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Stokes Croft: This little neighbourhood of Bristol that you need to visit!

The first time I went to Bristol probably was a couple of years ago. It was the beginning of autumn and the city was absolutely charming and full of colours. I had the chance to explore many of the iconic neighbourhoods of the city but one was missing to my list: Stokes Croft. Probably not the most famous one but definitely one of the best hidden gems I have discovered lately. If you haven’t been to Stokes Croft yet, here is why you should absolutely consider it for your next visit to Bristol!

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Stokes Croft is located in the north side of Bristol. Very close to all the main attractions of the center, Stokes Croft still remains very different from the rest of the city. More urban and full of street arts, this part of the city reunites a beautiful collection of murals and is the theatre of a very modern and creative artistic vibe.

What I absolutely loved while visiting Stokes Croft was how colourful the people of that neighbourhood were. Very similar to Brooklyn or Shoreditch, this part of the city has developed a strong urban identity: The shops, the restaurants, the coffee scene are all influenced by a very eclectic and mixed population which creates a very unique neighbourhood inside Bristol.

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Coffee and Brunch

There are a lot of vintage and second hand boutiques around and many real cool coffee shops too. I would have loved to try them all but despite being there early, most of the places were already completely full. That said, we ended up in Cafe Kino which was a really nice surprise! Completely vegan and organic, this little restaurant is very engaged into the community and helping locals

If you are looking for other places where to grab a cup of coffee or even a brunch, here are the places I have pinned for my next visit:  Ceres or Cafe Ronak.

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Bristol Grand Hotel

This year, my travel goals was to finally see a bit more of the UK! After almost three years in London, It was more than time right? And I couldn’t be happier to be able to make this dream a reality with Mercure Hotels. So after visiting BanburyOxford and Nottingham, I was once again very happy to be back to one of the Mercure properties. Bristol Grand was on my list for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Located literally opposite to the famous Bristol Market, Bristol Grand is one of the prettiest Mercure Hotels I have been to so far. Elegant and modern, the room was full of colours and beautifully decorated in a mix of industrial and contemporary features. A beautiful combo that always works! The lobby and dining room share the same influences and are absolutely beautiful too. As usual, the breakfast was good with many options for sweet and savoury: The idéal way to start the day!

 

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I am sure that I would have other opportunities to explore Bristol this year so what would be your recommendations for me? Any favourite brunch place or absolute must-see?

Alex
alex.zouaghi@yahoo.fr

Parisian of heart, recently Londoner and former New-Yorker, Alex, 28, teacher by day and passionate blogger and photographer the rest of the time, has developed a strong interest for travels and adventures since he decided to move to Beijing in 2011. Always ready to go back on the road, Alex is more than decided to hump on new adventures that will lead him all around the world!

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