Spotlight On | Wapping Wharf

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This new neighbourhood in a deeply historical part of Bristol is becoming a wonderful potpourri of experiences and flavours – there’s so much to see and do, so read on to find out the highlights!

Things to do

Wapping Wharf is bursting at the seams with activities to do and cool things to get stuck into! First stop is, of course, M Shed, the museum inside a dockside transit shed that houses events, tours and exhibitions which tell unique and personal stories about Bristol. Just a couple of minutes down along the wharf is the Art Warehouse where you can see the work of internationally acclaimed artists like Fabian Perez and Rolf Harris, and local artists like Peter Donnithorne, and stop off for a bite to eat in the adjoining tearoom afterwards. 

There’s a simply astounding amount of transport options available in the area – forgo the car and hop on a ferry for as little as £1.80 or rent a tandem bike from Bristol Tandem Hire to see your favourite city from a new perspective. With the Bristol and Bath Railway Path you can travel between the two cities on two wheels in safety and see the countryside at the same time. 

Food and drink

The floating harbour is a smorgasbord of tastes and flavours; the highlight being the fabulous CARGO – double-decker stacks of repurposed shipping containers with a crazy amount of food options from every corner of the world and country. Seafood fiends should definitely head to Clifton Seafood Company for a helping of sushi-grade tuna or Salt + Malt for delicious gluten-free fish and chips. For super fresh traditional Indian cooking head to Bandook Kitchen – ‘Grandma’s curry’ is a favourite – or pick up an aromatic vegan dahl from Gopal’s Curry Shack. Pretend you’re in Paris and pop into Assembly Bakery for a croissant, or a pain au raisin, an artisan sourdough loaf or even a beetroot and chocolate cake! Root is an exciting small plates adventure ideal for sharing with dishes such as baba ghanoush, ewe’s curd and cashew. Stop for a pint of craft beer at Somerset-based brewery, Wild Beer Co, or go pure with a revitalising and unique cocktail of fruit and veg juices from Juice Collective.

Shopping

How many times have you realised too late that you have to pick up a birthday gift? With Wapping Wharf being so central, it’s easy enough to pass through on your way to the party, and luckily CARGO gives you so many sustainable options. Have a peruse through the racks of high quality ‘80s and ‘90s clothing in Something Elsie (you may recognise the name from Tobacco Factory Market) or go browse through Mabboo’s fabulous selection of bamboo products, from toothbrushes to lunchboxes to underpants. Fig1 is full of beautiful things – I guarantee you will walk away with at least one organic Scandi cloudberry candle – and, of course, The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium is always worth a visit if you’re buying for a green-fingered friend. If you’re grocery shopping then do your bit for the sustainable movement by picking up supplies from Better Food – bring your own containers and stock up on loose-leaf tea or huge tubs of organic peanut butter.

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