Liverpool is a seriously underrated city. Want proof? Hop a plane to John Lennon Airport and check out these spots...
*some photos from this post were found on Google images
74 Bold Street
By far my favorite store in Liverpool, this little boutique has such an amazing range of clothes, from authentic vintage to reconstructions to handmade replicas. You can get a unique grandpa sweater for £15, a leather clutch for £6, vintage Levi cutoffs for £25, and 2 for £5 silk scarves. Every time I walk in here (to my bank account's dismay) I walk out with something amazing... last time it was a super cool pleated vintage replica skirt (if you look back to my pictures from Paris I'm wearing it in some of them). The other thing I love about this store is how it's decorate.... butterfly wallpaper, candy-colored pom pom chandeliers, and old traveling trunks and cabinets for displays.
80 Bold Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4HR
This spot is so awesomely reflective of how eclectic Liverpool is. The front of the shop is occupied by a very punk/ Gothic/ steampunk type store that carries all sorts of awesome corseted dresses with flouncy tulle underskirts, but in the back there's an entire wall of jeans, a few racks of cozy winter sweaters, and other various tops. Then head downstairs, vintage heaven. Upstairs? A tattoo and piercing shop called Dermagraffiti, complete with an excellent two story walkup who's walls are covered in spray painted murals. You could literally spend hours in this building and not get bored.
84 Bold Street
Liverpool L1 4HR
Glamour. In. A. Nutshell. If you love gems, chains, feathers, sequins, glitz, etcetera... come to this shop. Giant earrings, sheer dresses with billowing sleeves, Cleopatra-esque arm bands, bindis, show stealing cocktail rings, bustiers, and vintage style turbans are just some of what you can find here. University of Leeds fashion graduates Claudia and Silver opened this shop less than a month ago, and already it is incredible. Claudia makes/ alters/ buys all of the jewelry, and Silver hand-makes all of the clothes. Every time I go in here I can't leave because each piece is more fabulous than the next, and there's always that awesome feeling of supporting a small business and of buying something handmade and super unique.
Grand Central Hall, Renshaw Street
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This store is jam-packed with vintage and handmade vintage-inspired jewelry. There's something for everyone... from kitschy plastic rings and pendants to cute evening bags and funky hair accessories, this place is a must-see as you can find something for everyone.
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Love the 60's, 70's, and 80's? Then you'll love Pop. Bright, funky, retro clothes are everywhere you look and for a pretty decent price too. They have more locations in other cities in England, but this one is an old two-story bank and is filled with what they call "cool retro junk". Junk or not, this brightly colored, groovy shop is sure to put some pep in your step and maybe some platform shoes on your feet.
FOOD AND DRINK:
89 Bold St.
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This place could compete with any New York coffee shop for sure - in fact, it's better than most. They keep their record player next to their sandwich press... enough said. With a seriously laid back atmosphere and absolutely delicious coffee, treats, and meals (all of which are made in-house), Bold St. Coffee is always bustling with cool and interesting people. One time I was there they even had an older gentleman (which I just found out from their website that he is "Liverpool legend Sam Ambrose") come in to play his harp, and there's always local art being exhibited on the walls. It's privately owned and has only been open for a about a year, but it seems to be doing well so far as they've won an award and are already opening a second location. And girls... lots of attractive guys working here who can make you a killer cappaccino! ;)
65-67 Bold Street
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I could have found a picture of the outside of this tea house, but it wouldn't do it justice. What makes Leaf so cool is the interior... a giant splendid place filled with interesting wall paper, giant lamp shades, and excellent extravagent upholstered furniture. They have lots of tea, lots of food, and lots of space to sit and relax for as long as you want. They also host craft fairs, jukebox nights, a vintage fair on Sundays, life drawing classes, and use their space as music venue to name a few things. It was voted one of the Top 10 British Tearooms this year, and I believe they live up to the hype!
24 Wood Street
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My favorite bar in Liverpool... there's always an ecclectic, suave crowd and dj's that make the atmosphere just right with customized hip hop beats. But I mean any bar that's named after a famous guitarist has got to be pretty sensational. The drinks are decently priced, the bartenders are easy going, they've got some pretty sick art up on the walls, and they serve Red Stripe. Got me hooked. The street it's on is also filled with tons of other bars and places to hang out at night, which is a plus.
10 Mathew Street
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Yes... the place where The Beatles grew into what we know them as today. Although it is definitely one of Liverpool's prime tourist attractions, it is worth going if you're a Beatles fan. Even if you're not a huge fan, being here absolutely gives you the chills. It still feel fairly authentic despite the hundreds of people who go through it every day, and there's tons of band posters hanging on the wall with the dates that each one played there (Queen, The Who, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few). Other than the Cavern though, don't stick around Mathew Street for too long: tourist trap!
Beautiful, historic, and down right cool, Albert Dock is home to tons of great restaurants, bars, gift shops, and museums (including The Beatles Story). They're all filled with great interior design, and very industrial since most of the building still have the original architecture on the inside. I love hanging out here during the day or at night.