Brecon's top shops Need a multi-coloured wheelbarrow or a sherbert dipdab? You’re in luck. Here’s Adele Nozedar, a writer and artist who lives near Brecon, with her guide to the town’s best shopping experiences. A Morgan Morgan Antiques, Brecon by Aaron A. Aardvark A gorgeous antique shop where you’ll find big cardboard angels in the window and all sorts of lovely things spilling out onto the pavement. I have never failed to find the perfect birthday present for anyone, ever, at Morgan. It's essential to rummage though - everything is beautifully laid out but there's a lot packed in. B Rustic Retail Rustic Retail, Brecon by Rustic Retail Another beautifully presented shop, and very smart. So smart in fact that you can sniff out the quality from a few streets away. It includes bags and clothes made from that very trendy fabric, tweed, which has made the transition from the gentry set to city slicker. You can also buy yourself what every chic country home needs – a border terrier toilet seat. C The Hours café and bookshop The Hours Cafe and Bookshop, Brecon by The Hours Cafe and Bookshop With indie bookshops, it's the passion and warmth of the owners that sets them leagues above the chains, or the faceless activity of buying books online. Leigh and Nicky may sell delicious homemade food and beautiful books, but the experience of stepping into their charming den is something that money can't buy. D Canter Happy Don’t be fooled by the name. This place isn’t just for horsey types – there’s way more inside. You’ll also find impeccably displayed clothes, boots, gifts, bags and their famous multi-coloured wheelbarrows and buckets. Step inside if you haven't done so already, as you'll be very surprised. You don’t actually need to know how to canter to be happy in here. E Candyland Candyland, Brecon by The sugar-rush hits you just before you enter the shop. Sweeties, sweeties everywhere; as colourful as the inside of a packed jewel box - except the gems are all your old favourites. Liquorice bootlaces, sherbet dibdabs, coconut mushrooms - there's no living sweetie that Candyland doesn't have tucked away somewhere. F Nelson's Antiques, Lion Street Nelson's Antiques, Brecon by A place where you just have to linger. Interesting, unusual antiques set out over three floors with a constantly changing stock. Charmian also sells a beautiful range of modern and antique jewellery. I think we must have exactly the same taste because I always love everything she has – I have to stop myself from buying the whole shop. G Gate Gallery The Gate Gallery, Brecon by The Gate Gallery Contemporary glass pieces made by the artist/owner, housed within a listed 17th century riverside property in Brecon. I love passing by at night when the lit up bowls and vases fill the shop window with dreamy splashes of colour. Kathryn’s glassworks are always on my ‘hint-hint’ birthday list. Basically, anything from there will do! H Beacons Crafts Beacons Crafts, Brecon by Beacons Crafts A wonderfully eclectic showcase for local art and craft and my, this shop proves that we have an abundance of talent in the Beacons. You name it, it's here - jewellery, pottery, handmade cards, lots of Wales-based gifts handmade to take home. The co-operative shop is run by local craft workers who live in and around the dramatic surroundings of the National Park. I Honddu Wholefoods Tucked away on the Richway on the way to Lidl, this shop has odd opening hours but when it is open, I always stuff my bags with their fab array of unusual herbs and spices and hard-to-find items such as Manuka honey. If Honddu Wholefoods wasn't here I'd have to travel far afield to buy what I can find in there. J Say Cheeze Say-Cheeze, Brecon by Hkuchera A brilliant little place for anything you need for your computer, laptop, or camera. Owner Peter Casaru is incredibly helpful: nothing is too much trouble. Once you've been to Say Cheeze you'll never bother about going online for this sort of stuff. Not only is the shop often cheaper, but you can't beat it for the personal touch and good advice. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Christmas shopping Christmas shopping made easy Welsh hotel of the year Knighton hotel commended by 2015 Good Hotel Guide Bank holiday weekend Escape to Wales with a bank holiday weekend away Battle of Rorke's Drift Brecon's role in the battle that was made into one of the most popular historical war films. Kick off 2014 in style New Year – a time to blow off those festive cobwebs. Why not try something new? Swansea Market A busy atmosphere and tight-knit community of stall-holders.