Five reasons to hit FarGo, Cov’s coolest indie hangout
Home to an eclectic mix of more than 40 fiercely independent businesses, if FarGo isn't on your radar, it should be. Here's our top reasons you should be paying it a visit.
The coolest indie shops
This place just oozes cool, with shops in converted shipping containers and its all independent businesses (which we are here for). If you’re looking for a quirky gift to treat yourself (yes, you deserve it) or to pick up some pantry supplies, you’re covered. There’s Cov’s only vegan store, vintage shops galore, a chocolatier, a holistic hippy shop and art galleries – to name a few. Our personal fave is Just Dropped In Records which stocks new and used vinyls including local bands.
If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably been here, and more than once (and most weekends if you’re local). There’s a bunch of resident businesses like BIB Noodle Bar, Leave it to Esmie, and Gourmet Food Kitchen (which you need to book months in advance if you want to visit – it’s the top-rated place in Cov on TripAdvisor). But Factory at FarGo recently opened and sees some of the most exciting street food kitchens and traders in the region converging under one roof, Thurs-Sun to serve globe-trotting food, craft beer (from FarGo’s own microbrewery no less) and cocktails in a repurposed space.
One of the most vegan-friendly places in Cov
Along with vegan festivals (the next one is on 27 and 28 Nov), there’s popular vegan hangout Dirty Kitch serving up home-style southern cooking. Anywhere that does homemade seitan (a southern fried chicken substitute) is good by us, and you can hardly tell this from the real deal. There’s also Cov’s only vegan store The Green Unicorn which stocks an extensive supply of groceries, snacks, sweets and vegan-themed gifts. It’s also got a zero waste section for those cutting down their carbon footprint.
Whether you want a boozy night with friends listening to awesome music, to wander around an edgy market or kick back and play some board games, you’re spoilt for choice. Think plant markets, vegan markets, pop-up skating ramps, dog festivals, vintage fairs, bingo (featuring music from top London DJs), and board game nights to name a few. There’s also regular Friday Lates, which sees shops open late, music by local DJs and food from the onsite vendors. If you fancy holding your own event (you can even book your wedding here for extra down with the kids points), there’s hipster hangout The Box.
You can take the pooch
FarGo is one of the most dog-friendly places in the city. Most of the shops welcome your four-legged-friends and it even holds doggy festivals including shows raising money for local charity Broken Souls Rescue. Dogs on leads are welcome inside and outside (always a bonus on a rainy day!) and some of the shops even stock goodies to spoil your pooch – cool bandana anyone?