Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day, an annual global day celebrating the social. Economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

If you are a frequent reader of our blog posts, you will know that we at Urban Apartments love to give local recommendations in and around Bristol, to share with our frequent guests and visitors.

In honour of International Women’s Day, we have decided to add a bonus blog this week, where we showcase some brilliant Women owned shops and businesses in the city. Without further ado…

Loot Vintage at the Bear Pit

6-9 Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN

Discover the charm of Bristol’s own Bear Pit Vintage Finds, Loot Vintage, where high-quality, curated vintage clothing from across Europe awaits. Unearth unique and well-preserved pieces that showcase a distinctive focus on retro streetwear and reimagined styles.

Mon Pote

217a North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1JJ

Mon Pote, a delightful boutique, is your go-to destination for an eclectic array of home goods, jewellery, and stationery. With very friendly and helpful staff, the store offers a diverse selection of products to cater to your taste and needs.

Grape & Grind

101 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol

Grape & Grind, a Bristol wine haven featuring an extensive collection of wines, craft beers, artisan spirits, and premium coffee beans from a top-notch roaster. Explore their small yet enticing selection of whiskies and treat yourself to a quality wine experience.

Rhubarb Jumble

52 North Street, Southville, Bristol,  BS3 1HJ

The Rhubarb Jungle thrift store offers a variety of funky, pretty vintage clothing for women. It is new and has only been around for a few years, but the quality is good. It also has rails of vintage items like homeware, so it’s great for anyone looking for something unique.

That Thing

45-47 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QP

Dive into the world of vintage and contemporary streetwear at That Thing. This store not only specializes in unique fashion but also supports local graffiti writers, music producers, and artists. Explore their extensive online store for a variety of products, including cards and gifts.

The Bristol Artisan

3 Lower Redland Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6TB

Experience the charm of The Bristol Artisan, a stylish gift shop showcasing handmade products with a focus on sustainable practices. With over 50 independent designers and makers, the store offers an array of children’s gifts, ceramics, jewellery, homeware, lighting, clothing, cards, and more.

Anna Cake Couture

7A Boyce’s Ave, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA

Anna Cake Couture is a lovely, couture-style cake shop that offers amazing cakes that are perfect for any occasion. They also offer excellent cake decorating classes, so you can create some truly stunning bakes of your own.


4 Boyce’s Ave, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 4AA

The Mexican goods store Otomí is a great place to find authentic Mexican ingredients and products, as well as helpful advice on cooking and baking. The store has a great variety of items, many of which are only available in Mexico. The owners are very friendly and welcoming, and will definitely recommend Otomí to others looking for quality Mexican food and gifts.

Better Food

1-5 Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WE

Better Food is a local organic food store that stocks ethical and local foods. While it may be slightly pricey, the impressive selection of organic items, craft beers, ales, ciders, and vegan and vegetarian goods makes it a valuable addition to Bristol’s food scene.

Urban Fox

St. Nicholas Market, 58 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 2AZ

Discover organised vintage treasures at Urban Fox, a well-curated clothing store boasting a diverse selection from various eras. Don’t miss their impressive collection of sunglasses, adding a touch of style to your wardrobe.


123 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol

Immerse yourself in Bristol’s artistic community at Co-Lab on Gloucester Road. A hub for local artists and designers with a musical focus, the store offers online delivery and a diverse range of products from talented local makers.

Good Store Studio

31 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 OHB

Experience the uniqueness of Good Store Studio, an independent shop showcasing a diverse range of handmade products. The friendly staff and inviting atmosphere make it the perfect stop for finding something truly special. Make sure to pay a visit!

…and there’s plently more where that came from, find even more here. Join us by supporting women today and everyday. Happy International Women’s Day.

Published: 06.03.24 by Phoebe Clutton