My all-time favourite place to shop in Bristol, St Nicholas Market absolutely has everything. I really can't imagine Bristol without this vibrant, thriving market right bang in the centre of town. In most cities you have to travel a bit further out of town to find such an extensive market, but St Nick's is as about as central as you can get. And what's great about that is that you can combine a bit of market shopping with a bit of high street shopping; you don't have to choose one from t'other. That makes it a pretty good choice for Christmas shopping, especially.
Inside there are oodles of market stalls and, further inside, stalls which are actually more like small shops, some cafes and even pubs. Beware of the Leopard Books is my favourite shop within the market, closely followed by the Moroccan cafe Al Bab Mansour. A visit built around those two places would leave me a very happy woman.
St Nicholas Market is the sort of place that, upon first discovering it, you believe you'll visit almost daily. But after having lived in Bristol for a couple of years, I seemed to have forgotten about this little gem just off of Corn Street.
It's the perfect place to take visiting guests, or friends who haven't been to Bristol before as it gives them a little slice of what the city has to offer; great food, fashion and heritage. My top places to visit in the market are Royce Rolls, Pieminister and Nails Art Gallery.
Broadmead, Bristol's central shopping precinct, suffers from the usual blight of chain stores. The cumulative effect is that you might well not be in Bristol for all you know when shopping here. St. Nicks market offers something of an antidote to this. Very bristolian, stalls here include a leather jacket shop, a bike shop, and a jewellers. The variety on offer, including a few slight oddities, makes this a great place to go Christmas shopping if you have no idea what to get.
On any given day it's usually fairly quiet, which means the cramped walkways won't be too much of an annoyance. The stall holders are generally a friendly bunch, and because it's usually not too busy will have the time to help you out. They probably know and care more about what they're selling than the employees in the various chain shops of Broadmead as well.
There's a couple of cafes if you can find them, which are welcome after a day of pounding round shopping. St. Nicks market is a Bristol gem and relief after conventional Broadmead.
I used to live on Baldwin Street so it wasn't long before I stumbled upon St Nicholas Market on a crisp winter's morning. I was probably attracted there by the narrow alleyways, old historic buildings (which aren't abundant in central Bristol) and the general feel that you have stepped back in time by about 100 years.
The stalls themselves are a tad overpriced, but at least everything they sell is original and not mass produced. There are a variety of food stands too which sell food from pretty much every country you can think of! I would especially recommend the Jamaican place on the corner of the main food aisle - their dumplings and red snapper are amazing!
Definitely worth a visit, especially at Christmas when the decorations are up.
Tucked away between Baldwin Street and Corn Street, maybe because it's completely undercover, St Nick's market can be easy to miss, but it offers a healthy respite from the chains that increasingly dominate the centre.
The main market isn't the biggest and offers an eclectic array of stands which are best accessed by staggering around the labrinthine space, seeing what you come across. The mainstays are the 'hilarious' local t-shirts ('Cheers Drive', 'They's Me Daps Mind', etc) which keep whacky types clothed for years, the cheap bike shop, and the hot sauce stand which offers X-rated meal accompaniments (claiming to be 'sphincter burning' etc).
More interesting are the food stands where you could probably happily sit down and eat at 10 different outlets all offering various ethnic foods. The Pieminister and Mexican stalls are faves, while the sausage shop allows you to take something home to enjoy later.
You know what, it took me a while to find out about this place - and I have no idea why because it's definitely one of the hotspots for tourists and residents alike! Broadmead and Cabot are brilliant for getting all your standard stuff, but St Nicholas Market offers something a bit different and a bit of a break from the commercialised streets!
Basically St Nicholas Market is a permanent market style place that is mainly undercover, with loads of different and quirky little stalls selling original and alternative things. They have one stall which is completely devoted to mega hot sauces from all around the world - which is pretty cool! And a few stools selling nice little dresses that are a bit more unique than those from Topshop... This place is brilliant, especially if you have family up wanting to be shown around - it definitely gives Bristol a bit more culture on the shopping side!
Also, if you're into your fresh local produce or fancy some organic or vegan alternative foods then check out St Nick's farmer's market which is held every wednesday lunch time!
