Nags Head Shopping

Outer Banks / Nags Head

Best Places to Shop in Nags Head

Home to the Outer Banks’ only outlet shopping center, Nags Head offers a varied selection of shopping venues to choose from. Not without a collection of landmark gift shops, Nags Head also features a small mall, modern shopping centers, and notably, the unique shopping scene of historic Gallery Row, which boasts an incredible selection of small boutiques and galleries that showcase and sell some of the finest work by native Outer Banks artisans. Nags Head has everything guests need while staying in a Twiddy vacation rental, from a large medley of surf shops and one-of-a-kind local galleries, to all of your grocery and pharmacy needs, all in one place.

Unlike Duck, where shoppers can park their cars and reach the majority of the town’s shops on foot, Nags Head’s stores are spread out across the town - which happens to be the largest on the Outer Banks - so here is a look at a few of our favorite Nags Head Shopping destinations to help you find what you need to plan your shopping venture accordingly.

Best Surf Shops & Beach Gear

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Secret Spot Surf Shop

You wouldn’t think it was a secret by the loud, colorful building, but Secret Spot Surf Shop is a favorite among locals and a fun place to pick up some of the best surf clothing, boards, shoes and accessories on the OBX.

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Cavalier Surf Shop

Located on the Beach Road at MP 13.5, Cavalier offers surfing essentials for rent, as well as a wide selection of sunglasses, beach attire and more for men, women and children.

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Outer Banks Boarding Company

Independent core boardsports shop offering boards for sale, as well as accessories and apparel.

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Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Offering a selection of boarding equipment and clothing, Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun and on the water.

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Kitty Hawk Kites

The famous Kitty Hawk Kites offers parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, jet ski tours and rentals, kayak rentals, surfboard rentals and more!

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The quintessential beach store for vacationers. Wings has multiple locations all over the Outer Banks, featuring everything “beach-related” you can think of. From beach towels and bathing suits, to souvenirs, t-shirts and boogie boards, Wings is an inexpensive shopping destination to load up on everything the out-of-town family might need for a day at the beach.

Best Gift Shops & Specialty Stores

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Farmer’s Daughter

A local business that’s been around for more than 30 years, the Farmer’s Daughter has a wide selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories, as well as crafts, home and garden items, seasonal decorations and more. They also have a great selection of beach wear.

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The Cottage Shop

The fine art of fun living! At Kellogg in Duck and the Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head, The Cottage Shop offers home accents, gifts and accessories including genuine Fiesta Ware. Locally-owned and operated.

Twiddy Preferred
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Gallery Row Arts District

Come take a walk and visit amazing art galleries, businesses, gift shops and restaurants that make up this historic, cultural art district.

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Soundfeet Shoes

Family-owned and operated, Soundfeet Shoes has been an Outer Banks full-service shoe store since 1987.

Best Shopping Complexes

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Tanger Outlets - Nags Head

Come shop the only Outlet Mall on the Outer Banks! Stores like Eddie Bauer, J Crew, Coach, Gymboree and more!

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Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Located just across the street from Jockey’s Ridge, this collection of shops is an experience all in its own. With daily activities, specials and festivals, this is more than just a shopping center. Featuring stores like the famous Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Surf Company, Scoops Ice Cream Parlor, The Fudgery, Life on a Sandbar & Hair Wraps, Natural Life Store, and more, Jockey’s Ridge Crossing has a little something for everyone.

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Outer Banks Mall

Comprising a Food Lion grocery store, GNC health food supplies, NY Bagels, Taiko Sushi, the Dollar Store, Sears, Outer Banks Opticians, a Hallmark store and more, the Outer Banks Mall is a one-stop outdoor shopping mall that’s got you covered.

Best Grocery Stores & Food Markets

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Cahoon’s Market

Though the times have changed, our service and southern hospitality have remained. Cahoon's Market and Cottage is a family-owned and operated local establishment (since 1962) in the heart of Whalebone Junction. In addition to our cottage court, we offer a variety of groceries, deli, supplies for the beach, fishing, and whatever else you could our slogan says: "If we don't have it, you don't need it!"

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Austin Fish Co.

Retail seafood store offering fresh seafood for pick up. Also fried meals, soups & sandwiches, and steamed seafood are available to purchase.

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Brew Thru

The one-and-only Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store, offering refreshing cold beverages and their famous t-shirts right to your window. You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle!

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Dollar Tree

Well-known chain retailer offering a mix of household items, food, beauty products, beach essentials and more, all for $1.

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Food Lion

A popular grocery store offering low prices on all of your grocery needs.

Best Pharmacies

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Bear Drugs

A small, locally-owned drug store specializing in customer service for all of your medical equipment and supply needs.