Avid brunch-muncher Lauren Smith talks us through the must-visit places to start your day in Bristol...

Whether its a ‘grab and go’ or a leisurely feast, Bristol has a wide variety of brunch beauties on offer. Here’s a quick guide to a some of the city's top spots…

Workhouse Café

Located at the bottom of St. Michael’s Hill, Workhouse Café has been described as a veggie haven, and for the coffee lovers among us they stock a variety of beans from all around the world.

They offer the classic brunch staple of avocado toast but theirs is one of the best you’ll find this side of the city. Wash it all down with one of their delicious smoothies.

>>> See more veggie tips in our Budget Vegan Dining guide

The Bristolian

Located in the bohemian quarter of Montpelier is The Bristolian. This well-known café re-opened in 2012 and is very popular, so make sure you arrive early on a Saturday morning to avoid the queue for seats.

The Bristolian proudly serves locally-sourced, free-range ingredients and offers a great range of vegetarian options. Their outdoor courtyard is perfectly placed on a side street which catches the sun all day.

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The Bristolian. Source: Lauren Smith

Primrose Café

Located in the heart of Clifton Village is Primrose Café, one of the most established brunch spots in the city. There is seating on the patio outside, as well as a rooftop terrace which is perfect for catching the sun.

There is also a great selection of veggie options available and some mouth-watering croquettes.

Brace and Browns

Birthplace of Bristol’s bottomless brunch is Brace and Browns, situated in Clifton on Whiteladies Road. Since opening in 2011 it has received high praise from visitors.

For £32.50 per head, you can enjoy two hours of bottomless dishes and fizz, along with some other treats such as ‘build your own Bloody Mary’. A word of advice; make sure you take advantage of their beautiful food before the bubbles go to your head.

>>> Enjoy bottomless brunches at The Prince Street Social and The Clifton Sausage

Bakers & Co

Up on Gloucester Road you'll find the stylish Bakers & Co. Opened in early 2014 it has since become a brunch favourite for Bristolians old and new. 

Inspired by the San Francisco brunch scene, they are famous for their fresh, homemade sourdough bread and use of locally-sourced, free-range ingredients. Bakers & Co. offers a wide variety of brunch options and impressive portions, but it's their Spanish style Huevos Rancheros that really sets them apart from the rest.

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Bakers & Co. Source: Lauren Smith

The Faraway Tree

East of Bristol city centre in St. George, you’ll find Scandinavian-themed, vegan-friendly café The Faraway Tree. Named after the famous children's books, this is a great place to bring your little ones and furry friends.

Open until 3pm daily, The Faraway Tree is definitely worth a wander out of the centre.

>>> Find out more about St George in our Local's Guide


Situated towards the end of Cumberland Basin in the harbour, Lockside - a self-described ‘polished spoon’ – offers traditional large, small and vegetarian breakfasts. Try their pan-fried mushrooms, poached eggs and bubble and squeak with pesto for brunch with a twist.

Fun fact – Lockside’s claim to fame is their feature in Only Fools & Horses as Sid’s Café!

About the author

Avid writer and brunch lover, Lauren Smith has lived in Bristol for six years and is slowly working her way around Bristol’s restaurants and cafes.

>>> See our full list of places to go for breakfast or brunch around Bristol

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Bakery serving breakfast, lunch, salads, sandwiches, cakes & tarts, sourdough pizza, fully licensed.

The Clifton Sausage
The Clifton Sausage

A welcoming British food restaurant that specialises in fresh, local and seasonal dishes.