The Student Guide to Independent Businesses in Leicester

New city, new adventure! Welcome to Leicester, where your student journey is about to get a taste of independence like never before. Whether you’re a University of Leicester or DMU student, your early weeks are all about study sessions, making pals, and embracing your fresh surroundings.
And guess what? We’re here to make it all a breeze with our ultimate guide to Leicester’s vibrant independent scene, tailor-made just for you, savvy students!

Why Should You Go Indie?

Supporting local businesses isn’t just cool – it’s a win-win! From eco-friendly shopping to giving back to the community and boosting the local economy, going indie is where it’s at. And guess what? Your wallet and the planet will thank you!
Plus, by keeping these indie gems thriving, you might even score some part-time job opportunities. Cha-ching!
Now, Let’s Dive In…

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Retail therapy

Feeling fashion-forward? The Vintage Scene on Silver Street has your back, where style meets charity! Swing by BluTit opposite for unique vintage finds as well as reworked garments that’ll set you apart.
And don’t forget your feet! Tinfish Shoes in Royal Arcade is the shoe paradise you’ve been dreaming of.

Is your dorm room feeling a littl …meh! The Very Bazaar on Silver Street is THE spot for trinkets and furnishings that will make your new room a home from home.
Set Leicester on High Street is another go-to for gorgeous homeware and that all-important stationery haul.

Why not check out our Vintage Shopping in Leicester blog post for more fantastic shopping locations.

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Foodie Heaven

Start your day at Bru Coffee and Gelato on Granby Street for a caffeine kick. Craving a nourishing lunch? Prana Café on Horsefair Street has you covered, complete with divine vegan cakes! Viva El Burrito on Belvoir Street brings Mexican flair, while Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms on Loseby Lane offers budget-friendly comfort food.

For brunch vibes, KAI in St Martins Square is the ultimate destination, even if there’s a bit of a wait.

Herb on Granby Street is your stop for authentic vegetarian Indian dishes. Craving street food? Desi on Pocklingtons Walk has your back. Venture further with The Frame’s Mediterranean delights, Mauritzio’s authentic pizza or South American staples at Latin Kitchen in the Market.

If you’re on the hunt for top vegan spots, check out our 10 Plant-based picks in Leicester City Centre.

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Cheers to Nights Out

Ready for a night of fun? Fat Cat Café Bar, Audrey, and Bruxelles are your go-to spots for the ultimate vibes. The Locker Room on Belvoir Street is your sports haven. For sunny sips, hit The Rutland & Derby terrace, or get your groove on at the garden of dreams behind Bruxelles and Apres Lounge.

Why not check out our guide to the 7 best cocktail bars in the city that you must visit.

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Entertainment Galore

Want some group excitement? East Street Lanes, Caddyshackers, and Lane7 have your night sorted down to a T. Get your adrenaline pumping at Social Climbing or enjoy a show at independent theatres like Curve, The Little Theatre, and The Y.

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Ready to dive into the indie wonderland that is Leicester? Your student life just got a whole lot cooler!

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