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Best Quirky Shops on Bristol’s Gloucester Road

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Gloucester Road in Bristol is famous among locals and visitors alike for encapsulating the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere of the city. Here you'll find a welcoming selection of cosy cafes, small shops, street art, lovely pubs and traditional independent businesses like butchers, hardware stores and newsagents.

Gloucester Road is often cited as one of the last traditional high streets in the UK and is said to be home to the longest run of independent shops on one street in the whole of the country! But with such a selection of shopping opportunities to get stuck into, where should you start? We’ve delved into the Gloucester Road to discover the best quirky shops on offer…

Room 212

212 Gloucester Road

Room 212 is a shop and gallery which sells art by local artists as well as lovely gift items. A real community hub, Room 212 also hosts events such as talks and demonstrations, often led by the artists on display in the shop. With an inspiring and eclectic selection of items on sale, this is a great place to connect with the local artistic community.

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101 Gloucester Road

This unpretentious independent wine shop sells wines, local craft beers and artisan spirits (plus delicious coffee beans for any teetotalers!). The knowledgeable staff will help select the perfect tipple for you, ensuring you walk away with a delicious drink to suit your tastes. For more information, see their website.

Shanti Home Furnishings

125 Gloucester Road

Popular amongst Gloucester Road locals, Shanti is a treasure trove of sumptuous fabrics. This independent shop is the place to buy rugs, cushions, and fabrics or affordable gifts. If you’re looking to spruce up your home, you’re bound to find something bright and beautiful to add a splash of colour to any room.

The Reclaimers Reclamation

347A Gloucester Road

Glouceser Road’s Reclaimers Reclamation is packed with antiques, vintage items and up-cycled goods. Delve into this Aladdin’s Cave where every corner is crammed with furniture and knick-knacks. It’s a fascinating place to poke around in, even if you’re not really looking to buy. If you do see something you like, don’t be afraid to haggle on the price!

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The Breadstore

45 Gloucester Road

Stock up on fresh artisan bread at The Breadstore. You’ll often have to queue to get in, as this bakery is very popular with locals – but we can promise you that it’s worthwhile! Once inside, you’ll be spoilt for choice with The Breadstore’s wide selection of delicious breads, cakes and pastries to pick from.


206 Gloucester Road

Full of handcrafted delights made by a collective of six local artists, Fig is a lovely place to pick up cards, prints, jewellery, homeware and more. From textile art to glass decorations, treat yourself to a handmade one-of-a-kind piece.

Scrumptiously Sweet

83 Gloucester Road

Scrumptiously Sweet is a traditional sweet shop where you can find all your favourite old-fashioned treats. Bonbons, jelly beans, flying saucers, liquorice, fudge, sherbet… the list goes on! The shop also sells baking ingredients and cake decorating items, making it a necessary stop before any Bristol-based birthday party.

Bishopston Books

259 Gloucester Road

Everyone loves an independent bookshop, and Bishopston Books is one of Bristol’s best. There is a large selection of books, both new and used, on sale in this higgledy-piggledy little shop. Leave yourself plenty of time to browse the overflowing shelves and you’ll be sure to find an unusual book to add to your reading list.

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What are your favourite shops on the Gloucester Road? Do you agree with our top selection? Let us know in the comments section below…