Bristol's Must Visit Areas!

Monday 26-06-2017 - 11:16

Bristol is a diverse and exciting city made up of a several different and distinct areas. As the new term approaches make sure you you have look at the areas you’ll want to explore!



Clifton is the home of the University of Bristol and Bristol SU. It’s an area you’ll get to know very well during your time here as a student. Full of elegant Georgian terraces, pretty squares and impressive period architecture, it’s renowned for it’s beauty. The area is scattered with swanky restaurants, posh boutiques and upmarket pubs. It is certainly Bristol’s poshest- and sadly priciest- area.

A view of Clifton Crescent curling into the background


Eating: The Primrose Café. Boho café byday, smart bistro by night. For a cheaper option the SU bar -The Balloon- does a great fried breakfast.

Drinking: The Coronation Tap. Home of the student favourite- Exhibition Cider.

Shopping: The Clifton Arcade. Crammed with independent clothes and record shops.


The Triangle & Park Street

This busy, central area is just a stone’s throw away from the University. It’s packed with cafes, shops, bars and a supermarket! The area is buzzing at nights, with kebab shops and bars galore. Lizard Lounge and Mbargo are a few of the favourite student haunts.

A view of Wills Memorial Tower at night time from Park Street


Eating: Rocotillos American Diner serves some of the best milkshakes and pancakes around.

Drinking: All-in-One. It’s joyfully tacky, it’s cheap and it’s open til 4am. They serve food too.

Shopping: BS8 Fashion Emporium. It’s packed with different independent brands for all genders. It’s pretty affordable too.


City Centre & Old City

This diverse area hosts a range of shopping delights. The Old City is filled with independent shops, bars and cafes, whilst Cabot Circus boasts a very wide selection of the more familiar brands of shops and bars.

A view of Broadmead Galleries from Cabot Circus' Philadelphia Street


Drinking: Thekla. One of the most legendary clubs in the city on a boat!

Shopping: St Nick’s market. The city’s oldest independent market.

Culture: Arnolifini. This gallery has loads of amazing exhibits and performances.



This lively and scenic area offers many bars and restaurants with a top notch view of the river. There is also a science museum, to satisfy those with a more curious mind. Boat trips round the harbour are a great way to explore this delightful area.

A view of Peros Bridge from Narrow Quay, along Bristol Floating Harbour in the City Centre


Drinking: Number One Harbourside- located right on the waterfront they’re food and drink is all locally sourced and tasty!

Shopping: Harbourside Market- every Sunday from 11-4pm selling local jewelry, food, books and art

Culture: The Watershed: arthouse cinema showing some of the best international films


Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft is the heart of Bristol’s vibrant alternative scene. There’s a real variety of hip bars, vintage shops and trendy restaurants. This edgy area hosts hipsters and hippies alike. Visit Lakota and Blue Mountain for a more alternative, bass-heavy night out!

A vanishing perspective of the multiple independent stores along Gloucester Road


Eating: The Canteen is based in Hamilton House- a community run building which sells delicious but cheap food.

Drinking: Blue lagoon. Live music, continental atmosphere and cheap drinks.

Shopping: The Amnesty Bookshop. A vast library of second-hand books on every topic imaginable.


For more useful tips and our Welcome Week programme check out the official Bristol welcome page here



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