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Shopping Guide for Bristol

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If you are looking for a shopping break in the UK, Bristol is a great choice. The city centre is compact and has a unique personality, championing independence and creativity, along with strong green and local values. With this in mind, as well as all the chain stores you would expect in any major UK city, you can take your pick from Bristol's countless independent boutiques and fantastic local produce.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Cabot Circus

Shopping Malls

Christmas Steps

Historic Walking Areas

Bristol Blue Glass

Gift & Speciality Shops

Saint Nicholas Market

Gift & Speciality Shops

The Clifton Arcade

Architectural Buildings

Abode Furnishings

Gift & Speciality Shops

Bristol City Docks

Piers & Boardwalks

Arnolfini

Art Galleries

Tobacco Factory

Flea & Street Markets

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Shopping Malls

Amy B's City Tips

  • There is a great regular market scene, and as well as being home to numerous lovely crafty purchases, these markets are the best places to buy your lunch. Join the queues for everything from falafel to artisan breads to homemade cakes.
  • Look outside the main shopping centres to find the best independent shops. Bristol has some great outer neighbourhoods to explore, including Southville, Stoke's Croft, and Clifton.
  • The city is well-populated by car parks, and while it's definitely car friendly, try to think like a local and use public transport. Arrive by train (using the central Bristol Temple Meads station), bus or ferry.
  • Cabot Circus
    Shopping Malls
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    Amy B Says:

    Cabot Circus is Bristol's flagship shopping centre and a good place to kick off your spending spree. The clever architecture here is open and airy whilst still being under cover in case of a downpour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • All the chain shops are here, including Harvey Nicholls, Zara, Joules, House of Fraser, Fat Face, All Saints and Apple. There's also a cinema, adventure golf and a food court.
    • By car, use sat nav postcode BS2 9AB, and look out for one of the 2,500 car park spaces available onsite. Alternatively, it is 20 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station, or a 10-minute bus ride (route 8/9).
    • Daily opening hours are 10am - 8pm (11am - 5pm on Sundays).
    • From Cabot Circus, head southwest towards the pedestrianised Broadmead shopping area, featuring Marks and Spencer and Primark. This also leads to the smaller Galleries shopping centre.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice shopping place in brsitol! 13/03/2019
    • Day shopping 04/03/2019
    • Cabot Circus
    Address:
    Cabot Circus Glass House
    Bristol BS1 3BX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 952 9360
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Christmas Steps
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Amy B Says:

    Eight cobbled and atmospheric streets make up Bristol's Christmas Steps shopping quarter. This is the independent and historic heart of the city centre and a great place to spend some time exploring - wallet at the ready of course!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As well as shops, this area has some good cafes, pubs and galleries to investigate. Wander down Colston Street, Perry Road, Lower Park Row and St Michael's Hill as well as the actual Christmas Steps.
    • The area is steep, stepped in sections, and full of cobbled streets that are difficult to navigate with a pushchair or wheelchair (or in heels for that matter!). It can also be slippery when wet.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    • Lovely place to walk down 03/03/2019
    • A must for visitors 10/02/2019
    • Christmas Steps
    Address:
    off Lewins Mead
    Bristol BS1 5BS
    England
    Other:
  • Bristol Blue Glass
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Amy B Says:

    If you are looking for the ultimate souvenir from your stay, Bristol Blue Glass is a classic choice. Made in the city since the 18th century, its unique glassware contains cobalt oxide which produces the vibrant, deep blue colouring.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The centrally located Phoenix Glass Gallery on the High Street stocks the original Bristol Blue, Ruby and Green glass, including the Aurora range.
    • The High Street Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 56 Shopping in Bristol
    • Lots of glass! 25/02/2018
    • Bristol Blue Baubles 12/02/2018
    • Bristol Blue Glass
    Address:
    357-359 Bath Road
    Bristol BS4 3EW
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 972 0818
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Saint Nicholas Market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Amy B Says:

    St Nick's Market is a must-see while you are in the city. Well loved by visitors and locals in equal measures, this stunning and atmospheric covered arcade - plus its surrounding buildings - are home to numerous stalls selling all manner of crafts and local produce. There are some excellent choices if you are feeling peckish; in fact I definitely recommend arriving here hungry!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Temporary markets in the area include the Farmers Market, Wednesday 9.30am - 2.30pm; the Friday Food Market, Friday 10am - 4pm; and the Nails Market, Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm.
    • Saint Nicholas Market is open from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am - 5pm and it includes the glass arcade, covered market and corn exchange.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 56 Shopping in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Aladdin's Cave 19/03/2019
    • Shopping, shopping and more shopping 07/03/2019
    • Saint Nicholas Market
    Address:
    The Glass Arcade
    The Exchange
    Bristol BS1 1HT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 922 4014
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • The Clifton Arcade
    Architectural Buildings
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    Amy B Says:

