by lauren | Oct 2, 2015 |

Shopping in The Saints

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Well known for its quirky shopping reputation, The Saints (made up of St Peter’s and St Nicholas Street) are packed with local and independent retailers and eateries, a delight on your visit to the county town of Ipswich. From designer ware to afternoon teas, if you need it, St Peter’s has certainly got it; read our quick guide on the streets before you explore for yourself.


Shopping


Grab your purses and head to the shops; an eclectic and interesting shopping experience awaits! With such a wide variety of shopping genres available, we’ve split this section down into three categories:


For Treats and Goodies


 

Cake and Catwalk is an independent clothing shop with a passion for clothing; in particular statement jewellery. After having a successful pop up shop in Jerwood Dance House, Cake and Catwalk have now joined the St Peter’s family. An aladdins cave of clothes and necklaces galore, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice. A colour-co-ordinated slice of heaven; delightful.



 

Also to be found on St Peter’s Street is LoveOne, a unique gift shop with a wide range of quirky and individual items; celebrating all things local and British. From the hanging bunting on the ceilings, to the dressers and cabinets packed to the brim, there is so much visual appeal to be found here. Known for supporting local businesses and producers, LoveOne also stocks Betty Blue Hat Vintage and Jenny Wren’s Yarns. For a present or a pick-me-up, LoveOne is ideal.


 

With a subtle and delicate frontage, Myrtle & Mint is a small yet popular florist. Using a selection of traditional English flowers, the team aim to create arrangements seemingly designed with ease. Available for weddings, events or special occasions, why not visit to discuss your individual requirements? A collection of modern and vintage vases are available to hire to complete the ensemble.



For the Home and Garden


The House in Town is a homeware and interior shop with a vibrant mix of lighting, furniture, mirrors, accessories and more. Be transported into a different world as you wander the store and discover hidden gems. All items are carefully hand selected thus creating a charming and memorable atmosphere. Sourced from far and wide, the statement pieces truly are a marvel. With a plethora of contacts, if you’re looking for something specifically why not pop in for a chat?

The House in Town also has two sister shop’s: Maud’s Attic and Merchant House Interiors, both offering a similar interior affair and also to be found on St Peter’s Street.


For all your sewing and haberdashery needs, look no further than Crafty Baba. Filled to the brim with rolls and rolls of fabric, ribbon, buttons and thread, all staff have a passion for crafting and sewing: if you have a burning question, Crafty Baba is the place to go. Spread over three floors, the shop specialises particularly in quilting and dressmaking. In fact, you can learn these skills for yourself as you take part in one of the numerous courses that are held throughout the year. Call 01473 210636 for availability.


Set back from the main street Cat on the Stair Interiors is a shop dedicated to all things vintage. From vintage sewing machines to up-cycled furniture, for a unique item for your home look no further. On entering, you will be met with a collection of re-loved furniture, all with a story to tell. Courses on up-cycling are held throughout the year should you feel inspired. Cat on the Stair also create commission pieces, perfect if you have a certain theme in mind.


For local produce


Rose House Butchery celebrates the best of British. Set in a 16th Century stable block, the butchery is owned and run by ‘The Artisan Butcher’, known to his friends as Jamie Willows. Having appeared on numerous TV programmes, The Artisan Butcher has built up a strong reputation and as such, his methods are highly recommended. With a focus on rare breeds, expect something a little different from what you may find in the local supermarket. Fancy learning some butchery for yourself? Courses are run throughout the year by The Artisan Butcher, including knife skills.


Who doesn’t love an ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Come to think of it, who doesn’t like ice cream year round! i-Scream! is an independent ice cream parlour offering a bespoke ice cream experience. Frequently inventing new flavour combinations and renowned for their generous sundaes, all ice creams are served in pots. A perfect treat and a must on your visit to The Saints.



Eating


For foodie treats, head to The Saints. From cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants, you’re certainly spoilt for choice.


For afternoon tea, head to Applaud Coffee. Formerly known as Baker and Barista, this independent and quaint coffee shop is tastefully decorated to provide a welcoming and relaxing environment. From cakes to sandwiches, all food is prepared daily so be quick in order to avoid disappointment! Dine inside, al fresco or even take away. Once you’ve visited you’ll be itching to return. Keep your eyes peeled for special evening craft courses held here too: accompanied by cake of course.


A little further along you may stumble across K Bar and Steakhouse. Known far and wide for their hearty meals, this is the perfect place to satisfy burger and steak cravings. The focus is on good food and good drink, so expect quality (and quantity) on your relaxed evening out. The first floor is ideal for group gatherings, so book in advance for a meat filled feast!


 


Of course, you should head over to Zaika, a family run Indian restaurant. Zaika, meaning special tasting food, has been furnished in a traditional style. Expect an authentic experience here. There is a true family feel to be had, with generational influences clear through the food and service. A takeaway service is also available, should you wish to enjoy the magic in the comfort of your own home.


Markets


 

As well as the permanent shops, The Saints are also well known for their street markets. Held twice a year, the shops, plus a few honoured guests, spill onto the streets creating the perfect mix of local, vintage and fun! These are highly popular, so we advise getting there early so you don’t miss out. A fantastic opportunity to meet some of the County’s best local traders whilst enjoying all that The Saints have to offer.



Congratulations to The Saints, who have just been named one of Britain’s best high streets. Go along and support it for yourself!


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