Downtown Lewes

Delaware’s top shopping streets

When you get right down to it, anyplace in Delaware is a great place for shoppers, because no Delaware shopper ever has to worry about paying sales tax. There are, of course, those certain sections on certain roads in certain towns that just seem to have that extra-special appeal, whether because of the variety of stores or the sheer concentration of deals. Here are a few of Delaware’s best streets for shopping, from north to south:

Concord Pike (U.S. 202), north of Wilmington. Retailers line the main road through the Wilmington suburbs, from electronics superstores to restaurants.

Kennett Pike (Del. 52), west of Wilmington. There’s a decidedly upscale edge to the shops and fashion boutiques that are clustered in Greenville. Farther north, antiques shops and other boutiques make Centreville worth a stop. 

Main Street, Downtown Newark. This college town’s hub of activity is along Main Street, where lively eateries and offbeat boutiques are within easy walking distance of one another.

Second Street, Lewes. You could spend the better part of a day exploring the antiques shops, fashion boutiques and deliciously unorthodox restaurants of this fishing village by the bay.

Rehoboth Ave., downtown Rehoboth Beach. It gets fun and a little funky along the main drag, with a family-friendly mix of affordable shops and more upscale boutique shopping. Be sure to check out the “alleyway” shopping sections, and the award-winning restaurants.

Baltimore Ave., downtown Rehoboth Beach. Quieter and more sedate than Rehoboth Avenue, this shady street has a more artsy shopping mix – and of course, plenty of alluring restaurants.

Walnut Street, downtown Milford. There’s a growing presence of local artists and artisans in this quaint downtown, which features a lovely Riverwalk for strolling.

Garfield Parkway near the Boardwalk, Bethany Beach. There’s a convivial family vibe here, one that gives kids, moms and dads alike plenty of shopping temptations.