Hidden Gems in Southampton’s Independent Scene

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

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.

2. Vinilo Record Store on Queensway

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. Puja Sweet Mart on St Mary’s Road

Puja Sweet Mart, located on St Mary’s Street, is a family owned business which sells a bright and tasty array of traditionally handmade Indian sweets and savoury snacks.

4. The Loft Ladder in 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.

5. Frederick’s Chocolates in the Marlands Shopping Centre

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.

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Updated August 2023.

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