8 cafes, restaurants and shops that have recently opened in Durham


Several exciting new stores have opened in Durham City recently – check them out below.

Home to over 40 independent businesses, the city is now at 100 percent capacity after a series of new openings.

Graham Soult runs Gateshead-based retail consultancy CannyInsight.com and said Durham Market Hall “consistently succeeds in offering such a fantastic mix of new and established independent businesses”.

Despite the difficulties experienced by many indoor markets and high streets, eight new businesses have opened durham city ​​center.

Here are eight new businesses that recently opened in Durham City:


Opened in July this year, this store is an LGBTQ+ oriented independent bookstore specializing in independent authors and small press.

Opened in early August, this shop offers a cake stand with delicious Turkish treats and cakes to take away, as well as custom cakes made to order.

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Canny Kandy Corner is a traditional sweet shop now under new ownership of established Durham toy and gift shop Bear Bottom.

A traditional family run authentic Turkish hairdresser.

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This is a long established shop in Durham which recently added a new flower stand in March.

Upcycle Me is a company specializing in handmade products made from discarded or damaged goods including costume jewellery, keychains, trinkets and much more

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After 12 years of trading online, vintage retailer QuirkshopUK opened its new physical store in April.

The company offers designer and branded clothing and accessories for women, men and children with quality items for every budget, age, size and style.

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A new independent tasting menu restaurant Coarse has secured premises at Reform Place, just off North Road, and opened earlier this month on September 15th.

The restaurant opening was featured here in The Northern Echo in November last year

The Riverwalk is also a project that continues to bring new businesses to the city.

Mr Soult said: “The Riverwalk program continues to cement its position as Durham’s premier leisure and dining space, with Pizza Punks and independent cake and cafe Maple Patisserie among businesses to open in recent months. TGI Fridays is also still on track to open later this year, with signage now in place for the Brazilian-style Estabulo bar and grill.

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“September also saw the opening of the independent bookstore Collected on the Riverwalk, having successfully traded as a mobile bookstore on Durham Market Place in 2022.

“Collected combines a specialization in women’s writing with delicious coffee and cake and will host regular in-store author events – a great example of retail becoming more alive and interesting!”

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Walkergate has also seen new business in recent months with the opening of Rio Brazilian Steakhouse and Lane7, as well as the soon to open Bohemia.

Mr Soult concluded: “Brilliant independent retailers like Moon Jewellery, Discovering Durham and Elvet & Bailey are showing what is possible and I would encourage any business considering trading in the city to get in touch with me to do so I can point out the support and opportunities that this offers and be available to encourage them along the way.”

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