Scenic Route 6A hugs the inner coast of Cape Cod, winding its way through picturesque villages and breathtaking saltmarshes. Also known as the Old King's Highway, Route 6A is one of the top scenic byways in the country. The road is lined with dozens of local shops, making it a perfect destination for shopping. Hunt for antiques, pick up souvenirs and gifts, or simply browse through the eclectic assortment of objects at these top five shopping spots.
1. Titcomb's Bookshop - East Sandwich
Celebrating fifty years in business, Titcomb's Bookshop is one of the Cape's oldest independent bookstores. This family-run business sells a wide range of books, from contemporary best-sellers to rare books, as well as games, toys, and puzzles. Titcomb's is a rare throwback to the days of neighborhood bookshops, preserving an important piece of Cape history and making it a must-visit for book lovers everywhere. Titcomb's often hosts notable authors for signings and readings--Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman, and Andre Dubas III have all visited--and also maintains a busy calendar of events for children and teens.
2. The Barn & Co. - Dennis
The Barn & Co. in Dennis has been a destination on the Cape for almost thirty years. A perfect stop for visitors looking for unique gifts and souvenirs, this charming shop brings together an eclectic assortment of gifts, jewelry, home décor, and clothing, many of which have been handmade by local Cape Cod artists.
3. The Brewster Store - Brewster
Take a step back into Cape Cod's history at The Brewster Store, located in the heart of downtown Brewster. The building that currently houses this quaint general store has stood since 1852, beginning life as a Universalist church, and has been owned by the Boyd family since 1986. Visitors can find a little bit of everything at The Brewster Store, including books, kitchen items, souvenirs, clothing, and hard-to-find oil lamps.
4. The Red Balloon Toy Shop - Orleans
Families with children should be sure to stop at The Red Balloon in downtown Orleans. One of the largest and oldest toy stores on the Cape, The Red Balloon has been family owned and operated since 1970. This colorful and lively store is stocked to the brim with toys, games, children's books, puzzles, art supplies, and balloons. The Red Balloon also has a second location in Mashpee.
5. Bird Watcher's General Store - Orleans
Bird Watcher's General Store is one of the first shops in the United States devoted to birds and birdwatching. Opened in 1983, Bird Watcher's General Store is a one-stop-shop for any visitor in need of birding supplies or interested in learning more about birds and birding. Explore a wide variety of bird-related items, from bird seed and feeders to jewelry, clothing, optics, and even a section just for young birders.