It’s only been four days and I miss this place already! Sometimes you have to leave somewhere to realise how awesome it actually is. Over the past four years Norwich has been the place I have called home and over those four years I have shopped a lot. So today I thought I shall do a brief overview of the wonderful place to indulge in a spot of shopping in Norwich. The places are in no particular order, it just happened to be the route I took around the city on my last day.
1 – Intu Chapelfield
AKA the main shopping centre where you will find everything! Including my mecca (a 3 floor H&M, below.) Chapelfield is lovely, is has every shop you could need, whether you want clothes, shoes, sports gear, kids stuff or underwear there is literally everything! You can also grab ad coffee and a bite to eat. It’s really great when the weather is rubbish too! It’s also worth mentioning the massive House of Fraser at the bottom end, it is well worth a visit, especially if you’re a beauty lover like me. It’s where I fuel my Urban Decay addiction. Plus there staff are amazing and friendly, there is something for everyone in here.
2 – The Haymarket
Or the high street.
Essentially this is where you will find all of your general high street stores that don’t fit in Chapelfield. The main highlights fashion wise are Topshop and Primark. There’s a Starbucks and a lovely Pret if you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat. There are always tonnes of performers down the Haymarket, including the Norwich Puppet Man who is a bit of an institution! It is well worth exploring the side streets too.
Down here you will see one of my favourite shops – Lush.
I cannot recommend a trip here enough! Not only are the products amazing, the shop smells beyond beautiful but the staff are the best. They are so lovely! They certainly know their stuff and they are always willing to help and have a natter too.
Down towards the bottom of the road, past he market you will find Jarrolds. A family owned department store. Here you will find MAC and other higher end beauty brands. There is everything you could possibly need in here. It is well worth a visit as it is a little something different! Their window displays are usually amazing too!
3 – Norwich Market
You can’t chat about the city without a mention of the infamous market. You will find it at the bottom of the Haymarket and it is worth exploring. You will find anything and everything here! You may also get lost. A lot of the shops in the lanes began as market stalls, so go and see what you can discover.
Small winding streets packed full of one off shops, independent cafes and vintage stores. You could loose a day just walking around here (I have on many occasions.) It is the place that makes you want to ditch the high street and try new things. You cannot come to Norwich and not pay a visit here.
The lanes feed off of the Haymarket, just past the market and Jarrolds.
It is such a cute area. Goldfinches, one of the best vintage shops is to the left of the picture below. The lanes really come alive at night too. You’ll find lots of quirky bars and cool eateries to try.
5 – The Royal Arcade
Admittedly there aren’t many shops in here, but take a stroll through as it is such a pretty place. Again, it is packed full of independent shops. I would highly recommend Macaroons & more for delicious delicacies and a good coffee and pop into Digby’s, Norwich’s own fine chocolatier.
This is Norwich’s second mall packed full of shops, cafe’s and a cinema, amongst other local useful stuff! There is a good balance of independent stores and big high street names. The cinema is pretty awesome here too.
So there we are Norwich is a shoppers heaven. There are all of the big names you want, situated next to smaller, unique stores. Moreover Norwich is a nice and friendly place. Yes it is a city, so it can get busy but everyone moves at a slower place, there is definitely a chilled out vibe and lots of green open spaces that make you feel like you’re not in a city.
There are always lots of festivals and events going on around the city to make it come alive even more.
Christmas in Norwich is my favourite, it’s all so magical!