Shopping in Downtown Roanoke

Exploring the heart of Roanoke, Virginia, goes beyond its scenic landscapes and historic charm—it extends to the local shops that contribute to the city’s unique character. As I embarked on a whirlwind tour of downtown Roanoke, I couldn’t resist the allure of its vibrant shopping scene. Nestled among the historic streets, I stumbled upon four charming shops that captivated my attention.

Clock on a sidewalk in a small city.

There are a lot more in the downtown area, but unfortunately, I didn’t have time to explore them all.  In no particular order are the four shops that I would love to go back to and spend more time – and money!

1. La De Da

La De Da sign.

The La De Da website describes it as an imaginative and artistic boutique.  I could not agree more.  This adorable shop sells clothes that are unique and trendy.  I would describe them as modern steampunk chic.

Clothes hanging on a rack for sale.

Some of the brands La De Da carries include Freepeople, True Grit, Cutloose, Cmc/Click, and Silver Jeans.   Their jewelry collection consists of pieces from all over the world, most of them beautifully handcrafted.

Boots on a wall rack.

The environment inside the store is cozy, to say the least.

Coat for sale.

The store is located at 102 Church Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011.  Be sure to check the website for current hours.

2. Chocolate Paper

Chocolate Paper sign hanging from a building.

If you like chocolate and you like paper goods, then you will feel like you have died and gone to heaven at Chocolate Paper.  The sweet scent of chocolate greets you as you walk through the door.

Kitchen wares on display for sale.

This fun little shop is filled with cute items that you will want to stuff in your suitcase and take home with you.

Paper goods for sale.

There are awesome chocolate candies to try, too!

Chocolate display case.

Chocolate Paper is located at 308-3 Market Street and is open 7 days a week.  Click here and scroll to the bottom for store hours.

3. Ladles & Linens

Ladles and Linens sign.

I love to go into kitchen shops wherever I go.  My short time in Roanoke would not have been complete had I not been able to go into Ladles & Linens, a cool little kitchen shop near the Center in the Square.

Merchandise for sale.

This little shop has so many nice things, you are sure to find something that will be at home in your own kitchen.

Wooden bowls nestled together.

This shop has your kitchen needs covered, ranging from colorful little tools to…

Kitchen Items on display.

…culinary classics such as Le Creuset and Swiss Diamond.

Le Creuset display.

Ladles & Linens is located at 302 Market Street in Roanoke and is open 7 days a week.  Click here for current hours.

4. The Candy Store

The Candy Store sign.

Just a block or two away from those other neat shops is The Candy Store.  CANDY!  Lots of candy.

Candy shop with rows of candy.

This store is not only a child’s dream, but also an adult’s.  Walking into the store, you are greeted by 1200 different types of candy goodness.  The beautiful brick walls of the store are lined with classic jelly beans, gumballs, caramels, licorice, and chocolates.

Candy in glass bowls.

The store also carries wax lips, giant Pixie Sticks, Pop Rocks, oversized boxes of Nerds, Zots, lollipops, Gobstoppers, Pac-Man and Mario sours, Goo Goo Clusters, and Idaho Spuds.

Candy on display.

The Candy Store is a great place to pick up a sweet little something to bring back to your loved ones or to enjoy all by yourself.  Go ahead – nobody will judge you.

Ginger delights on a table.

The Candy Store is located at 122 Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke.

The next time I am in Roanoke, I will definitely go back to all four of these fun shops.  Check them out for yourself!  While you’re there, don’t miss out on some of the fun things to do or great things to eat.


What’s your favorite shop in Roanoke?

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