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A foodie's guide to: Liverpool


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Liverpool is a city where retail spaces are overwhelmingly occupied by creative independent businesses. From vintage vinyl to glow in the dark golf, there's always a space for every start-up idea to build and bloom.

After becoming Europe's Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has blossomed - in fact, probably burst into a city full to the brim with colour and culture rivalling its close neighbour of Manchester.

Check out our Cultural Guide to Liverpool: art galleries, music venues and theatres are scattered across the city, sitting amongst the abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.

It's the food and drink scene, however, that surfaces as one of Liverpool's biggest assets. Hipster hubs Bold Street and the Baltic Triangle are home to many a thriving independent cafe, and the restaurants offer a taste of the world over.

Forget Wagamama - eat your way through Liverpool at these top spots.


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The Brunch Club | 37-41 Duke Street, L1 5AP

At The Brunch Club, there's no need to have to scramble out of bed at 9am in the morning in a desperate attempt to get to your nearest breakfast spot before they stop serving at 11am. There isn't a time limit on brunch at The Brunch Club - it's served all damn day.

Set in a bare-brick unit flooded with natural light, offering a huge menu that also caters to veggies and vegans, this is a place you'll want to get on your instagram too.

Leaf | 65-67 Bold Street, L1 4EZ

Leaf may be famous for its huge choice of handmade loose leaf tea, but they serve a banging breakfast too. Their pescetarian, vegetarian and vegan variations of the traditional bacon-based all-dayer are amazing, but my usual Leaf go-to (and I go to Leaf a LOT) is the blueberry pancakes. I can't quite think of words to describe them, but: holy shit! amazing! is probably my best attempt.

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Moose | 6 Dale Street, L2 4TQ

Is Moose more famous in Liverpool than The Beatles? The American-influenced coffee stop has made a name for itself across the city over the last decade, with its diner style breakfasts at the heart. There's something for all at Moose, be it savoury, sweet or even a sandwich. Try their New York Moose (eggs benedict), Mighty Moose (potato hash, bacon and eggs) or Liberty Moose (eggs, pesto, pine nuts and ham) for a taste of the Big Apple*

*no actual big apples in these particular dishes.


American Pizza Slice | 52 Whitechapel, L1 6EG

Amongst my fellow students, American Pizza Slice seems a staple. It's cheap, it's cheerful - but it's actually so good... many quoting it to be the best pizza in Liverpool. I mean, if getting a pizza slice, garlic bread AND a drink for under a fiver wasn't a good enough reason to go already, you can also mix and match eight of their slices made up into an 18" pizza.

With three shops across Liverpool, head over to their Bold Street 'baby' to chill out with a beer and some music, or takeaway from their Whitechapel store. Plus, play a game of rock paper scissors with the (cool as fuck) staff and you might win yourself a free slice.

Cow & Co | 15 Cleveland Square, L1 5BE

Starting out as a carefully curated homeware and gift shop, Cow & Co's owners added a coffee machine into the store so customers browse over a cup. A few years have passed, and Cow & Co is now a hipster hangout serving lunch, coffee and cake, taking pride in their selection of bagels and breads and seasonal breakfasts. Vegans, try the smashed avocado, chilli flakes, lemon and himalyan pink salt bagel for a change from the usual falafel or mushroom overload you get in every. other. cafe.

The Baltic Social | 25 Parliament Street, L8 5RN

The Baltic Social had some local hype last year over their Punk Afternoon Tea, and rightly so. Situated in the city's creative quarter, the Baltic Triangle, it only seems right that their menu should match the creativity flowing in their surrounding area. Said Punk Afternoon Tea comes with a twist on the usual prim-and-properness: burgers, wings and popcorn are stacked high and served alongside teapot cocktails. Booking is essential for this one, though - people will literally travel for it. Oh, and they do have a menu that goes much further than this afternoon tea.. but it's just so good it's all most can talk about.


Mowgli | 69 Bold Street, L1 4EZ

The type of curry you get at Mowgli isn't your typical. Each item on the menu has been hand picked and perfected by founder Nisha Katona, whose passion it is to bring authentic Indian street food to the North West. Described as a 'dedicated curry evangelist', you should know that you're in safe hands with Nisha's recipes - and Mowgli's popularity across Liverpool just goes to show how delectable the food is here.

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Lucha Libre | 96 Wood Street, L1 4DQ

As rightly stated on the Independent Liverpool website, "if you expected an artificial cactus in the corner of the room and bartenders in sombreros with stuck on moustaches, you came to the wrong place." Lucha Libre combines authentic Mexican food, from spicy quesadillas to tacos with unique cocktails and a cosy atmosphere - the only thing to make you feel like you're not actually in Mexico might be the playlist (the last time I went, I was singing along to Courteeners' 'Not Nineteen Forever'). Situated just off from Bold Street, Lucha Libre brings Mexico to the heart of Liverpool with a spice infused many with many an option for all food lovers.

Almost Famous | 11-13 Parr Street, L1 4JN

Almost Famous did actually start out in Manchester, but hey - with their food, their Liverpool branch is totally welcome on this list, too. Alongside their 'normal' burgers (which are far better than your average 'normal' burger) they also offer 'loaded stacks' (basically just LOADS OF FOOD), fried chicken, veggie options, various styles of fries and wings. Also, huge shoutout to their strawberry pop tart milkshake - one sip of that and all other milkshakes will be ruined for you.

Do you think we've missed a brilliant foodie stop? Tell us about your favourite place in the comments. 

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