Our ultimate guide to the best independent shopping in Buxton offers a wide variety of superb independent shops and boutiques, so think twice before you plan to head out of town. Here’s our pick of 33 shops in Buxton we love, you might be pleasantly surprised what you might find:
1. Hot Chocolaterie
‘The treat at the top of the hill’, Hot Chocolaterie serves a unique selection of handmade artisan chocolates. You’ll find favourite classic flavours such as caramel, fudge and peppermint cream as well as other more adventurous flavours like Peanut Butter and Banana, Liquorice and Ruby Passion Fruit and Coconut Bite. Gift boxes of 6, 12 and 18 chocolates available, pre-packed OR choose your own flavours.
Beer District sell a huge range of over 400 craft ales as well as artisan, small batch whiskeys, gins, rums and vodkas. Forest Gin, for example, is an award winning spirit, distilled in small batches at the their distillery next to Macclesfield Forest and Elements of Islay is a range of single malt whiskies made as single casks or as individual batches from the island of Islay in Scotland – just a few of the specialities you’ll find in store. The gift boxes holding 6 bottles of ale are ideal for Dad or brother as a pressie, or, if you’re not sure what to get, they sell gift vouchers.
3. The Buxton Trading Post
The Buxton Trading Post offers a carefully curated range of gifts from local craft makers and artisans – now featuring work from over 50 artists from the region. There’s also a wide range of gifts, homewares and imaginative Buxton souvenirs. The impressive deli counter offers a superb range of the finest locally sourced food including a great range of cheeses (ideal for any Christmas table!), pies and more as well as their fantastic own produced sausages and scotch eggs; for the more adventurous, you might find kangaroo or crocodile burgers too!
4. Isla Fine Art, Gifts & Cards
Isla in the Cavendish Shopping Arcade, has a lovely selection of unusual and design-led gifts and homewares (some of which are made locally). There’s a wide range of greeting cards featuring designs you won’t really see in the chain store cards shops. The shop also specialises in selling original art works – again many of which feature local artists. The shop is a lovely array of pretty things and ideal if you’re looking for a gift with a difference or something unusual for the wall at home. We particularly love the lampshades!
5. Buxton Brewery Shop & Bar @ Pavilion Gardens
The Buxton Brewery shop and bar situated inside the Pavilion Gardens is just a stone’s throw away from the micro brewery’s flagship bar the Tap House and Cellar Bar. Offering a plethora of Buxton Brewery merchandise, including beers, beer gift boxes, clothing and glassware – an ideal gift for any craft beer lover. The shop also has a great range of products such as honey, bespoke spirits, soaps and coffee from independent suppliers and producers from Buxton and across Derbyshire such as Buxton Coffee Roasters and White Peak Distillery.
Potters of Buxton is an independent, family run, lifestyle outfitters established in 1860, specialising in quality men’s and women’s clothing and footwear. Stylisg clothing and footwear ranges which can be found both in-store and online, are expertly edited regularly for each season. Men’s and women’s clothing include popular heritage brands such as Barbour, Calvin Klein, Seasalt, Gant, Joules, Peter England, Olymp, Fynch Hatton, Joules and Wrangler.
7. Gallery in the Gardens
As the festive season approaches, the search for that perfect Christmas gift is in full flow. Gallery in the Gardens is located inside the Pavilion Gardens, the ‘Gallery in the Gardens‘ emerges as a beacon for art lovers and gift seekers alike. This unique gallery, home to the High Peak Artists group, features an exclusive selection of artwork from 45 resident artists from the Peak District and Derbyshire area.
8. Peak Ascent Cycles
Peak Ascent Cycles – a Ssuper friendly and professional bike shop offering a wide range of bikes to suit a range of budgets selling popular brands such as Forme – featuring bikes tested on the High Peak Trail, Lapierre and Raleigh. There is also a wide range of great electric bikes. You can also get your bike serviced – full service packages include bolt torque check, Brake pad check, Drivetrain wear check, Tyre check, Rim check, Wheels trued, Gear indexing, Brake adjustment and Headset check.
9. Buxton Visitor Centre Gift Shop
Buxton Visitor Centre gift shop offers a wide range of quality locally sourced gifts and bespoke and exclusive souvenirs as well as a range of greeting cards and postcards, maps and a range of local interest books. Many of the items in the shop reflect the spa heritage of Buxton as well as the Georgian and Victorian elegance of the town. From stationery, room diffusers, tea towels, local food and drink brands and more.
