Bristol Series: Stoke’s Croft & Montpelier

Continuing from my last post finishing in the City Centre, we are heading to the independent cultural hub of Stoke’s Croft. Stoke’s Croft begins on Cheltenham Road and eventually leads onto Gloucester Road.

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Stoke’s Croft is a very interesting hub for artists and artisans and you will find lots of bohemian shops and street art. Stoke’s Croft is a little rough around the edges, though has been gentrified over the past few years which in a way is a shame since Stoke’s Croft holds so much character and soul and is really the last refuge of the real ‘underground’ Bristol. There is such a community and local history in this area which I hope never fades.

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There are so many wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants along this (very) long road, I recommend just getting your walking shoes on and immersing yourself in this wonderful part of Bristol.

A few to name on your travels, The Little Shop, selling an array of artwork, cards and stationary (be sure to look out for Pencil Pusher for her gorgeous leafy prints and wonderful stationary), and Scoopaway, a wonderful natural and organic health food shop.

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Here Gallery is across the road, and again sells amazing artwork and books.

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Next door is The Arts House which is a bohemian dream, selling lovely food and showcases various pieces of artwork.

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Across the road is Elemental Cafe, a beautiful bright open cafe which houses local artwork, fruit and veg, a bakery and coffee shop.

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Stokes Croft China is a must when exploring Stoke’s Croft, combining the historic mix of art and politics into fine bone china. It is predominantly designed and produced by local artists on a voluntary basis. I love the quirky tableware you can get with unexpected messages. When we left Bristol, our friends got us a vase from here and I treasure it dearly.

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Next door Jamaica St. Stores offers some delicious food and drinks in a fabulous plant adorned open space.

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There are so many wonderful independent shops along the way, I always come away with some treasures!

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Close by is the area of Montpelier, another bohemian hotspot, with its unique and artistic vibe housing an array of independent shops, cafes and street art. Picton Street is a particularly lovely road to explore when heading towards Montpelier.

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As you walk along Picton Street, you will notice a canopy of plants over outdoor seating which is The Bristolian, a vibrant cosy corner to have a bite to eat or a coffee.

Further up the road is Bell’s Diner and Bar, another beautiful leafy restaurant, and across from Bell’s is another Thali branch which is always a favourite.

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On my last visit to Montpelier I discovered Radford Mill Shop, selling an array of delicious food (the onion bhaji’s are amazing!). It is linked with Mr Lahey’s next door, an organic juice bar with a beautiful garden.

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On the cusp of Gloucester Road, in St Andrews, you will find Wild Leaf, a small but fully stocked indoor plant store – I was in botanical heaven!

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Pop next door to find the Kiln Workshop, a wonderful concept creating a fun space for both kids and grown ups to get crafty, and is also available to hire.

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Stoke’s Croft is such an interesting and diverse area to explore, with a plethora of unique creative corners and spaces to discover.

In the next post, we will be walking to Colston Street and Park street.

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