Mermaid's Purse

Gorgeous Gifts and Tasty Treats in Wells-Next-The-Sea!

Mermaid's Purse is a gift shop and coffee shop located in the charming North Norfolk seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea. Going strong for nearly 15 years now, we are two shops under one roof, occupying a rather grand looking building known as The Mayshiel. Our customers often refer to us as 'the nicest shop in Wells'.

The Gift Shop has a wide selection of gorgeous gifts for all occasions, and beautiful things for the home and garden that you won't find just anywhere. We also stock coastal souvenirs and home accessories to remind you of your trip to the beautiful Norfolk coast.

The popular Coffee Shop offers freshly filled rolls, homemade soups, light bites, savoury snacks and delicious desserts just a stone's throw from the famous harbour. Our strawberry scones are a summer favourite! Sit back, relax and enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea in our pretty garden where dogs are always welcome - we'll even provide fresh drinking water for your thirsty canine companions!

And if you're curious as to where the name of the shop comes from, Mermaid's Purse is the name for the purse-shaped egg case of certain skates and sharks that can be found on many local beaches.