ANNA – Clifton, Bristol

A French patisserie with Scandinavian decor with friendly staff, varied selection of teas and an open kitchen that fills the café with the smell of fresh baking. There are examples of their beautiful wedding cakes on show and the whole place channels the Dutch concept of ‘gezelligheid’ – one of those wonderfully untranslatable words of which the closest, yet still inadequate, English equivalent is an atmosphere of contented coziness of a place or gathering. Visiting feels like a real indulgence even before you start on the cake, and it’s always nice to find somewhere that doesn’t mind you taking up residence in a corner for a good few hours with a book.

Sat reading Terry Pratchett who needs no introduction or review. His books are comic genius (for those who appreciate the wry ridiculousness of very British humour – which should be just about everyone). He left an amazing legacy, as well as a huge  void, when he passed away last year.

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Bristol Lido

 

This place is an oasis. All calmness and serenity in the centre of the city. Reading in the café with an amaretto and sea salt hot chocolate feels just as therapeutic as any spa package going. The tapas is excellent, the staff are friendly and its easy to forget you’re in town (or in the UK)!

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