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celebrating independence

The Beginner’s Guide to Norwich is an annual publication that showcases what we believe to be the best local independent businesses that our fine city has to offer. The hidden gems that make our city one of the most vibrant places to live in the country.


who we are


local insight

SHhhh is made up of a family of designers, writers, artists and other creative types that have either grown up in Norwich, studied here or have lived here for some time. We have a diverse mix of styles, interests and knowledge which adds up to a well-rounded view of our favourite city.


discover great food

food & drink


food and drink

From breakfast bowls and lunch-time wraps, to Michelin-star three course dinners, Norwich’s love affair with well-sourced, well-made food and drink means you can eat out somewhere new every day for a year.


find inspiration

arts & culture


arts & culture

With one of the oldest surviving arts festivals, award-winning music venues and England’s first UNESCO City of Literature title under our belt, it's no wonder we’re the cultural capital of East Anglia.


treat yourself


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Our cobbled medieval lanes are home to an eclectic mix of independent shops, stocking local and internationally renowned goods that you won't find on any normal high street.


out out




Staying out late? We’ve got the night owls covered with cocktail bars, historic pubs and club nights aplenty


see what you can be




Norwich is home to two award-winning universities, as well as day workshops and evening courses on every topic you can imagine. Whether you're an academic or a hands-on type, learn a new skill and make new friends!