Shopping in The Arcade Bristol since 1832

Shopping in The Arcade Bristol since 1832

Posted on: 28 Nov 2018

The Arcade is a bustling hub for independent businesses in Bristol. Located in the shopping quarter of Broadmead, you’ll find everything from tailors to nail salons, key cutters to tattoo studios, each business different from the next. Set inside a beautiful Victorian building, it has been operating as a home for small shops and eateries since 1832. See below for a closer look at exactly who’s inhabiting The Arcade at the moment:


The Crazy Fox

This café has their own coffee roasted especially for them. Using some of the finest beans around, this establishment will always make a perfect cup o’ joe. They also prepare fresh food and cakes daily, as well as boasting extensive smoothie and juice options.

The Crazy Fox


Flavour Vapour

It’s on two floors and has a chill area upstairs. Table football, a games machine and leather sofas, make it like Bristol’s version of Amsterdam coffee shops…but with vape. Gorgeous smells are rife and they have a whole team to help fulfil your needs-with a ridiculous amount of flavours.

Flavour Vapour


Beauty Zone

The go-to place for all of your beauty wishes. The ladies at Beauty Zone offer a wide range of treatments such as ear piercing, eyelash extensions and facials. You can even get golden and fruit facials! Wow.

Beauty Zone


EK Hair

Offering kiddie cuts, EK Hair are a specialist children’s hairdressers. They know that it can be difficult getting your little ones to sit still, but with their super fun interior they'll never grow bored!

EK Hair


Crowned Barber Shop

Showcasing some of the sharpest cuts around, this Barbers is always busy. Friendly, chatty and for all age gentlemen. Owner Danny offers decent priced, professional and sophisticated services.




Illustrate is a contemporary shop that aims to transform art into fashion. It is one of the Arcade’s newest shops and inside you’ll find a friendly and open atmosphere. From simple geometrics to detailed designs, you can find a number of varied items in stock.



Inked Up

This well-established tattoo and piercing parlour is here to help you achieve your desired design, or piercing…or both! With years of professional experience and a huge portfolio, the artists can do flash and custom work to the highest of standards.

Inked Up Bristol - Tattoos and Piercings in Bristol


Sobey's in Bristol's Arcade shopping quarter.

Sobey's Vintage Clothing

Sobey’s specialise in selling re-worked and retro clothing. Situated in the beautiful Victorian Arcade in Bristol’s shopping quarter, many pieces inside are one of a kind. This one should certainly be on your list if you’re after one-off pieces of jewellery.


Kelly’s Nails

This nail salon is known far and wide as the go-to place for perfect claws. They are a bunch of professional technicians who offer services like acrylic, gel and shellac nails as well as facial waxing.

Kelly's nails



Mabz is your man for key cutting services. He will always deliver great service with a smile and we can garuntee that you’ll walk out laughing. He does key cutting, engraving, battery fitting, shoe repairs and lots more. He is also a winner of the Best Independent Business in Bristol award!



Maya’s Eyebrows

Brows on fleek. Maya’s Eyebrows & Beauty are masters of the ancient art of threading and have a wide range of treatments available including facial treatments and massages as well as waxing.

Maya's Eyebrows


Needle and Thread

This tailors and dry cleaners are here for all your sewing qualms. They also cater to all dressmaking needs and can hand make custom designs. Known for being fast, reliable and skilled, they’re truly one of a kind!

Needle and Thread


Rollin’ Vietnamese

The newest addition to The Arcade, this little gem of a restaurant serves the finest of Vietnamese eats and drinks. Their authentic menu has already seen many flock to try the food out, and it’s been a massive hit.



The Dragons Gallery

This one of a kind shop is a spiritual, alternative haven. Inside you’ll find beautiful crystals and rare stones, fossils, books, tarot cards original artwork and more. Act quick though because their stock changes frequently, so many items are unique. They also offer tarot reading and reiki treatments in their private room.



Urban Identity

Urban Identity is a new garment customisation business. With the help of their in-house designer, they operate quickly to meet their customers’ requirements, and offer a range of eco-friendly screen printing services and more.

Urban Identity


Taste of Napoli

This family run eatery is extremely popular due to its authentic Italian tastes. Serving a selection of delicious pizza, calzone, Napoletani panini and of course, the finest of Italian coffee. They also do a number of vegan foods. The people are passionate about what they do, always wearing huge smiles.



Silver Scene

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the all of the shining silver in the window display. Wonder inside and you’ll be even more captivated by the range of stunning jewellery that they have to purchase.

Silver scene


Wok Boxstix

This noodle bar is taking The Arcade by storm! With a many specially tailored sauces and fillings galore, the food will have you craving more. Their food is fresh and they have a strictly no MSG rule.



Bakers Dolphin

If you’re on the hunt for great holiday deals then look no further, for Bakers Dolphin to find you the very best packages. From theatre trips to door-to-door travel, they’ve got you covered.




Okay Shakeaway isn’t an independent…but their drinks are bloomin’ delicious nonetheless. With thousands of drinks combinations to choose from, it’s always hard to narrow it down.


The Arcade is located at BS1 3JD and for more information visit or call 0117 2140098.


Article by:

Hannah Moll

Hannah recently graduated with a degree in English with Writing. She is an avid writer, freelancer and creative. She is currently writing her first full-length novel and a collection of poetry. Always out and about in Bristol's music scene, she attends music events on a weekly basis.