This month’s Eating Out post is written by Alex who writes at the blog Gingey Bites, and is dedicated to the street food found around Bristol. Alex is a 31 year old freelance marketeer from the Midlands who now lives in Bristol. She eats and talks too much and her other half Dave says he can’t remember the last time he ate a fully hot meal, thanks to her Instagram obsession.
Over to Alex…
If like me, you love street food, Bristol is the place for you. It’s a real foodie city with festivals and markets happening all the time. Street food is extremely popular here too and with multiple markets running all over the place, the choice is endless. So, whether you want a night out, a leisurely afternoon or a quick bite to eat on your lunch break, here are my favourite picks.
Every Thursday right in the centre of town with the harbour as a backdrop, you’ll find some of the city’s best street food traders serving Bristol’s office workers and students lunch. There are usually tables and chairs set out for diners although most people chose to sit on the steps or by the water. Just because it’s lunch time, don’t think this isn’t a party – you’ll find a party atmosphere thanks to the DJ playing feel good tunes in the middle of it all!
Traders include: Mr Momo, Wood Chop Pizza, Angus & Mitchell (winners at last years British Street food awards) and The Little Taqueria.
Where? Broad Quay, next to the harbour.
When? Every Thursday, 12-3pm.
St Nicks Night Market
Happening monthly, St Nicks Night Market spills out onto the streets around the gorgeous St Nicks market and draws in huge crowds. As well as the food traders within St Nicks itself, there are loads of additional stalls selling everything from cocktails, cider and churros to kebabs and curry. Plus, the market stays open meaning you can shop for trinkets, arts and crafts before heading outside for a drink, some dinner and a dance to the live bands. This is a perfect evening out with friends.
Traders include: Grillstock, The Pizza Bike, Los Hermanos and Forager Spirits.
Where? St Nicks Market & Corn Street.
When? The first Friday of every month.
Temple Quay Market
Situated slightly out of town and next to Temple Meads train station in Temple Quay Square, this street food market is small but perfectly formed and very popular with workers from all the local office buildings. Even if you’re not an office worker, this market is worth the walk for donuts, excellent coffee and if they are there, the world’s best tacos (in my opinion) from the Little Taqueria.
Traders include: Biblos, The Big O Donut Co, Lovett Pies and Little & Long Coffee Roasters.
Where? The Square, Temple Quay.
When? Every Thursday, 12-2pm.
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market
When I first moved to Bristol, I imagined the Tobacco Factory to be a huge old factory filled with stalls dinerama style. In actual fact, although it is an old factory, it’s predominantly, a pub which is owned by the incumbent Bristol Mayor. It’s a little out of town, over in the cool area known as Southville but their Sunday Markets are worth a visit. Traders cover everything from arts and crafts to flowers, preserves, pickles and books. Of course, there is also plenty of street food to be had.
Traders include: Pieminster, Agnes Spencer’s’ Amazing Jamaican Cuisine & the amazing (and all veggie) Gopal’s Curry Shack.
Where? Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville.
When? Every Sunday, 10am-2:30pm.
One of several street food markets around the city which is organised by Bristol Eats, the Bear Pit market is small but when the sun is shining it’s the perfect lunch spot. Although the bear pit has historically been an unsafe place, home to drunks and drug addicts, in recent years, it’s gentrified and is now home to the Bearittos bus (serving burritos and mexican food) and Bear Fruits green grocery. The market is just one more thing helping bring the Bearpit back to life.
Traders include: Eatchu, The Pickled Brisket, Ah Ma’s Dumplings & Scoff & Relish.
Where? The Bearpit, between Broadmead & Stokes Croft
When? Every Wednesday, 12-2:30pm
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