Old Market has been a site of rejuvenation over recent years and has become home to a series of independent restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Old Market started life as - you’ve guessed it - a market. It used to be the shopping hub of Bristol just outside of the city walls and was the home of the market and the road to London.

Old Market’s also home to some of the oldest buildings in the city, with over 60 being listed and the area being named as a conservation area of national significance. Some buildings that are of most importance are The Stag & Hounds Pub, The Palace Hotel and The Trinity Church.

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Old Market Restaurants

Old Market have plenty of restaurants to tempt you in, Portuguese Tavern is a taste of real Portugal. A very relaxed place to get some authentic food in a very Portuguese surrounding, and enjoy a great glass of wine.

Tiffin Time is a small restaurant that focus on the delivery of their lovely tiffins but is open for you to pop in at lunch and choose from their menu. They construct their menus based on seasonality so you’re guaranteed a fresh, flavourful meal every time you visit.

Fi Real is a west Indian restaurant that serves filling vegetarian and vegan dishes that pack a punch. They also have their own range of juices and smoothies, a great addition to any meal there.

Cafes in Old Market

Old Market Cafe has been serving hungry Bristolians for years and offers the best a decent greasy spoon has to offer, including fry ups, jacket potatoes and good home cooked specials. Just next door is 25A Old Market. Focusing on sourdough, coffee and freshly made cakes and tarts, it’s also a mini grocery store that only stocks locally made products. So you can kick back and relax here and then take something nice home for later.

West Street Kitchen straddles the line between cafe and restaurants, offering hot and cold options throughout the day with ingredients sourced from the owners home of the Forest of Dean. In the evenings the menu opens up to offer an evening menu of well-priced and freshly made meals. The menu rotates regularly to keep things interesting and there’s also a full bottled beer and wine list to whet your appetite.

Old Market Pubs & Bars

Old Market has an abundance of great pubs and bars to visit that cater for all sorts of tastes. Old Market Assembly have cornered the market on food, beer and vaudeville. It’s a very striking building you can enjoy their rooftop terrace (preferably in the summer months).

The Volunteer Tavern prides itself on it’s beer offerings and pop up kitchen as well as some of the most gorgeous pub dogs in the South West. There are also, as you would expect, many gay and LGBTQ+ friendly pubs to visit including the Gin Palace and the Bristol Bear Bar that offer themed nights and music, and the Old Market Tavern that offers a more quiet, cosy bar with outside decking.

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