Bristol - Shopping
Broadmead is Bristol’s main shopping area, with over 400 stores, including 100 tax-free shops, both national chain stores and unique shops. 2008 saw an expansion of Broadmead, which meant a new House of Fraser, with four floors and an additional 16 major and over 100 smaller shops, 240 apartments and a cinema. This new landmark in Bristol was called Cabot Circus. Another "must-see" shopping area in Bristol is the arts & crafts movement from the early 1900’s and their the Guild. At Park Street they sell locally produced high quality handicrafts.
Park Street and Queens Road are known as Bristol’s West End, with funky boutiques, music stores, little gems of shops selling ethnic goods and bookstores.
The Clifton area has wonderful shops and galleries. Clifton Arcade was originally a Victorian shopping mall, and now antique jewelry, furniture and decorative arts are sold here. Bristol’s East Side is for those seeking something other than the big department stores. There are independent shops where you can find goods from all over the world.
For a more authentic shopping, go to St Nicholas’ Market in the old Corn Exchange building in Old Town (Old Town). Here you can find used books and record albums, photographs, fossils and candles. In addition to St Nicholas Market, the Slow Food Market is also held on the first Sunday of each month. Here you’ll not only find the best of locally grown products, but also cooking demonstrations, traditional pickles, jams and jellies, local cheese and much more. Every Wednesday Farmers Market strikes up their stalls outside the Corn Street. They also sell locally produced and organic products.
Shopping – Bristol is a shopper’s paradise! From the opening of Cabot Circus, the city’s £500 million shopping and leisure quarter, complete with designer stores such as Harvey Nichols through to Classy Clifton and lively Whiteladies Road, filled with independent shops, galleries, boutiques and antiques for the individual and the unusual.