Bristolians are feverishly proud of the independent free soul in the city and one approach to get a genuine feeling of that is to go to these food markets in Bristol. Each day of the week, local traders, local food and drink producers as well as local art and craft specialists display their products. They’re prepared to disclose to you the stories behind their products and where they came from; simply don’t be hesitant to stop and chat! Regardless of whether it’s Lebanese mezze, Caribbean flame broils, or dainty English cakes you’re searching for, you’re certain to discover it in this city. Here are some of the best food markets in Bristol.
1. Temple Quay Market
Temple Quay Market takes place in The Square at Temple Quay every second Thursday of the month and offers a wealth of delicious lunchtime food from local to international. This vibrant market is buzzing with award-winning traders ready to deliver the ultimate lunch feast and it has recently been crowned one of the top 10 food markets in Europe. Yes, you’re in for a real treat here. As well as all your favorite stalls, expect to see some new local producers on the scene to keep things fresh and to provide a wide variety of seasonal and locally made produce.
Temple Quay Market
Address: The Square, Temple Quay Bristol, United Kingdom BS1 6
Website: Temple Quay Market
Opening hours: Second Thu of each month
2. Whiteladies Road Farmers' Market
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This market’s mission is to sell fresh, locally produced products, in effect promoting local farmers. Every Saturday, when the market comes alive, you should expect to find a display of alluringly fresh vegetables that would make for excellent ingredients for your meals. Moreover, you can buy gift items, handmade by the locals. If you intend to buy souvenirs then you might find the perfect ones at Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market.
Whiteladies Road Farmers' Market
Address: 108 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2RP, United Kingdom
Website: Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: 8:30am - 2pm (Every Sat)
3. St Nicholas Market
With a wide range of unique stalls and shops, the thriving indoor St Nicholas Market, found inside The Exchange building in the heart of the Old City, is an incredible spot to shop, gobble and drink. The market is partitioned into three segments for example exchange hall, glass arcade and covered market. You can meander your way through the covered market which has a progression of individual shops, or while away the time in The Exchange Hall; a huge open arrangement exchanging territory with an expansive accumulation of things available to be purchased. The Glass Arcade is home to a one-of-a-kind offering of world food, so whatever your preferences, you’re certain to discover it here. The market at present has 63 merchants, so there’s continually something intriguing to purchase, try, see or do.
St Nicholas Market
Address: The Corn Exchange, Corn St, Bristol BS1 1JQ, United Kingdom
Website: St Nicholas Market
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
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4. Keynsham Farmers' Market
Keynsham is an award-winning market with award-winning traders. It is, therefore, imperative that you drop by and find out what all the fuss is about. The market, no doubt, deserves the accolades it gets. With just 20 traders, the setting is a bit more intimate than the larger markets mentioned above. Because of this, you get a village geniality that’s hardly present in the city. If you’re a fan of cheese, Keynsham boasts two cheesemakers who are renowned in the region. Along with the cheese, enjoy some wine or beer from one of the brewers on site. And to animate the scene, there are often bands playing live music or even performing arts group entertaining shoppers.
Keynsham Farmers' Market
Address: Back Ln, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1FS, United Kingdom
Website: Keynsham Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: 9am - 1pm (Second Sat of every month)
5. Bath Farmers' Market Ltd
Proudly a long-standing member of the ever-popular Bath Farmers Market, which was the first of it’s kind in the country. The Bath Farmers Market is held every Saturday at Green Park Station in Bath between the hours of 8 am to 1.30 pm. It presents a fantastic opportunity to display a selection of artisan bread and hand made cakes. The early birds at the market will enjoy a warm freshly baked loaf. There is also a wide selection of rolls, baps, cottage rolls, french sticks, Viennas in white, wholemeal, malted cob and sunflower. They also have a popular range of buns including the famous lardy squares, a clear winner with customers. The selection of fancy cakes changes each week but always has some very tasty choices and there are always samples to taste.
