Nearly eight years ago, I made the decision to leave behind the South of England, step out on a new adventure, pack up my bags and relocate. Now, the North West is well and truly my home, and I couldn't really imagine living anywhere else. With so many amazing places to explore, such a wealth of history, and so much always happening, Liverpool has to be one of my favourite places to explore. The atmosphere is always buzzing, there's always something new to discover, and the streets are a treasure trove of shops, coffee spots and restaurants alike.
Visiting a brand new place can be really intimidating, can't it? With so much to see and do, you can start to feel a little overwhelmed. So if you're planning on taking a trip to Liverpool, here are all the top spots I think all you cool cats should pay a visit.
Where To Eat
Moose Coffee: Before you spend the whole day shopping, exploring or sight-seeing, you need to swing by Moose Coffee on Dale Street. With a menu jam-packed full of delicious treats, ranging from eggs to pancakes to waffles and more, it's the perfect place to get your fill. Top recommendations are the New Orleans Moose and the Double Dutch, and if you're feeling super-indulgent, the "Moose Shakes" are just so scrummy. Moose's breakfast dishes are served all day, but if you want to wait to grab a bite, take a hop, skip and jump over to Lord Street where you'll find Moose & Moonshine, where breakfast, brunch and mains are all served.
Ed's Easy Diner: Feeling the pangs of lunchtime hunger strike? Then for a truly authentic American-diner experience, head to Ed's Easy Diner, located just next to Liverpool One. It's a great place to take if you have little ones with you. With burgers, hot dogs, and diner favourites to boot there is something to please everyone, plus there is a Juniors menu available for smaller tummies too. On busier days, Ed's can get quite full, so make sure you get there in good time to make sure you get a seat.
Yukti: If you are staying just out of the city centre, or happy to go exploring further afield, then Yukti is a great place to stop by for a bite to eat in the evening. Offering a range of Indian cuisine, from starters to mains, and side dishes, and with something that caters for all spice tolerances, it's definitely worth checking out. Ambient lighting, and an installation that plays homage to Liverpool really help to set the atmosphere. Top picks to try are definitely any of the selection of starters, the Roast Chicken Curry, and, if you like more fusion-inspired dishes, the Seared Gressigham Duck Breast. The menu does occasionally change too, so there is always something new to try. Trust me, once you've settled down to your dinner here, you won't be leaving hungry!
Where To Drink
Cafe Tabac: If you're after a place to indulge in a tipple after a day's exploring of the city, then Cafe Tabac is a good place to head. Ambient lighting and Bohemian vibes really sell this place. Close your eyes for a minute and you could almost be sat in a bar street-side in a European city. A popular destination for those on a night out, as the evening carries on, you may find it getting busier, and there may be standing-room only. Starting to feel peckish again? Cafe Tabac has a food menu too!
Bills: A relatively new acquisition to the city, Bill's can be found just on the edge of Liverpool One as you head towards the Albert Dock. It's the perfect place to stop for a cuppa after a hard day's shopping or sightseeing (they have the cutest teapots!) I have been known to head in a few times to treat me and my friends to a spot of Afternoon Tea. But if it's not food you're feeling, and would rather just quench your thirst, their drinks menu offers everything from hot drinks, to cold beverages, and even a few cocktails, if you're feeling extra cheeky.
Where To Explore
Bold Street: Just a little bit out of the main city's shopping area, Bold Street strikes more of a Bohemian vibe, and even though it is not the place to find more mainstream shops, the atmosphere in the street is always alive and buzzing. Boasting vintage boutiques, charity shops, coffee hubs, and independent stores stocking books, jewellery and sweets galore, Bold Street offers a more airy approach to shopping.
Liverpool One: Using this term loosely, and not just focusing on the infamous shopping centre, the area around Liverpool One is home to a multitude of museums, art galleries and tourist attractions alike. Take the ferry 'cross the Mersey, swing by The Beatles Story, or take a tour of the Tate if you're around Albert Dock. Little ones will love The World Museum, and from time to time, events take place atop Liverpool One at Chavasse Park.
Sefton Park: Further out of the city itself, you'll find Sefton Park. With vast amounts of open space to play, picnic, or just watch the world go by, Sefton Park is pretty all year round. With a Palm House to explore, playgrounds for the littles, a pretty Fairy Glen to find, and cafes that are a great place to relax, and accessible by road and rail, it's definitely worth taking a trip out of the city for.
What To Wear
The great thing about Liverpool is that when it comes to fashion, anything goes. It's the perfect place to embrace your personal style, and show it off. Waltz down the streets in a wiggle dress, or dance the night away swirling in a swing dress. Colours, patterns, prints....choose your favourite frocks to rock, hold your head high, and show off your amazing individuality to the world.