Everything you need to know about Bristol if you are into…SHOPPING

Face it, you’re a student which means one thing - for the next three years you are going to be skint. But just because you don’t have two brass pennies to rub together doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. So for those fashionistas new to the city that never sleeps and drinks rather a lot of cider, here’s your fast guide to fashion, Bristol-stylee:

The home of the high street brand, Broadmead is currently undergoing a mega makeover and thank your lucky stars you have arrived on the eve of its almighty unveiling. With more shops that you can shake a stick at, the new centre will have a Selfridges as well as the usual high street names like Debenhams and Top Shop. And check out The Galleries for chavvy-cheap shops full of regulation tat.

Cribbs Causeway
If you have wheels or fancy a really long bus journey, then head up to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. It has heaps of high street shops but can be packed out at the weekend.

Park Street
Home to the indie shop, Park Street plays host to some of the best in the South West - well the monstrous walk up the hill has to be worth something!
The Clothing Federation - A diverse range of unisex clothing that is both punky and perky. They have an amazing sale rail where you can snap a retro-twist bargain and great for accessories.

Uncle Sam’s - Americana at its best - and cheapest. Sunglasses, caps, jeans, tees, you name it, they stock it. Second-hand clothes virgins can pop their cherries here.

BS8 - A virtual emporium of alternative fashion stores for men and women all housed under one roof. From punky pieces to genuine vintage, BS8 has always been a firm supporter of the independent label and stocks local designers too.

Motel - Ah lovely Motel, full of unusual, vintage and retro-inspired pieces from up and coming labels. A bit on the pricy side, but any fashion-savvy student worth their salt will find something pleasing to the eye here.

Shrinking Violet - Rock-a-Billy, fifties, punk, Goth and Emo rolled into one, Shrinking Violet is best entered wearing shades.

The Bristol Guild - Don’t be put off by the Harrods-esque air about this place, The Guild is perfect for present shopping. While it looks expensive, there are some great bargains to be found, plus it has a cute garden café and a gallery for culture vultures.
Cooshti - Rummage through the rails for Diesel, Chloe, Adidas and other such label names but be prepared to pawn your granny’s wedding ring to pay for them!
West World - Mainly men’s fashions but a women’s department underneath that’s great for brand-hungry clubbers.
Shark Bite - Filled to bursting with skate and surf fashion and accessories, Shark Bite is a must-stop shop for street-wear fans.

The Triangle
Home to Fresh and Wild, the most amazing organic supermarket in the world and the gateway to Clifton, The Triangle is a kind of throughway to Whiteladies Road and Clifton Village, but there are still a few corking shops to stop at on your way.
All Saints - Ok, it’s a bit pricey, but when they have a sale, there are some fab bargains to be had. Sells both men and women’s clothing with attitude.

Joy - Beautiful and original male and female clothing, accessories, shoes and other quirky bits and bobs besides. There is a real mix here and the prices reflect this.

Clifton Arcade
If you fancy a bit of a different shopping experience, you should definitely check out the Clifton Arcade. Take a spot of lunch in the cool but quirky Primrose Café before heading inside to peruse the shops which are a mix of arty boutiques, kitsche interior shops and quirky fashion.
Otomi - From exquisite silver jewellery to authentic textiles, owners Louise Dark and Alex Orozco Luquin source the finest Mexican offerings, bringing a much needed splash of colour to the streets of Clifton.

Grace and Mabel - Expensive but exquisite fashion and accessories to blow the student loan on, plus they are the only stockists of E. Coudray perfume from Paris - if you smile sweetly, they might give you a free sample!

Gloucester Road
This area is more directed towards the alternative fashionista - with super cute clothes and accessories from Pink Lemons and an array of cheap yet chic attire from Make, the Gloucester Road has some fine offerings for the fashion-savvy student.
Repsycho - Retro clothing may not be to everybody’s taste, but if you fancy looking like a 20’s flapper or embracing the coming season’s seventies trend with gusto, then look no further than Repsycho. From old fur coats to funky eighties jumpsuits, this shop is jam-packed with authentic retro paraphernalia and a jeans section to die for. Plus, downstairs is vinyl heaven while upstairs houses retro and kitsch furniture to kit out your digs in style.

Billie-Jean Clothes - Fun, freaky and funky clothing with a home-spun feel, a favourite of the fashion students who can pick up textiles by the metre.
Beast - Having grown up and flown the nest that was St. Nicholas’s Market, Beast now has a big, shiny shop all of its own. Here it continues to poke gentle fun at Bristolians with its unusual logo t-shirts. A great spot for getting unusual pieces of Bristol-inspired fashion.

Off The Beaten Track
A few little gems worth wandering off for…
La Freak Boutique, Picton St, Montpelier - More second-hand clothes, bags, shoes and accessories to be found in this haven and an absolute must-stop shop for the vintage fancier. Worth the walk as you can also munch a pasty from Herbert’s bakery on the way home.
Fig.1, St. Lukes Road, Totterdown - Ethical gift and homeware shop that is definitely worth checking out for totally unique pressies to impress - and you get a clean conscience to boot.

Bristol Markets
St Nicholas’ Market, Corn Street: Monday - Saturday
The Corn Exchange at St Nick’s Market is the last word in alternative style and boasts a textile emporium, lots of quirky vintage and retro clothing stalls, an amazing Moroccan cafe and best of all, it is where the magnificent Bristol t-shirt shop, Beast started life. There is also a farmers’ market every Wednesday, a gifts and crafts market every Friday and Saturday and a monthly Slow Food Market. Phew!

Tobacco Factory Market, Raleigh Road, Southville: Sundays
A Sunday market held in the car park of the Tobacco Factory is aimed squarely at the eco posse. There is also a good selection of arty-crafty bits and bobs made by local organic types and it’s a great spot to people watch over a cappuccino.

Eastville Market, Eastgate Rd, St Werberghs: Friday & Sunday
From textile and toothpaste, this is a funny old market that doesn’t quite have an identity but it’s great for fashion students after super-cheap fabric. It’s also right next to Ikea!

Southmead Market, Southmead Hospital: Saturdays
Bristol’s answer to Albert Square, this is the place to pick up dodgy DVDs and music galore, and of course, the obligatory ‘ten lighters for a pound.’

Verity Gough
Photo: Heidi Gough

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