Bristol is renowned for showcasing some of the country’s finest street food vendors, offering a smorgasbord of tantalising dishes that span countless cultures and cuisines. From mouthwatering mains to delectable desserts, these inventive chefs will set your tastebuds alight with their culinary creations.
If you’ve spent some time in Bristol, you’ll have observed the transformative journey that ambitious food enthusiasts embark on; they start at humble food stalls, advance to bustling shipping containers, and ultimately, make the bold leap to establish their own brick-and-mortar restaurants. Who knows, you may even encounter the next Josh Eggleton honing their craft at one of Bristol’s vibrant street food markets.
In this guide, you’ll find details on various food markets, their locations, and opening hours, along with links out to view up-to-date lists of the best food stalls you simply can’t miss when in Bristol.
- St Nicks Food Market (Mon-Sat)
- Temple Quay Market (Tues & Thurs)
- Finzels Reach Food Market (Weds & Fri)
- Harbourside Food Market (Weds, Thurs, Sat & Sun)
- Friday Food Market (Err… Friday)
- Windmill Hill Market (First Saturday of the month)
- Tobacco Factory Food Market (Sunday)
St Nicholas Market
Open six days a week, St Nicks is the oldest and one of the best loved food markets in Bristol. Established in 1743 and still going strong, you can sample fantastic street food from a range of permanent vendors in the beautiful Glass Arcade.
As an extra treat, the St Nicks Night Market happens a few times a year – keep an eye on their Instagram account to be in the loop!
Open: Monday to Saturday, lunchtime
Location: Corn Street
Temple Quay Market
Located next door to Temple Meads Station, this vibrant food market boasts a glorious lineup of food stalls serving up Sri Lankan delicacies, sushi, smashed burgers, fried chicken wings, East African dishes, Greek wraps, pasta, Malaysian treats and more!
Open: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-14:00
Location: The Square, Temple Quay
Finzels Reach Food Market
This twice-weekly food market is perfectly situated amongst office buildings near the centre of Bristol. Ever increasing in size, the food stalls tend to your senses and provide nourishment from across the culinary spectrum. There’s Tibetan food, Cantonese dim sum, fish dishes, Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwiches and plenty more to be discovered.
Open: Wednesday & Friday, 11:00-14:00
Location: Old Temple St, Redcliffe
Harbourside Street Food Market
About as central as you can get, the Harbourside Street Food Market brings together the best food with live music and scenic views. The ever-changing 10-stall roster ensures that they keep things fresh and offer regulars a diverse mix of options. You’ll find Bristol’s greatest names, up-and-coming chefs and unique concepts that’ll satisfy your street food cravings.
Open: Weds & Thurs, 12:00-14:30 / Sat & Sun, 11:00-16:00
Location: 1 Canon’s Road
Friday Food Market
This collection of street food stalls almost acts as an extension of St Nicholas Market on Fridays. Regulars include Pippin Doughnuts, Tia Julia’s Brazilian food, Food By Sophie (serving Caribbean comfort food) and delicious chicken wraps created by Wrapman.
Open: Every Friday, 10:00-16:00
Location: Wine Street
Windmill Hill Market
A new market that launched late 2022 at Windmill Hill City Farm bringing together street food and market stalls from local Bristol makers, as well as live music and entertainment for the kids. After their winter break, they’ve resumed but now on the first Saturday of the month from April to December 2023.
Open: Every first Saturday of the month, 11:00-16:00
Location: Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster
Tobacco Factory Food Market
A bustling Sunday market located south of the river in the grounds of the Tobacco Factory, bringing together top street food traders, crafts and produce from the local area. You’ll recognise some of the food stalls that do the weekly circuit, while also discovering fresh faces and delicious new concepts.
Open: Every Sunday, 10:00-14:30
Location: Raleigh Road, Southville