Louise Lane


Louise Lane

With its natural harbour and open access to the Atlantic, Plymouth found wealth and a national strategic importance during the establishment of British naval dominance in the colonisation of the new world.

In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers departed from Plymouth aboard The Mayflower to establish the second English colony in America. Sir Francis Drake, navigator, privateer, vice admiral of the British Royal Navy and mayor of Plymouth from 1581 is possibly the city's most famous resident. To this day on Plymouth Hoe, remains a wide grass meadow. According to popular myth, this is the place where Sir Francis Drake insisted on completing his game of bowls to allow wind and tide to change in his favour, enabling his defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Today Plymouth is a popular tourist destination, and the city itself attracts large numbers of visitors, as well as being home to a large student population.

In September 2013 Plymouth became a Social Enterprise City bringing different parts of the city together for the benefit of the local community. It now has over 150 organisations working across a huge range of sectors including education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, and social care. There is a burgeoning economy of small businesses, many of which you can find in this guide. This all adds up to a very vibrant place indeed and whether you're here to visit, study or live you will be a part of something that is continuing to grow and flourish!

So go on! Stroll through the sixteenth century Barbican District, relax in the parks or simply delight in some of the best independent businesses, projects and organisations around!




Overlooking the Harbour, near the Mayflower steps, this contemporary cafe provides an array of delights. Priding themselves on only using fresh ingredients, there's something to suit any discerning palate. From their infamous rosti with sumptuous toppings to their local pulled pork sandwich, all washed down with local roasted coffee, smoothies or from their licensed bar - what's not to love?


A beautiful new café, modern haberdashery and workshop space for creatives, crafters and cake lovers. Enjoy delicious, freshly made and locally sourced cakes and lunches. Pop in to the shop for stunning and unusual fabrics or book for one of the many fun and creative workshops.

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The World Peace Cafe provides delicious, nutritious food for the body and mind. Paninis, soups, burgers, pizza, cakes and more - all veggie with vegan options and always made with love! Pssst, to help with concentration and relaxation why not check out the mindfulness and meditation classes at Ashoka Buddhist Centre next door.

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Street food comes to Plymouth with this funky fresh establishment on the waterfront. Burritos with 10 ( weak - insane) sauces to choose from, accompanied by quality teas and coffees, soft drinks, craft beers and premium cocktails.  Only £8.50 for a beer and a burrito.

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Food and drink from around the world, with interesting authentic regional themed nights.  Whether it's lunch, dinner or tapas, the extensive menu has something to cater for all tastes and appetites. Catch Mo and Zuzi on Tapas Thursdays: only £9.95 for 3 dishes and a glass of wine!

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Inspired by New York street food, HUBBOX serves up Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ & Craft Beers. Admire the quirky, illustrative decor whilst chomping on exciting food made from the best ingredients the South West has to offer. Choose from their ever changing selection of Craft Beers, malt shakes and soft drinks.

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Rockets & Rascals is where great coffee, beautiful bikes and yummy cakes come together in Plymouth. There’s a great range of bikes for sale or hire, the workshop can handle any repairs and you can wash it all down with Plymouth’s best flat white.

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Fresh cafe/restaurant showcasing incredible Mediterranean cuisine. Great wine list and a ridiculous array of gins. Mini shop. Lots of special offers on Student Wednesdays!

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Cooking it real and bringing you the best of Thai, Vietnamese , Malay, Laos and Myanmar street food , with an open kitchen, fresh fish counter. Enjoy the vibe sat on the harbour’s side as you watch the sun go down.

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Authentic Chinese. The Red Lantern symbolises Reunion - Reunion of families and friends. A gathering for joy and celebration. Find incredible, fresh, healthy food, specialising in steamboats, BBQ, and Sanzhiguo simmer pots that cook before your eyes!

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SHOPs & Galleries

The Gallery runs a high quality annual programme of exhibitions and events, showcasing work by the most exciting contemporary, emerging and established artists working in a range of different discipline areas. See the website or follow us on social media for what's on and to find out about arts masterclasses, short courses, specialist printing and access to FabLab Plymouth.

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Find a fabulous mix of unique independent shops in this charming arcade. Incredible products you won’t see on the high street at Jasmine Rose Vintage, Gosh & Absolutely Homeware, SoPerfect Images and Rockpool Trading. 

A beautiful new modern haberdashery and workshop space for creatives, crafters and cake lovers. Pop in to the shop for stunning and unusual fabrics or book for one of the many fun and creative workshops. Enjoy delicious, freshly made and locally sourced cakes and lunches in the cafe.

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A quirky community interest pub focusing on art, culture and music. Various social meet-up groups, art crit sessions, open mic nights, DJ’s, poetry and live bands (from folk to funk). An epic selection of ethical organic Fairtrade drinks, rare rums  local ales and ciders to sample, set within a grand Victorian building.

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Relax from morning til after dark in this ornate, former 19th Century converted city treasury building, famed for its alternative afternoon teas, fresh fruit cocktails, and interesting all day food menus. Got an event lined up and need a venue? Have a sneaky peak at the stylish function room upstairs.

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A family run restaurant with the same owners for over 10 years. The essential haunt for those who love blues music, good food and a great atmosphere. The Blues Bar & Grill combines a bar, cafe, restaurant and a live music venue all in one, so whether you’re wining, dining, doing lunch or just out for the night it's the place to go. Excellent views over Plymouth Harbour.

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Plymouth's independent beer shop. Over 150 beers to drink in or take out, in cans, bottles and draught (including take out in glass growlers) from some of the world’s best breweries. Also offering a small, carefully selected range of independently produced cheese, wine, spirits and soft drinks.


A cocktail bar with a great range of drinks including shots and bombs, cocktails as little as 2 for £6 in a fun place to meet your friends, with drinks to suit every taste and prices to suit every pocket.

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The city’s oldest and biggest indoor market has over 100 stalls selling everything you need! From clothing to jewellery, delicious food to a refreshing cup of tea and everything in-between. Call in, you just might surprise yourself with what you find.