This year, Summer isn’t cancelled, it’s just different. Explore the places you’ve always wanted to visit and even discover some new ones.

We spoke to Liverpool local, Maleka to find out what she’s looking forward to this summer. Get ready to fall in love with Liverpool all over again. 

If there’s any silver linings from the past four months, being able to explore closer to home is definitely one. This year, I’m really looking forward to experiencing my home city like a tourist. 

These are some of my favourite places. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Even for a Liverpudlian like me, there’s no better start to a day out than Liverpool’s waterfront. The Pier Head and Royal Albert Dock are the heart of this city. Everyone knows this place is bursting with museums, galleries, great bars and restaurants. I always check out the latest exhibitions at Tate Liverpool. I love this place and they’re reopening on 27 July! Make sure to pencil that in your diary.


Liverpool is made for wandering, especially in the summer. From the Royal Albert Dock it's a short walk to see the street art that the Baltic Triangle has become famous for. You can see everything from a giant Klopp mural to Paul Curtis’ famous Liver Wings and the odd Beatles piece too. There’s always time for a quick pit stop at Coffee and Fandisha as well – coffee and cake to die for!  


Liverpool is such a compact, walkable city. A 20 minute walk or bike ride (OK it’s uphill) and you’re in Hope Street. It feels a little different with theatres currently shut but there’s loads of great little restaurants and pubs. There’s always the Cathedrals to check out too. There is the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at one end and the Liverpool Cathedral at the other! If you’ve never done it before - climb the steps to the tower of the Liverpool Cathedral for the best views of the city. Then it’s a quick bike ride to Sefton Park. 


You’ve got to squeeze in a visit to Sefton Park. Normally this time of year, there’s barely a week that goes by without a big event or festival – Africa Oye, LIMF, Fusion to name a few. But it’s different this year, so I’m just enjoying the people watching. Take it from me, Liverpudlians do not mess around when it comes to soaking up the sun and there is plenty of space at this 235 acre park to do just that!

Back to my favourite spot

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I love the energy of Bold Street. It’s so cool to see it pedestrianised as part of the Liverpool Without Walls project – it’s perfect for alfresco drinks or dinner. I just like wandering around the vintage clothes shops, global street food and cosy little coffee shops - you can't go far wrong.


It’s hard to stay on top of the new places opening in Liverpool but if I’m heading out for something to eat, Duke Street Market is fab. It’s got cuisine from around the world and everything is delish and moreish – dangerous! For drinks afterwards my go-to places are The Liverpool Gin Distillery on Castle Street or The Florist on Hardman Street – it’s the most Instagrammable place in Liverpool!

Back open tomorrow from 12pm which kitchen are you gonna go for 🥩🍜🌽🥗 . We have had a few questions about bookings - you do not need to book to visit, just turn up & we’ll do our very best to get you seated as quickly as possible. . We ask that everyone sanitises their hands upon entry & only leaves their table to go to the toilet. All orders can be made via the QR code & our front of house team will bring everything to you! 🙏🏼 . . #liverpool #liverpoolcitycentre #liverpoolcity #liverpoolrestaurants #exploreliverpool #visitliverpool #liverpoolfoodanddrink #liverpoolfood #liverpooleats #lifeinliverpool #liverpoolfood #liverpoollife #liverpooldocks #liverpoolone #foodmarket #coffeegram #coffeetime #independentliverpool #clickandcollect #supportsmallbusiness

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Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. For more information on how to safely visit Liverpool as lockdown measures ease have a look at our dedicated blog

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The Royal Albert Dock
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Projection on the dock buildings at Albert Dock

Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country.

Tate Liverpool
ugo rondinone liverpool mountain 2018

Tate Liverpool will be reopening on 27 July 2020 following the lockdown period.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

One of the city's 2 immense cathedrals, an architectural gem in its own right, with a Crypt that is one of the most significant works in this country of the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Not to mention the world’s largest area of coloured glass in the roof of the 'crown'.

Liverpool Cathedral
Inside the cathedral showing the impressive vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Sefton Park
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Sefton Park

Sefton Park in Liverpool is arguably the best known and most loved by locals. The magnificent 200-acre Park looks like a natural landscape rather than a man-made park.

Bold Street
Cafe / Restaurant
Bold Street taken in August 2020 - Outdoor seating and a man playing guitar in the sunshine

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.

Duke Street Market
Cafe / Restaurant
Duke Street Market

Duke Street Market is Liverpool's newest food and drink market which is set in a 100-year-old building that has been sensitively restored and transformed into a beautiful all day dining destination and culinary hub for the community.

Liverpool Gin Distillery
Three bottles of the Rose Petal Liverpool Gin next to a balloon glass filled with flowers, ice and gin!

At Liverpool Gin Distillery, they offer visitors to our wonderful City the opportunity to see their distillers in action. Here they produce their very own Liverpool Gin on-site in a custom-built 600ltr copper still while visitors relax with a refreshing drink at the bar.

The Florist
The downstairs bar area of the Florist

The Florist, a contemporary new bar and restaurant is situated on the site of the former Old Blind School pub, The Florist breathes new life into the stunning Grade II listed building, once home to the Royal School for the Blind. The Florist has began to charm the city with it's breathtaking floral installations, which are sure to be Instagram gold and like nothing Liverpool has ever seen before.