With Christmas just around the corner, Newcastle is a shopper’s paradise when looking for those unique festive gifts thanks to the city’s array of independent shops. From vinyl’s and vintage to clothing and crafts, uncover the North East’s independent shopping scene for something a little different this Christmas.
High Bridge Quarter
Looking for something a little different this Christmas? Why not make a stop at Newcastle’s High Bridge Quarter. These charming cobbled streets are known for their fantastic independent shopping as they’re bursting with quirky independent retailers, from fashion and record stores to accessories and collectables, you’ll definitely find something extra special here.
If you need some liquid refreshment, take a load off in Newcastle’s oldest pub, The Old George Inn. Dating back to the 16th Century, rumour has it King Charles I was once a regular.
Grainger Town, Central Arcade and beyond
Wander over to the Grade I listed Grainger Market; it’s been a go-to for shopping for over 180 years and was originally the place to buy fresh meat and vegetables. While still home to some great food producers, it’s now home to a wide range of independent shopping gems, from florists and jewellers to vintage boutiques and craft stalls - there are even stalls to buy your furry friends a festive gift this Christmas. We recommend you check out Geordie Gifts for a wide-range of bespoke handmade stocking fillers and Yesterday Society for those vintage gems you won’t find anywhere else.
If you’re thinking to put together a hamper of edible goodies, make sure you check out mmm…glug. This award-winning deli sells an outstanding array of gastronomic delights from local and small producers including oils, herbs, spices, chutneys, preserves, gins, beers and ciders… the list goes on. It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving.
Make sure you take a stroll through Central Arcade Located just on the cusp of Grainger Market, along with a number of local independents, the stunning Edwardian architecture is worth the trip alone. Head out onto Pilgrim Street, stopping in at Leaf Clothing. This family business offers top notch customer service and, with men’s and women’s fashions selected from some of Europe’s newest and most exclusive brands, if you’re looking for something a bit different for the style conscious, it’s definitely one for you.
Just off Pilgrim Street on High Bridge on the upper level of Eldon Garden Shopping Centre you’ll find North East Art Collective. Selling artwork from over 150 local artists, including watercolours, oil and acrylic paintings, limited edition prints and photography, as well as glass and ceramics, it’s great for picking up both big gifts and little trinkets alike.
If vintage retro fashion is more their thing, then pop around the corner to Flip Vintage on Westgate Road. Particularly great for menswear and operating since 1978, Flip imports American clothing and has become well known for its great authentic range of vintage retro fashions.
Talking of second hand, if it’s literature you’re looking for Books for Amnesty, also on Westgate Road, sells a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including pre-loved children’s books, poetry, biographies and travel books. What’s more, all profits go to Amnesty International UK, so it’s a good deed and a great gift in one.
Just down from Westgate Road, close to Newcastle train station, Beatdown Records on the corner of Bewick Street and Clayton Street West is a must visit if you’re shopping for a music lover. It has a great collection of new releases and a huge selection of second-hand vinyl – so you’re bound to find the perfect record, no matter the genre.