Bath Christmas shopping. Top tips from the BBS team, because #weknowBath
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Regardless of how you attack that Christmas shopping list there’s no denying that the season is underway. But fear not, because Bath Christmas shopping offers plenty of excellent options certain to mean you race through that list eventually emerging as winner on the big day. With only the big fella himself able to do better!
Not only do we have the Christmas Market that British Vogue calls its favourite festive market, but Bath’s shopping streets also have some high street favourites. But it’s the incredible independent offering that marks bath’s shopping experience out as exceptional.
Here’s our top tips and locals secret’s to Bath Christmas shopping in 2019:
Bath Christmas Market 2019
The now famous wooden chalets will be full of festive fayre from Thursday 28th November finishing on Sunday 15th December, opening daily from 10. The market has grown to over 150 individual wooden chalets across the city, making these 2 and a half weeks festive but frenetic.
So, our top Bath Christmas Market tip would be to either, visit EARLY in the week or early in the day if you want to move around the market freely.
But if it’s atmosphere you’re after then visit later in the week or in the evening for all the festive feels. The market stays open until 7pm Monday to Wednesday and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday it’s an 8.30pm closure, with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes offering food and drink to get the weekend party started.
Independent Bath Shopping
The independent Bath Christmas shopping offering is special, so if you are looking for a stand-out gift then the chances are it’s almost probably somewhere here in Bath. Here’s our guide on where best to look!
- Walcot Street; Visit the Katherine Fraser, Neptune, Farrow & Ball, Graham & Green, or Avienda Home for gorgeous homewares. Check out the wonderful vintage store The Yellow Shop for all preloved fashion lovers.
- But don’t stop there, continue on to London Road for more interior inspiration. Add Verve Living, Pencil Tree, and Mebyl to your must-visit list.
- Bartlett Street, at the top of Milsom Street there are yet more incredible independents to be discovered. Check out high-end ladie’s fashions from Blue Women’s Clothing (inside The Loft eaterie), Bibico (for organic fabrics) and trendy Toast. Check out Article too for artisan gifts.
- If you head past the Circus, and right before you reach the Royal Crescent you’ll find, Margaret Buildings. A select group of unusual off the beaten track indies. Uber holds European clothes and accessories for men and women, Alexandra May has the widest collection of limited-edition, unique and costume jewellery anywhere in Bath. Bath Old Books and Beau Nash (for antique silver-wear) are both worth the short walk, as are the views! Add new arrival 8 Holland Street to your must-visit too, for art, textiles and furniture.
- Centrally, George Street/Milsom Street offers VV Rouleaux, Vintage to Vogue, Grace & Mabel, Duo Boots, Portman Bath (faux furs, and sparkly trinkets) and in Milsom Place you can catch shoe designer Chanii-B (not to be missed). Top top tip, whilst you’re there reward your efforts at Le Vignoble a cool wine bar with excellent sharing plates. Bath has two wonderful independent book shops that should definitely be on your list, Mr. B’s Emporium and Toppings. Whilst Broad Street is home to Rossiters (a family run department store) and ladies boutique Boho. Stop at specialist magazine shop Magalleria too.
- Spotty Herberts on Queen St is a wonderful children’s toy shop, whilst the adults should head just around the corner to The Dressing Room for beautiful underwear and swimwear, and Loake on Green Street for the most gorgeous men’s brogues. Don’t miss boutique Square on New Bond Street for designer fashion.
- The corridor area boasts bespoke commission Nicholas Wylde jewellers, Running Bath alongside Neals Yard for addictive health and beauty products. It’s also where you’ll find many a seasonal pop up so it’s always worth a look. The Guildhall Market too provides inspiration for stockings and gifts and is a cut through to Pulteney Bridge boasting its own showcase of independent Bath talent. Or take in Mallorys for more watches and jewellery.
- Be sure to find Up To Seven, children’s knitwear, family run John Moore Sports and Instagrammers favourite Found. Just a short stop away is Independent Spirt for all malt whiskies, craft beers and gin (yes gin!!) aficionados.
- Kingsmead Square area is home to the Green Park Station hosting many antique or vintage fair across the months whilst Grace & Ted has pre-owned designer labels meticulously curated. Try Comins tea for the tea snob in your life and anyone of the excellent coffee houses for some re-hydrating and caffeinating; which-ever is the more urgent!
- Don’t miss At Sixes and Sevens on Abbey Green for more jokes and stocking -fillers, Waller & Wood for one off silk painted fashions and practical pottery. We’d also recommend My Small World in Southgate toughing it out their high street offering.
Like we said, We Know Bath.
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Happy shopping x