Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft
Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road lies to the north of the city and is one continuous road jam-packed with local, independent shops, cafes and restaurants. In fact it has the most independent shops of any street in the country so if you love chabby chic, retro and vintage or grabbing a bargain in a charity shop, then this area is a must-visit for you.
Stokes Croft is famed for its street art and boasts some of Banksy's best work in Bristol, so be sure to take time out of shopping to admire these works of art. They help define an area that has a very distinct feel and is a shopping hub for locals from the surrounding areas who go about their daily lives grabbing fresh fruit and veg from the greengrocers, stopping at the local butchers and being pulled in by the smells of freshly cooked bread from one of the bakeries.
As you continue to Gloucester Road you will find one of the longest stretches of independent shops in the UK, from the Spanish delights of El Colmado, deli treats at The Olive Shed Shop and locally made gifts and artworks from gallery & shop Room 212. It is perfect to mooch from shop to shop and you can easily spend an afternoon, if not a whole day here.
There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from to recharge and just take in the atmosphere. It's a main bus route to and from the city so if you walk up one way then you can always catch a ride back into the centre.