The Bristol Guild

68–70 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JY

This lovely specialist department store is worth the hike up Park Street if you’re a design buff – or even if you’re not. Downstairs you’ll find plenty of kitchen goodies, with Emma Bridgewater ceramics and the likes of Typhoon and Dartington kitchen and tableware, as well as a toy department; there’s also a small gourmet foods department, and upstairs you’ll find furniture, jewellery and ceramic art. If you’re looking for presents, cards, wrapping paper or anything beautiful for the home, this is the place to come. It’s all very designer and chic; one of the nicest things about it is the café at the back, often full of grannies, which is Park Street’s hidden secret. Hunker down here for homemade soup or a flapjack at brilliant prices.

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