The second of our look at what Ipswich town centre has to offer.
Step out across the new Cornhill and a five minute walk takes you past one of the favourite shopping streets in Ipswich and many of the big names of UK retailing.
Opposite you is Debenhams, which has been in Ipswich almost for ever, although many older residents might remember it as Footmans. Inside, though, is a cornucopia of “buy me” items, from clothing to perfumery, from gifts to electricals.
Further up the street is another retail favourite – WH Smiths on two levels (housed in the old Crown & Anchor) and then the large and airy Clarks shoe shop.
Nearly all of the next block is taken up by another long-term resident, Marks & Spencer, expanded over the years and still offering food, clothing and items for the home.
Next to M&S is Moss Bros (no excuse not to be smart) and over the road, the much expanded Primark is always a draw for shoppers. Closer still to Museum Street is Monsoon, while Tessuti and tRed shoes will clothe you from head to toe.
There is a lot of food choice here, too, especially if you venture round the corner to the vegetarian / vegan Museum Street café and on to Arlingtons. The latter (or should we say latte?) has had many previous lives, including the original home to Ipswich Museum and then a dance hall.
Back to the Cornhill, you might look up at the old Grimwades building. This soon to be Pret a Manger and down that side of the square is Mannings and Mizu noodle bar.