Bath Farmers' Market Ltd
Address: May - Oct: Waterfront Park 61 Commercial Street; Nov - Apr: Bath Freight Shed 27 Commercial Street
Website: Bath Farmers’ Market Ltd
Opening hours: Sat: 8:30am - 12pm (May - Oct); 9am - 12pm (Nov - Apr)
6. Long Ashton Village Market
Head to the quaint village of Long Ashton and enjoy the calm and friendly allure that only a small town can offer. For your shopping, the best place is Long Ashton Village Market. With a wide selection of locally produced vegetables and fruits, you won’t need to wander too long before finding the perfect purchase. The market also showcases handmade crafts that are perfect gifts to take back home. When the hunger pangs strike, you can head over to Long Ashton Cafe stand where you’ll be served with tasty refreshments to replenish your energy.
Long Ashton Village Market
Address: Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton BS41 9DS, United Kingdom
Website: Long Ashton Village Market
Opening hours: Every first Sat of the month
7. Bristol Farmers' Markets
Every Saturday, local farmers bring out what their farms produce, fresh and ready to be bought. This is where those who prefer organic, farm-to-table products converge. You’ll notice the farmers are quite chatty, open to explaining the process of producing their veggies and fruits. This is an assurance that Bristol Farmers’ Market is as advertised; an award-winning producers’ market. As is characteristic of the markets in Bristol, you can also indulge in sumptuous treats prepared by the producers. From pies to cakes and cheeses, you can just opt to come here to enjoy these homemade treats.
Bristol Farmers' Markets
Address: Corn Street and Wine Street, Bristol
Website: Bristol Farmers’ Markets
Opening hours: Every Wed: 9:30am - 2:30pm
8. The Harbourside Market
This is more than a mere market; it’s a festival, a venue of pomp, color and fun. And, oh, you can also buy fresh produce and handmade crafts while you’re at it. The organizers of this market were deliberate about what they wanted it to be. Their intention was to bring a weekly celebration to one of the most scenic spots in Bristol; the harbor. So, there’s great food, enthralling entertainment and local people; what more could you ask for? If you want to make a day of your shopping weekend, then The Harbourside Market is where you should go.
The Harbourside Market
Address: 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, United Kingdom
Website: The Harbourside Market
Opening hours: Sat & Sun: 11am - 4pm; Wed & Thu: 12pm - 2:30pm
9. Bristol Vegan and Wellness Market
This market is exactly as it sounds. If you’re a vegan then this is going to be your comfort zone. There is vegan street food, served fresh and hot so you need not starve as you shop. The most popular is the vegan burger. And if you’re looking for local produce, the vendors here most probably have what you need. The theme in this market is wellbeing and so, even if you’re not a vegan but you’re interested in healthy eating, drop by and learn a thing or two.
Bristol Vegan and Wellness Market
Address: The Corn Exchange, Corn St, Bristol BS1 1JQ, United Kingdom
Website: Bristol Vegan and Wellness Market
Opening hours: Every Mon: 11am - 2:30pm
10. Finzels Reach Market
Finally, head over to Finzels Reach Market, open every Friday from noon, for two hours. Being a midday market, there’s bound to be lots to eat in the way of street food. Therefore, be sure to try the wood-fired pizzas, their very popular pies and the decadent brownies. If you’re a foodie then Finzels Reach Market is an ideal destination for a food tour. This may be a small market but, for the two hours it’s open, the street bursts to life, colored by the variety of local products on sale.
Finzels Reach Market
Address: Temple Cross, off Counterslip Bristol, United Kingdom BS1 6BX
Website: Finzels Reach Market
Opening hours: Every Fri: 12pm - 2pm
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Whether it’s for the fresh, organic produce or the street food options, these markets are great places to add to your itinerary. If you intend to buy some gifts and souvenirs then browse the products in the markets above and you just might leave with a unique keepsake.
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