Independent retailers, artisans and high street favourites
The Lanes and Independents
A little village within a city, the Lanes foster a great sense of community. Looking for vintage vinyl or a cool glass of vino? Up-to-the-minute trends or classic afternoon tea? The Lanes have got you covered.
Home to scores of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, a stroll through the Norwich Lanes reveals the city’s independent spirit at its finest. With a strong identity all of its own, this labyrinth of pedestrianised streets, alleyways and courtyards has become one of Norwich’s best destinations for shopping, eating and drinking.
INTU Chapelfield and St.Stephens
All the usual high street stores and food chains, under one roof.
You’ll find all the big-name high street stores in this shopping centre at the heart of the city. Whether you’re after Boots or H&M, Game or Sports Direct, you’ll find it here. There are also takeaways, like McDonalds and Pret A Manger, to grab food on the go. Or eat in at the likes of Ask Italian and Wagamama.
Ideal for browsing or serious shopping, alone or with friends.
Clothing to crafts. Haberdashery to home wares. Street food to stationery, and plenty more besides. This large outdoor market has something for everyone. Browse the stalls to find a new outfit or accessory. Buy unique gifts. Sample some of the best local food and drink available. Simply enjoy exploring the maze of 189 stalls in the heart of the city.
Within the tree-lined neighbourhoods lies an impressive array of all the shops you need.
More student guides
“Blend is my go-to for a quick snack between lectures, the curly fries and mozzarella sticks are my personal favourite.”
“The Waffle House has the tastiest waffles around, whether you choose sweet or savoury.”
“As social secretary for a sports club, I chose St Andrews Brewhouse for our Christmas meal and it didn’t disappoint!”
“On campus: Work up an appetite in the sports facilities, fuel up in Sportscafé.”
“Frank’s Bar in Norwich offers a chilled spot for coffee, dinner or drinks with friends.”
“Ruth’s Kitchen: They just want to feed you and feed you well! The food is cheap but super tasty with great portion sizes.”
“The Bicycle Shop: Quirky and cosy – the perfect spot to escape the bustle of Norwich’s lanes. Pop in for a light bite or a larger meal.”
“The dental practice is really useful to have on campus as it saves going into the city for dental treatment.”
“I’ve visited both Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, which are both incredibly beautiful.”
“Chapelfield has a good selection of shops, as does St Stephens Street. Many of them offer student discounts, which helps a lot with budgeting.”
“Strangers Coffee is widely recognised as the best coffee in Norwich. They even have their own roaster.”
Toyin, East Anglia
“I enjoy Mantra because it plays music like afrobeats and R’n’B, which I love.”