A victim of heavy bombing during the war, Bristol city centre is regrettably peppered with eyesores. Even the remaining beautiful buildings are overrun with tacky chain bars and restaurants. Lucky then, that a gem such as St Nicholas Market still remains.
An antidote to the Wetherspoons, Pizza Express and Walkabout round the corner for food, a counterfoil to round-the-corner Broadmead's parade of soulless chain stores for shopping. St Nicholas Market is bursting at the seams with independent stalls and shops, along with little cafes serving fantastic food from all corners of the globe and markets with ingredients you won't find elsewhere.
In front of the actual building regular artisanal markets also take place, selling anything from gourmet sausages to beautifully bound notebooks or hand-crafted silver jewellery. If you need anything at all, pay a visit to St Nicholas Market before buying the same things everyone else has round the corner in Broadmead.
St Nick's market is the heart and soul of Bristol. If you shut it down Bristol would just stop working.
I have very close friends who have grown up in Bristol, lived here their whole lives and still go to St Nick's market every day for coffee or lunch. But really they go here to see the people that make this city what it is. The local business owners in this market are Bristol. There's the Italians of Pure Pasta and the Jamaican ladies of Caribbean Wrap to name but a few. One hour here could tell you more about this city than all the open top buses in the...bus garage (?).
Between the lunchtime work crowd, tourists and students are the locals & regulars going about their daily business in this living part of their city. This hub of Bristol life is all housed under a magnificent glass arcade that perfectly suits the honest nature & traditions of this market place.
Being amongst the real people of this city is far more worthwhile than all the nonsense tourist attractions combined.
I have also seen Robert Plant here. Result.
St Nicholas Market is the antidote to Broadmead and Cabot Circus. Highlights include some of the food shops (including a Pie Minster outlet- stunning pies), a traditional-style sweet shop, book shops, specialist music shops, etc.
It attracts a lot of people for lunches, as a lot of the food stalls have seating areas, so if you're going shopping rather than eating, avoid lunchtime.
Other reviews have called it a maze to get lost in- I don't really agree with that, everything's in straightforward rows and you can just walk down the middle, looking left and right, until you see what you're looking for.
Generally my main problem with it would be that many of the stalls are a bit overpriced. I understand that they're specialist shops and they have to pay the rent but there's still a fair bit of overvalueing going on.
At the centre of St Nicholas Markets is a large indoor market with many stalls selling clothes, hand-made jewelery, crafts, books, toys, haberdashery and more.
There are many food stalls within the market from all around the world. Some good food stalls include, the Real Olive Company stocking many different types of stuffed olives, Pieminister - a local pie shop which sells gourmet pies, a Moroccan Restaurant selling authentic Moroccan food and drink, a juice bar making fresh juices and smoothies and an Indian Restaurant with a choice of lots of dishes.
There are also outdoor markets, including a large outdoor farmers market every Wednesday. This is worth a visit, farmers from all over the area sell fish, meat, organic fruit and veg and homemade food including bread and cakes.
On a Friday and Saturday there are outdoor market stalls selling hand-crafted gifts, artwork and cds and clothing. This is a good place to find an unusual present.
This is a cool little under cover market at the top end of town. It is quite easy to miss if you aren't aware it is there...so check it out. It might not appeal to everyone but if you're sort of bohemian/alternative/hippy/goth or just not a townie (!) then this may present something of interest.
I used to buy handmade clubbing outfits in there from a stall with lots of UV clothing but there is lots of other stuff, I don't think I've even seen it all. There are places which are solid shops with walls and doors and another place which just has numerous stalls (though most are permanent). There are clothing stalls, a place with sort of silly toys/gifts, a jewellery stall, goth/alternative clothing shop, pet shop, book shop, food vendors etc.
It is worth at least one look to see if you like it or not. I wouldn't go there every single week but I certainly do like it :)
Where else would you want to go for lunch; It's a world of superb food! Italian, Portuguese, Indian, English, Jamaican, Moroccan, Mediterranean.
All Great food! If you haven't been to St. Nick's Market before I really do recommend getting down there.
