Shopping Adventures in Downtown Mystic CT by Sue Waterman

June 06, 2023 4 min read

Shopping Adventures In Downtown Mystic CT

Well if you love to shop, maybe doing some early Christmas shopping, birthday gifts or something for yourself, Downtown Mystic has a large variety of shops all in one small area. You can even get a bite in between at the many restaurants. Mystic is an historic seaport village that offers a variety of independently-owned stores that cater to every taste and interest. Whether you are looking for clothing, gifts, art, jewelry, books, or more, you will find it here.

This adventure takes you from our Cottrell shop, over the bridge, through Main St. ending at the Daniel Packer Inn on Water St. This list is not exactly chronological but close. This is a partial list, you won't believe how many quality shops and restaurants are in this small walkable area!

 

Mystic Knotwork Cottrell St. shop

 Mystic Knotwork on Cottrell St., overlooking the Mystic River Park, is a family-owned business that has been making traditional nautical knots since 1957. You can find all kinds of handcrafted items made from rope, such as bracelets, coasters, ornaments, door mats, dog toys, key chains, wreaths, trivets, cat toys, and more. The perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the nautical spirit of Mystic!

Mystic Knotwork Workshop 25 Cottrell St., Mystic CTu

On Cottrell St. head towards the bridge, you will see The Mystic Salad Co., Kenzie's Fudge & Chocolate and the Mystic Park Ice Cream. Grab a snack and enjoy it in the park, plenty of benches and grass.

Sorry no salad photos, somehow got into Kenzie's though and bought some chocolates and fudge!
Kenzies chocolates mystic ct
mystic park ice cream
mystic river park mystic ct
A beautiful day in the park by the river.
Mystic River Park
Just Mystic Welcome Center

At the corner, Mystic Welcome Center/Just Mysticand to the right the Whaler's Inn and our Holmes St. shop at the lighthouse. Going left you can't miss the S&P Oyster restaurant with it's fabulous outdoor patio and eating utensil fish sculpture.

 

Over the bridge, check out our 7' wreath on the bridge house decorated for summer. The charter boat Argiais usually docked right there.

While on the bridge be sure to check out the river view north and south. After the bridge, on both sides, the shops begin. 

The Blue Horse with quality children's clothing and the Silver Papillon, you guessed it, fine jewelry and gifts. If you need a wine bottle caddie they have them!
The Trade Winds Gallery @tradewindsgallery. There are a few galleries along the way featuring a lot of marine art.
Mixed Bag clothing, everything a fashionable girl needs. The Desert Rose, jewelry and crystals for the goddess in you. Along here you will find The Mariner restaurant, nautical-themed, serving a variety of classic seafood & steak options. We did some custom knots for their hallway a while back.
The Rose has some fabulous hats, women's clothing and accessories, vintage home and summer cottage decor, vintage fashion and jewelry, and more.
Can't have too many ice cream shops. Grab a cone and hang out on the bridge and watch the boats go by.
The Spice and Tea Exchange has more than tea. Wonder if they have saffron.

 

 

 

Moving along, Island Pursuit, men and women's clothing  "island living" with casual, authentic sportswear that lets you dress like you're on vacation! And The Black Dog General Store, casual wear, accessories & gifts with their signature dog logo for men, women & kids. Samurai Noodle Bar and Grill is nearby, Yum.

 

Danforth Pewter is an American pewter company that has been crafting fine pewter products since 1975. You can find jewelry, ornaments, home decor, tableware, baby gifts, and more.
mystic army navy store

Mystic's Army Navy StoreIt's Not just a Store-- It's an Adventure. Military surplus and more.

Adore, a charming boutique with collections of stylish apparel, beautiful jewelry, luxury home decor and gift items for men and women! Emilia's is next door, pasta and salads.

Tidal River, carries a wide selection of clothing from the best in the business for the active lifestyle. Sunglasses too! Chapter One restaurant is next door another great spot for a bite.

Peppergrass & Tulip, vintage inspired chic and contemporary boho women’s clothing, jewelry & accessories. I'll be shopping here soon!

Sea bags, incredible bags made from real boat sails. You can find tote bags, wristlets, backpacks, wine bags, and more, all with unique designs and patterns. They are well known throughout New England, lots of shops in the coastal areas.

Next door you will find the Manufaktura Company Store with their unique Polish ceramics, and Rochelle's women's clothing, great stuff!

Young Buns Mystic
Keep an eye out for Young Bunsdonuts!

Couldn't pass up this shot of a very new looking orange scooter. Looking down Main St., you can just see the bridge weights in the background and the flag pole at the lighthouse intersection. 

At the corner of Main and Pearl St., The Bees Knees is here, unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, items for the home, children's
and this & that's. Also the Mystic Floristin case you need some flowers.
Your source for flowers The Mystic Florist. The Harp and Hound is next door, a warm Irish tavern featuring pub fare, draft beer & whiskey, plus soccer on TV & live music.
Back on the corner, The Finer Line Gallery has artwork and art supplies. There are more galleries and studios upstairs where you will find Betsy Barry. She illustrated our 'Basic Knot Book'.

Her studio showcases her botanical, nautical, and whimsical artwork. You can find original art, prints, commissions, cards, calendars, and more. You can also watch Betsy work on her colored pencil drawings or join one of her classes or workshops.

Back on Main St. head left at Bank Square Books onto Water St. On your right you will see N.L. Shaw and Company Antique and Estate Jewelry, and The Bank Brewery, yes its in an old bank. Mystic Pizza is up the hill a bit!

You can end your journey by visiting one of the restaurants on Water St. Sift for pastry and an upstairs bar, Friar Tucks Tavern, Oyster Club with their Treehouse Bar, Margarita's, Pizetta and The Daniel Packer Inn. You earned it!

 

These are just some of the amazing shops and restaurants that you can find in Downtown Mystic. There are many more to explore and enjoy. Shopping here is not just a way to buy things, it is a way to experience the culture and history of this beautiful town. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip today and be sure to come see us!

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