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If there’s one thing Norwich does particularly well, it’s independent shopping. Our locals know a thing or two about designer clothing and homeware, the best in books, toys and especially food, brought to you by businesses you’ll only find in Norwich.
The Plant Den
The Plant Den is a haven for foliage lovers everywhere, complete with rare houseplants, pet-friendly picks, terrariums and hanging plants, not to mention gifts like candles, dried flowers and speciality vases. It’s a shared shop with in-house artist Carol Lake, whose botanical-inspired textiles and paintings make for unique gifts for creative types.
Macarons & More
Stocking stuffers, Christmas party fare, afternoon snacks – there’s not much the goodies at speciality dessert shop Macarons & More aren’t perfect for. The shop was founded by MasterChef alum Tim Kinnaird and is where you can find almost-too-pretty-to-eat French macarons, brownies, chocolates and more.
Beautiful, design-led homeware and gifts line the shelves in Elm, an effortlessly cool shop for all of life’s little extras. It’s the spot to grab an unusual gift for a friend, a hand-painted plant pot to brighten up your office Secret Santa’s desk, or a sweet Christmas candle for your home.
The Book Hive
Norwich’s leading independent bookshop The Book Hive is one unlike any other. It’s specifically designed not to be like traditional bookshops, emphasising book design. It’s a top spot to pick up an unusual read for even the most avid reader and is also the original home of Galley Beggar Press, an indie publishing house gaining national attention for its publication of game-changing books. They also offer a lucky dip book package, perfect for those hard-to-buy-for family members!
Strangers Coffee Roaster
Not just a hangout for enjoying perfectly-brewed coffees and homemade cakes, Strangers is also home to its very own Coffee Roaster. Head to their online store, where you can pick up a pack of original Strangers beans for Christmas morning—or, let’s be honest, any other time of day—as well as quirky clothing and store gift vouchers for your friends and family.
It’s a little hard to pin down what indie menswear shop Working Title does best, mostly because it does so much! It boasts goods for the “distinguished gentlemen,” including stylish clothes and accessories, bags, toiletries, vintage pieces and artwork. You’ll even find unique homeware and designer face masks.
We love Bread Source not only for its quite-frankly-amazing loaves of bread and pastries but its locally-sourced goodies as well. Its online store is packed with foodie stocking stuffers, including Dotti chocolate and chocolate bark made locally and independently, as well as Spanish and Norfolk-made wine, homemade preserves and accessories for the budding bread baker.
A true staple of Norwich, Philip Browne has been leading the way in men’s fashion for years. The store is famed for experimenting with up-and-coming designers, having famously sold the first collections of Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano in the 80s and 90s. As well as stocking well-known brands such as Moncler and Comme Des Garcons, Philip Browne is also home to unique and hard to find collections from the likes of Moschino, Raf Simons, and Neil Barrett.
A relatively new addition to the Norwich landscape, Flicka is an environmentally-friendly, family-run business that offers modern Scandinavian-inspired gifts for babies and toddlers. This popular boutique boasts sustainable, organically-sourced products ranging from baby blankets and rompers to cuddly toys, rockers, and even interior design for playrooms and baby nurseries! Delivery is also only £1 on all orders – what’s not to like!