Walking from the Harbourside, we walk through to The Corn Exchange and head to a Georgian Arcade which houses St Nicolas Market.
This market has an array of independent stalls and all the food you could ever imagine! I love wandering around this area, my favourite food stalls being the Veggie friendly Royce Rolls, Eat-A-Pitta (give me all the hummus!), and The Moorish Café where you can enjoy delicious tagines and warming Moroccan mint tea.
There is a great selection of stores but my absolute favourite is the Gravel Pit. My friends sent me a mini Totoro knowing my love of all things Studio Ghibli and when I found out there was a store in Bristol selling them AND plants, I hot footed it to St Nicolas Market!
Lucy Anna Flowers is another to look out for, selling wonderful plants and beautiful flowers, you will end up walking out with some leafy friends!
Before you leave the market, be sure to check out the basement, as there is a hidden gem of Indian tapestries, throws and general textiles. Lunartique is a vibrant feast for the eyes and whenever I visit I end up wanting to cover my house in patterns!
Leaving St Nicholas Market, head to St Nicholas Street where you will find two cafes which I recommend for a coffee (or food if you haven’t already filled yourself up at the Market!).
The first being Playground Café, which has swings instead of chairs and is a fun place to get a coffee and play a board game!
The second, is the instagrammable dream of White Botanicals. Stepping into this leafy café makes you feel nourished even before trying their delicious food and drink. Next door is a beautiful shop, Ottowin, selling footwear, prints and clothing and is definitely worth a visit. I have my eyes on the Yoga print!
If going ‘out out’ is your thing, Mr Wolfs is also along this street and plays the best music to dance the night away (and be sure to sample a Long Island Iced Tea there! You wont be disappointed!).
Bristol has a great shopping scene with all of your typical high street stores, including Oliver Bonas and Tiger within Cabot Circus (one of the main shopping centres). Cabot Circus also houses many restaurants and a cinema. The great thing with Bristol City Centre is that its easy to access all of the other parts of the city. Also look out for impressive street art around the area, especially near Nelson Street. At Christmas a wonderful christmas market pops up along the Centre strip and there is always a really lovely festive vibe.
In the next post we are heading to the cultural hub of Stokes Croft and Montpelier.