Fondly referred to as ‘Mach’, Machynlleth is a small Welsh town in the Dyfi Valley. A market town since 1291, Mach has always been a natural meeting place. Situated just by the bridge over the Dyfi River, it is a crossroads for the traveller, trader and tourist- which lends a certain vibe to this Welsh country town.

The Wednesday market here is thriving, with stalls selling everything from artisanal bread, handmade jewelry, and garden plants, to second-hand clothing, fruit and vegetables, and Indian food. The best time to visit is in the morning- when the pastries are fresh and the pavements aren’t too busy.

Along the main street is a myriad of independent businesses, some shiny and new, and some well-established. Machynlleth is not just our home, but also has crafters, galleries, the best vintage finds, a bakery and deli, wholefood shop, haberdashery, florist, an ironmonger, and plenty of charity shops. 

Pretty much everything is simple and homemade, unpretentious, and relaxed. Just how we like it.

This is our little guide to what we like in Mach- always check opening times with the venues, Machynlleth is a quirky place with its own rhythms!





R.E.D's Shoe Shop front, photo by Heather Bernie 


 For handmade Shoes, Shandals® & Boots visit RED (Ruth Emily Davey)'s beautiful shop on the high street. Home to the original Shandals and the most beautiful shop in town. This is like a candy shop for shoe lovers! Specializing in comfortable, high-quality leather shoes in every colour. RED offers both off-the-shelf and bespoke, made-to-measure foot ware that will fit your feet perfectly. Customers travel from across the globe to buy shoes from Award-winning shoemaker Ruth and her dedicated team of craftspeople. 



    'RED's Shoe shop interior, Photo by Heather Bernie. 




Grace Crabb & Company
                           Tymhorau Dyfi                          


Tymhorau, photo by ?

 "We are a social enterprise based in Machynlleth, the ancient heart of Wales. Passionate about ecology, land use and craft, we provide a range of sustainable products and services that reflect the Dyfi Valley and it’s raw natural resources being valued for people, wildlife and climate in equilibrium."

social enterprise, Grace Crabb has teamed up with a variety of local ecologists and craft people. Their shop sells products from sheepskin, plant-dyed wools, to books and hand-crafted wooden items. Most recognisable as a florist, they sell beautiful arrangements, plants, and wreaths, as well as hosting workshops and talks.





Wheelers Fabrics Shop exterior, Image taken from Wheelers Instagram. 


Wheelers Fabrics -- a huge range of fabrics on the roll and to order, along with a range of buttons, thread, ribbons etc. It is a proper haberdashery, and has been a fixture in our town for decades. Many fabrics are end of line or seconds, and you can pick up some real bargains. Wheelers also specializes in an amazing range of organic cottons.








July 06, 2023 — Camilla Norberg