Bristol, the cultural hub of the South West, may be hidden in the hills, but there is plenty to scream and shout about in this city. The perfect mix of rural countryside and vibrant city, Bristol is home to more than a few great brunch places. Whether you are a native to the area or just visiting, if you're on the hunt for the best brunches in Bristol this weekend, you should hit one of these up.
Why: Inspired by the brunch spots in Melbourne, Australia, this café offers exciting brunch creations. Try the Square Mile sweetcorn fritters, Barry-baked eggs and phat-stacked pancakes with seasonal toppings. The rustic minimal décor means you can focus on the food. If you like your brunch so much that you want to recreate the same dishes at home, Ceres offers cooking classes to teach you everything you need to know.
Where: 32 Stoke Croft, BS13QD
Why: Open for more than 25 years, the Primrose Café knows what it’s doing when it comes to brunch. The quaint café, located in the Clifton Arcade, is the ideal spot to enjoy brunch after browsing the vintage shops. On the menu, you’ll find everything from kedgeree and bubble and squeak to the French classic Croque Monsieur. If it is a nice day, make the most of its outdoor seating area and watch the world go by.
Where: 1 Boyce Avenue, BS8 4AA
Why: Serving up quality coffee and a range of artisanal pastries, Spicer + Cole is a hipster coffee shop you won’t mind spending all day in. Whether you visit with friends for a brunch date, or take your laptop to work for the day, its menu will keep you going. Offering all your usual suspects like avocado on toast and vegetarian full English, you’re not short of options. Keep an eye on the specials board for exciting additions to the menu. This is the place to go if you want a no-fuss filling dish. All housed in a super sleek, but still cosy, coffee shop, you’ll feel right at home here.
Where: 1 Queen Square Avenue, BS1 4JA
The Crafty Egg
Why: Located in Bristol’s ‘cultural quarter’, you can expect lots of egg dishes at this aptly named café. Try the signature baked ones in a range of different flavours or enjoy one of its totally Instagrammable rainbow lattes to accompany your brunch. If coffee isn’t your thing, the smoothies will set you up for the day. In this bright and airy café you’ll find students and locals alike, but you will always be guaranteed tempting brunch dishes and imaginative coffee creations.
Where: 113 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RW
Ironworks Supply Co
Why: If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast that will fill you up for the rest of the day, visit this biker café to get your brunch fix. Doubling up as a clothing shop, you can expect big portions and tasty treats. Try the American-style pancake stack with your choice of toppings, or go for one of the bagels with a range of different fillings. Think a biker’s hub sounds intimidating? All you’ll find here are friendly faces and quirky characters, just what you want when enjoying a spot of brunch.
Where: 51 Broad Street, BS1 2EP
Why: Surrounded by greenery, flowers and succulents, get a feel of the countryside while still being in the city at The Bristolian. Tucked in a back street not too far from the main town centre, try its Spanish tostadas with tomato and your choice of halloumi, bacon or aubergine fritters. If you are feeling particularly hungry or you’re just up for something different, order the Bristolian Challenge – a huge portion of any of its other brunch dishes. This is not one for the faint-hearted, so order at your own risk.
Where: 2 Picton Street, BS6 5QA
Why: Priding itself on ethically sourced and seasonal produce, this Scandi-influenced café offers a tasty and healthy brunch menu. Try one of the Dela bowls with mackerel, fennel, dill crème fraiche and poached eggs or mushrooms, goat’s curds and hazelnuts. This super-trendy café is also open for events throughout the week, so if you fancy a yoga class or an interactive feast, Dela is the place to be.
Where: Mivart Street, BS5 6JF
East Village Café
Why: Located just outside the centre of Bristol, this pretty café is 100% vegetarian and 100% Instagrammable. The décor is neutral with the odd touch of pink and some sparkles for good measure. It is in this setting you can enjoy its açaí bowl, shakshouka or maple and coconut ‘bacon’ pancakes. If you want to add a bit of colour into your life, the huge selection of superfood lattes are super-impressive. Try the red velvet latte with chocolate that uses beetroot to give it its intense red colour. You really don’t want to miss this.
