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Bristol’s Best Bits: Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

I’ve been waxing lyrical about Southville recently – today I found out that my ‘You Know You Live in Southville When…‘ post went up on the Time Out Bristol blog, yay!

Believe me when I say that North Street really is a highlight of Bristol. Tucked away in the deep south across the bridge on the other side of the river, Southville and Bedminster might seem like far away when you’re dwelling in the North of the city, but you can find some real gems down here.

One of said gems is the Tobacco Factory Sunday market, which takes place – yup, you guessed it – at the Tobacco Factory car park every single Sunday! We popped down a couple of weeks ago to have a mooch around.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol

I love this market for the way that it seamlessly blends the ‘truer’ elements of your standard market – baker, fishmonger, fruit & veg stall, pieman – with some of the most delightful bits that our city has to offer. The lovely Ivory Flowers has a stall there every weekend, as does the awesome Agnes Spencer’s, and when we popped along there was fresh homemade chai from relatively-new-guy-on-the-block, Chai Guy. I made a special trip to get a crisp fiver from the cashpoint to sample a cup, but when I got back they had sold out 🙁 . Another time!

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol
Tobacco Factory Sunday Market Bristol

On the first Sunday of the month it’s also home to ‘Retroville’, showcasing some of the city’s best vintage picks in homeware, books, records and clothing. Tom spent a good deal of time flicking through that box of vinyl, whilst I bopped along to Madonna’s ‘Cherish’, which was blaring out of an old speaker stack set up next to the coffee campervan. Such hipsters.

There really is nothing better to do with a Sunday morning when you’re hungover than to pop down to North Street, grab a bite to eat, have a mooch of the market, and pick up a trinket or two to take home. It’s always changing, too, with new things every time I visit. Keep up to date with all the market goings on over on their Facebook page (and whilst you’re there, give mine a like, too?).

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  1. I had a cup of chai from the Chai Guy at the harbourside market yesterday and it was great! I’m not normally a chai drinker but it felt like the perfect (cold) day for it and a good place to start. A++ would chai again

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