With many of the large retailers closing and moving out of our small towns, you might be forgiven for thinking that these towns have lost their heat – but scratch under the surface a little and with a guide to point you in the right direction you can uncover the hidden gems – the independent shops that make these towns unique, and cool.

Unhampered is just such a guide to Chesterfield, helping you to discover the cool places and making your visit a little easier and more enjoyable.

We don’t all want the same thing…
so here I’ll try and guide you.


If you’re into your music and vinyl Chesterfield market holds a monthly Record Fair on the second Sunday of every month where you can bag a bargain or a rare and unusual find. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Chesterfield on the second Sunday of the month, never fear… we also have two fantastic record shops in the town centre; Vanishing Point and Tallbird Records, both treasure troves where you can while away some enjoyable time. Just recently they’ve been joined by a third record shop out of town on Whittington Road, GrapeVinyl.


If it’s clothes shopping, we have two notable menswear shops selling quality menswear – Ingmans in the town centre started out as a cobbler and expanded into fashion around 10 years ago – think Peaky blinders style clothing and of course high-quality shoes… what else would you expect from a cobbler! Zebra menswear sits next to the Winding Wheel, Chesterfields premier designer clothing store, still in the town centre but a little way off the main street – worth searching out if you like brands like Psycho Bunny, Barbour, Nudie Jeans, Remus Uomo, Saucony etc. We also have Rebel Clothing in the town centre who have recently relocated to a larger premises plus Master Debonair and Olioholpho both on Chatsworth Road.



For independent Women’s fashion there’s M Accessories for Brakeburn and fab laid-back clothing, bags, scarves and more – plus their sister shop across the street selling contemporary jewellery. She Fashions, also in the town centre offers styles for the more mature and if you’re heading out of the town centre up Chatsworth Road there’s Blanc, Dotique and Dava for clothes. And more interesting and unique jewellery options are also available from Adorn, in the Chesterfield Shambles where other Indie shops are tucked away and worth an explore.

If you’re looking for places to eat, please don’t head for McDonalds or Greggs, we’ve got a delightful Greek Restaurant, Odyssey on Knifesmith Gate and Pizza Pi selling gorgeous wood fired pizza on Vicar Lane, an area of the town centre with a surprising number of independent shops. Bottle and Thyme is another option with tasty dishes and a relaxed ambience, there’s also the Market Bar worth looking up.


On Vicar Lane there’s Vintage Tea rooms for coffee, cake, breakfast, brunch or lunch, with other independent options including No 10 Tea Rooms, Cibo, Peacocks, Quoozies, whilst out of town as you head up Chatsworth Road towards the Peak District, there’s a number of cafes, pubs and restaurants, The Bradbury, Koo, Lamberellis, Café Nellie, Northern Tea Rooms, Meringue, Maison Mes Amis, Nonnas, and The Café at Libby’s with gorgeous cake and a delightful courtyard, also selling an afternoon tea, if you book in advance! Adjoining the café at Libby’s is Libby’s gift shop selling cards and gifts – bring your wallet, you’re bound to find something to tempt you!


For gifts (for others or yourself!) there’s Ginspired, doing what is say’s on the tin… inspiring you to buy Gin, but also Rum’s, Whiskey’s, Craft Beers – you’ll find friendly and knowledgeable service – but you’ll have to search a little, they’re tucked away in the market hall – well worth finding!


Finally, foodie treats… so you could stop at Lidl on Chatsworth Road on the way home… but that deprives you of some of our lovely independent food shops. Cheese Factor locally sourced cheeses cut fresh from the block in whatever size you want, with accompaniments olives (very good olives…), a selection of local beers, porkpies and much more. Beautiful fresh fruit from the market (get there before 3pm and not on a Wednesday or Sunday) from Ibbotson’s, then there’s a butchers, fish and meat for sale in the market hall and Jacksons bakers on Low Pavements for break, cakes and hot butties. I’m hoping you’ll get service with a smile and a lot less plastic 😊


There’s so much to offer and this is just a selection of Chesterfield’s gems… the are many highlights that we’ve not mentioned for you to search out, but I hope this gives you a starter for ten to tempt you to scratch below the surface and start discovering the independent shops that Chesterfield has to offer!

It’s worth a mooch!