Liverpool is a city close to my heart, my lovely mum comes from the city and the majority of my relatives live there. Though I have visited the city countless times over the years to see my family, I hadn’t yet taken my camera and explored certain areas of the city.
My cousin and I planned a girly day together and so I took the train to Liverpool Lime Street and headed to Bold Street.
Bold Street is within the area of Ropewalks (once home to rope making factories) which is known as the bohemian heart of Liverpool. With numerous quirky and vintage shops, it quickly became my favourite area of the city. It also has a real music vibe, with multiple record shops to browse vinyl and immerse yourself in the music scene of Liverpool.
The decor has quite a Laura Ashley vibe about it with perhaps a ‘granny chic’ twist, with ‘family’ photos of the cats leading you up the stairs. Before entering the cafe, we were informed of the rules to protect the cats which, as a cat owner, was nice to hear how well the cats are looked out for.
With various obstacles, cat beds fixed high up on the walls and various areas where just the cats can go, it gives them space and means they can just visit the customers when they want a fuss (which they all seem to be after!).
Costing £12.00 an hour with as many hot or cold drinks as you please and a menu of cakes, scones, breakfasts and sandwiches on offer – you could be in danger of spending a whole morning here, time ticking by on the grandfather clocks whilst you sip tea and stroke the extremely fluffy babies.
I especially adored Dobbie, the beautiful Sphynx cat (and for the best name ever), and the sassy fluffy Cilla (we were in Liverpool after all!).
We dragged ourselves away eventually, and continued up the cobbled road. We headed to a store my Uncle had told me about, Soho’s, a tardis of a shop with rows and rows of vintage Levi’s in size order and an extremely helpful store assistant who knows his Levis! Armed with stacks of options – there is a pair for all shapes and sizes.
Downstairs there is a great record store called Dig Vinyl, complete with a coffee shop, the store specialises in second-hand vinyl.
There are so many vintage shops along this road, I was happy to find one with an abundance of plants also on offer!
Now after a challenging year for both myself and my cousin health wise, it was perhaps inevitable we would find ourselves drawn into Shared Earth and in front of an array of crystals, their meanings and mentions of healing properties touching a nerve in us both. This eco-friendly shop was full to the brim with fair trade gifts, and an abundance of calming, meditative products. As well as a handful of crystals, I got some incense for my yoga practice.
Utility is a gorgeous homeware and stationery shop. We spent some time giggling to ourselves at the array of amusing cards, smelling the gorgeous candles and making a mental christmas gift wish list!
Bold Street is home to so many gorgeous eateries too, we didn’t stop at any this time as we had plans to eat at the Baltic Market, but some that caught my eye were Love Thy Neighbour (they get brownie points for the avocado street art!), Bold Street Coffee and Leaf.
From Bold Street, we walked the 20 minute or so walk to the Baltic Triangle via Hope Street where we stumbled across a monument ‘A Case History‘ celebrating famous names who had a connection to the Hope Street Quarter. We also passed the Liverpool School of Arts which is a gorgeous historic building.
The Baltic Triangle is a really cool area to visit, home to bars, cafes, exhibition spaces, live music, urban gardens and an amazing vintage market, there is so much here to discover. There is also pop ups such as tipi’s decked out in rattan and flowers, and quirky pods you can hire.
We stumbled upon Red Brick Vintage, an amazing Camden style market set within the former Cains Brewery. I am already planning my next visit here to find some thrifty finds!
The Baltic Market is across the road and is Liverpool’s first street food market. We had heard about the Halloumi fries and so made a beeline to Hafla Hafla and enjoyed chicken pittas stuffed to the brim and a side of the fries (they did not disappoint!). With live music playing and food and drink on offer into the night – this place is a must to visit when in the city.
We dragged ourselves away, savouring the last bites of halloumi and made our way back towards the station so I could catch my train back. The walk took us via the Cathedral, a magnificent building (with some wonderful pink toned metal doors too..!) towering above us and reminded me I have so much more to visit in the vibrant northern city of Liverpool.