Best independent shops in Frome

Last updated on August 17, 2023

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Frome is one of my favourite places to go shopping – it has the best selection of indy shops with barely a chain in sight. And the whole town is a pleasure to walk around with charming architecture and friendly vibes. Give me that over a shopping centre any day.

This is our guide to the best independent shops in Frome. Find everything from gifts to clothes to homeware. And expect pretty much everything to be ethically sourced.

Also see our guide to the best things to do in Frome and the best Frome restaurants.

The best independent Frome shops

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Frome Independent Market

On the first Sunday of every month (aside from January and February), the whole town is transformed into a huge outdoor market – the Frome Independent – selling everything from farm-fresh food to locally made gifts. It’s the best market in the South West and people travel far and wide to visit. There’s usually live music and lots of food stalls too.

We particularly love going to the Christmas market in December – it’s part of our annual family Christmas break.

Best gift and homeware shops in Frome

Frome Hardware

Frome Hardware

Frome Hardware is one of those shops where they make the most mundane household tools into something beautiful and utterly desirable – I’ve never wanted a scrubbing brush before!

Solsken Frome

Solsken

Solsken sells Scandinavian goods, perfectly tapping into the newfound British affinity for all things hygge. The range includes soft furnishings, homewares and gifts, all sourced from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Resident Frome

Resident

This Frome favourite, Resident, has now gone online, but I’d still recommend checking it out. It’s one of those shops that makes you want to decorate your entire house with its goods and general vibe. Expect brands such as House Doctor and Nkuku.

Best bookshops in Frome

Hunting Raven Books

Hunting Raven Bookshops

Everything a bookshop should be: independent, cosy and perfectly curated. We love Hunting Raven Bookshop on Cheap Street. They also do fun literary events.

Frome Bookshop

Frome Bookshop

For second hand books, go to the Frome Bookshop on King Street. A lovely little haven of books.

Best clothes shops in Frome

Assembly

Assembly sells a handpicked selection of menswear and accessories that are mostly made in Britain with a few bits from Europe. It’s a beautifully stylish collection and shop.

Deadly is the Female

One of Frome’s best vintage-style shops, and the one with the best name, is Deadly is the Female, a glamourous boutique on Catherine Hill selling a gorgeous range of vintage-style dresses.

Poot Emporium

Poot Emporium is an amazing vintage shop on Catherine Hill, selling both second hand and new clothing and books. They have their own range of clothing and also stock local and ethical designers. Other great vintage shops are Dandy Lion and Lark Vintage.

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Best florists and plant shops in Frome

Pilea

Named after the money plant, Pilea is known for its creative workshops as well as its gorgeous selection of plants. See their calendar for a full schedule of events, including things like terrarium and wreath workshops.

Hoi P’loy

Set on Cheap Street, Frome’s street that has a stream running down the middle, is Hoi P’loy, a lovely florist and houseplant shop. They also sell a range of homewares.

Bramble and Wild

Bramble and Wild is a flower shop known for its romantic, rustic vibe. Like Pilea, they also offer workshops.

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