Bristol is the shopping capital of the South West with high-end boutiques, high street chains and scores of independent retailers. Here we have chosen our own top 10 independent shops in Bristol:
1 Rise Music
Staff are knowledgeable about their vast range of music. They also sell cult books, movies and vintage clothes. Rise Music also hosts live events or you can relax in their in-store cafe-bar.
2 Rag Trade Boutique
Quality-controlled, constantly changing second-hand designer pieces to buy or bring your own and Rag Trade will resell those that pass inspection for you, for a cut of the final price.
3 Cox and Baloney
An emporium of vintage, limited-edition and reworked clothing and home-wares, including bone china designed using original lithographs from defunct Staffordshire factories and printed by local charity Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft. They also stock loose-leaf teas to buy in-store or sample at its Tea Room next door.
4 Grape & Grind
Wine for all occasions, with an Enomatic wine dispenser that allows customers to try before buying wines from small suppliers and unusual varieties too. The shop also stocks craft beers, whiskies made by Signatory as well as specialist teas and coffees.
A second-hand book-store run by a communist bibliophile with a strong sense of community. Books are always affordably priced, with discounts for students, pensioners and the unwaged.
6 Bristol Cider Shop
From draft cider on tap for tasting, there are also over one-hundred bottled varieties of 100 percent juice cider and perry, all made within 80km of Bristol by small independent producers and sourced direct from the farms.
This non-profit social enterprise "vintage lounge and arts venue" is part bright boutique, full of interesting finds and part communal space: the top-floor living room serves coffee and cake as well as hosting gigs, workshops and exhibitions.
8 Opus 13
Specialising in all things classical music, except instruments. A wide range of CDs and sheet music, plus other novelty music items.
Run by a small co-operative of artists who sell wares including silver charms, screen prints, embroideries and decorative kiln-formed glass. Handmade cards and locally published books, are also for sale and the back opens into an airy gallery.
10 Reclaimers Reclamation
With its jumble of stock, the store focuses on recycling and regenerating furniture and fittings; specialities include kitchen worktops fashioned from snooker-table slate, restored fireplaces more.