The best independent retailers in Rochdale

Rochdale and its surrounding areas have a variety of independent retailers – from patisseries and wine shops to boutique clothing stores – helping give you a perfect, relaxing way to spend your weekends in the Borough.

With so many quaint but celebrated independent stores to choose from, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourites in the area. Let us know what you think!



Take a step into Italy when dining out at Cenetta. The freshly made pastas and authentic thin pizza bases will give you a taste of the Italian food you’ve been craving. The surroundings are out of this world with arched walls, hanging lights and a marble bar, and the consistently buzzing atmosphere and superb service will give you a wonderful night that you won’t soon forget.

Book yourself in today and enjoy an authentic taste of Italy!



If you’re looking for a wedding cake, a kid’s party cake or even some afternoon tea then Browns handcrafted cake shop is the place for you.

Get creative with beautiful personalised cakes – because who doesn’t love eating a cake with their own face on it?! – and feel comfortable in the knowledge that this highly skilled team will deliver the goods – literally.

For those of you who just want to sit in and enjoy the sugary sweet ambience, you can choose from a wide range of delicious cakes and foods and while away your Sunday afternoon with your nearest and dearest.


Vicolo Del Vino

If you want the ultimate bar experience or fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur then Vicolo Del Vino will be right up your street. The bar’s Mediterranean surroundings in a concave brick cellar and live music on the weekends creates an atmospheric environment that brings the fun out in everyone!

With a massive choice of flavourful wines, other alcohols and soft drinks, Vicolo Del Vino is widely considered one of Rochdale’s hidden gems – and we think you should give it a go!



And we can’t forget about all of the wonderful independent hairdressers across the borough – particularly Couzens. This local institution was founded in 1983 and since then has become an award-winning salon, being used as a go-to spot for models ahead of fashion photo shoots.

With some of the most loyal clientele in Rochdale, the reviews on their website speak volumes about the level of service you get from the team. A recent review simply said: ““I first visited around a year ago and wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else!”

Now that’s what we like to see.


Lily May Boutique

We all love a big retailer – H&M and River Island are incredible for bringing in the most contemporary and stylish clothing imaginable – but sometimes it’s nice to see what else is out there.

Lily May Boutique in Heywood has it all, stocking a wide range of ladies’ fashion for all ages and sizes – from 6 up to 24. The friendly staff are available throughout your visit to ensure you find exactly what you need – whether it’s a solid new pair of jeans or a beautiful new dress – and the prices are super competitive!

Located in the heart of Rochdale, this independent retailer is one that we see having a long and happy life.


What we’re offering you

As part of the Rochdale Riverside development, we’re leasing flexible space on Baillie Street for Rochdale’s independent traders.

Unit 17 provides flexible commercial space set over three floors in a former textiles warehouse. The property will be sensitively restored to reveal original wooden floorboards, exposed brick and heritage features. External seating is available upon license from Rochdale Council.

Units 19 / 21 will provide a spacious ground floor area, with the addition of a double height extension and new fully glazed shopfront. Further accommodation to the first-floor benefits from retention of the building’s original windows.


Get in touch

If you’re a retailer in Rochdale and you’re thinking about moving premises, get in touch with our agents Lambert Smith Hampton on 0161 228 6411 or Cheetham Mortimer on 0161 832 3375 today to discover what Rochdale Riverside can offer you!

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