10. The Green Man Gallery, Winter Emporium
The annual Winter Emporium at The Green Man Gallery promises its signature magical lights, crammed with affordable art and original gifts. Choose from a wide range of ceramics, handmade books, jewellery, mounted prints, original art works, photography, linocut prints, a huge range of cards, unusual decorations and much more.
The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Buxton
T: 01298 937375
11. Atticus Boo
A small space but a huge emporium of lovely quality gifts featuring some favourite brands such as Jellycat, Moleskin and Orla Kiely to name just a few. Posh note books, beautiful teddies and toys, cosmetic cases, jewellery, ceramics and so much more. You’re hard pressed not to buy something when visiting here. Oh and there’s a great range of greeting cards if you’re after something a little special and a little different than the high street chain offerings. Superb choice for pressies of all ages inc. some great blokey gifts too.
An emporium of jewellery of every kind, Jantar are specialists in Baltic Amber and other gemstones, silver and Derbyshire Blue John, alongside a plethora of worldwide designers. When you enter the shop, it’s hard to know where to turn, there’s no denying it, the selection on offer is stunning. If you love silver jewellery, this is the place to go. From necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and more, a must visit if you’re looking for a special gift too.
13. Divine Trash
Offering a range of exclusive branded clothing for a modern day fashion conscious crowd, selling brands such as Religion, French Connection, Vera Moda, Postcard, Pieces and more. A lovely range of men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories such as belts, jewellery, shoes and bags. Who needs Manchester when you can get your hands on these brands right here in Buxton?!
14. Wild Olive
Wild Olive produce their own range of bath melts, soaps, cosmetics and candles right here in the Peak District. Their flagship store in Buxton has a huge range of gifts (and a small range for boys) and there’s lots of lovely accessories for the home as well things to truly pamper yourself with. There’s also wrapping paper and a good selection of greeting cards and tags. The large range of candles and bath bombs Wild Olive made its name on smell divine when you walk in and they also have a large range of room diffusers which smell amazing.
A gorgeous shop packed full of stylish and pretty clothing, handbags, printed scarfs, jewellery and accessories inside the Cavendish Shopping Arcade. You can also find some cute girly gifts here too.
16. Day Zero
High Peak’s first zero waste and plastic free shop, 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. You’ll also find a great range of cosmetics, books and homeware items. If you’re fan of Buxton Roastery Coffee, you can buy it here and there’s a good a selection of loose teas.
17. Clowes Chemist
C.R Clowes is no ordinary chemist. Established in 1875 as a druggist & pharmacy, the building is listed with English Heritage, both outside and the interior and the building was originally designed by Robert Rippon Duke – famed for helping transform Buxton and creating some of its finest buildings. The interior original cabinets are quite something but more to the point so is the gift selection, with some high quality cosmetic brands including Crabtree and Evelyn, Yardley London, Bronnley, Vichy, Mason Pearson (maker of the finest hair brushes dating back to the 1860’s). There are gifts both for men and women and also a lovely selection of cosmetic mirrors as well as make up and accessories. Clowes also has a superb selection of Channel fragrances, including favourites ‘Chance’ and ‘Co Coco Mademoiselle’.
18. Queenie’s Tea Room and Gift Shop
Hand made vintage cake stands, tea light jars, candles in vintage cups, revamped chairs, shabby chic decoupage, occasional tables soft furnishings and more..a plethora of shabby chic and also official stockists to Frenchic Furniture Paint. Prices are really reasonable too – well worth a visit. You can also enjoy a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake while you’re here.
A stylish ladies clothing boutique, you’ll guarantee to find a glam outfit what ever the occasion!
20 High Street, Buxton
20. Everything’s Rosy Interiors
Everything’s Rosy is a treasure trove of pretty things for the home with a wide range of soft furnishings, furniture and home accessories. There’s a definite rustic country feel to much of the range in-store with stylish cushions, picture frames, clocks and loads more. There’s also lots of little trinkets such as pretty fragrant hearts to hang, tea light holders and some gorgeous golf leaf plates we spotted. Perfect if you need a gift for someone with a new home.
