Alongside its pretty Georgian terraces, Roman baths and famous connections to Jane Austen, one of Bath’s main draws is its shopping, though you’ll have to stray from the main shopping centre and head to areas scattered throughout the centre to find the city’s true hidden boutique gems. In combination with its world-famous Christmas market, the boutique backstreets of Bath make for the perfect Christmas shopping destination – here’s our pick of the best places to head to:
Easily accessed off Bath High Street, Northumberland Place is an odd collection of little winding lanes, featuring everything from pop-up shops to designer jewellers. A couple of the best jewellers found in this maze of streets include Gold & Platinum Studios, who hand-make custom items, and Nicholas Wylde, who stock gorgeous designer jewels.
Known as the best destination to head to for foodie shopping, here you’ll find some great restaurants, delicatessens and artisan food makers. The Tasting Room supplies some of the UK’s best restaurants with its pick of wine, food gifts and whisky, which you can taste before you buy, or even pair with dishes served upstairs in the café and bar.
This pretty little pedestrian area found off both Milsom Street and Broad Street is a fashion-lover’s delight, featuring the best in clothing, home accessories and pop-up shops demonstrating the work of the up-and-coming. Traffic People stocks youthful, feminine and floaty clothes, while Quadri specialises in modern home accessories and is a major stockist of Alessi products.
Though the street has a quiet and sleepy exterior, a wealth of hidden treasures lies behind the doors of the shops that await. Boho, for instance, has some wonderful handpicked boutique clothing and accessories.
Just around the corner from the picturesque views of the Royal Crescent, Margaret’s Buildings is the street to head to for artworks and other special treasures. Several important art galleries await, as well as the stylish luxury handbags made and sold by Liz Cox found just up the street.
With all those shopping bags in tow, making your way up this hill may be tough, but it is certainly worth it for the wide selection of bars, restaurants and quirky shops, including Prey, situated in the York Buildings, which stocks beautiful fashions and home accessories. A little further along, you’ll find Instant Vintage, which sells moderately-priced, vintage-inspired clothing and accessories.
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