One 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:
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.
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!
116, Gloucester Road
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.
Fix Up Look Sharp
97, Gloucester Road
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!
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.
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