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Port Solent, Portsmouth

Eat, drink and play harbourside. Port Solent's got 13 bars and restaurants, shops, a gym, cinema, family entertainment and FREE parking (woo hoo!)

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A place to eat, drink, shop and hang out with something for all the family – and free parking to-boot? Yep, you read that right. Romantic meal for two, trip to the flicks, day out with the kiddos, shops for all the family (including the dog!). Port Solent really has got it all.

There’s not just one marina restaurant, café or bar here. No, ma’am – Port Solent’s got 13!

Take your pick from La Casa Flamenca Spanish Tapas Bar, Gracie Ann’s Tea Room (and ice cream parlour) and Relentless HQ seafood and tapas bar.

Or how about Wildwood, with its Mediterranean food and extensive kids menu? Port Solent is also home to family favourite restaurants like Zizzi, Prezzo and Harvester. For grown ups, there’s bars like Blue Margarita for wine, tapas and – you guessed it – colourful cocktails!

And opening just in time for the Easter holidays, look out for Thai street food restaurant Koh Thai (also in Lymington and Southsea) and the fab Hoxton-born fried chicken, burger and waffle joint, BIRD.

Bring a shopping bag as there’s plenty of retail therapy to be had. Shop at sporty and outdoor shops like Snow + Rock and Runner’s Need, get casual gear at Cotton Traders, find womenswear and accessories at Quintessential Boutique and pick up High Street faves like Joules and Calvin Klein at Leading Labels.

The brilliantly-named ‘Stash by the Sea’ sells cards, gifts and crafts. And there’s Bow Wow at No. 7’s pet shop and doggie grooming salon, Lindy Lou’s accessories and baby clothes – and loads more lovely indie shops to explore.

Want to make the most of that unlimited free parking? See the latest movie release with a bucketload of popcorn and let the kids go wild in the playground. Feel like a workout? Port Solent even has a David Lloyd gym!

Keep an eye out for regular events here too, like Sunday and Summer Evening Car Meets (June – Aug), Sunday Waterside Markets (May – Nov) and free kids clubs every Tuesday and Thursday during the school summer holidays.


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The Boardwalk, Portsmouth, PO6 4TP
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