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The Cotton Exchange

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Address: Wilmington, NC 28401
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Love The shopping

One of my favorite places to just walk and look. Sometimes buy. I like the feel of the mom and pop shops. I would include this on any trip to downtown. Usually spend an hour or... read more

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MIke F
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6 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of my favorite places to just walk and look. Sometimes buy. I like the feel of the mom and pop shops. I would include this on any trip to downtown. Usually spend an hour or two.

Thank MIke F
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cotton exchange was a nifty place with lots of fun ecclectic shops and eateries. There was a lovely jewelry shop where I found alot of nice silver pieces that were highly unusual and the owner was very pleasant.

Thank dee d
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved all the shops and the set up of this place. It almost felt like a maze when you went in. You had to go through certain doors to find the shops. Some led outside to more shops. My favorite was a local shop downstairs facing the river. Everything in that store had a story and was from somewhere in... More 

Thank jennifer w
Monroe, North Carolina
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on our way back to Charlotte. Variety of shops offering jewelry, toys, and clothing. My daughters especially loved Ping's Tibet! Lunch at The Basics was wonderful and our waiter was the sweetest. Make sure to stop by The Scoop on your way out for some homemade ice cream. Will definitely be back the next time we are in... More 

Thank Karen M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice collection of shoppes and small restaurants. Located directly across from the Hilton riverside hotel. The individual shop owners were helpful and friendly. They answered questions with no hesitation. Unusual atmosphere. It is like a group of older buildings connected with old brick walkways. Fun to walk around and discover another set of shoppes :). And if you have a... More 

Thank emmebrune
Vienna, West Virginia
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Little shops with a variety of stock from wood, crafts, food, books,art. For unusual items this is the place

Thank ladyice1725
Beavercreek, Ohio
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The Cotton Exchange is located in the old restored section of Wilmington and has a good selection of shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. Good for a rainy or cold day.

Thank Bergbahnn
Bradenton, Florida
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666 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This is a truly unique shopping experience with multi-levels, fun shops and good restaurants. Do not miss this wonderful and unique area.

Thank Jhonesnaps60
Oak Island, North Carolina
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Lots of shops... paddys hallow is a great place to eat and they have a wonderful coffee shop (java dog) there too

Thank Sara L
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Great little maze of shops. Some very interesting. You have to weave your way through different buildings. A little touristy and pricey.

Thank EileenKaz

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