities, so if you’ve left something at home, there’s no need to worry—we’ve got you covered like a beach umbrella.

The fashionable district is full of charming and sophisticated stores selling everything from home décor to beauty products. Browse through jewelry stores, chic clothing boutiques, quaint gift stores and art galleries that would rival those of any major city. It’s no wonder politicians and celebrities have been coming to Rehoboth for so many years. Even Oprah Winfrey has been spotted browsing the downtown shops and galleries.


Another incredibly popular place to shop is at the outlet malls on Delaware’s Route 1. Who doesn’t love finding delicious deals on high-end products? In fact, the Rehoboth outlets have become so popular that The Washington Post has published shopping tips and travel articles on the outlet malls alone!

Looking for that fabulous designer bathing suit before hitting the beach? Find more choices here for less. How about that certain perfume or cologne you’re almost out of? At the Delaware outlets, get your favorite scents—and save some cents! Plus you can load up on all the trendiest brands of purses and shoes. It will be a treat for your feet and your wallet!

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Historic Lewes is the ideal spot for an afternoon stroll, with more than 40 unique shops within a walkable half-mile square block. Visit the candy store to soothe that sweet tooth craving you just can’t kick. Stop by a home and garden store for all your decorating needs, and journey to a local toy store to treat the youngest person on your vacation or stock up for the little ones at home. For even more variety, head to the “Quiet Resorts” of Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach. While more rural, each has a distinct selection of cute stores with everything from beach necessities to paintings by local artists.

Those with a flair for antiques will love exploring our scenic rural towns for one-of-a-kind antique furniture and goods. There are actually more than 500 antique dealers in the Southern Delaware area in the form of antique shops, flea markets and auctions.
Free of tax but full of variety, Southern Delaware shopping is top-notch.

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