12 Nottingham City Centre Areas Bursting with Independents

Posted on: 28 November 2017

Take a walk around Nottingham city centre and you'll find so many small business gems waiting to welcome you and offer something different. From cosy coffee shops, to places to forget your troubles and get creative; grab your coat and take a wonderful wander around our great small shops. 

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on 2nd December and show your favourite independents some love, or discover something new! #SmallBizSatUK

St James' Street

Tucked away just off Old Market Square, St James' Street is the place to discover quirky local gifts from Dukki, enjoy live music and great food and drink at the cosy Malt Cross, get crafty and pick up some lovely handmade delights at Handmade Nottingham or browse some great music at Plates Records. 

Flying Horse Walk

This boutique shopping haven is home to the brie-lliant folk at The Cheese shop Nottingham, as well as craft beer experts at the Brew Cavern, evening dresses and prom wear at Pearl Boutique, and of course the coffee gods at 200 DegreesTake part in the Flying Horse Walk 12 Days of Christmas Trail from 1st December - find out more here. 

Pelham Street

Make your way up to Hockley and the Lace Market and stop for some specs appeal at Gray and Bull, Nottingham's oldest independent opticians. If comfort food, cosy hot chocolate and the best brownies in town are your thing then Homemade Cafe is just opposite. Take a little wander further and pick up a sparkly treat at Temprell Jewellers

Bridlesmith Walk

Take a quick left turn off Bridlesmith Gate and enjoy styling sessions and fashion tips from the experts at Stick and Ribbon, or treat yourself to a gorgeous makeover at the forever friendly girls at Cabella. Looking good is thirsty work so head on over to The Herbert Kilpin or Junk Yard for a tipple or two and great food. 

Lace Market

Made famous for its lace (duh) this sophisticated spot is now home to treasures such as gift boutique Behind The Red Door, Nottingham Contemporary and The National Justice Museum. It's also the perfect place to grab a tasty bite at The Hungry Pumpkin Deli or wet your whistle and try unique cocktails at Brass Monkey.

Derby Road

Head a little out of the city centre and follow the lovely smell of gorgeous baked goods at Tough Mary's Bakehouse (the doughnuts are worth the walk!) or take in a little culture and treat yourself to a print at the Focus Gallery or Hung Up Art Gallery. 

Cobden Chambers

Enter this hub of creative and vibrant businesses tucked away in the heart of Nottingham city centre and you'll discover great reads at Ideas On Paper, out of this world chocolate creations at Studio Chocolate and expert hair styling at The Front Room. 

West End Arcade 

Take a peek down this arcade and you'll find tasty crepes at Aubrey's Traditional Creperie , lots of great books at Books and Pieces, plus smooth jazz finds at The Music Inn. 


Head over to an area that's hustling and bustling with bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. Enjoy a tasty dinner at The Larder on Goosegate, which was once a Boots store, or enjoy delicious tapas at Bar Iberico on Carlton Street. Nottingham has lots of great hidden bars and Lost Property is certainly worth a look, plus there's the fab Broadway Cinema on Broad Street too. 

Hurts Yard

Enjoy delicious coffee and cake at The Coffee House of Nottingham, or something a little stronger at tequila favourites 400 Rabbits. Or pick up some alternative goodies at Deviant Angel

Gates and Lanes

Visit Wheeler Gate for a sweet trip down memory lane, with retro favourites and homemade fudge at The Treat Kitchen, or walk up to Friar Lane for coffee and cake at Cafe Sobar, or some purrr-fect relaxation at The Kitty Cafe



After an intense and VERY close competition we can finally meet the winners on Nottingham's 2019 Best Bar None! 


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