Sunday, 5 October 2014

24 Hours in Nottingham

Yesterday I welcomed Leicester-based bloggers Janet, B & E for a wander around Nottingham. It was the perfect chance to visit some new places that have recently opened up here, including an amazing sweetshop and a Berlin-themed bar complete with photobooth. If you find yourself in Nottingham for a day here are a few places that are not to be missed.

First up is a trip to the wonderful Hopkinson, an antiques & arts centre handily located opposite Nottingham train station. Hopkinson is a real treasure trove of vintage goodies spread across 4 floors. As well as antiques the ground floor is home to a cafe while the basement is full of furniture (including some rather nice old theatre chairs), toys, buttons, letterpress blocks, scrabble tiles and other bits and bobs. Upstairs you'll find sewing goodies and vintage material, beautiful '50s frocks, cameras, jars and other quirky finds. And finally on the top floor there is a gallery space, where you can buy art supplies and zines.

Next up was a trip to Nottingham's newest sweet-shop The Treat Kitchen. Even if you're not the biggest sweet fan it's hard not to swoon over that window display. I picked up a pouch of crunchy rhubarb-crumble sweets, yum!

Nottingham is home to a wealth of cosy cafes and tea shops, but if it's cake you're after the new Edin's Patisserie in Hockley has a great selection. I opted for a brownie this time but on my last visit went for a huge hunk of the chocolate & apricot cake which was pretty impressive.

If you wander around Hockley you'll find a range of independent shops and charity shops including White Rose, Oxfam and Sue Ryder. There's also Wild Clothing and Cow if you're looking for vintage clothing. Lee Rosy's tea shop on Broad Street is good for a brew as is the Jam Cafe nearby.

By now we were in need of a bit of refreshment so headed to Das Kino, a new bar that's popped up opposite Yo Sushi in the Lace Market. As you can tell from its name, the bar is themed around a German cinema and houses an old photobooth in the entrance (although the prints are digital), and ping pong tables in the back. It can get pretty busy in there though so get there early if you want a table. To end the day we all crammed into the booth for a photo - although were caught unawares in the first shot, oops!

It was a lovely day in Nottingham which went by in a flash. Our only regret was missing out on the metre-long pizza at Das Kino which looked amazing... it's definitely on the list for next time!

See also: Top 5 quirky Nottingham pubs, Nottingham's top 5 curry houses.


  1. Thanks again for showing us round, it was such a fun afternoon. Also, did you take all these photos on your phone? The quality is ace!

    1. It was! Nope I took my little camera along (it's a Sony cyber shot and about the same size as a phone so quite handy!) x

    2. Ah, cool. I actually have one of those I hardly use, might try and get back into the habit of popping it into my bag when I don't want to schlep my bulky Nikon around.

  2. That looks like a great day!! Das Kino looks very cool too!

  3. We had such a lovely day - definitely a return visit for that pizza soon...! B x

  4. Lovely day, lovely photos too! Thank you for having us, definitely returning for the meter of pizza! E x

  5. Holy shit, das kino sounds totally amazing! I know I haven't left a comment here since god knows how long, but I wanted you to know that I brought my blog back to life and I gave you a little shout out as one of the people whose blogs I have followed religiously through my absence. Thanks for letting us see life through your eyes Laura :) you're awesome.


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