Cheltenham Highstreet; when you take a look along the selection of shops on offer, you see the usual chains of River Island, H&M and Topshop. Cheltenham has seen the birth of established brands such as Superdry and Weird Fish, but what makes this regency town diverse when it comes to shopping?

The Cotswolds have an abundance of independent shops that are nationally acclaimed for their unique qualities. Cheltenham in particular has a diverse collection of retailers that move away from commonplace names you see in all towns across the UK.

Take a read through our top five independent shops in Cheltenham that offer a shopping experience you can’t find anywhere else.

1) Badlands Records 

This family run business has created a respected brand in the Cheltenham music scene. Being virtually one of the only records stores to remain in the town, Badlands offer an extensive collection of both vinyl and CD. What differs Badlands to other musical retailers in Cheltenham is that they have been trading for over 30 years, keeping the music selected true to the tastes of owner Phil Jump.

A prestigious day in the Badlands calendar is Record Store Day, where they host live performances, exclusive deals and food till late in the evening. If you want to pay a visit to a store that will fit you with a feeling of nostalgia, Badlands is a great place to go.

2) Monty Smith 

At the head of the Promenade is Monty Smith, a independent fashion boutique stocking high end brands. Monkey Genes, Fly and Replay are some of their best sellers as they are hard to come by in the shopping district.

The collection is shared over two floors, where you can find some of the most unique clothing. The styles range from 90’s Brit Pop to Bohemian gowns, ensuring that there’s something for everyone when you enter the eclectic shop.

3) Browsers Vintage 

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Founded in 1994, Browsers Vintage is a cosy emporium just off of Cheltenham High Street. Browsers also have a hiring service for themed parties including army and flapper outfits.

The vintage pieces are carefully selected, offering a range of patterned shirts, suit jackets and statement jewellery.

4) Olive 

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Priding themselves on the highest quality of clothes, Olive stocks pieces of contemporary clothing from their flagship store in Cheltenham.

Their rustic aesthetic with warm spotlights creates a luxury feel, making the shopping experience relaxed. Their simplistic approach highlights the details in their clothes even further.

5) Trapeze  

Trapeze has expanded into 2 shops in Cheltenham, offering both casual wear and designer garments for sophisticated occasions. Decorated with old Lambretta shells and mod stickers.

Brands of high-end sports retailers such as Adidas and Nike are found here, catering for all ages but specifically for men.

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