This #FoodFriday, we’re following the city guides from Bristol high streets project Where’s It To? as they take us along their local neighbourhoods and introduce us to some of the best food spots they have to offer. Prepare to be blown away by Ethiopian-inspired dishes, some of the most incredible Indian snacks and sweets you will find in the city, sensational cured meats and cheeses and much more.

Stapleton Road with Shamil Ahmed

Stapleton Road is a delight for all the senses and a great place to discover incredible food! With its mix of cultures, from Afro-Caribbean and Ethiopian to Afgan and Turkish, this street offers world-class experiences in one of Bristol’s most vibrant communities.

Shamil Ahmed, Where's it to? guide for Stapleton Road

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Real Habesha Restaurant

The first stop on our food journey today is the Real Habesha Restaurant. The smells are fantastic and there’s always an Afrikan soundtrack playing, making it a treat for all the senses. When you come here, you have to get the injera, it’s out of this world! This Ethiopan flatbread is the signature dish, perfect for both breakfast and lunch.

The dishes here are rich and spicy, and the whole menu is designed to be healthy – an absolute dream for vegans and vegetarians.

Jeevan Sweets

Jeevan Sweets is home to the most delicious Indian snacks and sweets that you’re ever gonna find here in Bristol. What you can expect from this Stapleton staple is veggie samosas, spring rolls, bhajis, chaats, and my absolute favourite – hot kathi wraps. Highly recommended!

Owners of Jeevan Sweets holding box of sweets at counter

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Monte Carlo Cafe

This place is huge with locals and visitors from all over Bristol. Run by an Afghan family, the menu features a mean breakfast with all the trimmings. True patrons of this Stapleton Road gem will know about the Full Monte. A gigantic serving of bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs, potato scallops and all the usual components of a full English.

Church Road with Lindsey Garwood

This part of BS5 has changed phenomenally over the last few years with tons of places opening up to add to the melting pot and make this one of Bristol's hidden gems when it comes to food. Here are three of my favourites.

Lindsey Garwood - Where's it to? Church Road presenter

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The Dark Horse

Landlady Willow transformed the Dark Horse into a community local on her return to Bristol from Belize. The sign hanging over the pavement nods to the green leaves she left behind on a desert island. Featuring a great selection of local ciders thanks to her roots in Taunton, the whole menu is carefully sourced for locality and provenance. Head to the garden and up the stairs to discover a suntrap terrace and yes you can bring your dog too!

The Lock Up

Fashioned from a former storage unit, hence the name, The Lock Up is a family-run restaurant, with incredible chef pedigree from Nathan behind the scenes. Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace, hearty Sunday lunch or the best steak in Bristol in this gem of an establishment.

Two people holding boxes of fruit and veg in front of Poco Deli

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Poco Deli

A new kid on the block, Poco Deli has already become a neighbourhood favourite with delicious sausage rolls and freshly baked pastries, refillable milk bottles to help shoppers reduce their carbon footprint and a gorgeous selection of fresh produce and continental goods.

About Where’s It To?

Where's It To? was created to capture the essence of Bristol's incredible high streets, their history, community and unique flavour, brought to you straight from the locals who live there. Visit the website or follow them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to find even more gems from the city’s high streets via neighbourhood guides.

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