The Top of Town treasure map

Pic by Glenn Hustler

The Top of Town is Bradford’s proud and growing independent quarter, and it contains some of the city’s best independent businesses – if you know where to look.

It includes North Parade, which has been shortlisted for multiple years running in the Great British High Street Awards.
But it also has plenty of other superb indies that only the shrewdest of Bradfordians will know all about.

If you’re one of those knowledgable people, we want your helping putting together a guide to the best indies at the top of town.

Take a look at the map below, which is a growing guide to cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and stalls around the Top of Town.

If you see a business you think is missing, email us with your recommendations.

Everyone who suggests a business will be put into a draw to win a prize at the end of the month.

All the Top of Town Treasure discovered so far

  • The Craft Market – Handmade art and gifts
  • Smorgasbord – Coffee house
  • The Red Room – Cafe
  • Little Tea House – Speciality tea stall
  • Roswitha’s Deli – Continental deli
  • J Hutchinson – Butchers
  • The Sparrow – Continental bier cafe
  • The Beer House – Relaxed pub with food
  • Forks Cafe – cafe and social enterprise
  • Bradford Camera Exchange – Camera, accessories and print shop with vintage and modern gear
  • Fountains Cafe – Cosy cafe
  • I Wear Opticians – Optician
  • Mama Mia – Italian restaurant
  • The Record Cafe – Records, ale and ham
  • Bradford Brewery – Brewery and pub
  • Discovery Record Store – Record shop
  • Assembly – Co-working space
  • Peacock Bar – Bar and Indian street food
  • Rum-shack-a-lack – Bar and diner

This map will come in VERY handy during the Top of Town’s Creative Streets festival.


  1. Andrew holdsworth

    February 13, 2017 Reply

    Peacock bar north parade

  2. Matthew Crowther

    February 13, 2017 Reply

    The Underground Live Music Venue on Duke Street
    New To You Lifestyle Store, Vintage and Retro goods on Godwin Street
    The Craft Market at the top of Darley Street
    Myron Hunka, working jeweller on North Parade
    Thai Noodle Bar/Falafel 2 Go in Oastler Market

  3. Sue Gaffney

    February 15, 2017 Reply

    Castle, Barry Street.
    Live music every Friday. See 'Music at The Castle' on Facebook.

  4. Malcolm Smith

    February 21, 2017 Reply

    Connaught Carpets, a family run independent flooring company at the top of Town, 52 Manningham Lane at the top of Brearton Street.

  5. Milena

    March 6, 2017 Reply

    Cake o'clock next to little tea house on oastler market :)

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