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…
For an original delicatessen, café, and cooking school, head to Papadeli in Clifton, Bristol.
Salad Days is a small greengrocer with a useful bargain bin on St Michael’s Hill in Bristol.
Café Kino is a community-run vegan café situated in the heart of Stokes Croft.
Brew Coffee Company is an attractive, small café on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Bristol. It serves great coffee, excellent brunch and very special toast…
The Victoria is a tiny pub in the heart of Bristol’s Clifton Village, fully of overflowing waxy candles and board games to play while you sip.
The Port of Call is a tiny, relaxed, and student-friendly pub at the top of Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Bristol, just off the Durdham Downs. Top two assets: lunches of pulled pork and skin-on chips, and the beer garden.
The Clifton Sausage is the pinnacle of British bistros, serving anything from a juicy Cumberland to a classic Caesar salad. Located in Bristol’s Clifton, head here for a hearty Sunday lunch before a pint at a local.
The Lido consists of a glass-fronted cafe and fine dining restaurant, overlooking a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. It also boasts a spa. It’s perfect for a quick waterside coffee, a romantic evening or entire day retreat.
The Rainbow Café is a colourful, family-run spot which proves a breath of simple and modest fresh air in the heart of Clifton, Bristol.
For a selection of chocolate drinks, truffles and cakes, Bar Chocolat in Clifton, Bristol, is unsurprisingly a good shout (of course, other drinks and food are also on offer).
The Cube Microplex is a community-run and not-for-profit cinema tucked away in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Word of advice: take a cushion for the 1970s seats, and you’ll enjoy it to the max.
For the best sushi in Bristol, head to Nomu on Whiteladies Road in Clifton.