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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Café
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“This is a great place to eat. Booking essential in peak season and weekends.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Nearest pub to Wight Cottage. Good beer, not bad food, great atmosphere. Lots of live music nights.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Hardly a superstore but you can buy all the basics here. Open 0700 till 2200 Monday to Saturday but only from 1030 to 1630 on Sundays. Check their website for holiday opening hours.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 4
“One of the best sailing spots in the UK. The city is hosting the 'Cowes Week' sailing event annually.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Ranked as one of the world's best yachting bars, serves food, famous for dark and stormy rums. The Pier View is where we catch up with Cowes friends to talk about sailing, work and all things Cowes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“A lovely restaurant in an ideal location on Gurnard seafront serving home cooked food and offering a take-away option. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“A grocery store nearby with local produce and the longest hours of any Cowes grocer. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fish and Chips, takeaway and restaurant. Love the mackerel and sweet potato chips”
  • 7 locals recommend
Post Office
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  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Very cool and contemporary bar and restaurant (for Cowes anyway) with excellent service and food. On a sunny afternoon, the colourful, arty outdoor courtyard is hard to leave. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Establishment
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  • 1 local recommends
Resort
“Our favourite place in Cowes run by the same team as Coast. Menu is a little limited but the ambiance is lovely and there is a garden terrace at the rear. Judy Dench stayed here when filming Victoria. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“10 min walk to the boat from the Red Jet foot passenger boat from Southampton”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“A great local pub only a about a mile away, they do fab food, have live music nights, a beer garden and are child friendly they are also over the road from a play park and the beach. It is one of the best places for watching the sun go down on a summers evening.”
  • 7 locals recommend
School
“The premier sailing academy. Anything watersports related...you can learn it here”
  • 4 locals recommend
Car Rental
“Rent your bikes from here. About £15 a day. They have mountain bikes which are fine for old railway line cycleway to Newport and beyond – you can be on the beach in Shanklin in 2hours - and all flat!”
  • 2 locals recommend