Tigerlilly Quinn: Three things about my beautiful city

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Three things about my beautiful city

It's been about six months since I last wrote about my beautiful city of Bristol so I thought I'd chirp up again about why it's ace ;) There are a few more places we've visited and discovered since then so it made sense to share them with you guys. If you've not visited before then you must!


Bristol is a place that will always hold so many memories for me, there's the pub I met my husband (at the King Bill before a comedy gig in Colston Hall) the place we went on our first date (the Rummer) or the place we got engaged off St Nics market (an eco metal caravan). There's the registry office we got hitched at, the local pub we held our reception and of course our own home where I gave birth to my son.

What I love about our city though is how it never gets dull, we can tread the same grounds over and over and still discover something new. It's a city thats full of colour and character and as a parent it makes for a exciting and cultured place to raise my kiddo.

It's hard to choose three things I love about my city but if I were to generalise I'd say the art, the food and it's 'eco friendliness'.


Let's start with food because it's almost always on my mind ;) So if you have never visited Bristol and are just stepping of the train? I'd recommend a stop off at St Nics market as your first port of call. I wrote a little about my three favourite places to eat there here but to summarise it's a fantastic place for a mooch, a spot of Moroccan tea or if you're hungry you really do need to visit Pie Minister, I think that's a Bristolian right of passage actually.


Clifton is a beautiful part of the city and one I haven't really fully explored as much as others. Brilliant for taking pictures of victorian architecture, pastel houses and of course the suspension bridge. Sometimes on a work day I will try to inspire myself by working from a coffee shop instead of at home (where I despair at the mess and yet do nothing about it). My favourite place to do this is The Mocking Bird cafe just off Whiteladies Road, it's perfect as it's just minutes from the train stop so you can easily get there from around the cities' many train stations or direct from Temple Meads within about 5 minutes. They serve southern style food with many veggie options and some of the best coffee in town.


Park Street is a great one to stop at for some independent shopping or a bite to eat. We love Rocotillos for milkshakes and Boston Tea Party for a quick coffee and a cake.


One of my favourite parts of town is Stokes Croft, I was born just off it on a street called Thomas St. It's full of street art and independent shops, my favourite is the Here Gallery which is next to another of my favourite cafe's Kafe Kino. Actually pretty much everywhere around the city you will see brilliant graffiti and installations. It's the perfect backdrop for pictures and makes sure I never lose my inspiration when it comes to taking pictures out and about.


The house I was born in! (well the room above me really)


Bristol has just won the European Green Capital title for 2015 which makes me love my city even more! If you are visiting you can stay in a bunch of eco friendly options (including the airsteams I mentioned at the start of this post) or how about a cosy eco-cabin for just £49 a night? The restaurant Friska has just won 'best ethical restaurant' which I've yet to try and there are lots of vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants to choose from including Maitreya Social. What I really love about Bristol is how many parks and green spaces there are and not just little parks either! Our favourites are St Andrews, Eastville and St Georges park.


Did that tempt you to want to visit? I hope so!

This post was an entry in the 'tale of three cities' competition ran by Accor hotels. You can see some of the other entires by checking out the #3cities hashtag on twitter. I've learnt so much about cities I've never been to!

28 comments:

Ness said...

We went to Bristol for the day last year and we loved it. My husband loves street art and was blown away by the sheer amount of it!

Otilia said...

Never been to Bristol but reading your post i realise is a beautiful place to live in...maybe the place to live in for us? who knows

Sarah Anguish said...

I've never been to Bristol but your post really wants me to come and visit. Such a lovely place to live

Jen Walshaw said...

You are so lucky to live in such a colourful and cosmopolitan city. Sometimes I miss all that City life brings

Natalie Ray said...

Great post. We're not too far from Bristol and I've always liked it. Pre-kids it was a great night out, these days we love exploring the various child friendly attractions. I've watched some good rugby there in the past too! I also love Boston tea party, I haven't been to the Bristol one but love the Worcester one. Good luck with the competition, I think this is a lovely entry.xx

Healthier Mummy said...

I lived in Bristol in my twenties and absolutely loved it. Wonderful city - great atmosphere. I hope to be back again soon, armed with all your advice on where to stay and eat.

MinaJoshi5409 said...

I have never been to Bristol but would love to

Polly Davies said...

We loved St Nics market when we came, and CLifton - we're overdue another visit for a coffee with you :)

Katie @mummydaddyme said...

I love Bristol and funnily enough it is in my top three places to live if we could move anywhere else in the UK. I think I said to you before that I used to have to come down once a month on business and I just loved it. I think we are coming to visit soon so I will have to check some of these places out (and also call you to come meet me for a glass of wine!) xx

♫ Alison M ♪ said...

I have never been to Bristol, its a bit far from me. It does look a lovely place to live though

Agata Pokutycka said...

Love the examples of art you showed us here. Giant wall art is such a joy to look at.

Modelmum said...

I love so many things about your post, the little personal details you share also make a good read. I really love your images and the way you dress your Boy! x

Beautyqueenuk said...

It has been so many years since ive been to Bristol, but it is so nice to see a post from someone living there x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I love Pie Minister! Their Heidi pies are so good xx

Little Jam Pot Life said...

You've convinced me! definitely would love to visit one day!! x

Cathy Lavictoire said...

Great post. I am a tad jealous as my hubby has a stag weekend coming up in Bristol soon!

Clare Nicholas said...

It looks so beautiful. Fabulous pictures and I really want to visit

Abi | These Four Walls said...

What a lovely post (about a brilliant city - I feel so lucky to live here!). And I second the comments about The Mockingbird Café - I love that place.

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I love the way you take your photos out and about like you do - they always look amazing x

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

Completely sold to me & bookmarking this post :) :) I would love to visit Bristol one day, and I find specially neat that the city was awarded with the eco award. Mmm and a pie, I would definitely pay them a visit because I've yet to still try a decent one :)

Chez Mummy said...

I've never been to Bristol, but you've totally sold it to me. It's nice to get and about and enjoy your surroundings.

Kara said...

I really want to visit Bristol, I only ever came to visit my nan!

Emma | The Mini Mes and Me said...

I've never been before but this certainly makes it appear appealing! Love the bold colours and art x

KeepUpJonesFamily said...

I haven't been to Bristol since I was at law school in the olden days! I would love to go back! I love the flower market stall so much. I miss flower vendors :/

Kgomotso said...

This post makes me want to go back and see a lot more of Bristol! Sweet post and it's obvious you love it there. Good luck!

Nayna Kanabar said...

What alovely posy and the city looks great , I only went there one .

Lucy said...

Bristol is a beautiful city and you have absolutely bought it to
life lovely pictures. I really love exploring new place and especially love
modern art the pictures of wall art are beautiful Lucy

Claire said...

Hi Fritha, Gorgeous photos - where's the cute blue & white dress from? It's adorable!

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