Tigerlilly Quinn: Beautiful Bristol

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Beautiful Bristol

I was born in Bristol (around the Stokes Croft area) but my parents moved away from the area when I was just a baby so I have no memories of the city as a child.

I moved 'back' when I was 22, one of my closest friends lived here and when a room came up in her flat it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally move to this wonderful city. Six months later Tom and I moved into our own place just a few minutes walk from the place I was born those 23 years ago. I've now lived here for close to six years and can't really imagine ever living anywhere else. What's more it really is the perfect place to bring up kids!

So I thought I would share some of my favourite spots in the city which should fun for everybody, with or without kiddos.

If you are in the centre of Bristol then you should check out Millennium square, especially in the summer. It's brilliant for kids to splash about in the water and for grown ups to paddle their feet, they also have deck chairs and a really large screen set up to watch events like the tennis or football, or even operas. You can find out what's going to playing here. 

There seems to be a festivals on the harbour-side most weekends so it's a good place to head down to see what might be happening.


St Nicholas's market is brilliant for a picking up lunch or even just a cup of Moroccan tea at Al Bab Mansour. One of our recent favourite places is Edna's Kitchen just round the corner from the market by Castle Park. I used to be a bit Falafal king fan but Edna's kitchen has totally trumped them in my humble opinion. You can then head over to Castle Park to watch the world go by and check out the pretty river.

If it's not so sunny and you fancy a mooch around then Bristol Museum at the top of Park Street will kill a few hours and they often have art shows on too. Tom and I used to meet here often on our lunch breaks when we worked close by to each other.

Read more of my favourite places below the line




One of our favourite local spots to grab coffee is No 12 Easton, it has a great little outdoor court yard too which is brilliant sun trap. St Marks and Stapleton Road are brilliant for picking up spices and vegetarian foods and I'd recommended Easton Taste as the best place for an Indian/Sri Lankan food. If you are veggie then Easton is pretty much the place you need to be, and if you are vegan then Cafe Maitreya needs to be your port of call for breakfast.


Bristol is FULL of parks, our favourites being - Eastville, St Andrews and St Georges. There are so many around the city though, pretty much every area you are in! St Andrews has the best park cafe though so if you need your coffee and cake you should go for that one, plus they have a kids paddle pool to slash around in.


Funny enough I've only visited the suspension bridge twice since I've been here but I guess you don't always do the 'touristy' things when you live in the city. It's certainly worth a visit though, as is Clifton itself, lots of lovely little coffee shops. I'd recommend getting brunch at the Primrose Cafe mmmm.

For the grown ups you could do worse than a yummy cocktail at the Milk Thistle or a The Urban Woods who do a lovely espresso martini after a night out. For dancing I'd go for a indie night at the Thekla (although it has been a few years ;)) or try to check out some of the many live music nights scattered around the city. If you are after a chilled hour or two with a coffee or glass of wine with a friend then The Lido is always a bit of a treat too.


For shopping away from the highstreet check out Park St or Gloucester Road, which boasts some great charity shops and boutiques. If you are choosing the later then you must go for enchiladas at La Ruca, (and smoothies too) or Cafe Kino on Stokes Croft down the road for vegan/veggie food. If you choose Park Street for a shopping spree and you fancy a really really good milkshake though you need to go to Rocotillos.

I've made this all about food but that's kinda what I look for in a great city ;)

Where would you add?

This post is an entry in the HRS Battle of the Nations competition.

23 comments:

Jessica Rose said...

I love Bristol too..my parents live in Wsm ...so I get the opportunity to pop round as so to speak...I like Bristol as its large enough to have choice but not so much it overwhelms or makes you feel lonely like London....I am trying to move to Bristol...thats my plan. ;)

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Katherine said...

I visited a friend in Bristol back in 2003 and loved it, have never managed to come back but I would like to. We had a great wander round the city, loved the shops of Clifton and the Bristol Guild. When we went on honeymoon in Cornwall we broke our journey both ways with a stop in Cheltenham and I've always regretted not going to Bristol instead.

Hannah Taylor said...

Top tips as we are due to be visiting Bristol this Summer. Cheers for the heads up!

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

You've mentioned a few places I've not been to. These will have to go on my to do list. Beautiful pics - I feel glad to live here!

Gill Crawshaw said...

I have Bristol envy! It looks like such a good place to bring up children (plus, half of the people I know through blogging live there!) x

Cathryn Daws said...

Such a lovely blog post. The photo of Tom and Wilf and the milkshakes is soooo cute!

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Bristol sounds like such a great place to life. We make take a trip one day x

carlyvanwatts said...

Beautiful photos! I've never been to Bristol but it seems like an awesome, thriving place! x

Jai Bess said...

The observatory near the bridge is our family favourite! x

Jai Bess said...

Oh, and Arnos Vale!

Tami Anderson said...

We have only visited Bristol once but it is definitely somewhere we would like to go back to. We loved it by the harbour there were so many great bars too!

Helen said...

I've been to Bristol once but you have portrayed it as a vibrant place to be.

laura redburn said...

i've only been to bristol a couple times, but i've loved it. i'd love to live there, even if only for a year, but it doesn't look like that'll happen any time soon!

spicers1976 said...

I've never been to Bristol. Adds to the list.

Polly Davies said...

we loved exploring Bristol when we visited! Such a fun city :)

Zena's Suitcase said...

I've never been to Bristol, but it looks like a must visit kind of place

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

So jealous, there is nothing to do where I live!! It's SO boring! Matt would never move back to Bristol though, if he had his way we would live in the middle of nowhere! xx

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

I smiled so much with your last comment, I also tend to recommend mostly restaurants & cafes from our city, and also look for this kind of advice when I am looking at blog guides of the places I wish to visit :) Ashamedly I have to recognise I was only at Bristol airport for our Bath getaway, but I definitely missed not having a few more days to properly visit it and I do a lot more now seeing all your recommendations! It is great because I get never tired of visiting England, so that adds a new excuse to go there in a future trip!

Laura Rocksteady said...

I have to say I really love Bristol and I am very happy we live so close although to be honest I wish we lived there as the impression I have it's very family friendly and a lot of outdoor spaces, hopefully one day :)


Laura x

Globalmouse said...

Great post and a brilliant round up of this lovely city. I feel really lucky to live here. Love Bristol!

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

Have never been to Bristol. Now I know what I am missing!

Jenny said...

I love Rocotillos but haven't been for years, I need a milkshake!

Cydney said...

Even though I've never been Bristol just seems like the place I want to be, everyone I've ever met from there is just so laid back and happy. Going to plan a weekend here soon I think, hopefully I'll fall in love with it and never look back! :)

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