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Shopping in Bangor and Portland

Regions: The Maine Highlands and Greater Portland and Casco Bay
Activities: Shopping
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Shopping in two of Maine's largest cities is always fun.

In Downtown Bangor browse the many independent, family-owned stores and enjoy a safe and relaxing meal at a nearby restaurant. Bangor’s West Market Square Historic District in the city’s riverside downtown has a delightful array of shops and restaurants. Find an unusual or one-of-a-kind item at The Rock & Art Shop or the Grasshopper Shop. Mexicali Blues is great for the whole family with clothes for men, women and children, as well as jewelry and accessories. For the DIY fan, the Central Street Farmhouse has kits for brewing your own beer, making wine, and even cheese and yogurt. The Antique Marketplace & Cafe has two floors of antiques and beautiful collectibles for the new homeowner. And, of course, the Bangor Mall is the region’s center for shopping both local shops and big-name stores.

Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, restaurants and cafes have become creative in the way they offer food and drink. Check with local eateries for dining options that may include outdoor service, curbside pick-up, creative service hours, etc. Nocturnem Draft Haus is now offering to-go service or enjoy delivery of the Maine lobster bisque three course meal from Novio’s Bistro.

Portland is famous for its cobblestone streets in the Old Port and the walkable city is perfect for a day of shopping—with dozens of local stores and world-class food on every corner.

Peruse gorgeous textiles and furniture from angela adams or pick up a highly coveted Sea Bag. Find something sparkly at jewelers like D. Cole or Arcana. Pick up a surprise for your pooch at Fish & Bone or find the newest kitchen gadget at LeRoux Kitchen. There are many clothing boutiques and unique toy stores, so you are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

All shops require masks throughout the state so everyone can shop safely.

Check with local restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining options and curbside pickup. Luckily, Portland has extended outdoor dining. Check our Portland Food Map for the latest on the city’s restaurants.

Consider making your visit a longer one with a stay at a local hotel, motel, B&B or other property. You can enjoy a mini holiday vacation while picking out gifts. Check our Travel With Care page for important information about traveling to Maine during the pandemic.

Driving Distances:

To Bangor
From Ellsworth: 27 Miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 107 Miles
From Portland: 130 Miles

To Portland
From Ellsworth: 155 Miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 36 Miles
From Bangor: 130 Miles

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