Six of Winchester's best independent shops
I've lived in Winchester for a year now and one of the things I love most about it is the way it's stuffed full of incredible independent shops. Of course, you can still find the tired old chains on the high street, but if you step off onto one of the many side streets, you're in for a real treat. Here are just a few of my favourites, and why.
If you too, like me, have a penchant for great gift shops, look no further. This one has everything, from vintage furniture, to amazing coasters, notebooks, clothes, accessories and more.
This special boutique on Parchment Street is a one-stop shop for gifts for all the men in your life. Owner Liz stocks a range of independent retailers to cater to every discerning man's taste. If you stop in, you might also be lucky enough to meet Scottish Terrier Poppy for a cuddle, too. What's not to like?
Blu Bambu is what I would call serious furniture porn. Their Instagram is sensational and so are the pieces they stock. From wine racks to light fittings, tables to chairs, everything is reclaimed wood so you can don a proud eco cap as you shop here.
If you love books, you won't find a place much more magical than P & G Wells on College Street. A true independent for 250 years, it's still going strong. It's the perfect place for a little bit of respite from the high street and rumour has it that Jane Austen had an account here.
I personally can't often walk past this place without stopping in. They offer more booze options than you could shake a stick at, as well as some pretty tasty Italian deli snacks, cheese and meats. They also do occasional wine tastings and can help you pair up a meal with a great bottle for the table.
This absolute stunner of a shop is a one-stop venue for women's clothing. Small but mighty, Sass & Edge stock lots of independent, well made brands. You'll pay a little more than you will on the high street, but the pieces last for much longer and won't be seen elsewhere (no drama on turning up wearing the same thing to a party, phew). Look out for when they do a sale online and in-store as some real bargains can be found.
So what's not to like about Winchester's amazing independent shops? If you need a little further inspiration, I recommend checking out Windependents, a community run Facebook page sharing all things Winchester. Do comment if you have questions or queries!