Shop Local: 10 of Leicester’s Best Independent Retailers

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance”.

Whether you’re looking for a gift, a little treat for yourself or just a quick browse, branch out from your usual shopping circuit and support your local by exploring the great independents right here in the heart of Leicester city centre.

Here are 10 of our favourites, this season:


For trendy trinkets and funky finds, Set is a bright and vibrant gift shop on the High Street where you can find the perfect present for even the hardest to buy for. They stock an array of quirky gifts, stationery, jewellery, watches and a fabulous selection of greeting cards that you won’t find anywhere else.


From statement pieces, finishing touches to everyday essentials, browse Harriman and Co’s eclectic range of homeware, lovingly hand-picked for their beauty and functionality. The shop on St Martins was founded by Drew Harriman in 2014 and the team works with many talented makers and producers around the world as well as creating items in their Leicestershire workshop.

Gifts including books, clocks and lamps in Harriman & Co. Ltd

Beautiful homewares at Harriman & Co. Ltd.



Staying ahead of the trend, Pilot is your one-stop shop for forward-thinking fashionistas with a myriad designer brands under their belts. Vivienne Westwood, Emporio Armani and True Religion are just some of the names you can find across their three-floor High Street store of both menswear and womenswear. They first opened their doors in 1984 and have been keeping the Midlands well-dressed for over 35 years.


Offering the largest range of fair-trade products in the Midlands and claiming the title of Leicester’s first exclusive fair-trade shop, Just Fair Trade is a workers’ co-op social enterprise that help people in the world’s poorest countries to work their way out of poverty. They boast a range of ethical and eco products including gifts, bags, jewellery, food and greeting cards from their St Martins Square store.

Just Fair Trade shop

If you’re celebrating an occasion, Paper Tiger is where you can find everything you need – and many things you never knew you needed – to get your party started. Dive into the Cank Street store for your all your supplies from balloons to props, greeting cards to fancy dress.


A destination for streetwear labels from all around the world, Wellgosh has been stocking premium contemporary clothing and footwear for over 30 years at their High Street store. Find cool brands including Stussy, The North Face, Fred Perry, Billionaire Boys Club and Champion as well as the latest sneaker drops from the likes of Nike, adidas and New Balance.


If you’re looking to freshen up your home this season, Harlequins Interiors in Loseby Lane has two floors of stunning furniture and accessories to catch your eye. No matter the style, be it traditional, classic or contemporary, they can guide you with their expert advice to create your ultimate living space.



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Specialising in fine wine and whiskey and spirits, 23 Wine and Whiskey stocks a grand selection of spirits and wines – even sourcing hard to find bottles from around the globe. Head into their Granby Street store and be left in their expert hands while browsing their extensive range/


With over 45 years of experience, The Very Bazaar stock an eclectic mix of products from across the globe. You can find exclusive jewellery from India, Turkish lighting, crystals, incense and so much more. Step into their world of wonder in Silver Street to see for yourself.


For a little (or a lot of) luxury in your life, Lumbers is the city’s premier jewellers.  As well as precious jewellery, it’s also home to high-end lifestyle gifts, fine watches, engagement and wedding rings.  Brands at the store include Chopard, Gucci, Omega, Breitling, Hublot, TAG Heuer.  They also offer repairs, valuations and engraving at their High Street store.



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