One of Liverpool’s favourite streets, Bold Street is home to the city’s independents and mixes the past, present and future of the city. Here’s how you can spend a day in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving Ropewalks area.
Start with Breakfast!
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast on Bold Street. Bold Street Coffee offers some of the tastiest freshly brewed coffee, if that’s what you need to start your day. The city’s first speciality coffee shop, there’s also good music on the record player and the food is seasonal and hearty. Go for porridge with a range of toppings including coconut. A little further down the street is Leaf, a perfect spot for tea drinkers with hundreds of different flavours to choose from. Breakfast or brunch includes cinnamon toast or smoked salmon. At East Avenue Bakehouse meanwhile, the menu changes seasonally but one thing stays the same, the bread is always baked on site each morning. Fresh, tasty, local - the perfect way to start your day.
Browse the shops
As well as independent eateries some of Liverpool’s favourite quirky and independent shops are on Bold Street. Head to Utility for gifts or to their separate furniture store. News from Nowhere is a radical bookshop which is friendly and the place to go to find out what’s happening in the area. Dig Vinyl is where you go for your second hand records and there’s a vintage clothes shop upstairs, Soho’s. Resurrection is a student favourite and it’s also a fantastic place to browse the posters and see what gigs are on that night. Mattas is a firm Liverpool favourite for those looking for middle eastern and international food stuffs. Next door is a Chinese supermarket, Wang Wang, with some delicious teas. Liverpool is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community, after all.
Time for lunch
After a morning of shopping it’s time to stop for a bite to eat. The best thing about Bold Street is that you can eat anywhere in the world without leaving the post code. Try falafel in Maray, Indian street food in Mowgli, head to Mexico via Lucha Libre, or go to Lebanon via Bakchich.
An afternoon film
Just behind Bold Street, through Ropewalks Square is FACT, the UK’s first purpose built new media and digital arts venue. There are two galleries, a cafe and a bar. Upstairs is Picturehouse, one of the city’s favourite cinemas. With three screens expect a friendly atmosphere and welcome. Screening both blockbusters as well as arthouse and independent films, you never know quite what to expect! But with comfy seats and a superb quality screen you know you’ll watch it in style.
Snap some pics
As the sun starts to set make sure you have your camera ready. Bold Street is straight, leading uphill to Chinatown and the Bombed Out Church, a war memorial in Liverpool. The city is home to some dramatic sunsets and Bold Street often glows in orange lights as the sun goes down. Take a snap of the old Lyceum and the art deco designed buildings along Bold Street which was once known as the ‘Bond Street of the North’.
Evening drink and dinner
To round off the day head for dinner and drinks on the street. Leaf is open all evening so you can head back there to sample the evening menu and perhaps catch a live gig upstairs. Cafe Tabac is a spot for dinner or live music, while next door the Italian Club Fish is a firm favourite with its mix of Scottish and Italian cuisine.