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Gabriel's Hill

Gabriel's Hill

A Wealth of High Quality Shops

Specialist Shops in Maidstone

Are you shopping for something in particular or a bit special?

The selection and the quality of the specialist shops in Maidstone are well known and makes shopping a very unique experience. There are a number of streets that are famous for their quirky independent retailers and specialist shops in Maidstone.

Gabriels' Hill

On Gabriel's Hill you will find an electric mix of great shops from top quality footwear and homeware to a hub of quality jewellery shops. The Golden Boot is a family run shoe shop that has been open for over 200 years and is still owned and run by the same family. As an independent shop it sources quality shoe brands from around the world.

If you are looking for original jewellery then Charmian Beaton Design is a contemporary jeweller with unique pieces designed and created by Charmian, as well as other handmade jewellery that has been personally sourced. Take a break from the shops and drop into Café Nucleus, a contemporary gallery with community space and coffee shop at the bottom of Gabriel’s Hill.  

Union Street 

Many of the specialist shops in Maidstone can be found in Union Street. Home Media is Kent’s leading Hi-Fi specialist and attracts audio enthusiasts from far afield. If you are looking for a bargain take a look in Dirti Gerties Dress Agency for a new outfit or Felicity’s Hat Hire may be the perfect answer for that special occasion. Stop off for a lunch time buffet at the Raja of Kent to re-charge your batteries before exploring Maidstone’s other shopping areas.

Market Buildings

With a mix of lovely independent shops and cafés, Market Buildings links the High Street and Earl Street and is located next to the Hazlitt Theatre. If you are searching for a beautiful gift then visit Harper’s which also provides a lovely café to take a tea break. For a wide range of wacky, weird and wonderful things from Thailand, India and Africa, then head to Salamander.

Royal Star Arcade

Home to over 20 specialist and independent shops, this lovely arcade has everything from designer fashion for men, women and children to bridal wear and health food shops.

Take a look in Wood Designer Clothing, with top names and up and coming brands for men and women. The Grinning Demon is a speciality comic store and Bang and Olufsen is a well-established audio visual specialist. Take your time and sample one of the many eateries such as Bar 10 or Judd’s Kitchen and Tearoom.

High Street, King Street, Bank Street

Dotted throughout the High Street and the roads leading off, you will find a variety of specialist shops that include independent opticians, photo shops and galleries.

Confection Perfection offers future Great British Bake Off stars everything they need, plus workshops and courses for those who would like to hone their skills. Gilbert & Clark Frame and Print is a successful and long-established picture framing and fine art digital printing company and incorporates Below 65, a gallery space for artists to exhibit work.

Other Speciality Shopping Areas

Newnham Court Shopping Village is located by the M20 at junction 7. As well as the popular Notcutts Garden Centre, it also has fine specialist shops within the complex. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will find a great selection at both The Sweatshop and Cotswold Outdoor.

Many of the villages around Maidstone have lovely specialist shops and can be a great place to find the best local produce. Both Headcorn and Lenham have a very fine range of shops and make a lovely stop whilst you explore the countryside or on route to an attraction.

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