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Top 5 Markets in Bristol

29 August 2016 | London Calling

There’s no way to get to know a city quite like wandering around its markets. Whether regular or seasonal Bristol boasts all kinds of markets sprinkled across the cityscape, so take your pick and sample the food, drink, crafts and local atmosphere.

St Nicholas’ Market

This regular, vibrant market in the heart of the city hosts the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol. St Nick’s (as locals know it) was voted Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market 2016 at the National Markets Association (NABMA) Awards, and comprises three main sections as well as taking in streets and buildings nearby. The food section serves up everything from pie, mash and gravy, to jerk chicken and steaming lasagnas. Watch out for the queues at lunchtime, but with so many choices (not to mention sweet shops and pastry stalls for afters in the covered market) it’s simply unmissable.

St Nicholas’ Market is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, and you can find it at BS1 1JQ.

Tobacco Factory Market

The brainchild of ex-Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, the Tobacco Factory is best known for its theatre and as a hub for creative training. Every Sunday however the corner of North Street bristles with 40 food and craft stalls, selling local produce and wares. The emphasis is on fair trade, ethical, organic products, and it’s a great way to interact with the local community. Plus if you’re there on the third Sunday of every month you’ll find an extended market spilling into Raleigh Road, as well as a vintage and retro market aptly called Retroville.

The Market takes place every Sunday from 10am – 2.30pm. Find out more about the regular traders here.

The Harbourside Market

More arts and crafts than pie and mash, this weekend market features stalls selling jewellery, clothing, books, soaps, and much more from some of Bristol’s many local artisans. The city is known for its creative industries and this small but special market gives them an opportunity to directly reach the public. However, that’s not to say there’s nothing to eat, just follow your nose and you’ll find something delicious close at hand.

The Harbourside Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 4pm. Find out more about the market and its traders on their website.

Bearpit Market

Once considered a less than hospitable roundabout underpass, the fondly termed ‘Bearpit’ now boasts its own street food market to go with the array of street art coating its walls. The market takes place every Wednesday during summer months, hosting delights from Gopal's Curry Shack, Viet Vite, and The Pickled Brisket amongst others. There’s no excuse not to check it out for some slap-up grub!

The Bearpit Market is open from 11am every Wednesday. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Harbour Festival

To throw in a curveball, don’t miss this annual festival that takes control of the city for an entire weekend with an eclectic mix of live music, fairground rides… and market stalls! The festival is always a huge hit amongst locals and visitors alike: whilst Queen Square fills with the sweet smells of food stalls, much of the harbour front is given over to pop-up stages. It’s hard to resist the food on offer, so head down with an empty stomach and make the most of this one-off delight.

The Bristol Harbour Festival takes place every July and is completely free. Find out more on their website.
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