I like the diversity of sights and sounds in a big city. I don’t know how you feel about public transport, but I think taking a bus across the city is a fantastic way to survey the landscape.
I took the #48 bus from Downend to Bristol City Centre, a distance of about 7 and half miles. One of the cool things about this stretch of road is the the lack of big company storefronts. Instead, both sides of the Downend/Fishponds road are lined with mom and pop shots of every variety. I can’t attest to their quality, but they looked interesting.
Once I got into the city centre I decide to stay with the theme of storefronts.