Exploring Wapping Wharf - Bristol's Newest Neighbourhood

Exploring Wapping Wharf - Bristol's Newest Neighbourhood

Posted on: 05 Jun 2018

Looking for somewhere trendy to visit this weekend? Of course you are. Wapping Wharf is Bristol’s new up and coming community and is located right next to the river, between M Shed and the SS Great Britain. 


Not content with brick and concrete, the complex is made entirely from shipping containers - over 30 in total. They’re filled with everything from metal jewellers to bamboo clothing, bubble tea to independent florists, cheesemongers to yoga classes. With plenty to see, buy and explore, this is the perfect place to make the most of the sunshine this week!

Wapping Wharf Bristol

For Shopping 

Bristol Cider Shop

Bristol Cider Shop Wapping Wharf

Award winning cider stockists, offering over 100 artisan brands to purchase, as well as regularly hosting tasting days for if you just can’t decide which to buy... Pop by to pick up supplies for your BBQ this weekend, or to buy gifts for those cider lovers not lucky enough to live in the West Country!

The Cider Shop is based in Unit 4, CARGO 1.



Fig1 Wapping Wharf

Quirky, independent gift and home store filled with a variety of bright and interesting lighting, books, prints, furniture, jewellery and kitchenware. Perfect for an afternoon browse. 

Fig1 is located at Unit 9, Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf.


Brothers We Stand 

Brothers We Stand Wapping Wharf

Stockists of ethically sourced mens clothing, chosen from a carefully curated seletion of independent designers. 

Brothers We Stand is located in Unit 20, CARGO 2


John Kelly 1880+ 

John Kelly 1880+ Wapping Wharf

Sleek and elegant pieces which have been crafted over the last 150 years, mainly by Scandinavian and British makers. John Kelly has an extensive history in antiques and the jewellery business. He trades in silverware, metalware and jewellery, especially from the Aesthetic Movement, Mid Century Modern and present day.

Located at Unit 4, CARGO 2


Better Food 

Better Food Wapping Wharf

With sister shops on Whiteladies Road and in St Werburghs, this green grocers sells only the best and freshest produce. They are inspired by a love of real healthy food and are the ideal place to visit if you fancy doing a spot of hearty home cooking. 

Better Food is located at 1-5 Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WE.


For Eating 

Bertha’s pizza 

Bertha's Pizza Wapping Wharf

Delicious sourdough pizzas which were tasty enough to see them feature in The Sunday Times top 25 pizzerias in the UK. These are served along with homemade gelato, fresh bread, and house-made charcuterie and cheeses. 

Bertha's is at The Old Gaol Stables, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6WW.


Sholay Kitchen

Sholay Indian Kitchen at Wapping Wharf in Bristol

Sister to Clifton's The Mint Room, Sholay Kitchen provides the same high quality Indian food with a fresh and funky take. Traditional Indian street food dishes sit beside their own creations, with their menu featuring a selection of small, large and side plates which can be enjoyed with a cocktail or taken away to dine in style at home. 

Sholay Kitchen is located in Unit 17, CARGO 2.


CUPP Bubble Tea

CUPP Bubble Tea Wapping Wharf

Bubble teas made with fresh fruit and loose leaf teas served alongside traditional Taiwanese noodle soup and salads for if you're feeling a bit peckish.

Visit CUPP in Unit 6, CARGO 2


Cargo Cantina 

Cargo Cantina Wapping Wharf

If it’s margaritas and tacos you’re craving, head to Cargo Cantina. They serve up some of the most vibrant dishes in Bristol, with their tacos made from organic meats and fresh seasonal vegetables. 

Cargo Cantina is in Unit 15, CARGO 2.



Pigsty Bristol Wapping Wharf

Neighbourhood restaurant run by the three brothers behind pork suppliers The Jolly Hog (and current Harlequins rugby player Will Collier). Michelin star approved offerings, supplying the best of British meat as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pigsty is located in Units 1 and 2 of CARGO 2



Squeezed Bristol Wapping Wharf

A tiny restaurant serving up a big flavour, Squeezed will brighten up your lunch with house-made burgers, fries and lemonade. Fast food style but made with completely fresh ingredients so that you don't feel guilty afterwards... what more could you want?

Squeezed are in Unit 23, CARGO 2. Visit their website here.


Woky Ko 

Woky Ko Bristol Wapping Wharf

Relaxed and authentic Asian dining, offering their famous Bao, Xiao sharing plates and flavour-packed noodle and rice dishes. All ingredients are fresh and responsibly sourced, with dishes cooked fresh to order. Try their salted caramel ice cream bao if you're fancying something sweet. 

Woky Ko is in Unit 7, CARGO and have also just opened up an extended restaurant on Queens Road. You can check out their website here.


For Living 

If you visit and fall in love with Wapping Wharf (quite likely), you may even consider moving there. The site has had 600 new homes developed, with all of phase 1 already sold, but you can register interest for phase 2 here.

Wapping Wharf Bristol

Wapping Wharf is quintessentially Bristolian, showcasing all the best independent shops, eateries and bars in a quirky new way that fits perfectly with its location in the city. 

And despite giving it our best shot, there is far too much going on in this community to cram into just one article, so for more information or to see what other businesses have made Wapping Wharf their home, take a look at their website here.

Article by:

Iona McLeod

Iona is a final year Biomedical Science Undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Her passions include blogging, walks by the harbour and exploring new cocktail venues. Iona is working with 365Bristol as part of the Santander Internship scheme for spring and summer 2018.