Hepworths Arcade: Old shopping arcade
Hepworths Arcade was opened in 1897 and one of the first shops to open here was one of Marks and Spencers first penny bazaars.
This grade II listed Arcade is better known for local landmarks such as Dinsdale's joke shop, Fanthorpe's television store and Beasley's fashion emporium. It is often a welcome retreat for lunchtime shoppers escaping the rain to shelter under its glass roof, often to peruse the quirky independent retailers who offer something a little out of the ordinary you could never find in the high street department stores.
- Historical Travel
Trinity Market: The market
The current market hall was built in 1904 and the market is housed in a beautiful building with an Italianate tower. Not as large as other markets in other northern cities but nevertheless has a good variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, cards, crafts , meat and fish amongst other things.
There are three entrances but the main entrance is on the pedestrian precinct at the end of Whitefriargate. There is also an entrance in Market Place opposite Argos.
This building was the work of one of the city’s most unsung yet important shapers. Joseph Henry Hirst (1863-1945), the city architect from 1900-1926, was the man who more than any other designed the face of the modern city. From the city’s grandiose City Hall to swimming baths, schools and housing estates Hirst’s legacy of buildings is unrivalled in the city. For many however, the Market Hall of 1904, with its elegant tower and its handmade brickwork and Ancaster stone, the Market Hall is one of his finest works. The Market Hall with its simplicity of design, its restrained elegance and continental influence,is one of the landmark buildings of Hull and a fitting receptacle to house the market that has played such a pivotal role in the history of the city.
Princes Quay: Shopping centre on water
Princes Dock used to be a town dock at one time but lay unused for many years until Princes Quay was built in it. This is a large shopping centre with High Street named shops - Superdrug, Virgin ( the largest store they have outside London), County Books, Gap etc. There is something for everyone here and generally a display of some sort on the ground floor at most times. The Christmas display is especially good and worth seeing.
In December 2007 a Vue cinema opened at the top of the centre - it is described as Europes first digital cinema.
What to buy: The prices are generally no more or less than anywhere else.
The food court is a disappointment - its OK but not great.
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St Stephens: Hulls newest shopping centre
Hulls newest shopping centre is a very strange mix of high quality shops and a large Tesco Extra and some budget type clothes shops.
Don't write Tesco off - this is big - the size of three football pitches - and it sells everything from bread to expensive diamond jewelry.
The shops include trendy clothes shops such as Next but there is a T K Maxx which is welcome in any shopping centre.
The food shops and restaurants are on the upper level and there are some great restaurants such as Prezzo and Gourmet Burger.
The shops are open till 20.00 each night and Tesco is a 24 hour shop.
- Family Travel
Princes Quay Shopping Centre: City Centre Shopping
This shopping centre contains over 70 shops & restaurants on three decks. It stands on 500 huge stilts and hovers above the former Princes Dock. The centre's large windows provide great views of the city centre, docklands and the marina.
Hepworth's has two main sections; one for fresh/packaged food and another for goods.
At one entrance there's Fanthorpe's which sells new and second hand, mainly Hi-Fi and TV equipment. I bought a second hand radio for my system there a while ago. It's been going since 1942.
Inside there's also some second hand/retro clothes shops, a huge record stall, cafe, joke shop, pipe & tobacco shop, there's lots of fresh fish, meat and fruit and veg, a greasy spoon, a Bob Carver's Fish and Chip shop (I've got a seperate tip for this company Hull Eateries)
At the Trinity Square entrance there's a stall selling lots and lots of very cheap packaged food, they also go to Walton Street Market, a belt/bag stall, cut flowers.
Not too long ago the arcade had a £200.000 make over and looks a lot fresher for it. This shopping arcade was built in 1894 by W H Kitching for J Hepworth, a Leeds tailor.
What to buy: It's nice to see a place full of local shops, not taken over by large chains, good for fresh fish and meat, vintage cothing and records.
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One of only two arcades in Hull, the second being Hepworth's Arcade. It is best viewed from Carr Lane, Paragon Street being at the other end. Unfortunatley I can't find much on the history of the arcade, I'll have to keep looking!
Today the shops down it are- (From the Carr Lane End)
Segal's Jewellers (selling a lot of antique jewellery)
Bewlay's (a very quaint and now hard to find tobacco and smoking shop)
Flower Corner (florist)
G's Collection (clothes)
Going Places (travel agents)
I'm sure there are a few more too, though I never go down it for the shops, just to look at the architecture.
Duncan's Gunmakers Ltd.: Need a gun??
I just though this was so odd I had to put it in, I had never really taken this shop in before, it's been in Hull for years and I liked the 'old' style frontage, even though it's not trying to be ironic. Plus the fact that it's quite scary to have a gun shop anyway.
There's a great history of the shop on their website, but 'Stanley' Duncan helped to bring about the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (though I'm not sure what shooting has to do with conservation!!)
The website doesn't really say when the shop first opened but Stanley Duncan lived from 1887 to 1954.
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So South Street is very short but is has a huge Skeltons Bakery, with cafe on one corner, a Tony's Textiles (where you can buy cheap bedding, towels and fabric) a Heron Frozen Foods (a Hull based frozen food company that sells very very cheap frozen food, some in the basic packaging, mostly over produced stock that we can buy cheaper) a Pet Shop, a newsagents, a bakery that specialises in hot food and andwiches to take away, it has lots of cheap sweets and chocolate outside (see my photo for their grasp of spelling!) and two Alans Naturally shops, I really really like these. One sells lots of health food, dried fruit, pulses, nuts, herb teas and cheap things outside, the other shop (next door) sells fruit and veg.
