Where they do things differentlyBristol has a reputation for being a bit alternative. Its diverse population has contributed to a varied cultural life. This covers a thriving live music and clubbing scene; an ever-evolving offering of drama, both professional and amateur; a vibrant grassroots community and ‘Green’ movement, including city farms, a wealth of allotments, the Bristol Pound, and local food buying cooperatives. Of course, as Banksy’s hometown, Bristol cannot be imagined without its street art, nor its modern art galleries. The city feels like a collection of villages, each with their own identities, clustered on the edge of vast green West Country hills. The grand Georgian architecture of Clifton is stunning. But so are the coloured houses of Bedminster, the stone villas of leafy Redland, and the industrial wharfs around the Harbourside and Spike Island. The increasingly gentrified, but still characterful, Stokes Croft is known for its nightlife; Gloucester Road for its old-school ‘high street’ shops; Easton for its glittery mosque; St Pauls for its Afro-Caribbean carnival and culture. And that’s just us getting started…
A fresh take on gallery dining. Contemporary dishes made on site, and impeccable coffee from one of Bristol’s leading baristas, The Epiphany has provided a culinary uplift to Bristol’s oldest art gallery.
Meet Joh, the one-man-band behind Stokes Croft’s intrepid fashion hub, That Thing.
Steve from Bristol’s number one board game cafe, Chance and Counters, tells SIFT all about his latest business venture.
Flow is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant located by the Bear Pit in Bristol’s city centre, dishing up seasonal and locally sourced delights with a twist.
Sky Kong Kong is a low-key Korean restaurant serving fresh, authentic and Asian inspired dishes. Tucked just behind Bristol’s bearpit, prices are low and quality is high.
For brunch, lunch or dinner, this cosy and atmospheric restaurant in the heart of Bristol sets itself apart with its avant-garde take on Spanish tapas and traditional British breakfasts.
A pastry lover’s dream on Park Street, winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Cakes’ in the 2016 Bristol Good Food Awards.
Homemade nut milks and Roasted Rituals coffee at Bristol’s accomplished brunch spot.
Cosy and friendly Montpelier hang-out filled with savvy locals.
Zitto & Bevi is Bristol’s bright yellow, alternative Italian dining experience. Head to Stokes Croft for classic dishes and quality wines at respectable prices.
Outstanding hairdresser in Bristol’s student epicentre, Cotham.
Tiffins is a family-run Indian takeaway on St Michael’s Hill in Bristol. The dishes, all inspired by cuisine in Gujarat, are light and healthy, and the menu changes regularly.