This new shopping centre is fantastic! Broadmead has undertaken an unbelievable transformation, and Cabot Circus is a huge improvement on what was, quite frankly, quite a run down looking part of the town centre. People flock here from miles around and it's easy to see why. They have masses of new shops, including many designer fashion stores, as well as the usual places such as Next, Claire's Accessories and H&M. It's all very shiny and new looking and has been very well designed! The upper level is a little nerve racking if you're scared of heights, but the view is amazing if you're not. There are plenty of escalators everywhere so it's easy to get around.
The new eateries are great - Yo Sushi, Pret A Manger, Cafe Rouge, Patisserie Valerie.. the list goes on. It's a great place for a day out.
Have been waiting in anticipation for CC to open with news of a Bristol Zara, Harvey Nics and Brasserie Blanc.
After driving past last week I knew it wouldn't be fully completed ready for the grand opening. Places were still cordoned off and shops were still being fitted out.
CC was packed but driving down there were no traffic queues although I parked in Brunswick Square so cut out the M32.
What is disappointing is that when you're actually in CC you feel you're in a whole different part of the country only to be met with 'Edge City' on departure i.e. Broadmead. This doesn't work for me. You would have thought with all of the development money they could have given Broadmead a good clean.
For a city as large as Bristol, Harvey Nics is far too small (still love it though), Zara is fab (spent most of my cash in there) and Brasserie Blanc looks inviting although the snooty bigwigs sat outside were not giving that impression. Also experienced this attitude in the bar at Harvey Nics. Will be visiting BB and HN restaurants shortly so will review then.
It will be nice to revisit this review in six months time after the polish has worn off.
New shops.great, new buildings..great...old Broadmead.not so great.
I expected the domed area to be totally waterproof but it's not, so need to visit on a rainy day to see this waterfall.
This is Bristol's new shopping centre which opened today! I had a look around at lunchtime and unsurprisingly the place was packed.
The whole area is full with swish looking new high street shops (140 of them apparently). There is a covered area with a really high, sculpted glass roof (the roof is so high you feel like you are still outside) and a square with lots of designer clothes shops like Ghost and a Raymond Blanc restaurant.
On the whole I liked the new shopping centre although I didn't have much time to explore it. I thought it was a bit disappointing that most of the shops are clothes shops and a lot of them are larger versions of shops that already existed in Broadmead.
The good thing about the Circus is that it is merged with Bristol itself, its location was genius and you don't even know if you are still at the Circus or if you left to the City centre! For me that is great, it doesn't feel like you are on a shopping centre!
You can find almost anything there, I quite enjoyed the Urban Outfitters shop, never been on one and the design of it and the things they sell are really nice. And from this example almost all is said about all the other shops in the Circus, from the most established ones to some gems and really fancy ones.
And when thinking about food you are also spoiled on that, you even have a Raymon Blanc restaurant, which is accessible for even students! I found it real nice, but the gem in the food department for me was Chando's Deli & Cafe, you can find real good food there! I was really impressed, from the picturesque almost French-like deli to the set menu cafe, you have around 4 plates to choose from (2 veggie) and they are really really good!
All in all this place is a very good day-out, its architecture is genius, I still have to go there with my camera to get me a good set of shots! I was highly impressed with that, it seems like you stepped in a different world. And you get all that you are looking for!
Cabot Circus is what Bristol needed. The Mall didn't quite cut it and Cribbs Causeway is that little bit too far out of town. A city such as this called out for the mega-mall that we as a society seem to demand now. Cabot Circus fulfilled that, bringing together a wide selection of shops and restaurants and linking together parts of town that previously felt disconnected. The only complaint I have is that it can be confusing figuring out where everything is and how to get from one end of one floor to the other end of another. I expect that will change as I get used to it.
The architecture is unusual and for the most part nice to look at but there are parts (such as the external wall of the cinema) which already look like that of a disused warehouse. The weird concrete look with the odd spot of chipboard and doors that look like they've been boarded up simply isn't what I was expecting from a brand new multi-million pound construction.
Despite that, this mall is hopefully the beginning of some exciting regeneration of a beautiful city.
Spent a cold autumn afternoon there, and they've done a great job. A bit more street entertainment would be good (as most of it's covered)where are all the Bristol buskers (in Bath probably!).
Took ages to find the toilets.better signage needed
This is another one of the 'inside-outside' shopping centres that are popping up where the whole idea is to integrate the new development into the surrounding streetscape. Nice in the summer but pretty Baltic in the winter! The Circus development as a whole is huge and covers a massive area. Shops are open until 8pm on a Saturday which I found a bit eerie as there weren't too many people about. Plenty of shops, you won't be short of opportunities to lighten your purse.
i recently took a visit to cabot circus and found that it was an excellent place to shop with your friends! i loved the fact that it had so many shops there:D
defiently somewhere i recommend to visit!
The building process was fustrating, with the centre of Bristol being completely ripped out, but it was worth the wait. A great selection of restaurants, and something for everyone here. The parking is slightly more expensive than the galleries parking, and only a little more convenient.
cabot circus is a very exciting place, lots of shops and great for the family, i love it and im sure you will to.
Bristol's newest development. Many years in the waiting. Spread over three levels it is packed with shops. Trouble is they are pretty run of the mill in the main centre, just what you'd expect. A good choice of restaurants though. The shops around the old registry office are mainly designer clothes shops, for some reason bragging about being from London (hey its no big deal!). If you want to buy some new and expensive clothes its the place for you, otherwise it really doesn't have that much to offer. The design of the buidlings is nice in parts and brings a whole new feel to the centre of Bristol. Its worth a visit for the glass roof alone. Unfortunate time to open though!!
this is a great looking shopping mall with tons of really popular stores including harvey nicks. there is also a great selection of restaurants and a really upmarket cinema complete with directors screen!!
I loved Cabot Circus. It's bright, airy and has a really fascinating design. There's a good variety of shops and plenty of places to eat and snack or have a drink. And something that rates really highly with me is that the public toilets on the ground floor are spacious, smart and clean. I'd definitely recommend a visit.
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