An Insider's Guide to Montpelier

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An Insider's Guide to Montpelier

written on 14/09/2021 10:12am

Quirky. Colourful. Bohemian. Ask any Bristolian to describe this neighbourhood just north of the city centre and they’ll probably use one of these three adjectives to describe Montpelier. A maze of vibrantly painted terraced houses peppered with cool cafes and homely pubs, it oozes charm.

With its own suburban train station and proximity to the city centre, its easily accessible for any traveller. In 2018, Montpelier was named as the hippest neighbourhood in the UK by a poll that takes into account the number of independent cafes, co-working spaces and how Instagrammable a place is.

“Like any self-respecting hip neighbourhood, Montpelier has flown under the radar for years whilst Bristol’s other suburbs have had their time in the sun. That is, until now,” the team at Travel Supermarket said in their Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index.

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Things to do in Montpelier

This neighbourhood is residential in design, which means it’s perfect for a stroll and soaking up the relaxed, creative ambience. There’s an abundance of watering holes dotted through the little streets so any walks will definitely be broken up by pitstops!

Street Art Tour

84% of Montpelier’s surfaces have graffiti, which makes a wander through the area one of the top things to do. With so many pastel coloured houses, it’s definitely one for the ‘gram – just check out #montpelierbristol

RePlay

A board game café with an emphasis on fun, RePlay puts the ‘game’ into board game. With a relaxed feel, this is a great place to lose a few hours. In addition to an extensive board game library, there are also ping pong tables – plus a great menu for grazing while you play.

Have a look at the RePlay website for more details.

196 Cheltenham Road Bristol BS6 5RB

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Places to Eat in Montpelier

Known as one of Bristol’s most alternative neighbourhoods, Montpelier’s dining choices reflect its residents. With a smorgasbord of vegan options and quirky cafes, Montpelier is truly all-inclusive in its food offerings.

The Bristolian

Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this cosy little independent bistro on Montpelier’s charming Picton Street has loads of vegan and veggie options. There’s a lovely front garden perfect for a chilled beer or wine and people watching in this colourful neighbourhood.

For menu, opening times and enquiries, check out the Bristolian website.

2 Picton Street, Bristol BS6 5QA

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Boston Tea Party

A Bristolian staple, this small independent South West chain has a branch on the corner of Bath Buildings and Cheltenham Road. With a large terrace and an extensive brunch menu, it’s often filled to bursting on the weekends as students nurse hangovers, parents juggle coffee and small children and locals indulge in their delicious assortments of cakes and smoothies.

Menus, opening times and contact details are available on the BTP website.

15 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RL

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Oowee Vegan

Another Bristol-based independent chain, this branch serves up some epic vegan burgers. There’s also the range of infamous dirty fries and other sides to bulk up on your order. Takeaways and Deliveroo only.  

For opening times, go to the Oowee website.

54 Picton Street, Bristol BS6 5QA

Bianchis

An old school Italian Trattoria from the team behind Bristol favourites Pasta Ripiena, La Sorella and Pasta Loco, Bianchis is a treat for the tastebuds. With a flavour-filled a la carte menu and extensive wine list, it’s perfect for a special occasion. Booking recommended.

Details of opening times and contact details on the Bianchis site

1 -3 York Road, Bristol BS6 5QB

Koocha Mezze

Founded in 2018 as Bristol’s first fully vegan restaurant, Koocha Mezze is a treasure trove of Persian inspired vegan mezze. With an exciting cocktail menu and some big, powerful flavours, Koocha is all about bringing to power of the plant to the plate.

Check out menus and openings on the Koocha website.

203B Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QX

 

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Places to Drink in Montpelier

Hidden in amongst the colourful terraces are some of Bristol’s most loved pubs. Paired with the livelier spots on Cheltenham Road, Montpelier has a great selection of places to relax with a chilled beer on a sunny afternoon or go for a few drinks before a night out in neighbouring Stokes Croft or Gloucester Road.

The Cadbury

Famous for its open fire and walled garden, The Cadbury is a 300-year-old timber-framed pub with a reggae soundtrack, pub games and a great roast.

68 Richmond Road, Bristol BS6 5EW

Check out their social for details on what’s on.

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Old England

A live music spot with a beer garden that used to have W.G. Grace’s cricket nets, The Old England is tucked away in Montpelier’s back streets.

43 Bath Buildings, Bristol BS6 5PT

Listings are updated on their facebook

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The Social

Independent bar The Social is a lively bar next to Bristol’s vibrant Stokes Croft. With a great range of drinks – including an extensive cocktail menu – it’s perfect for most occasions – whether a chilled catch up with friends or a night out on the town. It also has a brilliant kitchen – menus available on the Social site.

130 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RW

Pipe and Slippers

Although technically in Montpelier, the Pipe and Slippers bar is usually associated with Stokes Croft. With a 1am license at the weekends, it’s a late night staple for many Bristolians with its eclectic range of DJs. However, it’s also got a homely feel, making it a great place for a midweek drink too - plus they’ve got a reputation for top food. Menus and listings are available on their website.

118 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RW

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As one of Bristol’s most interesting residential neighbourhoods, it’s unsurprising that rental properties in Montpelier are similarly charming. We’re lucky to manage a number of beautiful places – such as this beautiful Victorian terrace home! Click through to see if they’re available for your visit.

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