The largest of Oxfam's shops in Norwich, and its best. With the widest selection of goods on sale, all generally of good quality and all at bargain prices. If you are used to slightly-worse-for-wear charity shops, with staid, monotone interiors, the Oxfam shop is here to shatter those stereotypes. Full of light, decorated with murals, generously proportioned and well laid out, this is a pleasant shop to visit. There is also a books section, bric-a-brac, clothes, records and even coffee. They also stock furniture, much of which is actually practical. A curious and searching eye for a bargain will serve you well here and the prices are, of course, unbeatable.
Specializing in fine and rare books, this is a very elegant bookshop. There are excellent sections on literature, biography, history, poetry, politics, and the military. There is also a small but interesting second-hand contemporary fiction area. This is a quaint and quiet shop where browsers are left alone to traverse the three floors of books. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and more than willing to handle your queries. For those who like their books on the rare side, this is the place to look. Call ahead or check their website to know more.
Imagine a bookshop where there are wall-to-wall second-hand books, from theology to engineering, all laid out in a logical manner. Where the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, even chatty, but leave you well alone when browsing. A shop with a wide selection that bears down on its creaky floorboards. And what a selection it is; an excellent collection of classic literature and modern fiction, from Homer to Updike; travel, biography, media, angling, military and much more. A place where you'll always find much more than what you came in for. Well, no need to imagine, come to the Ellis bookshop.
Want next month's sure-fire dance floor smash? Want that single you were going to buy in the summer of 1994 but never got round to shopping for? Either way, Circular Sound is the place. With stock organized into minutely specific categories and rock and pop CDs to be found alongside dance vinyl, this store is where those with their fingers on the musical pulse know they can find what they need. With a superb collection of second-hand magazines and some excellent memorabilia, you won't be disappointed whether shopping for yourself or as a gift.
Just stepping into this shop feels like entering the club, in which you would show off your purchases from Dogfish. Stocking such clubbers favorites as Carhartt, Red Or Dead and Stussy, Dogfish is ahead of the pack, when it comes to top-notch clothes and accessories. With regular sales to make room for the absolute latest fashions, the careful shopper also has a good chance of picking up a great deal on selected items.
Norwich has one of the oldest covered markets of its size in the country. Virtually impossible to miss and located in the heart of the city, the market is the pulsating beat of Norwich. Canopied in its famous multi-colored hues of yellows, blues and greens, a stroll through the provision market is to take in a slice of local Norwich life. It is staffed by super-friendly local traders who will always stop and chat with the customers. There are fantastic specialty stalls offering spices, books, soaps and other curiosities which line its narrow, never-ending meandering passages.
The Forum is a popular community center and a meeting place for people in the area. It is a hub of activity with frequent music performances, art exhibitions, processions, rallies and other events taking place. It houses the Norwich Tourist information center, the local BBC offices and a fantastic library called The Millennium which has been voted as UK's favorite library for seven consecutive years according to its website. There are also eateries located at the venue such as Pizza Express and the Cafe and Bar Marzano which makes it popular among families, adults and teenagers alike. There are also rental spaces available at the venue for business meetings and conferences. Outside the venue, there are local BMX bikers and skateboarders who use the outside promenade to show off their skills to the large crowd that gathers here. The forum is able to hosts these events and still be free to the public as it is run by a local charity.
Tesco's Metro store is the ideal place to pick up your groceries if you're in a rush and are not looking to do a big shop. As well as the usual food and household items - in smaller quantities than you would normally expect from a supermarket - this store also excels itself in stocks of ready to eat snacks, meals and drinks, many of which are both healthy and tasty. On top of this, they have an efficient queuing system and are happy to give you cash back on your plastic cards - even if you are only buying a packet of crisps.Call +44 845 677 9501 for details.
HMV is another uberpopular entertainment retailer. The Norwich branch has a significant advantage over its arch-rival, for besides the mezzanine entrance it is situated entirely on one floor. Stock is typical: CD's, VHS and DVD movies, posters, t-shirts and small holdings in cassettes and dance vinyl. This store has one of Norwich's best hoards of back catalog CD albums and its older CD's are better priced here than elsewhere. A down-point to the store is its classical section, which in keeping with the open plan design, does not rest in a sequestered nook. You will therefore be treated to Mandy Moore whilst looking for Dvorak. For more details, call ahead on the toll free number +44 843 221 0280
A fairly well laid out branch of WHSmith in a very accessible area of the city center if you are on foot. This is the place to head for if you're looking for an obscure specialist magazine, downstairs you'll find an extremely good selection of periodicals and newspapers as well as stationery, cards and wrapping paper etc. Upstairs there are books, videos and CD Roms etc. Not a huge selection but a little of everything.