Eating Like a Local: Bristol, England

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Bristol may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a European city break (or a staycation for my fellow Brits) but I’m hoping that this post will make you change your mind. As with all places, if you shy slightly away from the tourist hot spots, you’ll find the Bristol locals or Bristolians enjoying some fantastic food and drink.


When I say breakfast, I definitely mean brunch. Trendy cafes and restaurants are all over Bristol which means we’re spoilt for choice for brunch options. If you head to Stokes Croft, you’ll find some great vegetarian and vegan options in Cox and Baloney and along with all the tea, you could possibly drink. I’d recommend the scrambled tofu or the smashed avocado on toast. Make sure you check out some of the street art if you’re in the area. Bristol is the hometown of Banksy and he’s inspired some incredibly talented artists. If Prosecco is more your thing then be sure to check out Brace and Browns in Clifton. They offer a bottomless prosecco brunch so I can’t promise that you’ll get much else done if this is your first stop of the day!


If you want to be a true local in Bristol then you’ll need to visit St Nicholas’ Market which is just outside of the city centre. This market is home to a ton of food stalls offering tastes from around the world. This reflects the diversity of the city so be ready to try a traditional meat pie or a spicy dish from Jamaica. All the food is amazing so grab a plate and watch the world go by before doing a bit of shopping in the rest of the market.


Bristol is full of independent shops and restaurants and we even have our own currency, the Bristol Pound, to ensure that we’re supporting the independent choices over the huge international chains. There’s loads of choice but I would recommend trying one of the many burger restaurants. Bristol knows how to make a good burger. You’ll be spoilt for choice for toppings and make sure you get some dirty fries as a side order. Sharing is caring when it comes to the huge portions you’ll likely to get!


It’s always a good time for cocktails and Bristol has a great selection. We’re home to a number of secret speakeasy bars where it’s usually vital to book ahead and you may still struggle to find the entrance. If you can find the inconspicuous doors (and the doormen let you in) then you’re in for a treat. Think Great Gatsby and you’re halfway there! Time to relax and enjoy a few drinks, you’ve earnt it.

I may be biased but I think Bristol is the best city in the UK. Hopefully, I’ll see you here soon!
Frankie is a travel & lifestyle blogger from Bristol but can often be found exploring the rest of the world ticking off items from her bucket list. You can read her blog here and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Where to eat in Bristol England

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