A Hipster's Guide to Bristol, UK

Papersmiths Bristol
Papersmiths Bristol | Photo courtesy of Papersmiths © 
Colette Earley

The words ‘Bristol’ and ‘hipster’ pretty much go hand in hand these days. With a bunch of different cool areas in the city (or should we say ‘neighbourhoods’ — that’s more hipster, right?), there are so many places in Bristol to hit up for your vegan, craft beer, Instagram needs. Beards optional.

For coffee

1. Small St Espresso

If you’re after a flat white to enjoy in a cool environment, then Small St is the spot for you. The coffee is exceptionally good, and the staff are really friendly.

23 Small St, Bristol

2. Full Court Press


Just a five minute walk from the aforementioned, Full Court Press is another must-visit coffee shop. The staff can literally talk to you about every brew of coffee that can be ordered and how you should drink it. Team that with some cool seating and a bunch of independent mags ready to browse, and you’ve got a hipster’s paradise.

59 Broad St, Bristol

3. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs


This is a rather new coffee shop to Bristol, with a few other brother shops in London but has already established itself as the place to go for your daily caffeine hit. Think cool hanging plants, Polaroid photos plastered in the toilets and a choice of specialty cakes and savouries.

46-49 Broadmead, Bristol

For lunch

4. Roll for the Soul

This not-for-profit café cum bike workshop (hipster enough for you yet?) offers a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan food, including salads, wraps, cakes and more. In the evening, there’s quite often bands playing. Definitely one to try.

2 Quay St, Bristol


5. Pinkmans


Located toward the top of Park St, Pinkmans Bakery is a popular brunch spot with the locals. They pretty much have everything you could want: Pizza, croissants, baked goods (including great options for free-from diets), salads — the list is nearly endless. Team this with long, wooden shared tables, low-hanging lights and an open kitchen, and you’ve got the perfect cool atmosphere.

85 Park St, Bristol

For drinks

6. The Old Bookshop

Bristol has so many great bars dotted around the city, but renowned with locals and newcomers alike, The Old Bookshop takes one of the top spots for must-visit bars. Situated on Bedminster’s up and coming North St, this small but very cool bar offers the best in cocktails and food, with quirky décor and friendly staff.

65 North St, Bristol

For dinner

7. Flow


With the coolest location in the Bearpit, this small independent restaurant boasts the best in vegetarian and vegan food. The seasonal menu offers locally sourced sharing dishes to be enjoyed with friends in their cosy, candlelit establishment. Be sure to book on the weekends as tables are limited.

Bearpit, Bristol

For all your shopping needs

8. Papersmiths


Papersmiths independent magazine collection
Courtesy of Papersmiths
This super-cool independent store has a huge range of amazing stationery, independent magazines, prints and homewear all under one brightly lit roof. With a quaint location in Clifton Village, this is a cool store to see when you visit Bristol.

9. Better Foods

Need to buy some organic, locally produced, free-from products? Then Better Foods, in the cool new Cargo area, is the place to go. This is a supermarket like no other, with the most amazing range of food for all your dietary needs.

Wapping Wharf, Bristol

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