We love wandering down the main road and disappearing up the side streets to see what we can find there. My daughter has her toy shop that she pops in to and there you will find souviners, magazines and other bits. While she is in there with her Dad I tend to wander over to Wide Eye for all my skin care needs as well as our soap and shampoos. I will talk about them more on another post. Then it is a stop at Penny Royal for my woolly needs, Vendula and Cath Kidston fix. Books we buy at the Rye Book Store which has links with Waterstones. They have a great selection of kids books and we always make sure to find our Summer reads there.
Should you feel the need to bring out your inner Monet, pop over to Craft Magic which is near the Rye Book Shop and you will find an array of paints, crafting tools and glitter. It is perfet for rainy days when you need to find a way to entertain the kids. They have craft tables in store where you can sit and bring your inner Picasso to life. This is only available during haft term for 1 hour so do contact them in advance to see if they have availability.
These are currently our favourite shops but we are still exploring and looking at all the little streets that have tiny shops tucked away off the beaten track.
If shopping is not your thing and you would like to mix it up with some history then check out the old church and you will find your way to Ypres Tower (along with the Rye Castle Museum) and the Gungarden along with its array of cannons. For places to eat you are spoilt for choice. For breakfast and light food try the Apothacery, The Fig and the Mermaid Cafe. They are all very different in what they serve with the Mermaid Cafe mostly being used for my favourite ice cream, Movenpick. We stop there normally on our way back from the beach where an ice cream treat is always in order, although my daughter always goes for the pain au chocolat.