Five reasons why we love Bristol!

The more we get to know Bristol, the city that is home to our first UK residential development (BoKlok on the Brook), the more we love about it!

It was tricky to narrow this down to just five things but here are the top five things we love about Bristol:

1. The Food!

Bristol is definitely a real foodie city. There is so much choice and something to suit every taste. From independent cafes to Michelin starred restaurants, you won’t be disappointed. What has also been fantastic to see, is the entrepreneurial approach so many of these eateries have taken – which enabled many customers to continue to enjoy some great food, even during the recent lockdowns.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, Time Out have put together their top 15 restaurants you must try in Bristol. View it here.

2. The Shopping!

As well as being home to our beloved IKEA Bristol Store, the city offers a huge array of places to shop. Bristol City Centre is just three miles away from our development at BoKlok on the Brook and offers lots of choice. At the Bristol Shopping Quarter and Cabot Circus, you can access everything from independent stores to all of your high street favourites, along with a wide choice of restaurants and cafés.

While tucked away from the hubbub of the city centre, you will find Clifton Village and its stylish boutiques. If retro and vintage are more your style, then head straight to Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road, both of which provide a quirky and bohemian addition to Bristol’s shopping experience.

3. A focus on sustainability

A shared passion for us is Bristol’s commitment to addressing sustainability and climate change. Bristol was the first British city to be named European Green Capital back in 2015 – an award that celebrates and promotes innovative responses to urban environmental challenges.

More recently, Bristol has been selected as one of only four cities in the world to take part in the global Climate Smart Cities Challenge, which aims to focus on specific areas that have the potential to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and at the same time deliver significant social impact (read more in our recent blog post here).

Add to this the fact that Bristol was the UK’s first cycling city, birthplace of the National Cycle Network and home to Sustrans (the UK’s sustainable transport charity), we think there is a lot to be proud of here!

4. A family-friendly

While the city is famous for its lively culture, packed with places to eat, drink and be entertained, it is also a great place for families. There are so many places to visit from Bristol Zoo to the Bristol Museum, you really are spoilt for choice.

If you are looking for a few ideas, we have come across a great post on Mummy Travels here.

5. A city of culture

From its eclectic street art to its vast array of museums and galleries, there is something for everyone here. In fact Visit Bristol have produced a great guide to the city’s museums and galleries.

The city also has historical attractions in abundance. From its varied architecture to the Georgian streets of Clifton, there is so much to appreciate and enjoy.

We’d love to hear what you love about this city – please feel free to add a comment or to drop us an email direct at


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