With International Women’s Day just around the corner (8 March), for this week's #FoodFriday we asked members of ‘Bristol Girl Bosses’ (an Instagram collective of eight Designer/Makers) to share their favourite Street Food vendors from the markets where they regularly trade. To experience some of the freshest and tastiest food on offer in our vibrant city, head to the local markets!

Gopal’s Curry Shack | @gopalscurryshack

(Recommended by @skysiouki from @bristol_girl_bosses)

Nothing beats watching something delicious, full of authentic flavours and aromatic ingredients, get freshly made in front of your eyes. One of my favourite street food vendors has to be Gopal’s Curry Shack. While trading at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market recently, I had their beetroot and coconut bonda, and it was the perfect comforter on a freezing cold market day. I couldn’t resist it because the beetroot gives the inside a stunning hot magenta colour, beautifully contrasted by a crisp yellow shell. It was as inspiring to look at as it was delicious. Anything fragrant and spicy is always a winner for me!

Gopals curry box

Kabala Kitchen | @kabalakitchen

(Recommended by @corinne_evans_jewellery from @bristol_girl_bosses)

Luckily for me, Bristol has its fair share of vegan eateries, but Kabala Kitchen (previously known as Planted) are quickly growing in reputation for their delicious plant-based and environmentally-conscious dishes. Bringing an innovative twist to classic ‘comfort foods’, my favourite is their Planted Dog. The bean and seitan sausage is incredible, and I like to pile mine high with pickled gherkins and mustard mayo. I discovered Kabala Kitchen at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market, but they also trade at BS5 Market, The Harbourside Market and St Nicholas Market.

Kabala kitchen

Smok’n Chimney | @smoknchimney

(Recommended by @yayraeflay from @bristol_girl_bosses)

It’s hard to describe Smok’n Chimney cakes, but trust me, they are amazing! So good, in fact, that I usually demolish mine entirely on the car ride home from selling at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market. Based on the traditional Hungarian cake Kürtőskalács, this special shaped sweet cake is made of natural, local ingredients. Rolled in your choice of toppings (my faves are cinnamon or ginger) they really are the ultimate comforting treat without feeling too over-indulgent. Apparently, they are the perfect size for sharing, however I prefer to enjoy mine solo! You can find these guys at various markets all over the city, including St Nicholas Market every Friday.


Jack Flap | @jackflapbristol

(Recommended by @yayraeflay from @bristol_girl_bosses)

As a child of the 90’s, homemade flapjacks were pretty much a staple of my lunchbox. Over the years, many unsuccessful attempts have been made to glamorise the humble snack. Until now. Enter Jack, and his organic savoury flapjacks! My absolute favourite is the cheese and pickle (classic!) but Jack usually has a range of flavours choose from, including a vegan option and special seasonal varieties (like stuffing and apple sauce at Christmas!)

Jack Flap

Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate | @realhcc

(recommended by @fionaclabonillustration from @bristol_girl_bosses)

After a cold day selling at a local market, there is only one thing you really need to feel human again. A decent hot chocolate. Pip’s artisan hot chocolate is the most delicious, warming and soothing hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted. Available in 150g pouches or as single serving ‘coins’ my favourite flavour is the ‘Hazelnut Praline’. Almost all of Pip’s products are vegan, and his packaging materials are 100% recyclable or bio-degradable. You can find Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate at markets and food fairs all over the city and beyond. They even serve it behind the bar at the Tobacco Factory.

Moist | @moistbristol

(recommended by @hellocleouk from @bristol_girl_bosses)

It always makes me so happy to see Moist selling at the same markets as me, as I know I’ll be going home with a pot of their delicious artisan hummus! Freshly handmade in Bristol the night before the market, Moist hummus flavours are as tasty as they are colourful. My personal favourites are the vibrant beetroot flavour, and earthy roasted carrot and garlic flavour. If you have trouble deciding, like I do, they’ll even make you a special ‘half and half’ tub!


About the authors: You can see more from @bristol_girl_bosses on Instagram, or by checking out their current exhibition of new, original artwork at blaze, 84 colston street, Bristol. Open 2 – 27 March 2018. Free admission.

Bristol Girl Bosses


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.

The Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar
The Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar

The Tobacco Factory is a large, contemporary cafe bar in south Bristol, at the heart of a bustling community.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicholas Market

This vibrant and buzzing market place can be found in the heart of the old city, which is full of fantastic examples of Georgian Architecture and is only a short walk from all of the hotels in central Bristol.

The Harbourside Market
Covered Market/Market Hall
Harbourside Market

Taking place along the Watershed’s covered walkway on Bordeaux Quay, the Harbourside Market provides access to high-quality, locally-produced food and showcases arts and crafts created in Bristol and the surrounding area.