To quote Lily Allen, ’People from the city having lunch in the park, I believe that it’s called al fresco’ – these temperate months are your chance to make like a European and head on down to these outside eateries!
What better way to get to know the city you’re in than eating outside, feeling the breeze on your face as you fill up on food? Download the Wriggle app and make your own account to catch the most delicious deals on everything from Korean noodles to cold-brew cappuccinos. Now read on to find out about Bristol’s best beer gardens and benches for top-notch al fresco-ing.
ST NICHOLAS MARKET
Tucked away in the medieval heart of the city is one of the top 10 best markets in the UK, otherwise known as St Nicks Market. More than 60 stalls are packed into the beautiful 19th- century glass arcade and surrounding pedestrian streets selling everything from local farmers’ produce to antiques to freshly made gyoza. Open Monday– Saturday from 9am–5.30pm, St Nicks Market is the perfect lunch spot for an exotic takeaway.
Must try: homemade Kurdish naan wraps from Matin
St Nicks Market Facebook page
A true gem in the concrete jungle – this fabulous terrace on Colston Street serves up North African and Mediterranean cuisine all day long against a backdrop of panoramic city views. Bambalan brunch is a wonder to behold; think poached eggs, spiced beans, harissa tomatoes and merguez sausages along with expertly crafted cocktails and smoothies. Being slap-bang in the centre of town, it’s the post- work watering hole for many Bristolians who love a pint and a delicious sharer plate with their colleagues on a Friday.
Must try: Shakshouka
Bambalan Facebook page
Truly al fresco with a view, the newly refurbed Riverstation is a place where you can eat by the water and watch the boats sail by – you’ll love sipping coffee on the beautiful pontoon terrace area looking out across the harbour and the brightly coloured Redcliffe houses on the other side. Both floors of Riverstation serve delectable, locally sourced dishes that change with the seasons and with it being open all day, you’ll be heading over for weekend brunch or evening cocktails in no time.
Must try: Pontoon burgers with onion relish
Riverstation Facebook page
Who knew a stack of re-purposed shipping containers could provide so much joy? Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a hearty meal, you won’t leave CARGO on Wapping Wharf empty-stomached. Bristol favourite Pizzarova serves £7 margaritas from a hatch, Woky Ko is bao bun heaven and Pigsty does insane pork burgers stuffed with juicy crackling and apple sauce – not forgetting The Pickled Brisket in Unit 3, CARGO 2, is Bristol’s first dedicated salt beef bar run by husband and wife team Robin and Flora Slater.
Must try: Gopal’s Curry Shack’s South Indian coconut and vegetable curry
Pig Sty Facebook page
EAST VILLAGE CAFÉ
A 100% vegetarian menu and decor to die for; what more could you want? EVC attracts foodies far and wide thanks to its prime location in Clifton Village and amazing selection of veggie and vegan brunch and lunch options, from smashed avo on toast topped with seared tempeh to seasonal soup of the day with sourdough. Dare you not to Instagram your Pink Pitaya Superfood Latte!
Must try: vegan rose and pistachio cake, with house made cold brew coffee
East Village Café Facebook page