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This Southampton area is where some of the privately run local businesses set up shop - most belong to the upmarket sector. It's a lively area with bars and eateries located to the north of the Parks, a 10-minute walk from the central train station and/or downtown.
The compact city centre has a variety of department stores, wide pedestrian streets and markets. Markets can be found every Friday and Saturday around the Bargate Monument. Traditional high street shopping is found on the traffic-free Above Bar Street, and specialty shops are available in East Street, High Street, Queensway, Oxford Street, London Road and Bedford Place.