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.

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day. Handmade Belgium chocolate and fudge are made fresh daily, and they also accept custom orders for wedding favors, baby showers and other events. And don't forget the ice cream cake! They have a flavor for every occasion.

Downtown Books

105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-1056

Downtown Manteo has long been anchored by a bookstore. The latest incarnation is Downtown Books, which opened in 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, this very independent bookstore features a large hand-picked selection of best sellers, mass market titles, spirituality, fiction, cookbooks, young adult and children's titles. A small nook of used adult fiction is always changing and reasonably priced. You'll also find journals, a wide range of greeting cards, boxed notes, magnets, reading glasses, cool stickers and local calendars. The Outer Banks section is well-curated with history, nature, fiction and nonfiction on display along with many titles penned by local authors. The Melissa & Doug toy department has a great selection of wooden toys, puppets, games and creative imaginative play items for newborns on up! Downtown Books also carries gift items such as hand-blown glass feather balls, Outer Banks Sea Salt, Chakra and Feng Shui candles. A helpful, well-read staff and relaxing ambiance makes Downtown Books a popular spot to while away an afternoon.

Kitty Hawk Kites

307 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
24505 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
5848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
(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 beach sportswear and footwear from Crocs, Sanuk, Chaco, Southern Fried and Life Is Good apparel, 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 in any other Outer Banks shopping outlet. Kitty Hawk Kites has 13 locations from Corolla to Ocracoke. 

One of the Outer Banks’ foremost recreation outfitters, Kitty Hawk Kites offers more than 20 adventure activities, including hang gliding, kayak and SUP tours and rentals, dolphin tours, parasailing, Jet skis and more. And in Rodanthe, the Waves Village Watersports Resort is where you can take a kiteboarding lesson, buy and rent kiteboarding gear, rent a kayak or standup paddleboard.

Lost Colony Brewery

208 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo
(252) 473-6666

Roanoke Island doesn't confine celebrating its mysterious history to just theater. We celebrate with beer! Yes, beer, too, can mix drops of Roanoke Island culture in with all the hops and barley. Lost Colony Brewery is located in the middle of downtown Manteo near the waterfront. This brewery used to be the Full Moon Brewery, next to Full Moon Cafe. But don't worry, just because the name has changed, it doesn't mean the delicious brews have disappeared -- like its infamous namesakes. The Lost Colony Brewery creates a funky and laid-back atmosphere for patrons to enjoy the brewery's specialty: British and Irish style ales. Only imported British malts are used and combined with Fuggles, East Kent Golding or Challenger hops in the two-barrel RIMS system in the brew house to create the beers. Some notable mentions include Charon Stout, Lost Colony Ale and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (Monty Python fans rejoice!). Take a break from running around, trying to take part in every activity on the Outer Banks, and come into Lost Colony Brewery for a sophisticated but relaxing time in downtown Manteo.


Corner of Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-4505

Offering an extensive collection of Victorian, antique and fine jewelry, Muzzie’s is a ladies’ favorite in Manteo. The selection includes diamonds, platinum and precious gems, and this is the perfect place to shop for a cherished gift or engagement ring. Muzzie’s offers jewelry collections by Val Colbert, Anna Beck and Sweet Romance. The store also carries Glenda Gies handbags and La Maifonnette linens. With a new look, Muzzie’s also features French home decor.

Nancyware Pottery

402 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(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!


105 Budleigh Street at Magnolia Lane, Across from Tranquil House Inn, Manteo
(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, Calypso, Library of Flowers and LASCO; 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, Manteo
(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 shopping 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, Manteo
(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 Outer Banks shop of its kind, 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 peanuts and jellies. And you'll find plenty of swords, hooks and pirate treasure for your little swashbuckler! The Museum store is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A small selection of their best-selling items are available in Ticket Sales daily.