The Chocolate Alchemist: Ethical and handmade organic chocolate
This fab boutique is located along a small alley way just off the Guildford High Street. The alley is so narrow, you might walk past the shop, but that would be shame, since you'd miss something great.
Their entire range is organic and it's hand made in Sussex. The cocoa comes from the Dominican Republic. The company is enviromentally minded and recycle virtually all of their waste including paper, cardboard, class, cans and plastic. In addition, they use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
The range of products include plain and spicy chocolate bars, massive chocolate slabs, chocolate buttons, chocolate spread, truffels, 5 kinds of drinking chocolate (including one spiced up with chilli, nugmeg or cinnamon). The combination of spices is intriquing: the truffels include spices such as chilli & lime; apple & cinnamon or even lemon & ginger. In addition, there are products for kids such as the white and milk chocolate 'Alchemist Alphabet' and 'Alchemist Animal' figurines.
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Shopping on High Street: One of Guildford's main attractions...
On a warm sunny day it seems the thing to do in Guildford is to go shopping on High Street. I must admit that even though shopping's not really my thing, there always seems to be a nice and vibrant atmosphere on this charming cobbled street, thanks mostly to students who come to spend the day and evening downtown. No matter how busy it gets, it's still pretty relaxing to wander around from store to store, and maybe stop at one of the many restaurants to grab something to eat. There's also a large shopping centre in Guildford called The Friary, but it's definitely not as much fun.
What to buy: Being who I am, my favorite store on High Street is Waterstone's (bookstore), located at 50-54 High Street (01483 457545).
What to pay: Depends what you're looking for...
Banks and Bank Accounts
most of the major banks are located on the guildford high street, and all of these have atms
if you want to open a bank account, lloyds is one of the most straightforward for non-residents. in my experience, natwest makes life really difficult.
Hat stall: Hundreds of Hats
There were several stalls selling hats - all kinds of hats from 5 to 20 GBP. It was so hot I decided I neeeeeeded a hat and hats were everywhere at Guilfest this year!
What to buy: A hat - or a cap - or a cowbow hat - or a pith helmet - or a wizard hat - or a straw hat with flowers and ribbons - a beret - or a straw trilby - they even had those aussie hats with dangly corks - that you can't buy in Australia!
What to pay: Dont spend more than £5 on a hat you will never wear again and wouldn't be seen dead in outside of the festival grounds!
Throw Stand: New throw?
This *stand* was made up entirely of tie-dyed throws. The choice was fabulous and the effect was stunning!
What to buy: All the usual festival ephemera, from bongs to bootlaces.
What to pay: The throws were around £10 each
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