A day of browsing Bristol city centre’s brilliant selection of shops is now safe to do once again. From big chain stores to eclectic independents, retailers have reopened their doors with responsible precautions in place.  

To give you a taste of the variety of shops on offer, here we share just a handful of the stores that are ready to welcome you in, across two of the city’s best shopping areas. Don’t forget to bring your face covering when you visit!

Park Street and Queens Road

These pretty Georgian streets stretch from College Green to the Triangle and are one of Bristol’s best-loved areas for independent shopping, with the bonus of some well-known brands scattered among the boutiques and vintage stores too. 

One name outdoor enthusiasts will recognise is Patagonia. Known for innovative and sustainable outdoor clothing and gear, their Park Street branch is one of just two standalone stores in the UK.

Patagonia salesperson in face mask holding up t-shirt and jacket

Image - Patagonia, credit Plaster

Independent eyewear brand Ollie Quinn’s Bristol store is also based here, whose friendly expert team can hook you up with fashionable frames made from thoughtfully sourced materials. 

Another specialist store on Park Street is leading art materials supplier, Cass Art. Top up on everything from paints, pens and brushes to easels and frames - perfect if you’ve taken up some new arty hobbies since the lockdown began. 

Cass Art salesperson in PPE holding products

Image - Cass Art, credit Plaster

It’s easy to pick up great gifts on Park Street and Queens Road too, with shops like Vinegar Hill selling stylish homewares, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. Design-led emporium The Guild is another treasure trove for gifts and interesting pieces.

And if you’re the person who can’t walk past a jewellery shop without peeking in the window, make time to visit Diana Porter, which is currently running an appointment-only service. Shop a selection of over 80 top jewellery designers’ pieces here as well as Diana’s own contemporary collections. 

Where to stop for lunch on Park Street and Queens Road

This part of town is just as renowned for its excellent restaurants and cafes as it is shopping. Try the much-hyped sour-dough-nuts at Pinkmans, where they also do excellent savoury bites like salad bowls and sourdough sandwiches for lunch. 

Sour-dough-nut from Pinkmans, Bristol

Image - Pinkmans

Cosy cafe Woodes is another place to call in for lunchtime treats and a coffee. It’s been a fixture on Park Street since 1966 and is loved for its friendly service and good value.

Bristol Shopping Quarter

Covering all of Broadmead, The Galleries, The Arcade, Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars, hundreds of shops make up Bristol Shopping Quarter. Even the most varied shopping list can be ticked off here, with plenty of well-known brands and department stores alongside independent retailers. 

One of the clothing stores you can visit along Broadmead’s pedestrianised streets is Beyond Retro. Search for one-off fashion gems among the huge range of vintage and second-hand pieces, all handpicked by a team of style experts. It’s a great place to pick up the item of the day too: find face masks made of vintage fabrics in sets of 3 for £10, with sales supporting homeless charities. 

Clothing and shoes on display at Beyond Retro Bristol

Image - Beyond Retro 

Among the many household names in Bristol Shopping Quarter is TK Maxx, known for their brilliant deals on brand name and designer products. If you’ve missed bargain hunting on the high street, head here and look through their fashion, homeware and beauty ranges to your heart’s content. 

Download the LoyalFree app to find the latest deals and discounts at shops across Bristol Shopping Quarter. 

Where to stop for lunch in Bristol Shopping Quarter

Pick up lunch to eat-in or takeaway at Café Amoré on Nelson Street. With walls covered in quirky memorabilia, this long-standing cafe cooks up lunchtime favourites like paninis, jacket potatoes, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Discover more of the enormous range of food and drink outlets in Bristol Shopping Quarter here

Mugs with Cafe Amore branding Image - Cafe Amore

We hope you enjoyed this content, it was funded by Bristol City Centre BID, as part of the #BristolTogether and #LoveBristol campaign. Please note the latest Government guidelines require you to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in indoor settings and where social distancing may be difficult. You are permitted to meet in groups of no more than six people. Please socialise responsibly.  

In partnership with Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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