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Historic Downtown Wilmington’s
Unique  Shopping Experience

Located in the heart of the downtown district, along the beautiful Cape Fear River, The Cotton Exchange offers a unique shopping experience that reflects the rich history of the Port City. Visitors will find themselves on cobblestone walkways in open-air courtyards as they travel through our eight-building complex made up of 30 specialty shops and restaurants.

For over 40 years, The Cotton Exchange has invited its guests to celebrate the charm and style of 19th Century Wilmington while adventuring through a city block’s worth of distinctive shopping, dining, and fun!

Parking is Free For Customers

Take your parking ticket with you and get validated from our merchants.
2 hours free when validated from shops/ 3 hours free when validated by restaurants.

Store Directory

Looking for a shop, restaurant, or service at the Cotton Exchange? We’ve made it easier to locate all the unique places in downtown Wilmington’s most historically significant retail venue.

Cotton Exchange Map