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A pick of the best independent shops in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 24 July 2018

St Peters Street is the location of more than one ofthe 101 favourite independent retailers in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

St Peters Street is the location of more than one ofthe 101 favourite independent retailers in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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You chose 101 of your favourite shops - have they made it into our pick of the bunch?

Ipswich streets are full of intepentent shops. Picture: GREGG BROWNIpswich streets are full of intepentent shops. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Proud Ipswich residents past and present weighed in on their 101 favourite independent shops in the town.

The Facebook post on Ipswich Remembers has garnered a lot of attention over the last few days, with hundreds of comments celebrating all the businesses that make the town unique.

We have poured over the choices - and made a here are our top picks for a unique Ipswich shopping experience:

Matt Hurdle, of Best Days Vintage in Sailmakers, Ipswich. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHYMatt Hurdle, of Best Days Vintage in Sailmakers, Ipswich. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

Maud’s Attic, St Peters Street

The cavernous, eclectic shop is full to the brim with all the furnishings to complete the look you’re looking for in your home.

Take the 360-degree tour on their Facebook page to get a real taste of the style, then head to St Peter’s Street to find your furnishings.

Martins Bakery on Woodbridge Road. Picture: ARCHANTMartins Bakery on Woodbridge Road. Picture: ARCHANT

Best Days Vintage, Sailmakers shopping centre

With no two vintage items the same, you can take daily trips to Best Days and always find some new second-hand clothes.

Currently stocked with all the exotic shirts and bum bags you can carry for the festival season - once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Andy Hussey and Victoria Norfolk outside Lady Norfolk and Lord Rust Picture: KATY SANDALLSAndy Hussey and Victoria Norfolk outside Lady Norfolk and Lord Rust Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Martins Bakery, Woodbridge Road

Traditional baking and delicious cakes make Martins a must-visit for any hungry Ipswich residents.

Plus, it’s right next to two other entries into the top 101 independent shops, Murton’s fruit and vegetables and Michael Morgan’s interiors.

Coes flagship Ipswich store on Norwich Road. Picture: LUCY TAYLORCoes flagship Ipswich store on Norwich Road. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

The Lady Norfolk and Lord Rust, Queens Street

Vintage clothes and home furnishings in the very centre of Ipswich, this pop-up shop’s owners had such a good time that they moved in permanently.

With Bettie and Brigitte, the Lord and Lady’s two dogs, also lending a helping hand, the shopping experience here always fun and individual.

Twig Flowers of Queen Street, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDTwig Flowers of Queen Street, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Coes, Norwich Road

With stores across East Anglia and the original flagship store in Ipswich, Coes have been dressing customers in formal wear since 1928.

Often the first port of call for first suits, wedding wear and the little touches to make an outfit special, the shop and name are synonymous with the area.

Mike Young of Youngs Fish Stall in Ipswich, now situated opposite the Town Hall. Picture: PHIL MORELYMike Young of Youngs Fish Stall in Ipswich, now situated opposite the Town Hall. Picture: PHIL MORELY

Twig, Kings Street

A lovely florist tucked right next to the Town Hall and Corn Exchange, Twig makes the best use of it’s central location by displaying it’s flowers on the street.

This is a perfect shop for special occasions and all the better for the local expert knowledge of the friendly, helpful staff.

Chris Mortimer of Out of Time Records on Fore Street. Picture: DAVID VINCENTChris Mortimer of Out of Time Records on Fore Street. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

Young’s Fish, Cornhill

Just around the corner is market vendor Young’s, an ideal stop at lunch to find out what you can have for dinner.

Seafood in a county with such a rich history in fishing is a treat other town’s do not get to enjoy, so it’s clear why they ended up on your list of top independent shops in Ipswich.

Out of Time Records, Fore Street

Lastly but not least, there’s just time to find something to unwind to in the evening.

Vinyl covers every wall in the shop, so you are sure to be able to pick yourself up a classic album and relax.

See the full list with a handy map here.

Think we missed one? Let us know what you think should have been top of the list in the comments.

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