We started our day in Winchester starving to the point of hangry, so as luck would have it, Josie's, which had come recommended to Jaye and I, was centrally located and right next to where we parked in the city. 

Josie's fare is simple and scrumptious - think avocado toast, hot chocolates with lashings of cream and multitudes of squirty sauce flavours to choose from, and fluffy banana bread and pancakes. Just look at those bakes! It took all we had not to leave with pocketfuls of snacks, or waste away our whole day trying every item on the menu. The vibe was chilled and cozy, and prices were reasonable. A definite must-stop before hitting the shops in the centre!

TRY: The caramel banana bread with vanilla cream, or the croque monsieur.


A little ways down the road from Josie's was the beautiful Consortium - with bags of kerb appeal, there was no way for me to pass this one by. Adorned with bright, patterned scarves, cute wall art and copper wire baskets and fairy lights a-plenty, this is a perfect pitstop if you're looking to do some gift-buying or pick up some knick-knacks for your home. I'm a big fan of their pieces of furniture dotted about the shop - make sure to visit the rooms towards the back!

PICK UP: Quirky illustrations and prints, birthday presents for friends, and cute cards and stationery.


Any post about Winchester wouldn't be quite complete without the cathedral, and this one is a real gothic beauty. The heavy fog on the day we visited actually quite complimented the building, which seemed to rise out of the mist like it was a part of the spectacle. I got a quick peep inside - our time was limited, so we didn't fork up the £8 to head indoors - I'd happily come back to have a proper nosey around. The stained glass windows and beautiful stonework I saw looked well worth the entrance fee.

CHECK OUT: Bookworms such as myself will be totally geeked-out to know that the Cathedral is actually the final resting place of Jane Austen. When Jaye told me this I think my eyeballs almost popped out of my head.


I'll be honest, the exact words that came out of my mouth as we strolled around this shop were: 'I have found my heaven'. This shop brings together so much of everything wonderful - stationery, cute banners and decorative touches, coffee table books and travel guides, luxe chocolate brands, more niche beauty and candle brands not carried by your average shop. It's a beautifully curated place, and feels like an Aladdin's cave of delights - go upstairs and you'll find a notebook you didn't know you needed, head down and there's a bouquet of faux blooms to adorn your side table with. It's the perfect quirky lifestyle store - enter at your own risk, and gird your purses.

PICK UP: Faux blooms, decorative drinks straws and pom-pom banners, and REN skincare.


  1. Soooo when I come to visit, we will go here, yes? ;)

    Brodie | Brodie Jay

    1. But of course ;* SO GET YOUR BUM OVER HERE! T xx


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