About the guide

backFrom architecture to art galleries, boutiques to B&Bs, cafés to community cinemas – whether you’ve lived here for fifty years or stepped off the train five minutes ago, discover something new in this iconic city.

This pocket-sized, printed fold-out map + guide has been curated by members of the West of England Design Forum, who have collected together some of Bristol’s best independent and creative shops, eateries, sights, art, architecture, accommodation and much more. It is illustrated by beautiful, bespoke maps created by Bristol-based graphic design agency Just Design and divided by area to make exploring the city as easy as possible.

Whether a day-tripper or holidaymaker, born and bred Bristolian or recent resident, there’s something new for everyone to discover in the Insider’s Guide. It features more than 180 listings of creative, independent and curious spots in Bristol, divided into 20 categories, each with handpicked recommendations, and accompanied by 8 illustrated area maps to explore.

Adrian Barclay, graphic designer and illustrator at Just Design, commented, “Bristol is a proudly independent and creative city. Alongside the WEDF, we felt there was an opportunity to showcase the best bits of Bristol with a beautifully designed and well-thought out guide.

A lot of labour and love has gone into creating the guide, and there’s been much debate about its contents. In a city where new venues are springing up all the time, we’ve tried to present a compilation of old favourites and new hotspots to ensure there’s something for everyone.”

The map is available for purchase throughout the city.