Independent Shops in Bristol

Looking for something special as a gift for a loved one or a unique piece of clothing that cannot be found anywhere else? Explore Bristol’s independent shops and boutiques, scattered across the city in the many shopping areas to find beautiful items from jewellery, accessories, and clothes, to homeware, toys and books.

Gloucester Road is home to one of the longest stretches of independent shops in the UK, including delis, vintage clothing, record stores and places where you can buy a range of gifts made by local creatives.

Bristol Blue Glass, located on High Street in the Old City and Bath Road in Arnos Vale, re-established the craft of glassblowing in the city in 1988. Here you will find beautiful glass, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs all made using the simplest of techniques and basic hand tools making every piece completely unique.

Shopping in vintage shops is an ethical, environmental, and economic winner with pre-loved treasures waiting to be rehomed. Get your vintage fix at the independently-minded Sparks department store, or browse a selection of unique African & Caribbean fashion at Afro Street in Bristol Shopping Quarter, which is also home to must-have iconic brands such like Levis Carhartt and Dr Martins.

Over on Park Street, Back in Action, The Back Shop has a broad range of kneeling chairs, beds and pillows and MBT shoes, plus a Stressless Studio and Floatation Centre to help you relax!

Papadeli in Clifton is an award-winning deli open for take-away savoury treats, breads, cheeses, salads, coffees, and treats from local farms and producers. Pick up a hamper or a gourmet frozen meal to take home or back to your accommodation. Delivery is also available in Bristol with online marketplace Good Sixty.

The award-winning designer jewellery shop Wylde Jewellers  is the boutique where you will find jewellery including competitively priced engagement and wedding rings and a range of handmade exquisite pieces crafted with special metals and stones. Sit down with a glass of champagne to discuss bringing your bespoke jewellery dreams to life and creating a truly special and individual piece all to your specifications and budget.

Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s harbourside is brimming with an eclectic mix of independent boutiques – you’re sure to find something you love here from a vegan deli to a gift and homeware shop alongside many useful food shops, including a butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers and a bakery.

Don’t miss all of Bristol’s attractions gift shops too. Be sure to check out the latest produce on offer at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Museum, the Arnolfini Gift Shop, Bristol Aquarium and We the Curious once reopened.

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