This week’s #FoodFriday is courtesy of Selena Lanham-Cook, whose recent venture ‘Big Up Brizzle’ is dedicated to celebrating the inspiring and influential people that make our city so unique. Here she tells us her favourite places to eat and drink in the city…

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La Ruca

I almost feel like this is one of Bristol’s best kept secrets, as I’m often surprised by the number of people I meet who have no idea it exists! The café above the wonderful whole-food shop is such a hidden gem. It’s authenticity and unique Chilean charm make it a firm favourite in our family, plus the Chimichanga is to die for and very reasonably priced. The staff are always happy and friendly and if you catch the owners they will happily chat to you about their life story, which is so interesting they could write a book!

Pi Shop

A couple of years ago Bristol seriously upped its pizza game and bid farewell to traditional crusts in favour of a new wave of pizzerias serving sourdough bases. It’s tricky to choose as any one of them could have made this list, but for me Pi shop has the edge because their doughy crusts dipped in the fresh herb dip is just too good. I love the location too, looking over a less popular part of the harbour that has a certain calmness to it. 

The Tobacco Factory Market

One of my favourite places to eat on a Sunday, especially in the warmer months. There’s such a great vibe here, not just the smells that make you giddy with hunger, but lovely stalls and music too. The beauty is, you can eat from more than one place (which I often do…don’t judge!) Personal favourites include She Sells Sushi, Ah Ma’s Dumplings, Farro bakery and amazing coffee from Rolling Italy.

Souk Kitchen

An all time fave. I could eat here every day forever and I’d be one happy lady! Every single dish on the menu is packed with flavour and always so beautifully presented on colourful plates. I love to go with friends and get loads of dishes to share.


A great crowd pleaser. From brunch with the kids to lunch dates with my mum, to birthday drinks, this has become a go-to for any occasion. I love the bight funky interior, the food is always delivered promptly, which is great if you’re on a lunch break, and they do regular deals on cocktails…the pear tart is dangerously good, I could easily drink too many of those!


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About the author:

Selena is a freelance editor and social media manager, who has recently launched a new (not for profit) campaign called ‘Big Up Brizzle’ which aims to celebrate some of the great independent businesses and influential people who contribute to making Bristol so unique.  You can usually find her at Wapping Wharf satisfying her coffee addiction and trying to work whilst her smallest child sleeps.


Tobacco Factory Market
Outdoor Market
Tobacco Factory Market

The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market takes place every Sunday in the car park of the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville.

Bambalan Bristol brunch

The latest venture from the Hyde & Co group, Bambalan burst onto the Bristol food scene in May 2016 and has fast become a firm favourite for laid back drinking and dining ever since!