Instead of trying to know absolutely EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING for once, we've actually sat down with the experts in food and drink, fashion, music and fun things to do.

We chatted with Independent Liverpool on the city's incredible foodie scene. Stephi LaReine helped us out with where to get the latest threads. Yaw Owusu told us everything we need to know to be at the forefront of Liverpool's music scene and if we even had the chance to be, Sue Grindod made sure we definitely don't get bored by giving us top tips on where to pay a visit. 

David and Oliver
Independent Liverpool

Liverpool’s independent scene has never felt so explosive. We’ve been faced with the almost impossible task of picking just 5 independents to visit.
We did our best.

For coffee, head to Bold Street Coffee at Santa Maluco on Castle Street. Rodizio style pizza in Liverpool’s bustling Business District provides the perfect backdrop to Liverpool’s favourite cup of coffee.

For food, check out Oktopus. They specialise in unique European small plates and craft beer with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. 

For drinks, head to Bunch, Liverpool’s first natural wine bar that specialise in small-batch wines you’d struggle to find anywhere else. It’s a place where one glass quite easily turns in to a bottle and as long as Bobby and his partner Lara are pouring them, you won’t want to leave. 

Liverpool is a city of makers and dreamers and it never feels more apparent after visiting The Wild Loaf. They bake out of a gorgeous small shop down an unassuming alley where you can buy fresh bread alongside their city-famous fresh doughnuts.

For a unique daily shop, head to Matta’s. It’s the people’s premiere shop for international, vegan and healthy foods. They’re a family-run business that have been going for way over 30 years. 

Stephi LaReine
Fashion Blogger

Liverpool is brimming with hidden gems, and the wonderful aspect about this city is how everything is within a short walking distance.

Bold Street is the centre of everything hip and happening right now.
You can head up to one of the many boutique shops including Resurrection and Pop Boutique for bespoke and unique fashion finds by independent designers. I really enjoy Shared Earth as it’s a treasure chest full of homeware delights that pride themselves in being 100% fair-trade. It’s a great place for a souvenir, or a select piece for your home.

But if I really want to hit the town, Liverpool ONE is coated in high street shops, as well as luxury designer experiences. And check out Metquarter and Cavern Walks too. 

Vivienne Westwood and Boudoir Boutique are my favourite spots, where you will be guaranteed to find something for any fashionista. Finally every trip to Liverpool is complete with a stroll around Harvey Nichols for a full Liverpudlian pamper.

Yaw Owusu
Nothin But The Music, Creative Director 

From themed music museums to UNESCO music awards, some may believe our musical glory lies in the past. In fact we’re entering a new golden age. Here are 5 venues for those with an appetite for new music.

24 Kitchen Street - a small space but with BIG things happening. This venue, tucked away in the Baltic Triangle, houses Grime, Electronic and Experimental nights; the ultimate spot for discovering the new
and next.

Invisible Wind Factory is praised for some of the best new music and
events. From House raves to about-to-blow bands, this converted warehouse is ushering in the new
vibe on the North Docks.

Camp and Furnace provides some of the most interesting and diverse music events, from well-known club nights to Lip Sync battles and throwback parties, there’s always a high energy surprise happening.

To round off my 5,
The Buyer’s Club on Hardman Street, quietly ticking along with great showcase events and top draw DJ-led nights. New spot 81 Renshaw Street is now the place to go for new bands and promoters.

Honourable mentions to stalwarts Jacaranda and The Cavern and newbies like HUS and E.B.G.B.S.

Sue Grindrod
Chief executive,
Albert Dock Liverpool

For visitors, there is so much to see and do, whether your passion is music, architecture, sport, or dining out. That’s the beauty of Liverpool - it’s
a city that ticks all boxes.

My top five must-visit recommendations on
the waterfront would be:

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock - the most visited art gallery outside London and holds a national collection of modern art. This year they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new summer exhibition, Life In Motion: Egon Schiele/Frances Woodman.

Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island - a unique photography gallery that is flying the flag for photography, attracting really interesting work, and importantly, works closely with the local community.

RIBA North – it’s great that RIBA decided to locate its new national architecture centre in Liverpool on our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. It is one of our hidden gems.

ACC Liverpool – One of the country’s leading venues for conferences, exhibitions and events. A world class facility!

Albert Dock - I know this might be biased, but I have to say the Dock. We welcome over 6m visitors every year who come to see Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and the Beatles Story, not to mention our programme of free, family events that run throughout the year.