Image: Louis' Deli Here’s our guide to one of our favourite areas of Norwich: the Lanes. With its beguiling mix of boutiques, galleries, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants, there’s plenty to explore here to create a truly unique and exciting itinerary. The entire area is very closely interlinked with easy access from one area of the Lanes to another – it’s so easily walk able, and makes for a great day (and night) out! Upper St Giles We recommend starting here; Upper St Giles is a quirky and unique street with many buildings in a Georgian style; it also has its own sense of community - you'll find a good mix of imaginative designers, homewares and eateries.  Start off by grabbing a hot drink and some delicious food from Louis’ Deli (we recommend a tasty pastry or sausage roll) - who says breakfast has to be boring? Then wander over to Studio Art Gallery. Housed in a seventeenth century former butchers shop, this gallery specialises in modern and contemporary art, particularly Eastern European. If this inspires you to create your own masterpiece, then the Norwich Art Shop is the place to go afterwards for all your arty supplies!

Image: Louis' Deli

Here’s our guide to one of our favourite areas of Norwich: the Lanes. With its beguiling mix of boutiques, galleries, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants, there’s plenty to explore here to create a truly unique and exciting itinerary. The entire area is very closely interlinked with easy access from one area of the Lanes to another – it’s so easily walk able, and makes for a great day (and night) out!

Upper St Giles

We recommend starting here; Upper St Giles is a quirky and unique street with many buildings in a Georgian style; it also has its own sense of community - you'll find a good mix of imaginative designers, homewares and eateries.  Start off by grabbing a hot drink and some delicious food from Louis’ Deli (we recommend a tasty pastry or sausage roll) - who says breakfast has to be boring?

Then wander over to Studio Art Gallery. Housed in a seventeenth century former butchers shop, this gallery specialises in modern and contemporary art, particularly Eastern European. If this inspires you to create your own masterpiece, then the Norwich Art Shop is the place to go afterwards for all your arty supplies!

Image: The Waffle House

An absolute delight is to pop into Carol Lake, a beautiful designer who creates her own designs on silk and wallpaper plus homewares. She even makes shoes in colourful, floral fabrics in partnership with Van Dal. This shop is absolutely gorgeous – don’t miss it! 

If you fancy lunch somewhere special then it has to be Roger Hickman’s. The only restaurant in Norwich to hold a prestigious 3 AA rosette award, they do an amazing lunchtime taster menu, or if you prefer then save yourselves and head back there for dinner later on!

If you’re after a lighter lunch then move down onto St Giles Street and head to The Waffle House or Loch Fyne.

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Image: Jo Malone at Jarrolds

Bedford Street and Exchange Street

Take a walk down Bedford Street and drop into Frank’s Bar for a snack and drinks, Turtle Bay for Caribbean-style lunch or dinner (and great cocktails!), or independent department store Jarrolds for a wide range of high-quality items (and sister store The Granary for designer homewares). Whilst you’re there check out Salon Central and Brian Coombes salons, Oxfam Books & Music Shop, Chadds (traditional menswear), Bang & Olufsen and Long Tall Sally.

Image: The Birdcage

When in this area we can’t resist a drink at The Birdcage, and if you’ve indulged in fish ‘n’ chips from Grosvenor Fish Bar (see above) you’ll be pleased to know that you can bring it into this pub and enjoy it with a beverage whilst you enjoy a spot of people-watching!

For shopping with a difference try The Good Earth Clothing company - a great family-run shop which sells clothing for men and women all made from natural fabrics, including brands including Seasalt, Signature, Adini, Lazy Jacks and more.

Across the cobblestones find Norfolk Yarn for all things knitting, crochet and crafting (and they do great courses). And on the corner of Pottergate and Lower Goat Lane find exciting jewellers - Sonkai. Sonkai is an independent goldsmiths and jewellery shop which sets our pulses racing – we love it all! We especially like the fact they design from specific requests – gorgeous solutions for birthday and mother’s day gifts? 

This area has a really strong menswear offer too - check out Elements, Sevenwolves, Main Source (trainers), Dogfish and Philip Browne - the star of our Trendsetter film!