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Panificio Chirico Bakery 

Bedford stalwart, Chiricos has been trading as long as we can remember. Head down to the Saturday market to pick up freshly baked Italian loaves

Our favourite is a Greek!

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GCH Fishmongers

2 Newnham St, Bedford MK40 3JR

The place for all things seafood.

Also a nice line in condiments, quality tinned fish and sushi making ingredients.

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Lotus Store

16 Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3US

This gem of a shop is a stockist of world foods; from Vietnamese to Moroccan and everything in between. Also a nice line in CDs (perfect for old schoolers like us!)

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Montego’s Market

15-19 Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

Our go to place for spices and more exotic fruit and veg. Always come away with a couple of bottles of Red Stripe too!

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Olawa Bakery

33 Tavistock St, Bedford MK40 2RB

People travel from afar to sample the fabulous array of fresh Polish bread and cakes. You will be impressed by the sheer variety of breads and may not know where to start – I advise starting at the top row and working your way down! Now also serving ice cream and French hotdogs with new seating – should you need to indulge your cravings straight away…

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Portuguese mini market

10 St Mary’s St, Bedford MK42 0AS

Your one stop shop for all Portuguese vittles and a cheery welcome from Jose and Paulina. We love the pasteis de nata with great Nicola coffee. Also a much larger dining space out back for a hearty lunch.

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The Store

26 St Cuthbert’s St, Bedford MK40 3JG

We are regulars at this recently extended zero waste shop. Just about everything you can imagine from cleaning products, to dried goods, even olive oil and oat milk on tap.

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Ideal Supermarket

71-73 Midland Road, Bedford MK40 1QH

Just love this place for authentic flatbreads, tahini, colorful tins of eye watering harissa, pul biber, and jars of beautiful pulses.

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Price Check

Harpur Centre, 100 Horne Ln, Bedford MK40 1TJ

Town centre based for emporium of italian foods. Walls of pasta, an impressive range of dried herbs and spices and Cinzano for all our aperitivo needs!

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Gunns Bakery

51 High St, Bedford MK40 1RZ

Traditional old school bakers. Home of the legendary sweet/savoury Bedfordshire Clanger. Good range of loaves, scones and cakes. Great line in seasonal baked goods such as mince pies, hot cross buns etc.

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Impakt interiors

14-15 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS

A charity shop with a difference; taking donated preloved furniture and upcycling it into one off pieces and things of beauty. All for the great cause of alleviating local homelessness.

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The Flying Cork

43 St Cuthbert’s St, Bedford MK40 3JG

A great spot for less run of the mill wine and spirit options. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they have been known to take requests!

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91-93 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1NE

Top stop for all our holiday reading requirements. Buy preloved, read it and return it. Win, win situation. Very good line in greetings cards and Divine chocolate too!

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1 Thurlow St, Bedford MK40 1LR

This Bedford stalwart has been here for more than 30 years. Our go to for vitamins, supplements, eco toiletries, herbal teas etc. On occasion I have also may found the odd ingredient I’ve struggled to find elsewhere such as orange flower water, rosewater and the like.

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Casa Gaucha

71 High St, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7BT

A little piece of Brazil, here in Kempston! From top quality cuts for the barbecue to a host of Brazilian products to try including pao de queijo (cheese bread) and a range of hot sauces!

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Rosehip Bespoke Floristry

Unit 1, The Barn, Cople Rd, Cardington, Bedford MK44 3SH

Based at The Barn, Cardington this friendly duo create the most stunning floral displays with their own organic and natural style.