21. Hargreaves & Sons
Hargreaves has been established in Buxton since 1865 and offer an absolute emporium of gifts and cookware. The cookware range is huge so if you’re after a gift for a domestic goddess, then start here. From utensils and jars to a wide range tools for the kitchen as well as a large selection of crockery, you’ll also find a stylish range of gifts, cushions, coasters, vases and other pretty accessories for the home. Perfect hunting ground for Christmas gifts, from granny and your mum to your boyfriend.
22. Tech Corner
It’s great to see this independent, family run tech shop, thriving in Buxton. They offer a price match against any high street retailer on like for like goods too (excluding online prices). They sell all the favourite brands and gadgets, both new and second hand – such as Samsung tablets and iPhones, iPads, Samsung Galaxy mobile phones, games and game consoles as well as a great range of accessories too. Who needs eBay or a trek out of town when you can buy technology gifts right here in Buxton?
23. Decor Boutique
A gorgeous shop selling stylish furniture which regularly features unique pieces painted by the team with Chalk Paint. There’s also lots of pretty accessories for the home as well as a lovely selection of gifts. Official stockists of Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. Also stockists of Joma Jewellery and Katie Loxton. They also hold workshops on chalk painting if you’re not sure where to start with your furniture project. Definitely worth a visit.
24. Buxton Pudding Emporium
A lovely little treasure trove of gorgeous foodie treats, with many items from around the Peak District and Derbyshire as well as quality producers from around the UK. Not forgetting of course producers of the famous Buxton Pudding! There’s also some great homewares too.
25. Santiago Deli
Santiago has become a firm favourite with locals since opening in 2021. The restaurant prides itself on serving authentic Spanish cuisine. Their menu showcases ingredients directly from Spain, which you can purchase in their deli shop and enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
26. Maggie Mays
Maggie Mays is an established antique shop offering an eclectic mix of vintage, antique and unusual curios including taxidermy, jewellery, garden wares, glassware, furniture, lighting and more. Great to have a rake round on an afternoon!
27. The Village Saver
Certainly established as a local institution, The Village Saver is a family run hardware shop and sells a great range of cleaning goods, kitchenwares, DIY items, stationary, small toys, batteries and more. There’s brilliant selection of small, affordable toys for kids stocking fillers.
28. Discount Centre
The Discount Centre is another Buxton institution, famous for it’s reduced price confectionary (chocolate and sweets) where a Dime Bar can be found for 25p! There’s also a wide range of greeting cards, DIY supplies, cleaning goods, children’s toys, Christmas decorations, gardenware and more.
29. High Peak Book Store & Café
As well as being a great café that serves tasty homemade food, the shop has a vast array of books from every topic you can think of; it’s a book lovers paradise here! The bookstore is one of the country’s largest independent bookshops, offering incredible breadth and depth of titles and subject areas, for both general and specialist book lovers. Located on the outskirts of Buxton, it’s well worth the run over.
30. Appleyard’s Tobacconist
Another legendary business in Buxton, family run Appleyard’s has been open for more than 100 years. A traditional tobacconist, they sell loose leaf tobacco as well as a selection of Cuban and New World cigars. There’s a plethora of toys, gifts, souvenirs, games and Airfix model kits. If you’re looking for a toy, look no further, their selection here is brilliant and staff are only too pleased to help. The souvenirs are ideal if you’re visitor looking for a memento of your trip to Buxton!
31. Sew Loved Upholstery
Sew Loved restyles and up-cycles antique and vintage furniture and has a lovely selection of unusual accessories for the home. If you own something you love – a tired old chair or a dated chest of drawers, owner Keri takes commissions (on request) offering a full upholstery service and individual bespoke designs for every piece. Skilfully restored, you can breath new life into your treasured pieces, or, trawl the shop for something that might take your fancy. There’s a wide range of exclusive Sew Loved handmade cushions and a lovely range of lamps and handmade lampshades. If you really don’t know where to start with a room or a new house, Keri offers a full interior design service too. And if you’re after something in particular, a vintage piece – Keri can try her best to source it for you.
32. Scriveners Books
One of Derbyshire’s largest second hand bookshops with over 40,000 volumes across five floors, Scriveners is a Buxton institution and an Aladdin’s cave where you can lose a couple of hours amongst the huge selection of books, old and new. From pulp to antiquarian, with hundreds of children’s books and collectables, they also offer a book binding service and restoration work – completed in-house. They also offer free advice / valuations on books. Self service tea & coffee is available as well as a small Victorian museum located in the cellar.