Local and independent shops are growing in popularity across the country. There are calls across the country to back our independent shops and there is no better place than Chester to do this.

With a range of businesses on offer, you could spend the majority of your trip to Chester using and exploring Chester’s many independent businesses. 

Something for everyone 

· Rococo Chocolates – Rococo Chocolates has won many awards throughout its long history. You will be able to sample the interesting range of chocolate on offer and try some surprising and interesting treats such as Praline Quail eggs, Summer Pudding chocolate bars or even a hand painted chocolate lobster. 

· Corks Out Independent Wine and Spirit Specialists Chester – This is a traditional wine merchant, uniquely situated in a converted 13th century crypt. You can sample wines from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to pick from the special wine list or even from the ultra-modern Italian designed ‘wine juke boxes’. If you wish you can also sample as many as 36 wines on one visit. 

· Brides of Chester – If you’re looking to get hitched in the future, make the trip to Brides of Chester. This is a luxurious air-conditioned boutique in the heart of Chester offering a selection of bridal gowns and outfits for every taste. 

· Blackstocks Fish and Chips – A trip to Chester would not be complete without a visit to one of the most popular takeaway destinations in the county. Blackstocks is a small independent family owned business, making use of locally sourced fish and produce. The takeaway’s reputation has seen it visited by politicians, soap stars, and Olympic stars. 

· Waltons of Chester – With an illustrious history dating back to 1909, Waltons of Chester is a jeweller situated at three different locations throughout the city, including Eastgate Street. The stores offer a variety of exceptional jewellery, and pride themselves as being the home of luxury Diamonds and Swiss watches in Chester. 

· Nordic art gallery & shop – If art is your thing, be sure to check out the Nordic Art Gallery, located on St. Michael’s Row in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre. The gallery is home to the work of Ella Rosinkras, an internationally acclaimed artist specialising in Nordic Art. Abstract Nordic art is the main theme of the exhibition, however you can also take a look at glass sculptures, panels and deco’s. 

· Funky Cow – For a treat after all that shopping be sure to check out Funky Cow Milkshake, situated centrally on St Werbugh Street in the heart of Chester’s shopping district. With a wide selection of over 160 flavours, you will not be disappointed.  

Abbey Taxis

The size of Chester means that most attractions are within walking distance of each other. However, you may want to get a taxi to somewhere further afield at some point. Abbey Taxis is an independent business and is located centrally on Foregate Street, and a taxi can be easily reached on 01244 318318.  


Established in 1968, KingKabs has built up an enviable reputation as Chester’s most trusted taxi service. KingKabs transport over 4 million local residents, businesses and visitors a year. They have a combined fleet of over 500 private hire vehicles, executive cars, hackney carriages and minibuses, together with a state of the art dispatch system, ensuring a swift and efficient booking process, making them best equipped to provide an unrivalled level of service  24 hours a day.

Godstall Lane and Rufus Court 

If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track in Chester, Godstall Lane and Rufus Court are both your best bet. Bustling with independent gems, these two streets are home to an array of quirky family owned independent shops, bars and restaurants. Godstall Lane connects St Werbugh Street to Eastgate Row, with Rufus Court located just off Northgate Street. 

If you prefer a more intimate setting to unwind in, Rufus Court will play perfect host. The street resembles a traditional courtyard with flats, restaurants, a wine bar, cafes and offices. Prominent attractions include Alexander’s of Chester, a live music venue that serves both drinks and food alike. 


Waltons of Chester
Speciality Shop
Waltons of Chester

Waltons of Chester was established in 1909 at the Chester Cross and pride themselves on their luxury Diamonds, exceptional Jewellery and the finest Swiss watches.

Blackstocks Fish & Chips
Blackstocks Fish & Chips

Blackstocks is a family owned, independent, national award winning fish and chip shop. With seating for over 70 people you can choose to eat in or takeaway award winning fish and chips and all for the same price.

Funky Cow Milkshake Bar
Funky Cow Milkshake Bar exterior

Udderly delicious milkshakes!! Over 160 flavours, millions of combinations.

Brides of Chester
Speciality Shop
Brides of Chester

A luxurious, air-conditioned bridal boutique right in the heart of Chester with an unrivalled selection of exclusive bridal gowns.



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