Welcome to The Saints

Cathy Frost is the owner of Loveone in St Peter’s Street, one of Ipswich’s most unique gift shops. Cathy is also the Coordinator of The Saints Traders Group.

The Saints, located right in the middle of Ipswich, comprises St Peter’s, St Nicholas Street and Silent Street. This is an attractive and historical area of Ipswich and The Saints forms a natural north-south connection linking the Waterfront and the Town centre. 

I have been fortunate to own a business on St Peter’s Street for nearly 10 years, and have seen it grow and develop into a great destination for small independent business. Please check out the directory and map on the coming pages, for a list of all of the businesses that can be found on The Saints.

We have a diverse and interesting range of shops, bars and restaurants, making it a perfect stop for shopping or dining. The Waterfront is only a 10 minute walk from the Town centre via the Saints, but I will be surprised if you didn’t get waylaid by the shops on the way. It is also an area steeped in history, with many of the buildings dating from Tudor times.  We also boast home to the statue of Thomas Wolsey, with our pub being named after him.

I coordinate the Saints Traders Group and it’s a real privilege to be part of a passionate and committed business community. I am looking forward to sharing and reading many of their stories in forthcoming issues of the magazine. Over the past 10 years The Saints has grown from a handful of traders, to a street that is almost 100% occupied and a community of over 50 small businesses; the majority being independently owned.

From fashion to flowers, coffee to candles, hairdressers to homeware, there is a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants to tempt all budgets and tastes. In fact, you can eat cuisines from around the world on one street; whether your taste be in Italian, Indian, Chinese or Thai. There are fabulous cocktails, great steaks & burgers and not forgetting artisan coffee and cake. A perfect culinary destination for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper or dinner; The Saints offers a great dining treat, especially if you are going on to the theatre, cinema or Dance East, all a short walk away.

The Saints is also home to the St Peter’s Street Craft and Vintage Market. This annual summer Sunday event sees the street closed to traffic for one day, whilst we play host to some of the Region’s quirkiest and original artisans. It’s a great day out for all the family, with many of the shops and restaurants open on the day. Watch out for further information in forthcoming issues of the magazine and online.

We are very pleased to be part of the Waterfront Life brand and I hope that you will discover many of the gems that our Town has to offer, through these pages and many more to come.