Liverpool has a real love for independent businesses, especially coffee shops!
This city is full of independent cafes ready to serve you a fresh brew each day with a side of fresh tasty treats and we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favourites to look out for.
92 Degrees is a Liverpool-grown, award-winning coffee roastery providing expertly crafted coffee for everyone. Established in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, back in 2014 and named after the optimum temperature for the extraction of espresso, 92 Degrees Coffee is Liverpool’s first combined micro-roastery and coffee shop, run by a small group of coffee aficionados.
In this nationally established cafe, you can expect to experience friendly face smiles, lots of pooches, monthly artists showcasing their work, various events throughout the year, and retail coffee for your home, office and anywhere else in between... Promising to only serve beans sourced from green coffee import partners 92 Degrees is a sustainable shop worth a stop.
An independent, family-owned institution for breakfast lovers in the city. Moose Coffee is an authentic American-inspired dining experience, offering huge portions of pancakes and house-blend coffee. A place to catch up, cure hangovers, for first dates and business meetings. With three venues in the city you’ll have no trouble finding a table. Once inside the intimate atmosphere, their Moose Coffee blend, quirky interior, soft jazz and attentive service will take you back to your favourite deli in Williamsburg or Coffee House in East Village.
Petit Cafe du Coin
This charming Liverpool cafe/bar borrows from the Parisian aesthetic and oozes Parisian charm. The delightful French venue serves up wines, cheeses, coffee and cocktails all to the smooth sounds of jazz. The interior of Petit Cafe du Coin is rustic and warm with the use of dark wood and plenty of emerald green. If it weren’t for the buzz of scouse accents fluttering, you’d almost certainly think you were tucked up in a quaint cafe on the streets of Paris. So, if you're wishing to feel as though a Parisian local would when enjoying their morning coffee, check out Petit Cafe du Coin!
A cosy new coffee shop sporting cathedral views, COFFI, located inside an 18th-century Georgian coach house, is the perfect spot for coffee connoisseurs. You will find this hidden gem along a cobbled street running parallel to Hope Street. COFFI cut their coffee teeth in Bucharest, selecting some of Europe’s best roasters on a rotating menu featuring the most outstanding beans. Brewing from a concise espresso-based menu with batch-brew filter and pour-over options, what's not to love? Not to mention COFFI's mission for sustainability, committed to being zero-to-landfill and prioritising either carbon-neutral suppliers or those working towards it.
An independent, speciality coffee shop, kitchen and bakery, focused on good quality coffee and food. Serving South Liverpool since 2017, Bean There, offers delicious coffee and all other sorts of sweet treats that go with it. They use Atkinson’s Coffee and also do single-origin pour-overs – brewed to order and stand-alone coffee that doesn’t need milk or sugar. Bean There is the friendly, local cafe you've been looking for and you’ll find it on Penny Lane and in this year’s Independent Coffee Guide. With cheerful staff and a constant influx of new customers, stop by and don’t miss their lamb sausage roll!
Coffee, croissants and cocktails! The newest addition to Castle Street, Co.Co., serves coffee and pastries from local independent bakers during the day, and cocktails by night. From 10 am, choose flat whites or cappuccinos, lattes or a macchiato, and more. You can partner your coffee with a selection of fresh pastries from local independent bakers including Butterholic’s popular croissants and cruffins to be enjoyed while admiring Co.Co.'s avant-garde interior.
By night, Co.Co. becomes a bar with a fully stocked selection of spirits, beers and wines and offers a range of cocktails. Co.Co. has been a welcomed addition to Castle Street, one of the city’s most renowned culinary and drinking hotspots, and certainly fits in with the street's reputation. Check out this day-to-night venue that has something for everyone!
Rococo is the Largest Independent Coffee House in the Heart of Liverpool City Center. In-house roasted coffee, freshly made sandwiches and a huge selection of cakes. Rococo earns its name from the 18th-century artistic style Rococo movement. This movement emphasised the elegant and ornate, which is transferred into this coffee house with its intricate gold mirrors and chandeliers on show. Rococo’s house is the second oldest building on Lord Street and its vast history dates back to 1882.
