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boutiques and independent shopping

You can shop til you drop in Kent

From the bespoke to the unique, Kent is brim-full of independent stores and boutique shopping treats.

In Canterbury, the ancient King's Mile is alive with people browsing for antiques and specialty goods - you can also drop by a designer ceramicist and goldsmith too. The Pantiles, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, is another oh-so-scenic shopping setting. Here more than 50 antiques businesses fan out from a 17th-century, cafe-packed colonnade.

The independent outlets in Rochester’s Victorian High Street are specialist store heaven - head here for gifts, jewelry, handbags and accessories - and Baggins Book Bazaar; one of the largest second-hand bookshops in England.

Canny shoppers head for Kent's smaller towns and villages too. Highlights include Faversham, with its regular markets and wide range of independent stores; appealing Cranbrook for art, gifts and antiques; picturesque Tenterden; quirky, fishing-port Whitstable; and characterful Hythe