Five hidden gems in Norwich’s thriving independent scene
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Take a walk off the beaten track when you're next in Norwich, and tick these five secret spots off your bucket list whilst immersing yourself in the city's independent scene.
1) Magdalen Street
Just a short walk past the historical Tombland area, Magdalen Street is a must when visiting Norwich. If you're tired of the overcrowded shopping centres and chain coffee outlets, why not take a wander to a world of the odd and unusual.
From independent record stores to antique emporiums, Magdalen Street really is Norwich's alternative shopping experience. Whilst browsing its numerous charity shops, world food supermarkets, as well as its vast array of independent cafes, you're almost certain to find the most interesting of things in this hidden part of the City.
Recommended: Looses Emporium, Beatniks, Ruth's Kitchen.
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2) The Owl Sanctuary, Timber Hill
One of Norwich's most loved music venues and pub, The Owl Sanctuary offers a truly unique experience. With a warming sense of community, and affordable drink prices, the intimate space brings something fresh and exciting to our fine city. Independently run by friends and family, the Owl brings touring bands from all over the world in the ongoing process of keeping Norwich's music scene alive and kicking.
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The iconic venue moved to Timber Hill last year following a crowd funding campaign, after losing ownership of their previous location on Cattle Market Street. Despite the move, the Owl remains as popular as ever.
Recommended: Red Stripe for £2.50, A Metallica pinball machine, Alan Partridge themed artwork on display.
3) Amaretto, St Georges Street
If you love food that is tasty and great value, you really cannot beat Amaretto. Located between Norwich's University of the Arts and St Andrews Hall, this delicatessen is a real gem.
The stylish deli-kitchen serves fresh homemade hot and cold food to take away, using high quality ingredients from Britain, Italy and Spain, including home baked sausage rolls, pizza slices and paella. Serving different dishes daily, Amaretto is healthy, quick, affordable and filling, which ticks all the boxes for the perfect food on the go. Once discovering this fantastic deli, your lunch break will never be a hassle again.
Recommended: Shepherd's pie, pizza slice, samosa
4) The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street
Located on Norwich's St Benedict's Street, The Bicycle Shop has some real character. Though the name is misleading, there is nowhere better in the city to share a pot of tea with a friend or family member, or even for a quiet solo visit. Due to the café being a short walk from the city centre, not only is it easy to locate, but the atmosphere is both vibrant and relaxing. With live music in the cellar, and additional seating upstairs, The Bicycle Shop is spacious, yet quaint.
The owners opened a sister venue in the Eaton Park Café in April 2016, which also offers an impressive calendar of live music events with outdoor seating in the summer. The tasty tapas and impressive drinks menu offer the perfect spot for a chilled evening in Norwich, and is a fantastic example of one of the city's hidden gems.
Recommended: Eggs Benedict, Bicycle Shop Baked Bean Burrito
Norwich Market doesn't need much of an introduction, but if you're unfamiliar with some of its stalls then be sure to keep an eye out for Taxi.
The stall, located at the back of the market, caters for all your vintage clothing needs, selling products from Levis, Carhartt and Adidas to name a few; you'll find difficulty finding big brands for less elsewhere.
Whilst constantly updating their stock and always displaying a friendly and welcoming attitude, Taxi is a very popular stall on the market, and is a great asset to the vibrant culture of our City.
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