Easton is something of a hidden gem. To strangers, it's a mysterious land, accessible only by the Stapleton Road train station, and often overlooked in favour of the trendier Stokes Croft, North Street, and Clifton scenes. To those in the know, however, wandering round Easton is the hot ticket to a fabulous weekend of tasty, authentic, and varied food and drink. Allow us to enlighten you!

Baba Ganoush (Stapleton Road)

Baba Ganoush is a vibrant new arrival on the Stapleton Road, and well on its way to becoming an integral part of the Easton food scene. Owner Shad places an emphasis on community - which is clear from both the warm welcome which the staff here offer up to every single visitor, and the typically Bristolian graffiti on the walls. The food is super-fresh Middle-Eastern fair - think monstrously large grilled chicken, falafel or halloumi wraps (perfect to grab-and-go), or large mezze platters, ideal for sharing with pals, with a choice between meat or veggie.

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Jeevan Sweets (Stapleton Road)

Family-run Jeevan Sweets is a heavenly vegetarian Indian restaurant situated over in Easton, on Stapleton Road. Offering a mindbogglingly tasty range of Indian sweets, including their speciality Mithai - Indian desserts - Jeevan Sweets is the perfect place to call in for a sweet treat after a curry! You can eat in, takeaway or take advantage of their tiffin deal, where refills are £6 and include a vegetable curry and rice, dahl and two rotis. The menu has plenty of options to choose from and is wonderfully imaginative and reasonably priced - the majority of mains come in under the £7 mark to eat in, or under £5 to takeaway.

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G Brothers Pizza

The G Bros (Geoff and Gareth) started their professional pizza-making lives when they served up delicious sourdough pizza, baked with handpicked, locally sourced ingredients, from a fitted wood-burning oven in the back of a former Fire Brigade truck. They've now progressed from their pop-up days, and occupy a permanent spot in the up-and-coming Bristol food hub that is Easton. Here, you can enjoy the same authentic, lovingly made pizzas which brought the G Bros fame and glory - all in the cosy and warm of the indoors!

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East Bristol Bakery (St Mark's Road)

East Bristol Bakery are a small but perfectly formed, award-winning bakery in the heart of Easton, who have already cemented a loyal and adoring band of followers thanks to their glorious baked goods. Alex, Polly and Jack don't only produce delicious breads, however - they've also crafted a wonderfully tasty, regularly changing selection of cakes, biscuits, pastries and more. Regulars at the East Bristol Bakery will already be familiar with their insanely addictive salted rye cookies, and their gooey, melty brownies are the stuff of chocolate legends.

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Thali, Easton (St Mark's Road)

The Easton branch of Thali fits in perfectly with the welcoming, community-focussed spirit which exudes from the rest of Easton's thriving food and drink scene; it's an open plan, family-friendly space, perfect for a family get-together or a special meal out with mates. The colourful, sparkling exterior welcomes you in from St Mark's road, and the food is like a great big, warm hug that'll keep you coming back for more. Tasty, fresh, vibrant and authentic, Thali is the place to be.

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Sweet Mart (St Mark's Road)

If you've ever walked down St Marks Road, Easton before, you'll probably remember the colourful, aromatic-smelling, expansive shopfront of the family-run supermarket, deli, and wholesalers that is Bristol Sweet Mart. An institution for Easton-dwellers, the family team behind Sweet Mart are well-known for their friendly, welcoming, service and their winning smiles. Rumour has it, there are over 10,000 different herbs, spices, vegetables, pulses and more gracing the Sweet Mart shelves - so get down there, find yourself some fresh and exciting ingredients whose names you don't recognise, and start cooking up a storm. The Deli Counter team are incredibly knowledgable, and will happily explain the ins and outs of all their luscious dishes

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The Greenbank

We love everything about The Greenbank- their coffee is sourced from the wonderful Extract Roasters over in St Werburgh's, Wiper & True beers are always available, and much of the fresh produce used in the kitchen is sourced from fellow Easton institution, Sweet Mart. The Greenbank also do a banging and incredibly popular Sunday roast - if you can get a table that is! Veggies and vegans are always catered for, and the kitchen team make delicious pizza using flour from Shipton Mill over in the Cotswolds. They even have their own beer, The Greenbank Hop!

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Pipal Tree

This isn't your average Indian restaurant. Nestled on Chelsea Road, Pipal Tree has taken Indian and Punjabi classics and fused them with British and European cuisine to create something truly special. After all, where else in Bristol, indeed in Britain, can you find fresh Mussels in Tarka Masala or Tandoori Pheasant? It's intimate and small (call ahead to book!) - making it a perfect date-night option. In the daytime, Pipal Tree apply their innovative approach to brunch dishes - fusing the classic Fried Breakfast with Punjabi specials.

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Matter Wholefoods

Side-step the supermarkets, and head on over to the picturesque Greenbank Road in Easto. Here, you'll discover an absolute treasure trove of colourful and enticing vegan and organic treats, ready to satisfy and delight plant and meat-eaters alike. Its name? Matter Wholefoods. Wriggle suggests stocking up on organic veg, then pulling up an oh-so-fabulous seat at the red and white spotted mushroom tables and chairs which have sprouted outside the shop. Enjoy. f you head on over to the picturesque Greenbank Road, Easton,

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Dela

Quite possibly Wriggle's favourite opening of 2017. Dela means to ‘share’ in Swedish, and owners Mike and Lara have created a place that's all about spending time sharing food and eating together. With its big light space (in the downstairs of an Easton art studio) it's a lovely place to while away time over top-notch Scandi food.

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Este Kitchen

Este Kitchen is a family-run Latin American inspired café, dedicated to serving quality coffees, local teas and locally sourced produce that is made with love. Think Açai with granola and banana, the avocado or mushrooms on toast, the amazing Este full breakfast with locally sourced bacon, hand-made chorizo and slow roasted tomatoes. Their lunch options are delicious too; for us, no trip to Easton is really complete without tucking into a simple, delicious, signature baked egg brunch.

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Published -12th June 2018