Newcastle is a beautiful city that was shaped through history by Georgian architects who really did this city proud. The downside of Newcastle is that is can be very cold and very wet. This has led to a brilliant city centre full of the best shops, then go to Newcastle.
Independent shops are getting harder to find but guess what? Newcastle has tonnes of them. Start in the Grainger Market as this is a mecca of independents shops and stalls. There are 243 stalls and shops inside this great building, selling everything from funky shoes to local cheese. There are independent bakers, organic food shops and coffee specialists hiding inside. If you want a quick change of image try the wig stall and if you fancy a garden makeover, there are plenty of stalls to meet your needs. There are old school cafes, as well as a really a coffee specialist. It really is the mother of all shopping and a fantastic people watching location.
Grand Dames of Retail
There are some shops that can accommodate everyone’s shopping wish lists and there are two of these bang in the centre of the city. John Lewis can sort your hankering for labelled fashion without breaking into a sweat and the giant known as Fenwicks also kicks ass in the fashion department. They are the ultimate in department store shopping and can merrily kill a whole day out of your life once through the hallowed doors.
Got an event where you need a really cool outfit? Well, if you have the wonga then Newcastle has the place. How about a taste of Vivienne Westwood ? The world’s premier designer has a shop near the city centre and caters for both sexes. Reiss is a top British label and there is also a boutique nestled amongst the other retail outlets. Jules B is another great shop, stocking fashion essentials such as Nicole Fahri.
There are loads of great places to find unique gifts in Newcastle. Toki Yoki is a Japanese kitsch shop selling colourful, cartoony gifts. Waving lucky cats in gold are a staple here, as well as crazy alarm clocks and colourful backpacks.
The Gift Company is also a go to shop when its presie time. There is a wide selection of unusual and traditional presies available.
Food Glorious Food
As previously mentioned, the Grainger Market has some great British and French Produce waiting to be snapped up. There is a Waitrose for some posh supermarket shopping and the food department in Fenwick’s stocks lot of delicious local delicacies.There are often food markets at the top of Grey Street which tempt passer bys into buying hot Bavarian sausages, swiss chocolates and other delicious snacks.