Top 10 independent shops in Bristol
The wide range of independent retailers in Bristol offers a diversity of stores which is difficult to beat. Here are ten of the best.
1) Broadmead has more than 50 independent shops, from clothes stores and cafes to hair and beauty salons. If bling is your thing you can find two of the best independent jewellers in Bristol here - seek out Parsons in The Galleries or Silver Scene in the Arcade.
2) Men's clothes shops don't get much better than Colonel Mustard, Bristol's leading independent supplier of high-end and exclusive men's clothing. Situated over three levels in Cabot Circus, there's also a barber shop on the second floor to ensure your look really is razor-sharp.
3) Anna Falcke is a small business offering unique hand-crafted women's scarves, gloves and accessories. Based at Centrespace studios on Leonard Lane, the business has over 15 years experience in fabric design, with products ranging from delicate silk velvets to cosy fleece.
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4) Bristol Books on Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, is a great place for a bit of browsing. Established over 20 years ago, it stocks a good range of science-fiction, crime, horror and general fiction as well as books on art and architecture, erotica, philosophy, local history and the classics. The shop itself is decorated with often rather bizarre works of art, lending it a unique atmosphere.
5) The humble fruit and veg shop has sadly become something of an anomaly on the high street, but Ashton Fruit Shop on North Street, Bedminster, remains a firm favourite with locals. With great quality local, seasonal produce and friendly staff on hand to help, it's definitely worth a visit.
6) Also on North Street is D.R. Butt Master Butchers. Selling a range of steaks, from romp to stewing to sirloin to braised, this shop is every inch the traditional butchers. Regular shoppers claim the meat bought here far surpasses supermarket quality. W G Stutt Butcher in Bishopston also comes highly recommended.
7) The Breadstore has been trading on the Gloucester Road for over 15 years, serving the community with a great range of freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries. Unlike many other bakeries they try to start baking as late as possible, which means there are always hot and fresh loaves coming out of the ovens - often until 2pm.
8) Got a sweet tooth? Sweetie Pie in Clifton Arcade is a traditional sweet shop which stocks more than 200 jars of traditional sweets, along with handmade fudges and retro style sweets such as flying saucers, blackjacks and sherbet fountains. Gift hampers and wedding favours are also available.
9) Shanti Fabrics on Gloucester Road is a treasure trove of colourful rugs, cushion covers, wall hangings, throws and bed covers - all at bargain prices. Whether you want to furnish your home with gorgeous Asian fabrics or just add a splash of colour, this is the place to go.
10) Bike Workshop on Colston Street has a range of new and second-hand bikes which can be customised to suit the purpose and rider, often at no extra cost. Whether it's a mountain or road bike you're after, a tourer or even a tandem, you're sure to find it here.
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