Paragon Arcade

Polly Checkland Harding
Paragon Arcade

This beautiful Victorian shopping arcade dating back to 1896 is now home to a raft of innovative local retailers, each with their own specialism to offer Hull’s residents and visitors alike.

Close to Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Maritime Museum, Paragon Arcade is a hub of independent shops and businesses after being restored to a high standard throughout since Allenby Commercial took over in 2017. Each unit has a lantern and wide glass windows out front, with gold lettering announcing the business in the elegant interior, and you’ll find everything from freshly baked bagels and baby clothing to bespoke furniture and craft beer under the building’s high glass roof.

Current tenants include Two Gingers Coffee, a specialist coffee shop born during Hull’s year as City of Culture in 2017, and Marla’s Eatery sandwich shop, purveyor of freshly made salads and sandwiches, including their very own plant reuben and Wagyu salt beef bagels. Homestead Store sells ethically sourced goods, local art, clothing and independent publications, and hosts life drawing and workshops including Christmas wreath-making classes. Founded in 2004 by Sally Hawkes – a master chocolatier and leading authority on the history of chocolate – White Rabbit Chocolatiers is the winner of 17 Great Taste Awards; the name comes from a 14th-century carving in St Mary’s Church in nearby Beverley that is reputed to be the inspiration for the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

Over at Spanish and Latin American restaurant The Hispanist (the name for an expert in the study of the language, literature and culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America), there’s authentic cantina-style street food for lunch, with modern hispanic food for dinner. You’ll find baby clothing at Belle & Benjamin, custom colouring and cuts at Milk. hairdressers, unique Scandinavian-inspired homewares at Nordic Rose, bespoke furniture and lighting at Koda Studios, 40 years of music and memorabilia at record shop Out Of The Attic Music, and the 80 Days Bier Market. Paragon Arcade even holds regular after hours shopping events – giving you even more time to explore the wealth of retailers on offer here.

While you’re in Hull, there is a lot more to explore by way of culture. We’ve put our tips together in a handy guide.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday7:00am - 6:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Paragon Arcade

Look After Your Knees at Leeds Playhouse
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Look After Your Knees at Leeds Playhouse

Natalie Bellingham’s new show, tackling the pain and beauty of growing older, will preview at Leeds Playhouse ahead of its month-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Where to go near Paragon Arcade

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Ferens Art Gallery

Opened in 1927, Ferens Art Gallery houses a superb collection, including masterpieces by Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.

Hull Maritime Museum
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Museum
Hull Maritime Museum

Housed in one of the city’s finest buildings, Hull Maritime Museum has been showcasing 800 years of maritime history since 1975 – including a 113-year-old 40ft whale skeleton and the largest collection of scrimshaw this side of the Atlantic.

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Kingston Theatre Hotel

Overlooking the quiet seclusion of Kingston Square Gardens, Kingston Theatre Hotel is a small family-run four-star Victorian hotel in the heart of Hull Old Town.

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Hull Truck Theatre

Celebrating its 50th birthday in 2021, the Hull Truck Theatre is dedicated to putting on high-quality productions of both intimate and epic scales.

Hull New Theatre
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Hull New Theatre

The Grade II-listed Hull New Theatre reopened in 2017 after a £16 million refurbishment, creating more seats, a new café-restaurant, two new bars and an extra space.

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Hull Minster

The UK’s largest medieval ‘town church’, Hull Minster was awarded £3.9 million by Highways England in 2019 for restoration and the addition of a heritage centre.

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Hepworth Arcade

Located in the Old Town, this beautiful Grade II-listed Victorian arcade is home to some of Hull’s best-loved and best-known retailers.

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Ye Olde White Harte

A pub with two well-stocked bars and a large beer garden, Ye Olde White Harte is an incredible historic gem, constructed in 1550, and Grade II*-listed.

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Hideout Apartment Hotel

Independent and run by a small family team, Hideout Apartment Hotel offers 15 contemporary and stylish self-contained self-catering apartments in the heart of Hull Old Town.

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Hull Trinity Backpackers

If you’re looking for affordable accommodation right in the heart of Hull Old Town, the highly rated, independent hostel Hull Trinity Backpackers is hard to beat.

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Ambiente Tapas Hull

Situated in Hull’s popular Fruit Market area, Ambiente has repurposed an industrial warehouse location into an atmospheric space

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