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Independent Businesses to visit in Old Market, Bristol

Old Market, Bristol is rich with history. In medieval times it was literally the market area directly outside the castle walls. It was also the main road to London. Over the years it's had vast ebbs and flows of independent business life from manufacturing, retail and has always been the go-to area for bespoke, high quality craftsmanship. ⁠
An old photograph of Old Market Street, Bristol
It still is a busy and exciting area just on the edge of Bristol's City Centre. We have so many independent retail shops, salons, music venues, theatres and places to eat and drink. There is plenty of parking on the back streets and at the @bristoltrinity . The Bristol to Bath cycle path ends at our doorstep too!⁠
In the 13th century West Street was severed from Old Market with a boundary ditch that marked the edge of town. Lawfords Gate made West Street sit outside Bristol's jurisdiction and exempt from local taxes, so of course became a place of inns and, shall we say, naughtiness 👀
An old photograph of Old Market Street, Bristol
When the boundary was demolished in the 1700’s, castle park to west street was an important hub of trade! Shops, inns, markets and manufacturing oozed from every building! It was a well established shopping destination of independent businesses.

When Castle street was bombed in the war, shops were moved to Broadmead and the Templeway underpass was constructed.... Old Market was cut off and neglected....

BUT, it’s back... !

Come and visit us today and while you’re here, check out the other businesses listed below. 
Please add any indie businesses I've missed in the comments below, and I'll edit the blog to include them.


West Street, Bristol

Trinity Centre - Incredible live music and community arts centre

West Street Kitchen - Beautiful little cafe selling locally sourced, cooked from scratch delicious food.

Life of Si - Antique and rare maps.

Fi Real - The best and Vegan/Vegetarian Caribbean!

T E StoneSuppliers of all types of industrial fasteners and fixings. 

Skin Deep - Tattoo Shop. 

Live Ink & Co - Eco garment printers. 

Rudies - Adult shop. 

Sofa Project - Reclaimed furniture and a huge paint supply. 

Old Market Plants - Exceptional plants and specialist plan consultants 

Assembly Bakery - Award winning ethical bakery!

Wardrobe Theatre - Local Theatre and live music 

Old Market Assembly - Live music, food and drink!

Gossip Nail Bar - Awesome nails (and nail art)

Jokoto Tailoring - Renovating & restyling your garments!

Franks Vintage - Beautiful vintage homewares and more. 

Bodkin Bakes - Award winning bakes (in a nut free kitchen)

Army Of Few - Music centric design agency and shop. 

Country Studio Frames   - Incredible and exceptional framers

Bristol Vintage  - Antiques and vintage galore! 

Midland Road, Bristol

Jafra  - Super tasty Palestinian food to take away or to cook at home. 

To The Moon  - Cosy bar and cocktails, quiz nights, life drawing and Dj's!

Old Market , Bristol 

Good Store Studio - Brilliant independent lifestyle store!

The Exchange - Live music (and food by day)!

25a Old Market - Fab deli and coffee shop.

Bicep Press - Screen Printers and Shop 

Glitch - Hairdressers, Cafe and Plants

Chido Wey - The best burritos! 

Bangs  - Hairdressers 

Bagelicious - Amazing bagels! 

Old Market Tavern - Old Market pub with new fashioned attitudes 

(to be continued).... 


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