One of the many things that makes Bristol so special is its independent spirit and enthusiasm for all things locally-sourced, sustainable and inventive.

One of the best ways to get to the heart of Bristol's food scene is at one of its many food markets, where local traders and producers are happy to share the stories behind their products and where they came from - so don’t be afraid to stop and have a chat!

For a vibrant and buzzing market place in the heart of the old city head to St Nicholas Market, one of the oldest and best-loved markets in Bristol. Established in 1743, it is full of fantastic examples of Georgian architecture and only a short walk from all the hotels and attractions of central Bristol. St. Nick's, as Bristolians call it, offers a wide variety of food, gifts and clothing across over 60 stalls, and is home to the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol.

Each week additional markets join the offering, such as the vegan market on Mondays and the street food market on Tuesdays & Fridays, as well as the Bristol Farmers' Market on Wednesdays, where you can buy local products directly from farmers based within a 40-mile radius of the city.

Another market with mouth-watering food is the The Harbourside Market, open Saturday and Sunday, along the undercover walkway on the waterfront.

Visitors can expect to find fresh, tasty treats from an army of street food vendors, all to a musical backdrop of live bands and DJs. Enjoy local beers and cider on warmer days, or mulled wine in the winter months. All with a brilliant view of Bristol's historic harbour.

Another favourite of ours is the Tobacco Factory Market (open on Sundays) in the vibrant area of Southville, with around 40 food and drink, craft and art stalls featuring an exciting range of eco-friendly, fair-trade and organic produce – from artisan bread and shellfish to hand-made clothes and jewellery.

Take a look at our video to get a better impression of what we are gushing about here:
 

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St Nicholas Market
Café
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.

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.