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Suffolk’s best independent shops

Are you planning a vacation to Suffolk in 2023?

Suffolk’s vibrant coastal towns offer much more than ice cream and fish and chips.

When staying at one of our beautiful holiday cottages in Suffolk, don’t forget to support local businesses during your travels and pick up some unique gifts and home accessories.

Here are 10 independent shops to check out during your trip.

1. Wag & Bone – Aldeburgh

If you’re looking for a souvenir for a dog lover or a treat for your own pooch, this doggy boutique won’t disappoint. The shop has a huge range of items from pup treats and food to leads, clothing, beds, toys, and treats.

2. Lift Store – Southwold

Packed full of unique gift ideas, homeware and stationery, Lift Store is the type of store you can spend ages browsing beautiful displays. Pick up a souvenir or buy a gift for someone that they won’t find anywhere else.

3. Fleur – Aldeburgh

Fancy some retail therapy by the sea? Fleur is an independent women’s fashion boutique that provides a great range of branded clothes, footwear, and accessories. Tourists and locals come here for the personal service and quality of items.

4. Ruby and Scarlet – Felixstowe

Ruby and Scarlet has been a popular cookware and gift shop since it opened its doors in 2015. Whether you’re looking for a treat for yourself or that perfect present, chances are you will find it here.

5. Vintage Mischief – Beccles

If you’re a keen antique hunter or fan of retro goods, this is the shop for you. Here you will find a selection of vintage furniture, accessories and clothes. What treasure will you discover?

6. Urban Jungle – Beccles

This quirky garden centre is a café and plant shop in one. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some delicious food amongst the olive trees and perennials.

7. Stillwater Bookshop – Felixstowe

No vacation is complete without some books to read during your stay in Suffolk. Stillwater bookshop offers a diverse selection of titles that are handpicked by the owner. This delightful independent shop also sells cards, gift wrap and stationery.

8. Scared Earth – Upper Orwell

This independent shop is a popular choice for locals. It sells natural healing products and even a tarot reading service.

9. Pickles and Lillies – Lavenham

Pickles and Lillies is a family-run independent shop in Suffolk that specialises in children’s clothing, toys, and gifts. They cater for babies up to children aged 10. The products are gorgeous and each one has sustainable and ethical factors too.

10. Curiosity Corner – Lavenham

For something a bit different, Curiosity Corner’s selection of bears and gifts is well worth a visit. They have one of the largest ranges of teddy bears in the UK, including Steiff, Charlie Bears and Merrythought.

We hope our guide to independent shops in Suffolk has inspired you to do some retail therapy on your next visit to Suffolk. After all that shopping, you’ll need a comfortable and homely place to stay. Look at our holiday cottages in Suffolk and start planning your next vacation.