Fredericks specialty chocolate truffles on a shelf

Hidden Gems in Southampton’s Independent Scene

Southampton is home to an abundance of the UK’s biggest retailers, but it also boasts a thriving independent shopping scene. Take a walk off the beaten track and explore some of the city’s unique treasure troves.

1. Beatnik Emporium on Above Bar Street

External of Beatnik Emporium on Above Bar Street

Relive yesteryear and rummage through a collection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the 1940s to the 1990s at Southampton’s longest running vintage shop, Beatnik Emporium.

Photo by Beatnik Emporium.

2. Vinilo Record Store on Queensway

Records displayed on shelves for browsing at the Vinilo Record Store

Vinilo Record Store is a must visit in Southampton for music enthusiasts. Located just off the high street, this vinyl-only record shop stocks an eclectic mix of independent releases and limited editions spanning alt rock, dream pop, new wave, funk and more.

3. October Books on Portswood Road

The exterior of October Books

Embraced by the community and operated by its passionate members, October Books is a booklovers haven nestled in the heart of Portswood. Boasting an extensive collection spanning every conceivable genre, it serves as the ultimate destination for book enthusiasts, offering a diverse range from new releases to cherished second-hand treasures.

Unable to find a specific book? October Books' welcoming team is ready to assist by ordering any in-print book from the UK, Europe, or the USA—just drop by for this personalized service. Beyond books, the store proudly features organic and fairtrade food, greeting cards, and eco-friendly cleaning products, reflecting its commitment to sustainability.

4. The Loft Ladder in the Marlands Shopping Centre

Comics and t shirts in the Loft Ladder at the Marlands Shopping Centre

Have nostalgia for an old record or game you used to play? The Loft Ladder is a great spot to start your search as they sell everything from retro consoles to pre-loved comics and trading cards. Browse their shelves to see if you can find your next treasure.

Photo by The Loft Ladder.

5. Frederick’s Chocolates in the Marlands Shopping Centre

Fredericks specialty chocolates in glass display case

This award-winning chocolate shop and café, located in the heart of The Marlands Shopping Centre, promises to satisfy your sweet tooth and tickle your tastebuds with more than 500 types of traditional sweets for sale alongside handmade chocolate and fudge.

6. Robins Nest Emporium on Oakley Road

Bike outside Robins Nest Emporium, Oakley Road, Southampton

Discover a treasure trove of vintage, retro, and antique delights at Robins Nest Emporium! Nestled on Oakley Road, this emporium is a vibrant place for those seeking one-of-a-kind items. Its eclectic and ever-changing stock comes from small independent traders, ensuring a diverse array of unique wares for every visit.

Photo by Robins Nest Emporium.

7. Made in: Here on Bedford Place

Made in Here sign with blue sky

Freshly baked sourdough breads, savory sausage rolls, and decadent cheeses - what more could you want from your local deli? Bedford Place has welcomed Made in: Here which is a new deli/gift shop which offers the best of the British Isles. Stop by and see for yourself!

Updated January 2024.

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