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Where to Shop in Nottingham - From Designer Labels to VIntage Boutiques

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Ever since geese were driven from Lincolnshire to be sold in Nottingham - the origins of the annual Goose Fair - the city has remained a top shopping destination. Radiating out from Old Market Square, the city centre is packed with national chains and independent boutiques. Nottingham is also full of high-end brands and the home of Paul Smith's flagship store.

Old Market Square


Many national chains surround the pedestrianized Old Market Square. Craft fairs and seasonal markets often fill the area with stalls selling fresh, local produce. The Exchange dominates the square, housing a refined selection of high-end independent and big-name stores. You’ll find upscale whiskies, wines, and cigars at Gauntleys, and art at Castle Galleries.


  • Gauntleys of Nottingham, 4 High Street, Nottingham NG1 2ET; Tel: +44 115 911 0555; Website: Gauntleys of Nottingham

  • Castle Galleries, 20-22 Exchange Walk, Nottingham NG1 2DD; Tel: +44 115 958 3883; Website: Castle Galleries

Modern shopping malls


North of the city centre, intu Victoria Centre houses eateries and international chains, and is home to the Cineworld cinema complex. Located on the upper level of the mall is the indoor market. The largest in the city, it is renowned for its high-quality local produce, especially meat and fish. Conveniently connected to the Broadmarsh bus station, intu Broadmarsh mall features many budget stores and cafés.


  • intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham NG1 3QN; Tel: +44 115 912 1111; Website: intu Victoria Centre

  • intu Broadmarsh, Nottingham NG1 7LB; Tel: +44 115 840 4555; Website: intu Broadmarsh


Trendy Bridlesmith Gate


Stylish shoppers flock to Bridlesmith Gate for its designer brands and elegant stores. Tudor-style facades and redbrick terraces line the surrounding narrow streets where the likes of Hugo Boss, Cath Kidston, and Kurt Geiger have set up shop. Nottingham-born designer Paul Smith leads the pack with 2 stores, including his iconic Willoughby House establishment on Low Pavement.


  • Paul Smith, 20 Low Pavement, Nottingham NG1 7DN; Tel: +44 115 968 5990; Website: Paul Smith

  • Cath Kidston, 23 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR; Tel: +44 115 941 3554; Website: Cath Kidston


Shopping in Hockley


Usually considered Nottingham’s bohemian quarter, Hockley is packed with vintage stores and retro-chic establishments, adding to the area’s laid-back atmosphere. The main street, Goose Gate, features European-style cafés and unconventional shops, including Danielle Gotheridge’s eclectic cake decoration boutique. Eat Sleep Live is the go-to place for quirky statement furniture and upholstery.


  • Danielle Gotheridge, 4 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF; Tel: +44 115 987 4270; Website: Danielle Gotheridge

  • Eat Sleep Live, The Archer Exchange, 139 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 1EE; Tel: +44 115 970 0060; Website: Eat Sleep Live


Derby Road


Away from the city centre crowds, Derby Road runs out of the centre towards Lenton and features many understated local retailers. The Worm that Turned is one such boutique, offering unique vintage gardening tools and equipment. Danish Homestore stocks a quirky collection of modern and antique furnishings from designers like Kai Lyngfeldt Larsen.


  • The Worm that Turned, 66-68 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5FD; Tel: +44 115 948 2800; Website: The Worm that Turned

  • Danish Homestore, 88-94 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5FD; Tel: +44 115 948 4428; Website: Danish Homestore