Get Lost in Lace Market


I’ve recently relocated to Nottingham to start studying Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University. I don’t exactly have the best sense of direction:  I’m still using Google Maps to find my way to anywhere that’s anywhere. So with the day free, my new course mates and I decided to explore the gem that lays beyond the city centre: The Lace Market. Sometimes you have the most fun when you’re not sure where you’re going, and by having this freedom, we were able to stumble upon some of the most inspirational and individual shops, restaurants, cafes and streets.

The Lace Market is also known as The Creative Quarter, after a revival of the independent businesses supported by the company in order to restore Nottingham’s creative and cultural hub.


As a new student on a budget I’ve got to satisfy my shopping addiction somehow, so I’m excited to have so many vintage shops this close so I can find some bargains. Wild Clothing has a great selection of both men and womenswear, and White Rose is a beautiful quaint shop worthy of a browse, both fairly priced; However Cow will always be a classic and my favourite.

Music and Culture:

Rough Trade is the place to be if you’re a music and book fan, stocking a great selection of records, CD’s, books, magazines and gifts, and also hosting events and signings. More my scene was Ideas on Paper, which really took some searching as it’s hidden away in the cosy Cobden Chambers, up some stairs. It holds a really impressive collection of independent magazines including Dansk, ID, Dazed and Confused and Wonderland, as well as many I haven’t heard of before and am excited to discover. Despite the not-so-student-friendly price tags, I was so absorbed by it all I couldn’t not buy something.


After a good few hours walking we were all hungry, so started looking for somewhere for brunch. We ended up at HomeMade Café, lured in by all the stunning cakes in the window. The menu is brilliant and it was good reviews all round for the food, with an amazing looking full English at a decent price.

I loved having a wander, unearthing new places to go, and it’s always great to support local businesses. I can’t wait to get to know it more: The nightlife and Coco Tang bar are next on my list, as I’ve heard only good things about their cocktails. If you are a more seasoned Nottingham resident than me and have other suggestions of places to go, feel free to comment below


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