fiftyfiftyOne of the first things most people fall in love with in Bristol is the quirky, unique local shops situated absolutely everywhere you look.

Although Bristol has a great high street and Cabot Circus as an extensive shopping centre, there is lots to be found if you look further afield. For example Gloucester Road has the largest number of independent shops on any road in the UK; you can’t miss the community vibe there.

As well as this, North Street in Bedminster is a real up and coming place for excellent second hand shops and Cotham Hill is another area to keep an eye on. Here is a short selection of our go-to shops:

Park St

Fifty Fifty

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8, Park Street

Independent skater owned store since 1997; this is Bristol’s finest for skate and street wear. They also sell Bristol born company Skateboard Café; head here for the freshest boards and garms.

Stokes Croft

La Belle Boutique

47, Picton Street

Antique, vintage home & clothing shop selling unique items lovingly foraged around the globe.  This shop is always full of delightful pieces!

Shop Dutty

116, Gloucester Road

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A quirky shop showcasing many local designers; combining music, art and fashion all under the same roof. They rep the 90’s style and take inspiration from old school hip hop and garage, as well as this they also sell tickets for Bristol nights out.

Gloucester Road

Fix Up Look Sharp

97, Gloucester Road

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Starting with ‘Treasure’ situated in the heart of Stokes Croft you can work your way up and discover the many charity shops on Gloucester Road. ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ is on of the best; CLIC sargents very own upcycled fashion line. They use donated fabrics to create one of pieces that are to die for!

RePsycho

85, Gloucester Road

Another great place on Gloucester Road for one off vintage items, RePsycho also has a record shop in the basement and a home ware section on the top level.

Centre

Urban Fox

58, Corn Street

Sister company to RePsycho, this is the place for quality handpicked vintage items from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Amidst all the usual high street shops in the centre this is a real gem.

But our best suggestion is to just have a wander and you never know what you may find!

By Milly Tillson