Unleash your inner art critic at The Biscuit Factory
The UK's largest commercial art, craft and design gallery is in an old Victorian warehouse. Buy original contemporary fine art, sculpture and prints, plus jewellery and modern, design-led homewares. This is the place to find affordable original art to grace your walls.
Where: 16 Stoddart Street, NE2 1AN
Avoid a beige existence with the BALTIC shop
Some of the best designed homewares as well as prints and pictures can be found at the BALTIC. From fun and funky, like the ray gun ketchup bottle or Y Eye Pet mug, to future classic print editions from Antony Gormley and Yoko Ono, your aesthetic needs are catered for.
Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Channel your inner rock god at JG Windows
From grand pianos to tin whistles and Fender Telecasters to violins, JG Windows is a great place to rock out or get classical. There are massive amps for gigging, and turntables and mixers for superstar DJs. It's one of the UK's longest-established music stores, having opened in 1908. Set over 3 stories in the beautiful Edwardian Central Arcade.
Where: 1-7 Central Arcade, NE1 5BP
Brilliant name for a fabulous shop – Whosit & Whatsit
If you’re looking for a present to yourself or someone else, you’ll find something a bit different here, from ant cufflinks to designer sideboards. Housed in a Grade II listed building on the quayside, it showcases a range of independent designers and illustrators, all with something to tempt you.
Where: 46 Sandhill, NE1 3JF
Some reet good gifts at UpSide Down Presents
Gifts, souvenirs, keepsakes, prints and local art are on offer – with lots of Geordie-based gifts and cards. You can even buy a limited edition Lego version of the Tyne Bridge if you get in quick – just 3001 pieces to assemble – exclusively stocked here.
Where: 61 Side, NE1 3JE
Show some punk spirit at Vivienne Westwood
Still trying to change the world, Vivienne Westwood's latest collection is an appeal to help save the environment and build a greener economy. See how this translates into her aesthetic. She's still loving tartan but the clothes have a more elegant air – including the classic bridal collection.
Where: 1 Hood Street, NE1 6JQ
An oasis for fashion at Pretty Green
Modish boys flock to Pretty Green, the label set up by iconic rock and roller Liam Gallagher. The Sixties and Madchester are massive influences here - think paisley shirts and outdoorsy anoraks. Look and feel like a rock god when you take your pick from the latest collection. The shop was named after a song by The Jam.
Where: 124 Grainger Street and 20 Central Arcade, Central Exchange Buildings, NE1 5AF
Fix up look sharp at End Clothing
In-the-know locals have been shopping at End for years. This boutique is straight out of the style mags – and has all the right labels. From Stussy to Stone Island and APC to Adidas. The shop is beautifully laid out too, you’ll feel like you’re a rock star or a celeb.
Where: 133-137 Grainger Street, NE1 5AE
Sports fans go straight to The Back Page
Fans could get lost for hours in this store which specialises in sports books and memorabilia. Signed and match-worn football shirts, programmes and tickets jostle for space alongside books about everything from athletics to yachting.
Where: 56 St Andrews Street, NE1 5SF
Get on board at Native Skatestore
If you're looking for super slippy wax nugs, or want a better set of wheels for your board then rock up to Native Skatestore. You can also pick up shoes, clothes and accessories. All the staff are skateboarders, so they can advise and answer any questions on the best gear.
Where: 50 Low Friar Street, NE1 5UE