    North-west of the city centre, Clifton is a gorgeous suburb district with stunning Georgian buildings and lots of upmarket boutiques and cafes. The Victorian Clifton Arcade is tucked away behind the main street, off Boyce's Avenue, and houses some lovely independent shops specialising in antiques and gifts.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Primrose Cafe in the Arcade is great and a firm favourite with locals. They serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea every day - plus dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
    • Clifton is 40 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station, or take bus number 8/9 for 22 minutes (running every 15 minutes). Alternatively, it's 18 minutes cycle from the centre, but note that it is all uphill!
    • While in Clifton, why not take a detour to see the famous Suspension Bridge. It is a 15-minute walk from Clifton centre. Take in the view from the terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    • Clifton Arcade 20/12/2018
    • Well worth visit, undercover and many unusual one off shops 10/11/2018
    • The Clifton Arcade
    Address:
    Boyces Avenue
    Bristol BS8 4AA
    England
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Abode Furnishings
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Amy B Says:

    Abode is a special shop inside the Clifton Arcade selling vintage and retro furniture and home accessories. You will be spoilt for choice!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is open on Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, but is otherwise open to all Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and on Sundays from 11am - 4pm.
    • As well as Abode, other recommended shops in the arcade include The Stripy Owl for some lovely toys, Bees and Graves for jewellery, and Otomi for all things Mexican!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 56 Shopping in Bristol
    • Best vintage shop in Bristol 13/07/2014
    • an absolute gem! 13/07/2014
    • Abode Furnishings
    Address:
    Boyces Avenue
    Unit 9, Clifton Arcade
    Bristol BS8 4AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 973 2445
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Wed - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Bristol City Docks
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Amy B Says:

    The redeveloped Harbourside is Bristol's buzzing entertainment centre, and a great place to browse while you are in the city. There are eating places, galleries and museums (check out their onsite shops!) along both sides of the river, and it has a lovely, friendly vibe.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • At the weekend between 10am - 4pm, the Harbourside Market takes over. Expect to find over 40 stalls selling local arts, crafts, vintage clothing, food and more; plus live music and entertainers.
    • Look out for the Harbour Festival in July - an annual highlight for locals and visitors, featuring plenty of stalls and lots of nautical fun for kids and adults alike!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great free attraction 12/02/2019
    • End of a day out 06/01/2019
    • Bristol City Docks
    Phone:
    +44 117 927 3633
    Other:
  • Arnolfini
    Art Galleries
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    Amy B Says:

    In a key position on the Harbourside - between Pero's Pedestrian Bridge and Prince Street Bridge - the Arnolfini is a multi-purpose arts centre and gallery. One of its highlights has to be its fabulous arts shop, which is well worth a stop off in itself.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is free to enter the gallery and exhibition space, so worth a look while you are there. (Plus, the Grade II listed former tea warehouse is a stunning building too).
    • The cafe/ bar on the ground floor serves delicious local food and drinks. On a sunny day, join the locals who take their drinks outside to enjoy sitting on the Harbour walls.
    • The shop is open from Tuesday - Sunday 11am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's not really open 11/03/2019
    • Coffee at the Arnolfini 15/10/2018
    • Arnolfini
    Address:
    16 Narrow Quay
    Bristol BS1 4QA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 917 2300
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Tobacco Factory
    Flea & Street Markets
    Amy B Says:

    The Tobacco Factory is an iconic building in the Southville district, to the south west of the city centre. The converted building now houses a cafe/bar, theatre, study space, and apartments - plus a great market every Sunday. Fiercely local and community based, the 40-plus food and craft stalls are largely manned by the producers themselves.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk along North Street through the centre of Southville for independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You'll find second hand furniture, curios and some great little delis.
    • The Sunday market is held from 10am - 2.30pm every week.
    • On the first Sunday of the month, the weekly market extends into Raleigh Road and encompasses "Retroville" - a vintage and retro market of clothes, jewellery, homeware, records, and furniture.
    • The Tobacco Factory is a 30-minute walk from the Waterfront, or you can catch the 24 bus for 20 minutes. There is also car parking available in the surrounding streets.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 167 things to do in Bristol
    • Not the best market in Bristol 18/03/2019
    • Food glorious food 30/12/2018
    • Tobacco Factory
    Address:
    The Tobacco Factory Raleigh Road
    Bristol BS3 1TF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 963 0936
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 14:30
    Other:
  • The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
    Shopping Malls
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    Amy B Says:

    If you've not quite had your fill of shopping, then Cribbs Causeway is worth a stop on your way home. The shopping centre is located on the city outskirts at junction 17 of the M5. There are over 150 shops to explore, plus a cinema, bowling alley and tonnes of food outlets for when you need a break.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Mall is half an hour drive north of the city centre. Use sat nav postcode BS34 5DG. Alternatively, use Bristol Parkway train station.
    • It is family-friendly, with parent parking places, plenty of baby change facilities, a creche, outdoor play area, and even a little themed train which runs at Christmas and Halloween!
    • There is free WiFi - search for MallCribbsWiFi when you arrive.
    • There is a Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, plus all the high street chains you can imagine, including Topshop, H&M, Apple, Next and Boots.
    • The Mall is fully accessible, with wheelchairs and scooters available for free from their AccessAbility service.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Patchway
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean and surprisingly quiet 23/03/2019
    • Apple Store, Cribbs Causeway. The most helpful staff instore I’ve ever met. 20/03/2019
    • The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
    Address:
    The Mall Cribbs Causeway Regional Shopping Centre
    Patchway BS34 5DG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 903 0303
    Other:
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