We recently spoke to local blogger, Sarah, to find out her top tips on how to explore Liverpool like a local. 

Last August we spoke to Sarah about all her favourite places to head in the city and we loved it so much we wanted to know more! So, she’s put together another itinerary for us on ways to explore some of the favourite spots the locals of Liverpool like to visit! 

For more of Sarah’s recommendations check out her first blog here



Squash - a cafe and community-led food space on Windsor Street

I cycle past this place on the way to work every morning and me and the fella who works there always a wave of, ‘Hello’. Never a word spoken between us, but through this daily ritual, we’re next level mates. 

Squash is an affordable food shop, cafe and food growing garden. The building is made from a timber frame and timber clad. The roof is sourced from recycled Welsh steel, on foundations made from recycled glass, insulated by recycled newspaper (but not The S*N), and generating most of its own electricity via solar roof panels.

Squash is arguably the most eco-friendly building in the city. You need to check it out!


The Reader - Calderstones Park

There's something refreshing and hopeful about a walk in the park on a bright day. 

Standing grand in the centre of Calderstones Park is the newly refurbished Mansion House. Home to a national charity that wants to bring about a reading revolution!

It's a place where everyone is welcome and anyone can come to experience literature.

There’s a daily programme of activities and reading groups at the Mansion House, storytelling at the Storybarn and food and ice cream in the cafe. A hidden gem for anyone visiting the city. As they’re always looking for volunteers, it’s also an opportunity for local people to get involved reading to school groups, looking after children, older people in care homes, adults with physical or mental health conditions, people coping with or recovering from addiction and individuals within the criminal justice system. 

A warm community, bringing people together and books to life.


Down the Hatch - Finalists in the Vegan and Vegetarian awards

The finest plant based junk food in town. Loaded fries, Vegan Mac and Cheese, Hot Dogs and Burgers to get excited about!! A fabulous venue for a simple coffee and a chat at the bar. All the staff are super friendly and you’ll never feel rushed to leave your table. A warm, inviting, refuge away from the city centre crowds teamed with unforgettable food. 


Rampworx indoor skatepark

If skateboarding, scooter tricks or BMX is your thing, you can easily lose an entire afternoon and evening at Rampworx. 


Woo Tan Scran on Lark Lane

You’ll probably have to queue around the corner, but that’s testament to the quality of the scran. It’s a vegan takeaway & Chinese chippy. Who’d have thought it?! Order a salt & pepper box and jackfruit pancakes and take it over to The Albert to sit down and enjoy it with a pint. 


Everyman Cinema at the MetQuarter

It’s cinema, but not as we know it. All the latest blockbusters as well as smaller independent releases, enjoyed on sofas with table services, making this cinema visit a far more decadent affair.



The Bagelry in China Town

Pick a freshly made bagel of your choice and fill it with your favourite topping. The choice is quite frankly endless! Breakfast bagels, sweet bagels, soup and a bagel… Fill your boots and your handbag, because these things are seriously moorish. You can also ask them to pimp your donut for a monumental treat. 


Hydrafacial on Stanley Street

Little Beauty Company’s City Centre new state of the art salon on Stanley Street. Lois and Lucinda are two of the best beauty therapists I’ve ever known. You never forget a good wax or perfect shellac, just as a bad one will scar you for life!

Our lovely space...

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Hafla Hafla on Lark Lane

If it’s Sunday get the lamb tray roast to share, the Shawarma gravy is out of this world! They deep fry parsnips whole, and to be honest, i’ve never experienced veg like it before! I’ve no recommendations for any other day… because every single thing on the menu is bangin’.


Toxteth Fire Fit Hub

Liverpool's Super Youth Zone. A state of the art, world class facility for young people. A centre for sports, music, culture and diversity designed by young people. A place where young people can have fun in a safe environment. 


Delifonseca’s new restaurant

I am never out of here! It's just so good! Simple dishes like Sausage and Mash are so beautifully done, they taste exotic. If you're feeling adventurous, the chef’s have gone carte blanche with ingredients and combinations that are out of this world. My personal tip - if you can’t find a desert you like on the menu, head round to the shop to choose from their other “secret” selection and ask the kitchen to serve that to you instead. 


Super Megabite on Seel Street

A retro arcade with plant based gourmet “chicken” takeaway. Perfect for late night gaming fun and an alternative to the usual food available at that time. 

We love hearing about Sarah's suggestions and to keep up with what she gets up to in Liverpool follow her on Instagram at my_brother_sarah. Let us know what you are getting up to in the city by tagging us in your posts on Twitter and Instagram using #VisitLiverpool. 

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