Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

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Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road lies to the north of the city and is one continuous road jam-packed with local, independent shops, cafes and restaurants. In fact it has the most independent shops of any street in the country so if you love shabby chic, retro and vintage or grabbing a bargain in a charity shop, then this area is a must-visit for you.

Stokes Croft is famed for its street art and boasts some of Banksy's best work in Bristol, so be sure to take time out of shopping to admire these works of art. They help define an area that has a very distinct feel and is a shopping hub for locals from the surrounding areas who go about their daily lives grabbing fresh fruit and veg from the greengrocers, stopping at the local butchers and being pulled in by the smells of freshly cooked bread from one of the bakeries.

As you continue to Gloucester Road you will find one of the longest stretches of independent shops in the UK, from the Spanish delights of El Colmado and baked treats of Hobbs House Bakery to locally made gifts and artworks from gallery & shop Room 212. It is perfect to mooch from shop to shop and you can easily spend an afternoon, if not a whole day here.

Gloucester Road is locally-known as Bristol's Indie Shopping District and is one of the most bohemian and authentic areas of the city, with a range of colourful murals, wide pavements full of flowers and live music throughout the week.

Its well worth walking up 'Pigsty Hill' to the central section of Gloucester Road to browse in the range of gift shops full of locally made artwork, gifts, furniture, chocolate and jewellery and the much loved Gloucester Road Bookshop. There's also a selection of great restaurants, cafes and bars selling Bristol craft beers along the whole stretch. A perfect way to recharge and watch the world go by.

Gloucester Road is on a main bus route to and from the city, so if you walk up one way then you can always catch a ride back into the centre. There are two local train stations that serve this area too, Monpelier and Redland, and both stations have plenty of bike parking

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