Hitchin, my second home

Hitchin, my second home

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I’ve just spent a few days in Hitchin in Hertfordshire where I lived for a couple of years. I love visiting my friends down there and always feel very at home.

A little market town there is nearly always something going on, and if you are there on the right day Hitchin Market will be in full flow. It has lots of independent coffee shops, as well as some great little boutiques for getting some clothes and homewares. A trip to Hitchin is never cheap!

Time for a coffee

I love that Hitchin has so many independent coffee shops and restaurants, which I always try to make the most of.

I can never come for a visit without getting smashed avocado and poached egg on toast from Groundworks. Normally with a Dirty Chai, yes chai latte with a shot of espresso!

On a sunny day you can’t beat grabbing a burger and beer from Hillmans, just make sure you can get a seat in the sunshine. I decided to try the Londoner – chicken, bacon, avocado and cheese.

If you just fancy coffee or a snack try the Coffee Lab, Chilli B’s or Molly’s Tea Room.

Something for the home

So having just brought a flat in Edinburgh (I’m now a proper grown up) I loved having a look around all the gorgeous little home stores and was able to pick up a few little bits.

If you need anything for the kitchen then start by heading to Colanders, in here you’ll find anything you could want for the kitchen and quite a few things you had no idea you needed or wanted.

I picked up a rocker knife and julienne peeler, both of which I been on the lookout for a while.

Next stop by Mench Living for contemporary Scandinavian design, where I picked up a weekly planer for the desk.

Where Hitchin really comes into its own is vintage style home wears, don’t miss Vinegar Hill, Vintage Bay and Hermitage Road & co.

Unsurprisingly I found all these great things for my flat, which will definitely help make it feel more like home.

Game of Thrones box from Vintage Bay


Juice bottle from Vinegar Hill, I also picked up a sausage dog ruler (I had to have it) and another coffee table book (I can never resist).

Clothes shopping

Now this is something I’d normally end up doing, but I’m about to start a month of not buying anything (more on that to come), so I decided to skip the temptation.

However if you are looking for some new clothes Hitchin has some great boutiques including What Sarah Did, Jolly Brown Vintage, Maysons and Twisted Fabric.

My personal favourite is Rubarb I never fail to find something I love in here.

Outdoor swimming pool

Unfortunately not open for the summer yet, but if you are lucky enough to be in Hitchin during the summer, pack a picnic and head to the outdoor swimming pool. I always feel like I’m on holiday when I go here ad use to love heading for a quick swim after work on a hot day.

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