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…
The Apple is an outstanding pub on a boat, based in the centre of Bristol. It specialises in cider. Strong, cheap cider. We’re talking half pints for €1.50…
Hart’s Bakery is hidden under the arches of Bristol’s main train station, Temple Meads. Head here for your journey snacks, we guarantee better quality than the Great Western trolley.
Tucked away in the heart of Clifton Village in Bristol, Fishers offers an accomplished dining experience, combining locally and sustainably sourced fish with exciting foreign cooking styles.
Papersmiths is a stationery store in Bristol’s Clifton, selling a carefully curated selection of design goods: from cards, magazines and books to pens, scissors and pencil sharpeners.
Among the variety of small-scale eateries on Bristol’s Cotham Hill, Pasta Loco is the place to go for an intimate and comforting meal.
Bakesmiths is a light, spacious and airy spot on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Bristol. As a cafe and bakery rolled into one, it’s great for lunches of very stuffed sandwiches, or just a quick coffee.
A simple and laid back café, at the base of St Michael’s Hill in Bristol, with a small, ever-changing organic menu that never fails to excite.
Maitreya Social is a vegetarian restaurant embodying Bristol’s local and green ethos with a laid back atmosphere and an incredibly creative seasonal menu.
For truly delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners in Bristol, try either of the two Rosemarino Italian restaurants the city has to offer.
Almost a focal point of Bristol’ Stokes Croft, The Canteen is a sustainable bar and restaurant underneath the Hamilton House community events space.
Saffron is a brilliant brunch spot mixing Mediterranean with British cuisine, in Bristol’s Clifton neighbourhood.
For an original delicatessen, café, and cooking school, head to Papadeli in Clifton, Bristol.