Booked a trip to Bath this summer? With its wealth of independent businesses, from treasure-trove shops to characterful eateries, let the city’s creative spirit inspire you.

Stepping away from the popular city sights, there’s plenty to see and do if you’re after a slightly different, yet still memorable, trip to the city.

Day One

On arrival into Bath, you'll probably want to grab a quick bite before exploring all the city has to offer!

Bath Pizza Co have a broad range of award-winning pizzas in the impressive settings of the former Green Park Station. Take advantage of their 'Pizza & Pint or Prosecco' offer, where you can enjoy a margherita, pepperoni or marinara pizza and your choice of a pint, prosecco or soft drink from 12-6pm Monday to Friday. 

Pizza at Bath Pizza Co
Image - Bath Pizza Co

If you're looking for a lighter bite, choose from salad boxes or falafel bowls at Eat a Pitta, or a range of sandwiches and pastries at Cafe Lucca.

Or go for some classic fish + chips at one of Bath's longest-running businesses, Seafoods. Their lunchtime offer is great value, with prime cod and chips, mushy peas, bread and butter and a mug of tea for £12 from Monday to Friday.

Salad box at Eat a Pitta
Image - Eat a Pitta

Once you're fueled up for the day, sample some local produce or learn a new skill at one of Bath's top food and drink experiences.

The city has a range of excellent cookery schools, where you can master everything from bread making and foraging to pasta or Middle Eastern cuisine.

Group foraging - credit Vale House Kitchen
Image - Foraging with Vale House Kitchen

Yuup Bath has a broad range of tours, tastings and classes to suit all budgets, while Savouring Bath offers tours of the city's artisan food and drink producers.

Waffle making class - credit Yuup
Image - Waffle making class. Credit: Yuup

Sample local beers at The Bath Brew House, where you can also book on to tours of their on-site microbrewery or take part in brewing experiences, or try a range of other local craft beers nearby at The Grapes or Kingsmead Bottle Shop. There's also the opportunity to visit a local brewery taproom at Electric Bear Brewing on the outskirts of the city, which hosts regular events and food pop-ups. 

Electric Bear brewery taproom
Image - Electric Bear Brewing brewery taproom

Mid-afternoon calls for a sweet treat, and there’s no better place to find one than Swoon, who serve delicious gelato. Since opening on Kingsmead Square in 2017, they’ve brought an authentic taste of Italy to the West Country with an ever-changing menu; the vegan Chocolate Sorbetti and creamy Pistachio being two of their bestsellers.

Three cups of gelato from SwoonImage - Swoon

Once the evening rolls around, combine music and great food at Green Park Brasserie, which hosts free jazz performances throughout the week. If you're dining earlier in the evening, they have a range of great offers, from steak, fries and a drink (wine, beer, Prosecco, soft drink) for £19.95, or a burger and beer for £14.95, both available on weekdays.

Live music at Green Park Brasserie
Image - Green Park Brasserie

If you want to experience one of Bath's top bistros, book a table at Corkage or Henry's for seasonal small plates, or tuck into French classics at Chez Dominique. The Elder specialises in local and foraged ingredients prepared to the higest standard, while Beckford Canteen serves up a contemporary menu complimented by an extensive wine list.

Interior of Beckford Canteen
Image - Beckford Canteen

Before retiring for the night, head to one of the city's top cocktail bars to try their latest creations, from the stylish lounges at Circo, to the cosy corners at The Hideout. Or if you want to combine cocktails and dancing, there are often DJs at Raincheck Bar and Sub 13 on George Street.

Barman at The Hideout in Bath
Image - The Hideout

Day Two

Kickstart your day by picking up some local produce and specialities from our delis and food shops. If you're here at the weekend you can visit Bath Farmers Market in Green Park Station every Saturday morning from 9am. Guildhall Market is also open from Monday to Saturday and has a range of stalls where you can browse traditional foods and gifts. If you want to bring home some local beers or gins, head to Independent Spirit of Bath, or for cheeses and preserves, visit Paxton & Whitfield.

Bath Farmers Market
Image - Bath Farmers Market

If stomachs are rumbling after a morning of hitting the shops, head up to Beckford Bottle Shop on Saville Row. Treat yourself to a bite to eat at the inventive small plates restaurant with over 250 wines, British cheese and charcuterie to choose from. Sink into one of their comfortable armchairs in the downstairs cellar lounge, or perch at a window seat and watch the world go by. If you're after a lighter bite, try the nibbles at The Dashwood alongside their expertly-made cocktails or a glass from their wine list.

Tables at Beckford Bottle Shop
Image - Beckford Bottle Shop 

If you have a particularly cuisine in mind, Bath has plenty of options, from pizza at Dough to Vietnamese plates at Noya's Kitchen, local seafood at Flute, Turkish meze at Cappadocia, or Japanese dishes at Robun.

Enjoy a lunchtime curry feast at Bandook Indian Kitchen with sides and a dessert for just £15, or a main with chips, peas and tartare sauce at The Scallop Shell.

Dish at Bandook Kitchen in Bath
Image - Bandook Indian Kitchen

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