Profitable tip: Park View, Whitley Bay
This can be a energetic, sweeping curve of a excessive road, catering for an entire host of tastes and pursuits. Immortalised within the Dire Straits tune Tunnel of Love and as soon as a beloved vacation spot for hen and stag events, it has come a great distance of late. Now it’s filled with impartial boutiques and shops similar to Hound Canine Music, Lottie McPhees (cupcakes), Whitley Bay Skate Membership (skateboards, rollerskates, scooters and many others) and Pulp Fiction Future Meals.

Spanish Metropolis. {Photograph}: Alamy
There’s native craft ale in its personal microbrewery pub, The Canine & Rabbit, and a bottle store/tasting room, Nord. Comply with the road to the ocean and the lately renovated Spanish Metropolis – the majestic white dome offering spellbinding views of the rugged north east shoreline from its elegant artwork deco champagne bar.Susan Marshall
Leiden, Netherlands

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This small metropolis close to The Hague has a stunning mixture of artisan bakeries, small vogue and design retailers, galleries, cheese retailers, the great ethnographic museum store and classic shops. It additionally has very good meals and textiles markets on Saturday and Wednesday respectively. Mixed with picturesque canals lined with outdated homes and bustling with crowds of scholars on bikes – to say nothing of museums, cafes, botanic gardens. Caroline Criminal
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, US
I hate purchasing however Lake Geneva is among the locations I could make an exception for. There are many cool knick-knack and novelty shops, in addition to these promoting helpful issues like garments (and sweets). It might be 1,000 miles from the ocean however with its surf retailers, bicycle cafes, report retailers and stunt kite retailers it has the vibe of southern California. In winter there’s ice-fishing, snowboarding and helicopter rides off the frozen lake. In summer season there’s a seaside, ziplining and paddle steamers. For one of the best breakfast strive Joni’s, an genuine 50s diner.Antony
St Petersburg, Russia

A bookshop in The Bottle. {Photograph}: Alamy
Away from the vacationer retailers filled with Putin calendars and limitless Russian dolls, New Holland, a gaggle of renovated industrial buildings on a triangular island surrounded by canals, is changing into a cool arts hub. At its coronary heart is The Bottle, a superbly transformed round naval jail. Inside are all of the native designer-led jewelry, magnificence and garments shops you’ve been trying to find, and on the centre a courtyard that levels movie screenings and live shows. All of it feels very off-beat and distinctive. Outdoors there’s an ice rink and, in summer season, house for gigs and picnics, plus a ship-shaped playground.Alison Mussett
Close to Montmartre, Paris

Fromagerie du Bas-Montmartre, Paris.
On little-known rue Hermel and rue Versigy, north of Montmartre, you should buy all the pieces you want for a cocktail party (or a picnic or a suitcase filled with edible souvenirs) inside a stretch of 50 metres, with out setting foot in a grocery store. Natural fruit and veg, freshly baked breads and patisseries from Boulangerie du Sq. (50 rue Hermel) and pâtés, hams and diverse delicacies from Les Fines Gueles. A dizzying array of cheeses, from nice wheels of tomme to camemberts so ripe that they’ll run off your plate, might be discovered on the Fromagerie du Bas-Montmartre. High off your basket with a bottle of wine from Rouge aux Levres or craft beer from Bièrothèque Belge for a classy, domestically sourced unfold.Steph
Distillery district, Toronto

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Fifteen years in the past a derelict Victorian whiskey distillery simply east of downtown Toronto was reborn as 10 pedestrianised streets price of outlets and eating places. The developer’s insisted on not leasing to chains, so now all the companies are independents: from clothes and giftware retailers to jewellers and candlemakers promoting direct from their workshops to passionate collectors of sporting items and craft beer who’ve turned their interest right into a enterprise. The meals shouldn’t be missed both – 18 months on from visiting, I nonetheless take into consideration the sandwich I purchased at Brick Avenue Bakery.Paul Jones
Karolinen, Hamburg

Sizzling Canine, Hamburg
The slim, graffiti-flecked streets of this district simply exterior Hamburg outdated city supply a kaleidoscope of indie retailers for all tastes. There’s sufficient vinyl right here to make your head spin. Headbangers ought to try Fischkopp-Plattenshop’s ear-shredding sounds, whereas extra mellow notes might be present in Groove Metropolis. Style boutiques starting from grungy to high-end line the primary drag, Marktstrasse. Sift obscure classic gadgets at Sizzling Canine or splurge on cutting-edge, designer items at Sium. Refuel at Happenpappen, an ethereal vegan cafe serving luxurious meals, similar to rice, chickpea and coconut patties with wasabi mayo.Patrick Strode
Jægersborggade, Nørrebro, Copenhagen

A bakery on Jaegersborggade Avenue. {Photograph}: Alamy
As soon as a rundown Hells Angels hang-out, right now Jægersborggade road, in Nørrebro, is crammed with impartial espresso retailers, eating places and boutique retailers. From the Espresso Collective at its northern finish, to contemporary deli La Dispensa on the different finish, there’s loads of retailers amongst the attractive cobbles and great tall buildings. Just a few of my favourites to browse are the do-it-yourself artwork treats at Vanishing Level, fashionable vibrant prints at CMYK and the bizarre mushrooms rising at Past Espresso within the discarded espresso grounds.Dave Wooden
Magdalen Street, Exeter

Leela, Exeter
Within the coronary heart of St Leonards is that this gem of great independently run retailers offering all the pieces from ukelele classes to contemporary fish, meat and greens. All of which pleasure themselves on being native and sustainable. My favorite is Leela: it sells actually uncommon homeware, items, vogue and different stuff. You possibly can inform it has taken hours to fastidiously supply the entire inventory, and it’s all fairtrade and sustainable.Ashlie Hamlyn
Lerwick, Shetland

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Lerwick’s historic city centre is a thriving hub of eclectic small retailers and native entrepreneurs. Lengthy-established companies rub shoulders with the brand new and modern. Wander round lengthy sufficient and also you’ll catch sight of seals and orcas, too. There are pretty cafes (Peerie Store Cafe), retailers (Jamiesons of Shetland knitting provides, the Digicam Centre, Ninian for designer items, homewares and equipment), areas to stroll and views of sea, nation and structure.Emma