As I said a short street but with plenty down it.
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Seasider Seafoods: Fish, fish, glorious fish.
A huge selection of frozen fish, we usually only get here once a year just before Christmas, though I would love to shop here every week.
I never knock frozen food as it is usually fresher than fresh food, when it has traveled for days in lorries compared to being frozen as soon as they're caught.
We went to this shop yesterday, which is nothing fancy, a room full of big freezers really, though there's lots of fish recepie leaflets you can take. But it has a fantastic selection of fish, here's what we bought-
Whole Atlantic Salmon 2.2kgs for around £9
454gm of Prawns £2.50
1kg Green lipped New Zealand Muscles £4.30
Pack of Smoked Salmon £2.95 for 200gm.
Smoked Tuna £3.20 for 200gm.
Two packs of smoked salmon stuffed with cream cheese for 50p a pack.
Queen Scallops 454gm for £3.75
All that fish for just under £26!!
They also sell lots of fish steaks (Halibut, Red Snapper, Swordfish, Shark, Tuna, Salmon, Trout and Marlin), Crevettes, Scampi, Crab, fillets (Plaice, Haddock, Monk, Skate, Sea Bass, Hake). They even sell Frogs legs. Have a huge range of different smoked fish, some breaded fish and ones with sauces, shellfish and pates.
- Food and Dining
Newland Avenue: Away from the centre
Well not a shop but a street, Newi Ave to the locals, this is a lovely shopping street which has really developed in the past five years or so.
So many coffee shops, cafes and bars have sprung up, they re-landscaped all the pavemants and parking, added benches and planters. It is now a pleasant place to shop, lots of Charity shops, a second hand book shop, fancy gift shops, a great fish mongers, a deli, and lots of bakeries.
Favourite bakery- Matt's Deli, a locally ran affair, makes fresh sandwiches, has little deli counter for cold cuts and cheeses.
Favorite coffee shop- Planet Coffee, the first one on the street really and has had to develop with all the competition, it's nice to sit outside when the weather's nice.
Favourite take-away- Viking Fisheries, mmm, fish and chip special for about £1.20, you can't go wrong.
Favourite toiletry shop (?) - Beauty Box, well I just like this one for being a little treasure trove. Usually has special offers.
Favourite cafe - The Zoo, this is down a little ally so is quite hidden, but is sign posted. It is all vegetarian food, and serves lovely, hearty, home cooked dinners and snacks.
Favourite food shop- Heron Frozen Foods, a Hull institution; due to all the frozen food factories around, Heron gets all the over produced stuff, near to sell by date, plain packaged stuff and sells them a lot cheaper than the other supermarkets.
Favourite Health Food shop- Hull Grain, has an fantastic range of health foods, has a cold counter, sells wonderful herbal teas, various homeopathy goods, lots of nuts and seeds and breads.
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Walton Street Car Boot and Market: From fruit & veg to 2nd hand spanners
Well not a shop but hundereds in one place. Walton Street is on every Wednesday (more market stalls) and every Sunday (more car boot stalls) of the year except when Hull Fair's on (6th-14th Oct) and Christmas week.
I love going here, you can pick up anything. Today I only bought a top for £1, but usually come away with lots of things, some go on ebay to sell for a vast profit :-)
You get lots of car boot stalls selling childrens stuff, tools, household goods, catalogue returns, knock off CD's and DVD's, clothes, just general stuff people don't want.
One persons junk is another persons treasure.
The market stalls also sell clothes, shoes, plants, tools, very cheap fruit and veg and food, sweets, magazines, mobile phones, hot food (the baked potatos and lovely in the winter), there's also huge meat vans selling off very cheap meat.
What to pay: Not much at all for example we got 8 pommegranits for £1, 20 Knick Nacks for £1, bananas for about 50p a pound, Douwe Egberts coffee for 50p, I got a pair of shop damaged Dorothy Perkins boots for £5, new £55.
- Budget Travel
Primark: Cheap but cheerful
The largest Primark in the UK is in Hull. Perhaps not the best advertisement for the city but this is a good store for reasonable clothes at very good prices. The clothes may not be as hard wearing as clothes from other shops but at these prices you can just come back for more. There are jeans for £4 and tee shirts for £2.50 as an example.
This is very well laid out shop that is bright and easy to get around.
What to buy: Everything and anything. Towels seems to be especially good value and there is a small homeware section.
What to pay: You could buy a full wardrobe of clothes for under £100.
- Family Travel
Waterstone's: If you're short of something to read...
Waterstone's Bookshop on Jameson Street is your best bet if you're after something to read whilst you're here or journeying elsewhere. Granted it's a national chain, but it's a damn good one at that. Stocked within are all the usual bestsellers but also a respectable range of authors and titles that's enough to please even the most finicky of browsers. Staff are knowledgeable and passionate about what they sell which makes a change from the usual high-street drones. There's also a branch of the Costa Coffee chain on the first floor for those who wish to get a hit of coffee with their latest read.
Other alternatives are 'Brown's Bookshop' on George Street, 'Page One' at the corner of Spring Bank and Princes Avenue or the large 'WH Smith's in the Prospect Shopping Centre, but I'd always make this your first port of call.
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