Shopping and dining


"Restaurants, shops and pubs to rival many a bigger city"

"The UK’s seventh richest city, and the mythical home of Robin Hood has restaurants, shops and pubs to rival many a bigger city.” 
The Times Online


Shopping & dining



Nottingham is in the UK's top 10 shopping destinations according to a 2010 retail survey, and with over 1,000 shops the reason is clear.


You will find an array of highstreet shops and good department stores in the city centre. The Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh Centre offer hours of indoor shopping. The Market Square is perfect to hang out in, either by the fountains in summer or around the festive market in winter.

"The city is vibrant and full of shops."

Waringa Hunja, BA International Media and Communications


Those with a penchant for high-style should head to the Lace market area of the city. Nottingham has a number of designer outlets to offer, including:

  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Hugo Boss
  • Kurt Geiger
  • Karen Millen
  • Ted Baker
  • Paul Smith

Vintage and boutique

The historical area of Hockley offers a range of boutiques and independent outlets selling vintage and alternative garments, retro furnishings and vinyl records galore. 

Try The Vintage Warehouse on Lower Parliament Street for cheap and cheerful finds.

Food and art

There is more to shopping in the city than fashion. The Exchange Arcade and Flying Horse Walk house beautiful artworks, gorgeous cheeses and deli treats. There are lots of different food markets that take place in Nottingham every year. To find out which food markets are take place visit this page

Image of the Exchange Arcade in Nottingham city centre

The Exchange Arcade 

I'd always head straight for Hockley, but now the city has so much more to offer, it has all the brands to choose from. 

TV fashion guru Gok Wan



Image of the German Market at Christmas

The Christmas German Market in Market Square


Eating out

Tea shops

Nottingham has plenty of alternatives to mainstream coffee shops. The Walk Cafe serves quirky afternoon tea in mismatching china and Lee Rosy’s offers an exciting variety of teas.


Nottingham is great for finding cosy English pubs and even boasts the oldest inn in England. The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub is over 800 years old and offers historical tours of its cellars. 

The Sir John Borlase Warren has a beer garden for chilling out and hosts open mic nights.

"Lee Rosy's is a great little tea shop with a huge variety of teas. Not to advocate spending loads of money on meals out or anything but I have to recommend Jamie's Italian as well as Le Petit Paris as my two favourite restaurants in Nottingham. Good if you feel like treating yourself."

Harriet Goodwin, BA History of Art

Foreign cuisines

As a city of many cultures Nottingham offers many restaurants serving a variety of exciting cuisines, such as the Caribbean takeaways at Dad’s Kitchen or authentic, home-cooked Greek tapas at Yamas.

Vegetarian and vegan

Top 5 places for vegetarian and vegan food in Nottingham


Celebrity chef restaurants

The city has its fair share of celebrity chef restaurants, including Jamie’s ItalianCarluccio’s and Sat Bains’ Michelin starred restaurant.


Lee Rosy's tea shop

Jam Café in the Lace Market is my personal favourite. They serve great food and often host live music events which are really relaxed.

Jess Lloyd, BA in History with Contemporary Chinese Studies 



Shanghai Shanghai

Giles Coren, restaurant critic for The Times, took to Twitter to praise Hockley based Chinese restaurant, Shanghai Shanghai. 

The tweet, accompanying a picture of his meal, read: “Shanghai Shanghai in Nottingham. Without question the best Sichuan cooking I have had outside China”.

For more information about shopping and dining in Nottingham, see our City Guide.


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