Books for Amnesty is worth a visit not just for its wide range of well-organized secondhand books, but also because its proceeds help support the Amnesty International campaign for globally recognized and honored human rights, including the release of "prisoners of conscience", fair trial for political prisoners and an end to torture, "disappearances" and political executions. It's possible to find some very unusual books here, if you're willing to spend a little time looking, such as Japanese Manga translated into French! The books are organized by subject, art, cookery, health, travel, history, biography, children's etc. There's a particularly large selection of modern fiction, which fills an entire room at the back of the shop.
Anyone looking for a secondhand leather jacket should make their way here first. RePsycho has racks of them, alongside suede, cord and denim ones, all exuding sixties and seventies groovy chic. Lots of them are imported from America and Europe, so you know you're getting one-offs and won't bump into anyone else wearing the same thing in the city. Rummage through the overflowing shelves and rails and you'll also find jeans, some amazingly psychedelic dresses, shirts and skirts, as well as accessories, old telephones and some jewelry, all kitsch, funky and lots of fun. In fact, the decor alone in this place makes it worth a visit, think Austin Powers and you are not far off!
There's a certain snob value attached to John Lewis and it's regarded as quite a high-class department store. We're not talking Harrods here, but it's true that everything they sell is of top quality and there's definitely a slightly quaint and old fashioned feel to the place, look lost for just a second (not hard as the place is vast) and there will be an assistant at your side. There are four floors selling virtually everything you can think of, from fashion, children's wear, sports and leisure equipment, home furnishings, garden furniture, computers, foods and washing machines. It's perfect for locating those hard-to-find items such as buttons, designer labels for those over 40 and unique gifts. On the second floor is a licensed restaurant you'll need to keep your strength up if you're shopping here as the range of stuff on offer can become slightly overwhelming.
Waterstones is the largest bookshop in Bath and stocks an extensive range of both general and specialist books over three floors. The children's section on the ground floor has toys to keep the little ones occupied while you browse. The first floor houses an excellent cafe where you can chill out with your newest pick. Beware, you could find yourself featuring as the lead character in a yet-to-be-written novel as local writers and novelists have been known to use this area for people-watching. The bookshop also holds book signings on a regular basis. These are largely informal affairs and there is often the opportunity to chat with the author for lengthy periods. Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor as there is no lift available. For more details, call ahead on the toll free number +44 843 290 8139
An erstwhile dockland area, Cardiff Bay is buttressed by rivers Taff and Ely, and today sits as a vivacious centerpoint of entertainment and adventure. These erstwhile docklands, which have revived into what is considered as the country's most successful regeneration projects, were earlier the nucleus of coal trade, and today teem with the contemporary buoyancy which pervades contemporary Cardiff. Speckled across its spirited expanse are an array of establishments teeming with life and vigor. From the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve which is a wonderland for birders, to the modest Norwegian Church which spans a long-standing history, the Cardiff Bay Barrage and the Wales Millenium Centre which boasts a stunning repertoire of theater, ballet and opera, many attractions are located here. A chosen venue for an array of international events and festivals, the bay is most famous for its myriad water-sports offerings. A testament to Cardiff's coastal tenor, this sprawling bay is an endearing amalgam of culture, cuisine and contemporary engineering.
One of the oldest markets of Bristol, Saint Nicholas Markets is one of the most frequented haunts of the city. It is a famous landmark of the city and contains in its buildings the Farmers Market, Food Market and the Nails Market. The buildings have beautiful architecture and have around 50 stalls selling interesting artifacts and food-items. You will be pleasantly surprised by its selection of gift-items, books and food which are priced to suit the pocket. It also sells a wide variety of local produce. A good place to learn about the city's ways, Saint Nicholas Markets should be on your list of must visit places.
Featuring a huge range of cameras and camera accessories, Bristol Cameras was established in 1995 by some of the industry experts. The company operates an online shopping store for customers to get their products delivered at their doorsteps. It also has an exchange offer for your old camera accessories. The shop is located in the busy High Street and is usually filled with customers, so visit the gallery to get your choice of camera before its gone.
This store is a model-enthusiast's dream come true! It's packed with all types of model kits and ready-made replicas of various forms of transport. There's a massive selection of model vehicles, from tiny matchbox minis, through Formula One racing cars, to enormous (relatively speaking of course) shiny, remote control oil tankers. Airplanes are equally well-represented, with kits for jumbo jets to spitfires. As for trains, there's absolutely everything for model railways, from the locomotives and track right down to the tiny people for standing on the platform. All paints and brushes etc. needed to decorate your models are also for sale. They also sell historical figures and accessories - plinths for figurines and small electrical components. Everything required for the serious model maker, in fact.
The Bristol Sausage Shop offers a great variety of sausages, and is an ideal place to satisfy your cravings. Their cuts are made from local meat and they ensure that their customers are provided with the highest quality meat at reasonable prices. You can also stop by this place to enjoy one of their sausage meals replete with mouth-watering sauces and fillings. Have a delectable English breakfast, complete with sausages from The Bristol Sausage Shop.
Having expanded several times in recent years, this second-hand bookshop offers a vast selection of titles. There are enormous piles of general fiction (from trashy romances to highly respected modern authors) plus a number of featured subjects including art, theology, science, and other academic disciplines including classical literature - all of which overflow off the shelves, sit in piles on the floor and are even stacked up outside the shop in the market alleyways. Maps and sheet music are also bought and sold and a number of first editions and other rarities are also on offer. It's a great place to browse and the owner is one of those eccentric and friendly second-hand bookshop proprietors that have almost all died out - it's well-worth a visit.
Mabboo is a sustainable brand that uses bamboos to manufacture clothing and accessories for men and women. Used to make biodegradable and comfortable clothing, bamboo as a material for clothing is rather unique. The collection ranges from t-shirts, watches, socks, undergarments and sunglasses for both men and women. There are also brushes, phone covers, pens to choose from. Do not forget to check out the great trendy collection of watches and sunglasses while at their store.