This year, avoid the last minute rush and make your Christmas shopping an enchanting experience. With shops open until 8pm for late night shopping Thursdays from 23 November onwards, why not combine the shopping chores with going out for a relaxing drink or a tasty bite to eat? Worcester has a great choice of more than 150 cosy cafés, trendy bars, quality restaurants and traditional pubs to celebrate with your colleagues, family and friends.

In the past year Worcester has welcomed a great mix of new food and drink businesses, such as GBK – Gourmet Burger Kitchen at CrownGate’s Food Quarter and Primo Bar and Dining in Sidbury. Coffee lovers can enjoy a chat and their caffeine fix at vibrant new cafés throughout the city centre, including Wayland’s Café, Coffee #1, Creams, Carpe Diem Deli and Hanger Café, alongside many popular and well-established favourites such as Mac & Jac’s and the Ginger Pig Café.

The newly established Food Quarter can be found in the heart of Chapel Walk, offering the largest range of eateries within the City Centre all in one location. From the finest Italian cuisine at Carluccio’s, the variety of handcrafted burgers at Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), the freshly prepared Mediterranean cooking at Wildwood Kitchen and Deli, to the rustic, seasonal dishes at Bill’s, sitting alongside fantastic independents; Coffee Dough and The Green Room, each delivering their own traditional and contemporary menus, custom blends of coffee beans and teas, accompanied by homemade cakes and pastries, to make your mouth water. You’ll love exploring all the different dishes that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Whatever you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find the perfect gift, special occasion outfit or everyday treat at Friary Walk and Chapel Walk. A visit to Crowngate Shopping Centre will keep you occupied from breakfast to bedtime.

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