Situated to the North of the city centre, Montpelier is one of the most highly sought-after areas of Bristol. Not only was named as one of the coolest places to live in the UK, it offers fun and free-spirited approach to inner-city living.
Montpelier is quite a unique area. Filled with colourful terraces of houses down winding lanes and cobbled streets, it has an almost ‘French village’ feel to it, and much of the residential property is Georgian and Victorian. Although many have been converted into flats, all have retained their true period glory.
Much of the best things about Montpelier can be found on the busy, bustling Picton Street. Here you’ll find a fine array of independent shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent family-run Italian delicatessen. Stop for breakfast at the famous Katie and Kim’s Kitchen (www.katieandkimskitchen.com) and try one of their incredible bacon sandwiches, or go for dinner at Bristol institution Bells Diner & Bar Rooms (www.bellsdiner.com).
Shopping opportunities are never far away. You’re just round the corner from Gloucester Road with its wide range of independent shops and cafes, or walk a little further down to Stokes Croft, where bohemian spirit runs free. Visit some of the famed eateries or simply take in the amazing street art – there’s even a Banksy to gawp at!
Montpelier is extremely well connected to the rest of Bristol. Benefiting from its own train station, you can easily get to Lawrence Hill, Clifton Down and Temple Meads train station, or you could do what everyone else seems to – cycle! There are regular bus stops dotted around, and the city centre is a mere 10-minute stroll away.
The area of Montpelier has lots of history. It was previously carved by French prisoners of war from the Napoleonic conflicts, and all the streets and avenues are named after famous generals or have military connections. Picton Street was built by Sir Thomas Picton who, as Captain Picton, bravely averted a military munity on College Green in 1783. The area was named after him as well as a double-bayed villa, aptly named ‘Picton Lodge’.