The low-down on the very best spots to explore in bristol's trendy Montpelier.
Neatly tucked away between Stokes Croft and St Pauls, is Montpelier. An unassuming, highly instagrammable slice of Bristol, where early Victorian architecture meets colourful street art and top foodie spots.
With its notedly alternative -read rough around the edges- aesthetic, Montpelier has become a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Luckily, this hasn't taken anything away from its original character, and it has managed to maintain the deeply multicultural and urban vibe that gives it all its appeal. With its cosy cafes, independent shops, and unparalleled atmosphere, this neighbourhood delivers.
Whether you catch a regular train service from Bristol Temple Meads station, walk over from neighbouring Stokes Croft, or cycle your way to it, access is easy and the destination is worth the journey.
The best way to explore this part of the city is on foot. Though we cycled from the centre over to Montpelier, the somewhat hilly terrain and desire to stop at every corner meant that we were quickly persuaded to lock our bikes and leisurely wander through the colourful streets.
Where to shop
Montpelier and nearby Stokes Croft feature a number of independent shops, setting the area apart from the more commercial streets of central Cabot Circus.
Firm favourites include: The Little shop (125 Cheltenham road, Bristol BS6) for handmade treats from local artists, Emmeline (116 Cheltenham rd, Bristol BS6) for its plant selection and tasty coffee, Neon Tiger (93 Stokes Croft, BS1) for beautifully curated wall art and prints, and Treasure (100 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1) for quirky vintage finds.
Where to eat
Breakfast / brunch:
The Crafty Egg (113 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1)
Monty's (62 Bath Buildings, Bristol BS6)
Elemental (23 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1)
Cafe Kino (108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1)
The Bristolian (2 Picton St, Bristol BS6)
Lunch / Dinner:
Oowee Diner (54 Picton St, Bristol BS6)
The Thali Café (2 Upper York St, Bristol BS2)
Ceres (32 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1)
At the well (145 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6)
Door & Rivet (50 Upper York St, BS2)
There are some really great options, all within walking distance of each other, so the toughest part will be choosing which one to try first!