North Street has exploded recently, packing itself densely with stalwart, long term residents and the new kids on the block. You can satisfy any craving on this stretch of road with burgers, thali, craft beer, mac and cheese and some of the best Shakshouka in the west available to you. Natalie gives us a run down of what to expect if you venture over the river

First up on our list is all-rounder The Tobacco Factory. This venue is a cafe, bar, theater and market all rolled into one and really encapsulates the Bristol community spirit. The relaxed cafe and bar here offers something for everyone, from light bites, soups and sandwiches to sharing plates and mezze in the evening. All food is made from local, seasonal produce with full vegetarian and vegan options available. It's also a great spot to grab a coffee and a slice of cake during the day, or to enjoy a nice glass of wine if you are attending the theater here. The Tobacco Factory market runs every Sunday, with over 40 stalls to visit. Popular Bristol street traders are part of the weekly line-up, with favourites such as Alp Mac, Gopal’s and the Pickled Brisket often popping up.

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If you are a fan of casual dining, this particular end of North Street has no end of fantastic eateries. You could start right next door to The Tobacco Factory with the Thali Cafe; a non-traditional Indian restaurant, where a mixture of healthy Indian dishes is all served together on one stainless steel plate, or you can take-away in an eco-friendly tiffin container. The Thali Café is spacious and funky, with a modern colourful interior – the prices are pretty hard to beat as well.

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Across the road is Souk Kitchen. Winner of the Best Mediterranean restaurant at the Bristol Good Food awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 consecutively. Souk’s sterling reputation speaks for itself. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner; which include a variety of small sharing plates, mezze and larger dishes, the seasonal menu takes inspiration from the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. The restaurant is cosy and rustic, with authentic produce available to buy and take home to create your own colourful dishes.

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A little further down the road on from here is long standing Bristol independent The Burger Joint; a great place for friends and families alike to come and indulge in a big, bad bap. Create your own with over 60 ingredients to choose from or go with one of their recommendations. With great vegetarian and vegan options, as well as salads and a recently launched new menu, the burger lovers are well looked after on North Street.

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Next up, are neighbouring premises Tincan Coffee and Pizza Workshop. Tincan's first permanent home was on North Street, after the brains behind the venue originally sold coffee from their coffee trucks at festivals around the country. The coffee at Tincan is their own seasonal blend, by local roaster Clifton Coffee. As well as grabbing a glorious slice of cake here, you can also stumble in for brunch and breakfast sandwiches.

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Next door, Pizza Workshop is a different offering all together. Ten pizzas grace the main menu, with all of them being made from a 100% sourdough base which has been left to slowly rise for over 30 hours. A selection of topping choices are available from the menu, with only the finest in Italian produce (think cheeses, prosciutto and olives) being added on top. They also served legendary 'Boccas' here; a sandwich hailing from Naples, which is made on sourdough. A kids menu is also available.

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The Spotted Cow is a pub with a large beer garden - which you wouldn’t expect looking from the outside in. Serving local, quality pub grub in a traditional yet modern setting; the beer garden is a wonderful suntrap in the warmer months whilst in the winter, candlelight makes the venue appear cosy and romantic. The menu here changes daily dependent on deliveries from local suppliers and head Chef Iain Webb likes to create interesting twists on classic dishes. A cracking Sunday lunch is also available here.

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Oowee Diner began life over in Stokes Croft, on Picton Street, where it's addictive and outlandish burgers quickly earned something of a cult following. After the resounding success of the establishment of the Picton Street branch, we are thrilled that the Oowee gang have expanded to North Street. You won't find a menu like Oowee's anywhere in Bristol - this is dirty food done really, really well. Think incredible burgers smothered in top-notch relish and Southern-inspired spicy sauces, served up with perfect French fries layered with buffalo shrimp, jalapeño cheese sauce, or baconnaise (to name a few). It's big, it's ballsy, and it's bloody delicious stuff.

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It wasn't long ago that this little corner shop was stuffed full of second-hand publications and shelves of Dickens. Today, The Old Bookshop has managed to retain its stylishly dated quirks from years past, while becoming one of Bristol's top food ventures. Everything here is ramped up to the nines, from the eclectic hodgepodge of antique musical instruments and disconcerting taxidermy, to the menu of modern small plates, the seductive bar, and the mixed bag of live music. And despite the razzle-dazzle, it's not all show here. Having been crowned Bristol's Best Bar at the Bristol Life Awards 2017 - these guys are standing their ground at the forefront of Bristol's buzzing bar scene.

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If you find yourself over the river, go make a visit to The Old Butcher’s, a Bedminster brewery summoning beery-eyed Bristolians with great craft and good vibes. The bar is the brainchild of a collab between St Werbugh’s Wiper & True and The Old Bookshop, who have carefully handpicked six beers on tap as well as showcasing quality bottles and limited edition releases. Receive a warm welcome, have a chat with the guys who know their stuff, take your pick and you’ll be well on your way to sipping the beer of your dreams.

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We couldn’t possibly forget The North Street Standard (clue is in the name after all) and its great space on North Street. A stripped back, modern industrial warehouse feel with front facing outside seating, this casual affair is suitable for all; groups of friends, families or couples can make use of the space and a cracking cocktail list. Order from the internationally inspired menu (tip: order the dirty mac 'n' cheese - you won’t regret it) or come for a great Sunday roast. There is something for everyone

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It wouldn’t be a tour of North Street without mentioning the Steam Crane. Hard to miss, the graffiti decorated pub stands out from the rest with its colourful exterior, whilst the inside is your typical pub setting. Bar stools, cosy corner chairs and lamps are dotted around the large space and bar area, whilst outside is a fantastic garden where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. The menu is packed with traditional pub classics, from fish and chips to a pie of the day and this pub is proudly Bristolian.

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Published -24th January 2018