Independent Shops in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 10/09/2020

A vibrant community of small businesses

Ipswich is home to an incredible mix of fiercely independent businesses offering everything from fashion, books and gifts to food, jewellery and homewares. 

Throughout Ipswich town centre there are clusters of indie shops for you to explore, each with their own unique character. Most of the small businesses in Ipswich are run by just one person or a very small team; therefore you can get a personal one-to-one experience with unique products that you won't find anywhere else. 

When shopping in a small business in Ipswich, you are helping to support the town's local business community and keeping the spirit of independent shopping alive!

Here are some of the key small business shopping areas in Ipswich:


A quiet cut-through between the busy streets of Buttermarket and Tavern Street, Dial Lane is a beautiful Victorian thoroughfare lined with a passionate group of retailers. The lane is also home to St Lawrence Church; a grade II listed building with the world's oldest ring of five bells.

Family jewellers since 1994 offering bespoke jewellery services along with hand-picked collections of contemporary and vintage pieces.

Dial Lane Books
Scandi-style book shop with collections of classic and modern fiction along with specialist sections of children's, travel and local literature.

Zeebra Chic
Women's boutique bringing the latest Italian fashion to Ipswich along quirky gifts, homewares and accessories.


Ipswich's most well-known spot for independent shopping; St Peters Street and St Nicholas Street (aka 'The Saints') are the main streets connecting the town centre with the waterfront. Filled with old merchant houses, the shops and business along The Saints might be small but they're bursting with personality.

Emma's Florist
Contemporary florist creating seasonal bouquets, gifts and house-plants using fresh locally-sourced flora and fauna plus a bespoke services for any occasion.

Specialist craft ale and spirits store with an every-changing mix of local, national and international beers that you'll never find down the supermarket booze aisle.

The Italian Shirt Shop
Menswear store specialising in Italian tailoring with seasonal shirts, suits and jackets imported directly from artisan makers.

Quirky gift and homewares store packed with Suffolk-made wares and community products from across the world; from candles and jewellery to cards, art prints and stationery.

Maud's Attic
Eclectic vintage store with antique jewellery and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Merchant House
Eccentric homewares, garden furniture and movie-themed gifts with specialist collections from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

The House in Town
Bold homewares and interior accessories all personally selected for a unique, artsy look.


Adjacent to the main Ipswich high street, Buttermarket is home to a mix of national brands and some well-established independent jewellers and stores.

Contemporary jewellers crafting beautiful rings, bracelets, bangles and men's collections in the on-site workshop.

Global Fruits
Traditional green grocer and food store with fresh local fruits and vegetables along with ethically-source global produce.

J.G. Andrews
Since establishing in 1970, Andrews jewellers have been bringing fine jewellery and watches to the people of Ipswich.

Pocket Watch & Petticoats X Twist & Shout
Award-winning boutique duo offering retro fashions from the 1940s and 50s for women including tea-dresses, swing skirts, shoes and bags plus quirky menswear including suits, shirts, ties and accessories.

Robert Gatward
A purveyor of luxury watches and jewellery; official retailers for Rolex, Gucci, Tudor, Tissot, OMEGA and Tag Heuer.


In the heart of Ipswich, just South of the Cornhill, Queens Street is famous for the much-loved Giles Family statue plus for it's independent shops and places to eat. Sandwiched between the main high street and The Saints, Queens Street is a perfect spot to visit when exploring Ipswich.

Music World
Ipswich's dedicated music shop and one of the biggest in Suffolk. Music World is filled with top quality instruments, sound equipment, sheet music and accessories; everything a musician needs.

Uniform Research
Dedicated menswear store bringing the latest seasonal trends and mid-range brands to Ipswich including Edwin, Lee Jeans, Fjallraven, Dickies, Armor Lux and many more.

A charity shops like no other; Zest is a unique concept store created by St Elizabeth Hospice that curates collections of fashion, accessories and homewares from popular high street and online brands.


On the eastern edge of the high street, Carr Street is dotted with hidden gems that bring something unique to Ipswich town centre.

Asian & Afro
Global food store; a treasure-trove of fresh produce and store-cupboard ingredients from spices, pastes and sauces to pulses, teas and snacks.

DJV Boutique
Women's clothing store specialising in French style, London streetwear and handbags plus makeover, styling and personal shopping services.

Hank's Deli & Shop
Suffolk's only vegan supermarket; Hank's Deli is a one-stop-shop for plant-based food and drink, eco-friendly household goods and freshly-made treats and produce made in their in-house kitchen.


Just east of the town centre, Blackfriars is one of the oldest parts of Ipswich; where many of the ancient roads between the town centre and the waterfront once laid. Now the area, encompassing Tacket Street, Fore Street and Eagle Street, has a small but inspiring mix of indie businesses.

Go East
Asian supermarket filled with fresh produce and store-cupboard ingredients for creating Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine; plus popular snacks and treats.

Miss Quirky Kicks
A crystal, hippie shop with hand-picked collections of crystals and rocks along with jewellery, gifts, candles, incense and wellness items.

Rockafella Industries
Colourful, kitsch and conscious; Rockafella Industries is a psychedelic emporium of clothing, accessories, homewares and gifts that are quirky, full of character and a bit bizarre.


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