For this week’s Local List, the spotlight is on lovely Bristol and the city’s fabulous indy shopping scene.
With artisan craft stores, creative studios and foodie venues, it’s the perfect place for some window shopping.
While it’s still not possible to get a massage at Loop or hunt for vintage treasure at Respsycho in person, you can still get a taste of what Bristol has to offer by visiting online.
The Bristol Loaf
Committed to creating sourdough bread, cakes and pastries of the highest quality (90% of loaves are organically certified), the Bristol Loaf is drool-inducing. Expect vegan and free-from alternatives alongside regular fare.
It also sells gourmet food, and organic wines from The Bristol Vine.
Where: Bedminster (96 Bedminster Parade, BS3) and Redfield (213 Church Rd, BS5)
Shop online at: thebristolloaf.co.uk
I’m in love with this urban retreat. Housed in a repurposed shipping container, it offers insanely good holistic, deep-tissue and sports massages, amongst other things — and has a lovely natural beauty store too.
Where: Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Museum St, BS1
Shop online at: loopmassage.com
Good Store Studio
Founded by three women — Emma White of sustainable fashion brand Duvet Days (which upcycles pieces from old duvet covers), Beth Izzard of lifestyle brand The DIY Supermarket and Josee Irvine, fashion designer at Palace Flophouse — this store is not only a showcase for their wares but also an open-plan textile studio home to 50 local creatives.
Where: 31 Old Market St, BS2
Shop online at: goodstorestudio.co.uk
Featuring handpicked vintage pieces for men and women, Loot has a big focus on retro streetwear and reworked styles created on-site. Pieces here are always in good condition.
Where: 6-9 Haymarket Walk, BS1
Shop online at: gimmetheloot.co.uk
The Bristol Artisan
‘Work that is a joy to make is a joy to see.’ So goes the mantra of Sophie Rees’ ‘curated space for contemporary design and craft’.
It features the wares of more than 70 independent makers and Rees knows her stuff — she’s written a book called Artisan Bristol.
Where: 3 Lower Redland Rd, BS6
Shop online at: thebristolartisan.com
Bristol Cider Shop
This multiple-award-winning-shop, which until recently was housed in a shipping container in the cool Wapping Wharf area, is still trading online and features more than 100 varieties of cider and perry, produced at traditional farms. All its ciders are vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Shop online at: bristolcidershop.co.uk
Roughly translated from French, ‘mon pote’ means ‘my mate’ and this shop is a great place to shop for gifts, stationery and homewares for any of yours (or yourself, obvs).
Owners Anna and Natalie handpick wares with an emphasis on lasting quality. Their choice of ceramics is gorgeous.
Where: 217 North St, BS3
Shop online at: monpote.co.uk
This ‘treasure trove’ vintage clothing and homewares store is located on one of the liveliest independent shopping streets in the UK.
Downstairs you’ll also find Prime Cuts record shop, one of the city’s largest vintage music sellers.
Where: 85 Gloucester Rd, BS7
Shop online at: repsycho.co.uk
In a city with a thriving local foodie scene, the pick at Hugo’s stands out as one of the best.
These guys skilfully mix the hyper local — greenery from Bristol Urban Farms and Pirate Farms, for instance, and home-made kefir, and local dairy produce — with high-quality imports. Foodie heaven.
Where: 73 North St, BS3
Shop online at: thebristolloaf.co.uk/product-tag/hugo
Fox and Feather
Looking for the best pick of independent men’s and womenswear and interiors?
Fox and Feather, together with sister store Ida (the two shops have temporarily become one during the pandemic), has done all the hard work for you.
Where: 41 Gloucester Rd, BS7
Shop online at: foxandfeather.co.uk
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