Whether you’re a hipster looking for vintage things, a crafts lover or you simply like to look at market stands on weekends, here is the list of options in Bristol, which are quite varied:
St. Nicholas Market
The most famous one, because it is in the centre and open every day. It is the best place for buying a souvenir from Bristol, or getting lost in antique, vinyl, or crafts shops… or you can enjoy some of its multicultural restaurants.
The Exchange, Corn St
Bristol, BS1 1JQ
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market (Bedminster)
My personal favorite, perhaps because I lived on the corner and walked by it every Sunday. In this market, which is expanding as time goes on, you can visit food stands – Jamaican, British, muffins, fresh fish, delicatessen, etc; or spend the morning admiring the clothes or the crafts by all kinds of local artists. If you are looking for an original present, stop by any Sunday and you will see for yourself.
Bristol, BS3 1TF
Sundays from 10am to 2.30pm
Every Saturday, and some Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, in the city center. Wander around the Harbourside and visit all the stands. Crafts, artists, books, films and food. There is a pastry stand that makes delightful bread and carrot cakes.
1 Canon’s Rd
Bristol, BS1 5UH
Whiteladies Farmers Market
If what you seek is fresh, quality products, and not just proximity… you should go to Whiteladies Road on Saturdays, where you will find the best of local produce. Fruits, vegetables, meats and other stands where you can savour anything from tacos to bagels. Saturday from 8:30am to 2pm .
Retro & Flea Market (Cotham)
On Saturdays, once a month, this vintage market opens its doors in Cotham. Admission is only £1 and you’ll find dozens of stalls with clothes from over the past century, collectibles, vinyl, jewelry, restored furniture, local crafts and many curious items.
Cotham Parish Church
Cotham Road, Bristol
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Market at the Moon (Stokes Croft)
Another classic site of the Stokes Croft life is the Full Moon bar-hostel, which hosts its own market on Saturdays in October and November. Also on Sundays during the month of December. They offer local trade and suppliers, crafts and even live music.
The Full Moon & Attic Bar,
North Street, Stokes Croft
CAR BOOT MARKETS – Second Hand Mobile Stands
It is traditional in the UK for dozens of cars to be grouped in a car park with people selling things they no longer need. It is literally a “Boot Flea Market” because people go with their cars and unload what they have found around the house. But not everything is as shabby as it sounds: there are vendors who make a living from this and bring quality secondhand products. You can find a wide variety of products, from used tools, clothes, furniture, appliances… to stands where, with a little bit of luck, you can find real gems: books, films, antiques, etc. Head over to see if you have any luck.
1. Clifton Car Boot (Sundays)
Clanage Road, Bower Ashton
Bristol, BS3 2JX
2. Gloucester Road Car Boot (Saturdays)
The Memorial Stadium
Filton Avenue / Gloucester Road
Bristol, BS7 0BF
If you hear of other ones, feel free to leave a comment!