LOVE: A Guide to Old Market
Old Market in Bristol is one of the most historic parts of the city and amongst the elegant architecture, the area is full of charming boutiques, creative studios and indie cafes and restaurants. Weekend:IN founder Olivia has lived in Old Market for four and a half years and it’s where, from her kitchen table, she came up with the idea for Weekend:IN. From working in neighbourhood cafe 25a to moving into our brand new office on the main street, Old Market has witnessed Weekend:IN’s journey and achievements from day one. It goes without saying that Old Market has a special place in our hearts here at Weekend:IN HQ, so we thought we’d share the love and provide you with our own guide to our favourite food, drinks and shopping spots in the area.
Food & Drink
Bristol has a reputation for its great choice of food - the city has a vast array of independent restaurants and cafes and Old Market is no exception, in fact, it’s home to some real gooduns.
25a Old Market
For cafes, 25a Old Market (where Weekend:IN was born!) has great interiors and comfy sofas with a fab stock of independent coffee and a menu including delicious toasties which are quite honestly the best toasties we’ve ever had. With a warm and welcoming service from the founder Chris and his team, and an effortlessly cool aesthetic inside, including a gorgeous copper wall, 25a is the ideal work or meeting spot when in Old Market.,
Glitch Bristol & Girls Who Grind
If it’s top-class ethical coffee you’re after, have a gander at the gorgeous Glitch Bristol, which includes a vegan friendly cafe, cruelty-free hair salon, art gallery, plant shop, event space and music venue. The cafe is stocked with coffee by Girls Who Grind, a roastery founded by two female coffee experts, Fi O’Brien and Casey Lalonde. O’Brien and Lalonde wanted to shake up the mostly male-dominated world of coffee and big up the ladies within the industry, from the farmers and producers through to the buyers and cafe workers. And so, Girls Who Grind was born, and they now offer a range of delicious coffees at Glitch, as well as chocolate, art and clothing on their online store.
For the vegans and veggie lovers, new restaurant Rabbit Food is a must. With its scandi-inspired interiors and ethical mindset, Rabbit Food adds its name to a growing list of cool, socially-conscious (and yummy) Bristol cafes. Their plant-based menu is minimal but appealing and seasonal, and includes cold brew coffees, a Sushi Bowl, the most delicious beans on toast, a Harissa and Hummus Sarnie and a yummy Banana Oat Crumble - all reasonably priced too.
The Assembly Bakery
Over on West Street, you can treat yourself to something sweet or savoury with The Assembly Bakery’s exquisite, homemade cakes, pastries, sandwiches and breakfast options. The bakery aims to source their ingredients as responsibly as possible and all their gas and electricity for the premises comes from renewable sources. They’re award-winning too, having recently been named County Winner at the National Baking Awards 2019.
Old Market is a refreshing alternative to the crowded shopping complex Cabot Circus which is just a five-minute walk away. There’s a great selection of vintage and antique shops in Old Market, as well as up and coming salons and design studios.
Good Store Studio
Good Store Studio is a pop-up studio and shop, making and selling bright, colourful and funny homemade crafts, pottery, zines and clothes. The studio is a collaboration between three creative girl bosses: Emma White from upcycling and sustainable fashion brand Duvet Days, entrepreneur Beth Izzard from Bzzaar and The DIY Supermarket, and Josee Irvine, fashion designer at Palace Flophouse. They’ll be popping up somewhere else after July 31st, so be sure to head down to Old Market before then if you want to get your hands on their one-of-a-kind wares.
In a similar vein to Good Store Studio, Prior Shop has an offering of unique, contemporary homewares and jewellery, all using recycled and sustainable materials. The brand is the creation of Beck Prior, a designer, whose wares include feather earrings made from discarded bicycle inner tubes and wooden jewellery sourced from an old church pew. The studio also runs monthly workshops, ‘empowering people of all ages to learn fun, technical, employable and practical art skills.’
The Gossip Nail Bar
If you fancy a pamper, treat yourself at The Gossip Nail Bar - a new and super cute nail salon, founded by local blogger/vlogger @emilygossip, that offers a full range of nail services all with cruelty-free, vegan products. They provide for all styles with services ranging from basic to boujee at costs starting from £30. Olivia’s go to usually involves colour and shapes, but they can pretty much paint anything on your nails!
Lastly, if you have free arm space after your day of shopping, stop and smell the roses (and take them home for your living room) at Pretty Wild, a boutique floral studio that ‘works with flowers consciously, mindfully and with a grandiose sense of purpose’. The studio curates stunning, everyday bouquets (both dried and fresh) as well as larger scale projects for weddings, installations and events.
Old Market is one of Bristol’s many hidden gems and we love its variety of charming and ethical cafes, restaurants, boutiques, salons and studios. The trickiest part of living and working here is how to decide what to eat for lunch everyday! As Old Market is just a short walk from Temple Meads Station and the centre of town, and close to plenty of bus links, it’s a great spot to visit on your day trip or weekend away. Who knows, we may bump into you on our morning coffee run!
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