Bristol and The Boy

This weekend The Boy and I decided to have a little day out to celebrate our 6th Wedding Anniversary.   We wanted to go somewhere we'd never been before, so we decided to go to Bristol.......and we LOVED it!

Bristol not only has all the usual shopping and eating establishments of any other city but it is also jam-packed FULL of art, handmade, and independent shops and cafes.   It is amazing.

We only had a day to explore and so tried to cram in as much as possible.  We'd had no time to do the usual pre-visit research so when we arrived we bimbled around for a bit to find our barings.  We love unique, handmade and vintage stuff so we quickly made our way through the mainstream shops, which are plentiful (Bristol has every shop you could ever need), and stumbled into Quakers Friars where we found the fantastic Saturday Summer Food Market heaving with local produce.  We stopped here for a bite to eat and very pleased I was too.  I had some super tastey Falafels with humous and salad from Jacobs Finest, and so good they were that I bought another 10 to take home and eat later in the week!  The Boy had a Somosa and a huge sausage bap!  Piggy!

After refueling we popped into the beautiful Paper Scissors Stone 'Artists temporium', also in Quakers Friars.  Showcasing creativity from the Made in Bristol Collective it was stocked full of all the sorts of things we love.  The Boy fell in love with a print, which I duely bought him for our anniversary, and we bought a couple of presents for other people too.  I'd have bought everything in the shop if I could!

From Quakers Friars we decided to head over to Clifton Village, taking in all the sights and sounds along the way.  We stumbled upon the cracking Bristol Cider Shop stocked to the brim with every single cider you could imagine.  The owner was a very friendly and knowledgable chap, dishing out samples faster than you could drink them!  20 minutes later and slightly tipsy we emerged with 2 pints of local cider and 2 pints of perry!   

I think the sticker ssays it all!!!

From here we found our way to Rise Music, a record shop which I'd heard about and thought The Boy might quite enjoy.....an hour later, and with numerous records, we emerged again!

We eventually made it to Clifton Village which we adored, I could easily live here.  It's full of cafes and Independent shops.  I particularly liked Soma Gallery, selling arts and homewares from local makers and Alice Barratt Jewellery, which sold beautiful contemporary jewellery and you could see Alice and her dads silversmithing workshop in the back of the shop.  The Clifton Arcade was a highlight too, a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade full of all sorts of shops from a Mexican emporium, antiques shops, interior designs, jewellers and cafes.

Phew, after all that we were definitely in need of a coffee before heading home.  If you've never been to Bristol I would definitely recommend it.  If you are looking for a good excuse to go why not tie your trip in with Bristol Independents Day on the 4th of July.  Before you go you should also check out the following links for more information:

So needless to say, after our whirlwind visit we are already planning a return, this time staying for the weekend!

Have any of you guys been to Bristol?  I'd love to hear your top tips of where to go and what to see.  We've been told Bristol Zoo is well worth a visit so we'll probably go there next time too.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. xxx

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