Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A very vintage day out in Chester.

There's more to this quaint little city than cobbled streets and Roman walls, a city that's steeped in history making for a delightful vintage day out, whether it's a spot of shopping, or stopping off for tea in kitsch surroundings.

Compared to the North West's other nearby cities (Liverpool and Manchester), Chester may be petite in size, but it makes up for it's small, winding streets, in an abundance of vintage shops and finds.

Chester's vintage shops are spread right across the city, whether it's homewares, or clothing that you fancy, you'll find plenty of shops to visit. A good starting point from the cities train station is Becnicks wonder emporium on Brook Street, bursting with an abundance of vintage finds, from stunning furnishings, to clothing and art.

From there a walk further in towards the city centre will unveil more shops, for vintage and antiques finds a visit to Bank gallery antiques at the old bank buildings on Foregate street is worth it for the picturesque surroundings alone. Heading down towards Bridge street, you'll find more vintage clothing at Soho's up on the rows, where you'll be sure to snap up plenty of affordable finds, to Lily Vintage back on the street.

Then on Watergate street, you'll find even more gems up on the rows, with Honeybomb vintage wedding boutique for some designer vintage finds (Update 2016 - Honeybomb is now located on 68 Watergate street selling vintage and inspired bridal wear), and be sure to pop back onto the street for some quaint antiques shops.

But it's not just vintage finds that you'll unearth, a walk up to Rufus Court on Northgate street is a must for some quaint independent shops and bars.

Alongside a walk around the rows to reveal must visit shops like Penhaligons and Lowe and Sons, for vintage jewellery finds.

After that shopping flit, you'll certainly want a little stop off, Chester thankfully has no shortage of quaint cafes and tea rooms to visit. For a sweet afternoon tea served in tasty Swiss style you'll want to visit Zugers on St John street, or if something with more of a vintage flair suits you, pop in to Watergate Deli on Watergate street, with it's sweet vintage furnishings inside.

If it's something a little different that you fancy though, then a visit to one of the cities newest cafes,Hanky Panky Pancakes is a must, serving up a menu comprised entirely of pancakes in sweet and savoury flavours, for those of us that prefer a stack of pancakes for lunch!

Why not take a walk around the city and see what vintage treats you can find, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Images: Lily vintage & Hanky Panky Pancakes

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