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Roanoke Island Shopping & Manteo Shopping

You could easily spend your whole day enjoying Roanoke Island’s shopping. Manteo’s shopping opportunities have greatly expanded in recent years, especially in the historic waterfront area. You’ll find antiques shops, art galleries, fine apparel boutiques, fun gift and souvenir shops, a classic bookstore, several day spas/salons and a wonderful general store with a great wine selection, among many others. In the waterfront area, you can park the car then stroll around from shop to shop. The other area to do some Manteo shopping is on the main highway, U.S. Highway 64, where you’ll find several other great locally run shops. On the highway you’ll want to drive or bike between stores. Most of the necessities you’ll need — groceries, sundries, prescriptions, dry cleaning, gasoline and the like — can be found on the main highway. Shopping in Wanchese is very limited, but we lead you to a couple of shops with true local flavor.

When you’re ready to indulge in some Roanoke Island shopping pleasure, there are several small parking lots in the historic Manteo waterfront area plus a lot of on-street parking spaces. Oftentimes, especially in the summer, all the spaces near the waterfront will be full. If you can’t find a parking space, don’t worry. Just head over the little bridge to Roanoke Island Festival Park, where there is more than enough free parking.

Duck's Cottage Downtown Books

105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
(252) 473-1056

Downtown Manteo has long been anchored by a bookstore. The latest incarnation is Duck's Cottage Downtown Books, which opened in March 2012 following a post-Hurricane Irene renovation of 105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street. A sister store of the popular Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, their Roanoke Island location features a large hand-picked book selection of best sellers, mass market titles, fiction, cookbooks, young adult and children's titles including the much-loved Usborne line for kids. You'll also find journals, a wide range of greeting cards, boxed notes and local calendars. Their Outer Banks section is well-curated with history, nature, fiction and non-fiction on display. There's something for everyone in the Melissa & Doug toy department, from art supplies to puzzles, wooden toys to puppets and fun games for all ages. A quality selection of toys will please the younger set with fun stuff from Folkmanis puppets and Blue Orange games. If you’re feeling like a cuppa, Downtown Books serves locally roasted coffee from Morning View Coffee House and hot tea from Harney & Sons. Other local items on the shelves include Outer Banks Sea Salt, Outer Banks Candle Company and more. Pull up a comfy chair, grab a book and a coffee or tea and while away the afternoon in this well-stocked, independent bookstore. 

Kitty Hawk Kites

39432 N.C. Highway 12
Island Shops
(252) 995-6060
5848 Hatteras Landing
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
24505 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village
(252) 987-2297
1216 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
(252) 261-4450
307 Queen Elizabeth Street
(252) 473-2357
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of Crocs, Pirate Booty, Rt. 12 and Life Is Good apparel and the coolest selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also offer toys and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites has 13 locations from Corolla to Ocracoke. 

One of the Outer Banks’ foremost recreation outfitters, Kitty Hawk Kites' Hatteras Village location also offers kayak ecotours and kayak rentals. And in Rodanthe, the Kitty Hawk Kites' Hatteras Kiteboarding Resort is where you can buy kiteboarding gear, take lessons and rent kayaks, kiteboarding gear and standup paddleboards. See our Recreation section. 


Nancyware Pottery

402 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
(252) 473-9400

Nancy is celebrating her 40th year making pots. This shop is the potter’s studio as well as her exhibit space, so you can often see her working at the wheel or glazing. Nancy’s functional pottery is made of high-fired stoneware that is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe including pie plates, sponge holders, bowls, vases and spoon rests. She also makes God jars, beaded jewelry, tile murals and limited edition Passion Pots (with a wink, Nancy says stop in and ask). Nancy can create personalized special orders, which make great wedding gifts or wedding favors!


Magnolia Lane
across Queen Elizabeth Avenue from Tranquil House Inn
(252) 473-5141

Refine the art of nesting at this Manteo shop, which offers goods for fine living. Nest carries an eclectic mix of home furnishings and tabletop accessories as well as ladies' clothing accessories including straw hats and bags by Flora Bella and Lola; handbags and espadrilles imported from France; lush cashmere; clothing by CP Shades; artisan jewelry by Dana Kellin, Michael Michaud, Michael Vincent Michaud and Viv & Ingrid, among others; niche fragrances, including Eau d'Italie and Calypso; Kent of London grooming accessories; and imported soaps and home fragrances. Treat yourself to the most sumptuous of linens by Bella Notte.

Silver Bonsai Gallery

905 S. U.S. Highway 64
(252) 475-1413

A visit to Roanoke Island is not complete without a stop at this gem of a gallery. Named among the nation’s top 25 fine art and craft galleries, Silver Bonsai Gallery is a celebration of American Made Fine Art and Craft displaying beautiful paintings, locally crafted jewelry and distinctive gift ideas. The Silver Bonsai is also home to the jewelry studio of award-winning master goldsmiths Ben and Kathryn Stewart, creators of the nationally acclaimed Modern Heirloom® jewelry collection. Ben and Kathryn specialize in unique jewelry, hand engraving, repair and restoration and custom design. Discover a new hobby while visiting the garden of bonsai trees and supplies at this Outer Banks treasure. Each visit is an opportunity to enter Silver Bonsai’s inspiring world of fine art, fine craft, one-of-a-kind jewelry and bonsai trees.


The Museum Store at Roanoke Island Festival Park

1 Festival Park
(252) 475-1506 x252

While you're on Roanoke Island, don't miss a chance to visit The Museum Store at Roanoke Island Festival Park! The only store of its kind on the Outer Banks, they feature historical gifts and collectibles that include the representative sailing ship, the Elizabeth II, American Indian Town and more than 400 years of Outer Banks history. Celebrating American Handcraft, The Museum Store features hand-blown glass, pottery, metal garden art and silver and mixed metal jewelry. They showcase North Carolina pottery, soaps and leather goods. Nature-inspired copper jewelry, books and maps are also on display along with local wine, peanuts and jellies. And you'll find plenty of swords, hooks and pirate treasure for your little swashbuckler! Friends of Elizabeth II members receive 20% off their purchases. The Museum store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays (beginning May 1) from 12 to 5 p.m.