The Harrogate Christmas Market (now in its 7th year) was launched to encourage visitors into our wonderful town to help businesses during an otherwise quiet time. And as much as we’re proud that an estimated 75,000 people came to HCM in 2017, we’re even prouder that many of those visitors enjoyed Harrogate’s hotels, shops, restaurants and bars. While there is a lot to experience within the market’s confines, we’d like to highlight a few areas in our town that you might not know about that offer visitors a wealth of independent enterprises that will add to the enjoyment of your visit.
Adjacent to the Harrogate Christmas Market, the Montpellier Quarter is brimming with unique shops, as well as popular places to eat and drink. Check out the link above for the full list of what’s on offer. Here are a few examples to whet your appetite.
- Rose Velvet – elegant clothing paying homage to an earlier era, but with its own contemporary individuality.
- Montpellier Jewellers – the perfect shop for those looking to buy a diamond or vintage watch for that special someone.
- Blues Café Bar – a must for anyone who appreciates live music, as this iconic bar has live acts downstairs every night, as well as Sunday afternoons. Upstairs is a cocktail bar with a wide range of gins and other spirits.
- Bettys Café and Tearooms – starting in 1919, Bettys is literally world-renowned for its sumptuous afternoon teas. They also have a shop selling bakery items, chocolates, teas and coffees.
- Crown Hotel – with a 300-year history and a £6million refurb, this hotel has a lot to offer. And it’s convenient location makes it ideal for visitors to the market.
Cold Bath Road
Also bordering the market, Cold Bath Road is an interesting mix of residential properties and cool businesses. It has a great Twitter feed where you can see the latest news.
- The Last Post – small but perfectly formed, this welcoming pub has an open fire to keep you cosy, as well as an extensive range of craft ales and cocktails.
- Tilly Peppers – a family-run café that is both friendly and accommodating for all dietary requirements. They do a mean paleo breakfast salad.
- Illingworth’s Hardware – while not quite like the famous ‘Four Candles/Fork Handles’ sketch by the Two Ronnies, this traditional hardware store is a treat for anyone who takes their DIY seriously. It’s amazing what you can find.
- Little Alligators – with a tagline of ‘EAT, SLEEP, DRESS, PLAY’, you won’t be surprised to learn that this shop sells a huge range of items for the little ones, from partywear to unicorns.
- Catherine Smith Vintage – whether you’re a fan of the 80s or need a genuine Victorian outfit for your Steampunk obsession, Catherine Smith Vintage will have it, including all the accessories like hats and jewellery. She also sells vintage bridalwear.
This sometimes overlooked street in Harrogate is a must if you’re seeking independent cafes, gift shops, jewellers, and other independent retailers selling everything from second-hand books to electrical hardware. Follow the link above to find out more.
- Miss Claire Rose – if you’re tired of gifts that every large retail chain seems to sell, you’ll love Miss Claire Rose. Here you’ll find an eclectic selection of hand-crafted and Fairtrade gifts, as well as fun but functional items you won’t find elsewhere on the high street. They also sell a unique range of hand-made lingerie in soft lace.
- The Remnant House – selling both remnants and fabric off the bolt, this shop is must-see for crafters, and anyone addicted to textiles. They also have a great haberdashery and supply of sewing patterns.
- Bean and Bud – an award-winning café selling a changing range of coffee beans from boutique roasters, as well as uncommon teas. The mouth-watering cakes and friendly staff are the final ingredients which make this a popular spot.
- Crown Jewellers – this established, family-run jewellery shop has an excellent reputation, due to the proprietor’s qualifications and expertise in diamonds and gemstones, as well as the exquisite merchandise they sell.
- The Cheeseboard of Harrogate – the smell alone is worth a visit to the fabulous cheese shop. You’ll never want to buy your plastic-wrapped cheddar from the supermarket again. Their extensive selection of rare and unusual cheeses from smaller dairies is a revelation to your taste buds. And they’ll let you try before you buy!
Just along Parliament Street from Bettys is Westminster Arcade. Unfortunately, it seems as though this Victorian arcade has been one of Harrogate’s best-kept secrets, despite the wealth of retailers residing therein. This article from Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser highlights some of the gems you’ll find there.
The above selection is just a small sample of what Harrogate has to offer. It would take a tome to detail all the fantastic retailers in Harrogate. While we hope you’ll have a wonderful time visiting the Harrogate Christmas Market, don’t miss out on everything else the town offers. Why not stay for a few days?