From 9 am to 7 pm, Rococo serves its own blend of fair trade coffee along with lunches and other snacks. If sipping artisan coffee surrounded by beautiful architecture sounds like your idea of a treat check out Rococo!
A large, airy space with huge windows overlooking Water Street, Cafe Lucaya is the little sister of the well-loved Rococo Coffee House on Lord Street, but the decor, ambience and menu are all new. Browse their breakfast selection of croissants, poached eggs, sandwiches, fresh fruit and smoothies or for lunch maybe a panini or homemade soup. The famous Rococo friendliness, atmosphere and customer care have been injected into the foundations of Cafe Lucaya. Open every day from eight to five and breakfast is served until midday, so come down and try one of their amazing coffees!
Bold Street Coffee
An award-winning speciality coffee shop in Liverpool, serving speciality coffee with rotating blends as well as a selection of freshly made food. Bold Street Coffee offers a selection of freshly made sandwiches, all-day breakfast, lunch dishes, and sweet treats including doughnuts and pastries. They have also invested in sustainable products, with all single-use produce and packaging being fully compostable. This Liverpool-established coffee house has two Liverpool locations, Bold Street and The Plaza, come in and take a sip!
A nostalgic tribute to Rapid Hardware stands tall at the sole remaining shopfront. Embracing the legacy of this iconic establishment, Hardware Coffee + Kitchen claims to be the best brunch and coffee hotspot in all of Liverpool. Their passionate team meticulously craft each dish and brew, striving for perfection in every bite and sip. From mouthwatering brunch creations to expertly brewed coffee, Hardware Coffee + Kitchen curate an extraordinary culinary journey for coffee patrons.
Burnt Milk Hotel
Wine shop, cafe, bar and hard luck hangout, the Burnt Milk Hotel is everything but the hotel its name suggests, at least not anymore... In a spot that was once a grand old hotel at Royal Albert Dock, Burnt Milk is open from 8 am and starts each day with Heart and Graft coffee (coffee sourced directly from an all-female team in Mexico). You can match your coffee with a selection of freshly made pastries from The Butterholic or pick from the extensive lunchtime options, such as creamy Burrata with wild garlic, pesto and pine nuts.
On weekends, customers can enjoy an eclectic soundtrack of upbeat disco, deep house and hip hop which will certainly set the tempo. The intimate space is filled on a first come first serve basis, offering a bustling atmosphere when it’s full, but visitors can hang out at the bar inside or spill out onto the dock’s sunny Anchor Courtyard where its sister brand Madre is also located. With a minimalist styling drawing from Scandi influences and a stunning floral centrepiece designed by Liverpool florist Mary Mary Florals, Burnt Milk is truly a quirky favourite amongst locals.
Mother Espresso is your new neighbourhood spot for great coffee, eggs and conversation! A coffee shop on the ground floor of a building called Tea Factory, ironically! From pickles to flatbreads, jams to ketchup, coffee liqueur to cakes – everything is that more special because it’s been made that day. The space is large, it has high ceilings, the walls are whitewashed, and the entrance is all glass which means it’s flooded with natural light. Although Mother Espresso commands far more of a presence than the usual coffee shop, its downstairs, inadvertently, has also become somewhat of a co-working space, likely due to its excessive number of plugs, a freelancer's dream. So, if you're looking for an out-of-office workspace or just a cool new hangout, try Mother Espresso.
Lucy In The Sky
Lucy in the Sky is Liverpool's number one cafe and coffee shop, according to TripAdvisor. From the moment you walk in, you are welcomed by the friendly staff and the inviting decor. The menu offers a variety of options, including local scouse, a full English, omelettes, toasties, sandwiches and even unicorn milkshakes. All dishes are served with fresh, delicious food and in generous portions to be enjoyed in the cafe's warm atmosphere while listening to Beatles tunes! Whether you're looking for a quick coffee or a hearty meal, Lucy In The Sky Coffee Shop is the place to go.