Where: Boyce's Avenue, BS8 4AA
At The Well
Why: Have lots of washing to do but really need a coffee? At this café cum laundrette (find a better combination, we’ll wait), you can do both at the same time. No twiddling your thumbs while you wait for your clothes to be done either. Bring a friend and have a brunch date or get on with some work to pass the time. Try its transatlantic pancakes – American-styled with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon and maple syrup. Should you be so unlucky to spill food on your top, you're in luck - just throw it straight in the wash.
Where: 145 Cheltenham Road, BS65RR
Why: Serving up all the usual brunch fixings, with some exciting variations on the classics, Este Kitchen is a family-run café bringing the flavours of Latin America to Bristol. The rustic wooden interiors and quirky wall art make for a visually interesting place to enjoy your brunch (and a very Instagrammable backdrop if you’re into that kinda thing). Try the ‘pan con tomate’ with fried egg and chilli or the ‘Arepa con Perico’, a Colombian take on scrambled eggs. Caramba!
Where: 7 Greenbank Road, Easton, BS5 6EZ
Why: Not in the mood for your usual brunch dishes? Offering up Middle Eastern and North African cuisine here you can enjoy a whole range of dishes, like shakshouka – a traditional dish of poached eggs in tomato sauce and served with flatbread. The modern décor with Middle Eastern touches will make you feel like you’re on an exotic holiday.
Where: 59 Apsley Road, BS8 2SW
Prince Street Social
Why: Enjoy a quick breakfast or lazy brunch in this modern and quirky bar and restaurant. Located in the city’s downtown office district, if you have time to spare during your busy work day, give the super-varied brunch menu a try. Try its range of the increasingly popular shakshuka with a choice of toppings. Or if you really want filling up, the burgers and kebabs make for tasty alternatives to eggs. By the way, you can go bottomless for two hours too – score!
Where: 37-41 Prince Street, BS1 4PS
Brace & Browns
Why: If you’re looking for a slightly more formal brunch, the intimate tapas bar and kitchen, Brace & Browns, offer an all-savoury brunch. Try the savoury French toast with poached eggs and truffled wild mushrooms, for instance. If it’s boozy brunch you’re after, there's a three-course Prosecco brunch available. We suggest you get there early if you want a table– it gets busy fast. But no matter how long it takes you to get a table, a brunch is worth the wait, right?
Where: 43 Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LS
Why: This bakery, coffee shop and brunch spot hybrid is a favourite among hipsters and we’re not surprised. The clean lines, wooden touches and mismatched counter makes for a fun and homely feeling – the perfect spot for an early morning breakfast of freshly baked pastries or a late brunch after a weekend lie-in. On the menu, expect the vegan skillet with beans, peppers and avocado. In a rush? Take one of its brioche sandwiches with salmon and cream cheese to go, although we recommend you stay to enjoy this brunch.
Where: 65, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LY
Bakers and Co.
Why: Inspired by the San Francisco brunch scene, this café was set up to serve quality coffee alongside a cracking brunch menu. Doing exactly that, you’ll find Spanish favourite huevos rancheros; its version of the full English; or the baker’s breakfast with sausage, pinto beans and sourdough toast. All their sourdough is baked on site, by the way. If you’re lucky and get in early enough, you can take a leftover loaf of the freshly baked chewy goodness home with you to enjoy. San Francisco knows how to do brunch, and now you can experience what all the fuss is about in Bristol.
Where: 193 Gloucester Road, BS7 8BG
Why: Serving up a wide range of hearty brunch dishes, Quay Street Diner is the place to go for an all-American diner experience in Bristol. On its brunch menu, you’ll find fried chicken and waffles (a diner staple), huevos rancheros and churros to satisfy your sweet craving. Enjoy it in a stylish take on the traditional diner; think vintage film posters, rustic wooden tables and retro red seating.
Where: 2 Quay Street, BS1 2JL
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