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One of those places you have to look for (it's not next to the major shopping areas) but well worth doing. The market has all sorts of interesting items for sale: unique clothing and jewellery, alternative shops, toys, candles, cards, and a few delis and cafes.
On Wednesday, the outside area hosts a farmer's market where you can purchase vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, fish, honey, wines and meads, breads and desserts and more directly from the places that produce them.
On other days, there are stalls selling artwork, clothing and jewellery in the outside space.
It's one of those places tourists might not see, but should.
It's not often I go into St Nick's market because it isn't very often I want a T shirt with the phrase "Gert Lush" printed across the front in brightly coloured letters, or some hot sauce that is going to make my rectum bleed. These stalls being the first you come across as you enter. That said, it does have some real treasures in there if you can be bothered to look and I am particularly fond of the palaeontology stall they have towards the back (the back if you've gone in through the main Baldwin Street entrance). Being something of science geek, I do tend to make a bee line for this stall whenever I'm in there and really enjoy talking to the lady who owns it about the various rocks and fossils she has on display. I even bought one and paid £160 for the pleasure a few years ago.
You'd struggle to find anyone in Bristol who doesn't appreciate St Nicholas' market, or St Nics as it's more commonly known. The indoor section has the sort of Camden market feel but only much much nicer, smaller, more friendly and a million times less pretentious. There are clothes stalls, jewellery stalls, hardware and gift stalls as well as permanent alleys of shops, from bridal shops to fabric shops and craft supplies stores and artists showrooms. The piece de resistance is without a shadow of a doubt, the food market. They have the legendary Pieminister pies, served hot or cold, an amazing health food place selling homemade rolls, flapjacks and tea and coffee and a lush soup and salad place. There's also Mediterranean food and Asian offerings. Many places have tables so you can eat there, otherwise take it out, cross the road and you're in Castle Park. Perfect.
love going to this place si much to look at and you will always find something you will like
there is a pub called the crown which i love its a really good place
This is a great place to mooch around, with loads of quirky stalls. Stallholders are friendly and welcoming. Its easy to get lost, but equally easy to emerge again on bristols streets. Recommended escape from the busy streets and bristols rain!
If you want trinkets this is the place to go. St Nick's is a warren of semi permanent shack/shops. There are some great food stalls in here. Most of the other stalls are quite hippy
I often forget about St Nick's market, tucked away from the bright lights of Broadmead and the ever more garish glare of Cabot's Circus. What it lacks in out-and-out commercialism it makes up for with homespun charm. The stallholders and shop owners are passionately local, promoting all things Bristol - from Banksy cards and pictures to 'Gert Lush' Beast t-shirts. There is a practical side to the market - hardware and food and home stuff, and then there's enough frivolity to purchase original gifts for a hundred friends in the hippy jewellery stalls, fancy dress shops and one-off clothes shops. I find that endless market shopping heightens my appetite - so I head for the food 'aisle' outsie - the selection is stomach-rumblingly good - Pieminister, delis, unusual cheese shop, fresh juice bar and a trad Moroccan cafe complete with souk-style seating area. My one complaint is that it's closed on Sundays, but then those hard-working market folk need one day off a week!
St Nicolas Market sometimes seems to be a sad, fading shadow of itself. I remember how exciting it was to go there as a child, but now it all seems a little old, stuck in the last century. There are stalls selling fossils (very apt!) and second hand books, as well as an alternative clothing store and an old fashioned sweet shop. A bit of freshness has been added by a shop selling chilli sauces guaranteed to strip paint and de-grease engines, and a shop selling those god-awful Beast t-shirts which seem to be appearing all over Bristol like a rash lately. Still, it makes a nice change from the endless parade of chain-stores elsewhere in the centre. The high point of the market is definitely the row of food stalls, where you can get great fresh bread, olives, sausages and cheese, or sit and enjoy some ethnic cuisine. There is also an excellent sewing shop tucked away in the lanes, which sells everything a hobbyist could ever need to make their own cushions, clothes or soft toys.
A must-do for all market lovers, Bristol's St Nick's market offers some of the best food around as well as a broad selection of trinkets, jewelry, books, materials and foreign objects. Quirky, cultural and colourful, come see for yourself.
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