LEAF was born out of a love of tea, coffee and music, welcoming early risers, night owls and everyone in between! LEAF is a unique, independent tea shop and bar located in the heart of Liverpool's city centre aiming to bring quality loose-leaf tea to the city in an intimate bohemian space. Their main venue is located on Bold Street, a hub for local creatives, boasting a distinctive setting with its own unique vibe and personality. LEAF Bold Street serves up wholesome food and countless varieties of loose-leaf tea in a great atmosphere, making it the place for people to relax, enjoy the culture and soak up the best in new music. So whether you're grabbing a quick coffee or staying for a while, come try LEAF.
Peaberry Coffee House
Peaberry Coffee House is a small family-run independent business established in May 2017 on St John’s Road in Waterloo, Liverpool, but has since relocated to The Royal Albert Dock. This charming coffee house also serves great tasting, locally sourced food and are keen supporters of other local independent businesses. They offer a full and varied menu that is aimed to cater to all dietary requirements whether you are a Carnivore, Pescatarian, Vegetarian or Vegan as well as a wide variety of Gluten Free options available.
Coffee & Fandisha
Coffee & Fandisha is a speciality coffee shop and luncheonette located on Brick Street in the creative quarter of Liverpool, better known as the Baltic Triangle. They opened in July 2014 and from the beginning set out to create something of a rarity. The ideology of Coffee & Fandisha stems from the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony where freshly brewed coffee is served alongside popcorn and other little bits and pieces. Though their speciality is coffee they do also serve house-baked goods, fancy lunches as well as craft beers and wines, most of which are locally sourced. Keeping with the creativity links of its location you will find the ‘yellow wall ’exhibit inside, a space solely for local creatives to display unique pieces of artwork, so come browse the art while you enjoy an expertly made coffee!
Ditto Coffee Liverpool is tucked away on the vibrant Jamaica Street, Liverpool serving speciality coffee plus a range of artisan snacks, homemade cakes and savouries sourced from local suppliers. Decorated with glossy metro tiles and chunky bench seating, this 2-floor spot celebrates independent artists, seamlessly blending coffee and music in one laidback little coffee shop. Ditto began as ditto music and has expanded into a worldwide brand that champions independent music, but its creators kept a constant foothold in coffee making. Inspired by ‘hole in the wall ’coffee shops from Melbourne; petit little kiosks serving up no-fuss, caffeine injections, where flavour rules Ditto coffee shop was born. Blending our love of great coffee with our passion for new independent music.
The Fab4 Cafe, The Beatles Story
Evoking the spirit of the 1960s with hints of Abbey Road and Revolver under the Cavern-club style arches, sit back and enjoy a speciality coffee. The Fab4 cafe, a Beatles-themed Fab4 Cafes, is situated at the main exhibition at the Royal Albert Dock and a second cafe at the Mersey Ferry terminal at the Pier Head. It's The perfect place to relax and re-fuel after your visit to the attraction or just to relax surrounded by the essence of the Beatles! Fab4 Cafe is well known for its great service, friendly staff, and Beatles hot drinks. Choose your favourite Beatle and Fab4 will add him to your cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate! Whether you're taking a break from a conference, attending a business meeting or simply popping in for a takeaway refreshment, be sure to come and visit the world's coolest coffee shop!
Crosby Coffee was created from the passion for speciality coffee. Since the beginning, they have been dedicated to sourcing, roasting, and serving unique coffees from all around the world. Crosby Coffee prides itself on its strong partnerships with sustainable coffee farms which allows them access to their prime lots of harvest each year. Their unique roasting style and vast knowledge of coffee have made its cafe in Crosby a real hotspot for a decent hot drink and undoubtedly gained them notoriety amongst the coffee community, Check out Crosby Coffee!