DAY TRIPPER; EXPLORING INDEPENDENT BATH.
exploring independent bath.
I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by and I can’t believe it’s been exactly two weeks since I visited Bath as part of their Independent Bath campaign. I was invited to explore the city as part of a press trip organised by Visit Bath– unfortunately though I couldn’t make the days of the trip but as Bath is one of my favourite places in the whole world and I will jump at any chance to explore the city I was able to visit a few days later on Friday just for the day instead & with the help of Visit Bath found some beautiful new spots in the city.
Bath has a really amazing selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and if you’re interested in seeing some places off the beaten track and discovering something new while you’re in Bath, hopefully this post will help…
We started exploring around the Pulteney Bridge area, which is such a beautiful area– apologies in advance if I start sounding like a broken record, basically everywhere in Bath is beautiful but I really do love Pulteney Bridge! The first Independent Bath recommendation is Found, which is on Argyle Street basically next door to Pulteney Bridge Flowers, they have a lovely mix of classic and contemporary pieces including stationary, homeware & accessories.
After having a wander around Found and taking a few pictures around the bridge we decided it was time for a coffee at a favourite of mine– Society Cafe. There are two locations in Bath, one on the High Street and one in Kingsmead Square– I love both but this time we headed to the one on the High Street for a quick coffee before more exploring.
The next stop on our list of places to visit was Magalleria, probably the best magazine shop I’ve been in and easily the most well stocked. I’ve never seen so many magazines and I’m sure if you were looking for something obscure, odds are they would have it– we definitely could have spent a while discovering all of the different & new to me titles.
Heading up towards one of my favourite streets in Bath for quirky, artisan independent shops– Walcot Street– we came to Graham & Green, a beautifully stocked and presented homeware and lifestyle shop. I remember wandering up Walcot Street last time I visited Bath and I can’t believe I didn’t venture into Graham & Green! It’s an independent, family business with travel and vibrant inspiration at the heart of the kinds of things they stock. I fell in love with so many of the unique bits and pieces, it’s definitely a must see for any home decor fans!
We had a little wander up and down Hay Hill & then we headed down The Paragon to find Topping & Company Booksellers– one of my favourite things when I’m exploring somewhere new is to find a bookshop– I especially love independent bookshops as they always seem to have a better and more unique collection of books. Topping and Company is definitely no exception, they have an amazing selection of books! I headed straight to the fiction and art sections and had a browse for a while. Not only do they have a great selection of books, it’s such a beautifully presented bookshop– the perfect place to take a break from wandering around the busy city streets!
It was soon time for another coffee break! After wandering to the Royal Crescent and taking some snaps of the beautiful wisteria we made our way to another Visit Bath recommendation– Good Day Cafe. Obviously the main thing I look for from the coffee shops I visit is a good cup of coffee but a good interior is always high on the list too and Good Day Cafe has both! Plus they have an amazing all day brunch menu but for a mid afternoon coffee break we went for a slice of blueberry and almond cake which was perfect!
I had the best time wandering around Bath discovering some hidden independent gems– and Bath is the best place for wandering, not only because every corner of the city is so beautiful but because everything is easy to walk to you find some amazing shops and places to eat and drink too. If you’re planning a trip make sure to head over to Visit Bath for even more recommendations & I just want to say thank you to them for working with me and helping discover more about the city that I’ve completely fallen in love with!
Thanks for reading as always & I hope you have a beautiful day!