A Foodie Delight
Ahh Bristol. Home to all things creative, boho and a little bit fun. And it has the organic farms, sustainable gardens and homegrown gorgeousness of Somerset on its doorstep. It’s no wonder street food in Bristol is a big deal.
Even a month wouldn’t be enough to work your way around the street-food traders in Harbourside Market, Whiteladies Saturday Market, Temple Quay Market, Tobacco Factory’s Sunday Market, St Nicholas’s Market and its night-time extravaganzas… and all the little popups that appear on any given day.
A couple of years ago, Google said the good people of Bristol made more vegan-related searches than any other city – in the world. If you’re looking for vegan-friendly, Bristol is your Mecca. Step into Bristol’s street markets, and there are vegan options at every turn.
Broad Quay’s Harbourside Market, overlooking the Floating Harbour, thrums to DJ tunes to help you wander from street-food trader to street-food trader to choose your plate of vegan joy. Try a Smoked Vegan wrap, a pile of sticky spicy Thai pulled jackfruit or go Tibetan with steamed momo dumplings.
Over at St Nicks Market, there’s a whole vegan and wellbeing market with plant-based paella, animal-free bakery, wholefood-laden burgers, pitas and flatbreads.
Thursday lunch is Temple Quay Market time. A three-minute walk from Temple Meads railway station, Temple Quay Market lines up vegan stew and vegan comfort food up alongside locally sourced non-vegan pizzas, deli sandwiches, sushi and fish wraps.
Just like the good old days, the West Country’s farmers, fishers and producers make their way into the city to sell their wares. Most days of the week, Bristol locals can get homecooked street-food served with an authentic helping of countryside charm.
Home to Bristol Farmers Market and a veritable stack of street-food traders, St Nicks Market is a Bristol institution. Trading since the 18th century, St Nicks one of the best indoor markets in the UK, and on Tuesdays and Fridays it steps up a gear with 15 street-food traders firing up their ovens to serve homecooked international deliciousness from 11am to 2.30pm. Pick up vegan Seitan Sour Chik’N served with rice or noodles and Sriracha slaw or go full-on sweet with a tray of freshly made lick-your-lips doughnuts.
Whiteladies Saturday Market and the Tobacco Factory’s Sunday Market welcome farmers and local producers and a whole lot of shoppers with net bags. Alongside fresh produce from straight from the farm, street traders tempt shoppers with divine hot coffee and pastries, to-die-for bacon butties and scotch eggs. And if you’re still around for lunch, spiced jerk chicken, goat curry or award-winning Pieminister pies.