Sharing my other half with Bristol has its tricky moments to say the least, but it has given me the opportunity to visit and explore somewhere I probably never would have before. The first time I visited Bristol I automatically loved it. The city isn’t too huge that it’s impossible to get from A to B, but not too small you find yourself with little to do.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Bristol is the vibrant graffiti and art, including work from the famous Banksy, on almost every street you turn, particularly Stokes Croft. Being a creative person, I think it’s cool to see people express themselves and bring art to what would normally be a dull and boring brick wall or alleyway. The bright colours and symbolic images give the city vibrancy and meaning for those who walk the streets day in day out.
However saying that, Bristol does have some of the nicest old buildings which brings me to my favourite place to visit, Clifton. The Georgian Architecture is something to be admired. There are houses overlooking Clifton Suspension Bridge, with cute little verandas and balconies, they look like a dream to live in. And for anyone who’s an obsessive dog lover like me, there is the cutest little pet shop where you bring your dog to pick its own toys, they can get personalised items, drink from a doggy water fountain and go to the spa?! And if that doesn’t already sound amazing, you can get your pup’s polaroid added to the shrine of all the dogs that have visited (it’s amazing)! With endless amounts of quirky cafes, cosy restaurants, and quaint shops, I would loveee to live here.
While in Bristol, a walk up to Clifton Suspension Bridge can never go a miss. Warm or cold, night or day, the walk up to the bridge is my favourite thing to do. The views over Avon Gorge is so picturesque. And if you want to get a view of the bridge in its entirety head up to the Observatory Hill where you can overlook the bridge and the village of Clifton in the distance. It is a great spot to come and wind down from life’s stresses or just a romantic walk with your loved one.
Another one of my faves things to do is…eat. And drink coffee. All day every day I am thinking of food haha. Sooo, although I do like to stick to my old reliable favourites like Nandos and Costa, I do love to go out and try different places. Bristol is such a spot for independent cafes and cool, funky restaurants. I’m a sucker for comfort food so Pieminister definitely went down a treat, a good ole’ chicken pie, creamy mash, gravy, AND pigs in blankets. I also love a good American-style diner, and Atomic Burger is just that, with walls made out of old VCR-film tapes, and comic books. There is a huge range of burgers, something for everyone, and the chips topped with pulled chicken were unreaaal.
Dom’s Cafe was a must visit for Dominic and I, given the name and all that. But they do some yummmmy hot chocolates which are great on a cold, rainy day in Bristol.
St. Nick’s Market is another go-to spot for food lovers, ranging from Japanese food to Italian, British to Caribbean, Portuguese to Moroccan, there’s something for everyone. I opted for comfort food..again.. and got some delicious dauphinoise potatoes from The Sausage Station.
We did lots of other touristy things in Bristol like The Zoo, Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower for the views, a tour around Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and some quiet romantic walks along the harbourside.
Bye for now Bristol.