You might say Buxton is a shopping experience of two halves. Many customers are drawn to the obvious choice of Lower Buxton with its shopping centres and abundance of cafes. However, Higher Buxton has quickly become the hip part of town.
Sited in the southern part of Buxton town centre with the Market Place at its heart, the area retains a unique character and charm, one set to continue through its ongoing development and regeneration. The last two years have seen an explosion of new, independent businesses open and the area firmly established as Buxton’s creative, bohemian neighbourhood with buzzy cafes and pubs, lively music venues and an alternative shopping fix.
Higher Buxton is an eclectic, fun and welcoming part of Buxton that all visitors (and residents) should explore. If you’re after that elusive Christmas gift or you fancy some decent, tasty nosh, you’re in the right place.
It’s easy to spend an entire day (or weekend) without ever leaving the confines of this lively little neighbourhood, discovering the hidden gems of what was Buxton’s original High Street. Some of the towns oldest buildings are here too, so you can soak up some history amidst your wanderings. Here’s some our favourite spots:
Dubbin Good Food
An ideal start to the day is one of their mighty breakfast offerings (including Full English). Redefining comfort food with a strong focus on clean and healthy eating, the imaginative menu goes a step further with lots of favourite dishes to lighter options.
Food intolerances, such as gluten free, are really well catered for as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes too. Not only does everything taste great, the dishes look pretty and they’re served with a smile.
Set yourself up for the day with one of their mighty breakfasts – available as veggie/began/gluten free or with meat. They’ve just recently launched their bijou party nights and supper clubs – with bespoke catering, get in touch for more information and how to book.
T: 01298 22292
T: 07514 128666
Coda Vinyl Cafe
Many of us used to enjoy rifling through a decent record shop on a Sunday afternoon and the good news is that you still can! Record shops began to disappear rapidly once the digital age arrived but with vinyl making somewhat of a comeback across the UK, now you can listen to your favourite music, discover new stuff and enjoy fresh coffee and homemade food at Coda.
They serve fantastic fresh Buxton Roastery Coffee as well as heavenly cakes and treats. The Guiness cake is famous and the apple pie is rather good. Lunches are light and tasty (the oatcakes are scrummy), an ideal pitstop to fuel up when you’re shopping in the area.
As Buxton’s only record shop, the large variety of vinyl for sale is ever changing and suits all tastes; perfect if you’re looking for a Christmas present for a vinyl collector. Equally they also buy records if you’ve got some vinyl you want to part with.
T: 07514 128666
High Peak’s first zero waste and plastic free shop opened just over a year ago and has been a runaway success. There’s a huge selection of everyday foods such as cereals, pasta, rice, dried fruit, nuts, herbs and spices, infused oils, chocolate coated nuts and raisins, baking ingredients and more.
All you need to do is bring your own containers or you can buy them in-store; the system is really easy and owners Mark and Holly will guide you through anything you need.
It might not seem like an obvious place to find a gifts but there’s a great range of cosmetics, books and homeware items. They also stock everything you need to wrap gifts; paper, tape, twool and tags; all environmentally friendly. If you’re fan of Buxton Roastery Coffee, you can buy it here and there’s a good a selection of loose teas.
Layla’s is a home from home with a cosy atmosphere and welcoming staff. During the day they serve good old fashioned home cooked food including our national institution, Sunday Lunch – including Turkey for the festive season.
Layla’s is also a licensed bar with live music every Saturday – expect local favourites Fuzzy Felt, Minerva DAISY and Rose Amongst Thorns to name a few.
There’s something for everyone here with a wide range of events for all ages and family friendly.
T: 01298 211433
Queenie of Shabby Chic Interiors
An Aladdins cave full of gorgeous, unusual gifts and items for the home, you’ll find everything from mirrors, lamps, pictures, pretty boxes, vases, keepsakes and more.
There’s a wide selection of trinkets and keepsakes too, and, for a gift with a difference, own a personalised ‘number plate’ sign, made to order.
If you want to add a shabby chic look to your home, you can book a bespoke commission with owner Lynne and she can transform an old bookcase or worn out dressing out table for you. An official stockist of Frenchic Furniture Paint, you can always have a go yourself, there’s a wide range of colours always in-store.
T: 07907 374192
Peak Ascent Cycles
Since opening in the summer of 2018, Peak Ascent Cycles have earned a reputation for going the extra-mile for customers. They sell bikes for adults and children as well as a wide range of accessories and this year launched their Christmas Club so you can spread the cost of a bike across the year into to easy payments.
The team here are passionate about what they do – with over thirty years biking experience. Patrick and his team are on hand to answer any questions you have.
If you’re new to biking, there’s everything you’d need here to get kitted out as well as a great range of some great funky t-shirts and sunglasses. They offer full servicing and biking fitting too. Servicing is from just £35+VAT. Gift vouchers are also available.
Nearby pay and display car parking is on the Market Place (except Tuesdays and Saturdays when the market takes place) Market Street, South Street Car Park and Buxton Town Hall at The Slopes. Parking is also available outside some of the premises.