Bristol is a city like no other. It is a city that has a tight knit community feel, but also welcomes you with open arms. It has something for everyone, at any time, for whatever mood. That is what makes it so hard to narrow down to just three Bristol Favourites; but I will give it a go.
The Harbourside Loop
This walk around the harbour brings me joy for many reasons. Firstly, the coffee shops on the way round. From Ka:Fei in the centre, along to Spoke & Stringer by the broken docks, looping round to Imagine That in the industrial docks, then on to Wapping Wharf where you can find the likes of Little Victories, Mokoko, Bakers&Co and New Cut Coffee, finishing off by Society Café. Aside from the copious amounts of caffeine on offer, I’ve grown accustomed to spotting wildlife on the water. There is something about watching a duck and her ducklings calmly bob along the water in the middle of a bustling city that brings peace.
One of my favourite places to go for a walk (or run if I’m feeling particularly energetic) and take in the green scenes. The Downs hosts music festivals, sports clubs, food festivals and various other outdoor events. You can also drop down to the top of Whiteladies Road for a coffee (notice a theme?), or across to Clifton Suspension Bridge to take in the views of Avon Gorge.
Gloucester Road is dubbed the longest road of independent shops in Europe. You could easily spend an entire day meandering from shop to shop browsing and buying things you didn’t even know you wanted. Gloucester Road boasts colourful art work on a range of different buildings; some stand outs are Koocha Mezze Bar and Love It Bristol.
There is a lot more to be said about Bristol, but I will save that for Part 2. Enjoy.