Every city has its quirks, but Liverpool is lucky enough to have many cultural hot spots, beautiful buildings and points of interest bursting with history for you to surround yourself with. In this vast city, it can be hard to pick out the brightest and boldest neighbourhoods, so see this list as your cheat sheet to the trendiest and liveliest hot spots in Liverpool.
The Georgian Quarter began its rise in 1800, becoming to home to many of Liverpool’s elite with its elegant, city centre housing. In the present era, the Georgian Quarter is a cultural haven. Two cathedrals stand tall on Hope Street, The Metropolitan Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral, the latter being the world’s second largest cathedral. Underneath the skyline hide many hidden gems, including the Everyman Theatre, The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and countless bars and bistros. The Georgian Quarter has the perfect alchemy of grandeur Georgian terraced housing and modern cultural affairs, allowing you to shop, dine and relax in one of Liverpool’s most stylish neighbourhoods.
The Baltic Triangle is thriving, and there’s no better place to live out your upmost metropolitan dream. Named as one of the hippest places in the UK, the Baltic Triangle is the place to be seen. Its home to Liverpool’s independent marvels, made of bars, cafés, an urban garden, an exhibition space, a live music venue and many more quirky alternatives to your average city centre affair or quiet suburbia. Be sure to head to the Camp and Furnace, one of the few places where both lobster and street food are on offer, alongside roaring fires and cosy caravans. The Baltic Triangle’s trendy quirks tick the box for a lifestyle worthy of an Instagram filter and Facebook check in.
Near to Woolton is Aigburth, an affordable, yet upmarket area. It’s a stone’s throw away from Lark Lane, a popular hub for busy bees who enjoy local art workshops such as Arts Hub 47 or kicking back in the many independent coffee shops such as Moon and Pea after scavenging for vintage curios from the antique and retro shops that take pride of place here. Vast Victorian town houses tower on the street of Aigburth, some overlooking the majestic Mersey waters, although other more modern properties still have the luxury of a view of the cricket fields and lush greens of Sefton Park.
Ropewalks is a hive of activity, and a popular destination amongst students and young professionals. Its cobbled streets were once home to the rope making factories, now the home of Liverpool’s independent shops, eateries and clubs. Known as the bohemian heart of Liverpool, any lover of the quirky, unique or vintage elements of life will feel right at home on Duke Street, Berry Street and Bold Street within the Ropewalks. Those who live and breathe music will also be at home here thanks to the multiple record shops on offer such as Dig Vinyl, or venues such as Kazimier Garden for those who prefer their music up close and personal.
Having an area such as the cosy suburb of Woolton win the ‘Best Large Village Award’ from Britain in Bloom is a peculiar sight, given it’s part of an illustrious city like Liverpool. However, Woolton’s village charm is attractive not only for locals, but tourists too; it is the resting place of Eleanor Rigby – of Beatles fame – and has connections all the way back to the Iron Age. St Peter’s Church was also the meeting place of Paul and John all those years ago. Those looking for a quieter life in the city can take solace in Woolton, surrounded by 19th-century buildings, one of the oldest picture houses in Britain and convenient links to other villages and the city centre.
A breath of fresh air from the city smoke, Allerton is a quaint suburb with a multitude of lush green parks for that well needed break from the city high streets. Like many suburbs, Allerton remained rural until the 19th century, when it became home to wealthy merchants. Allerton’s more recent history is thanks to the fab four, with Forthlin Road being the family home of Paul, Menlove Avenue housing John Lennon and the notorious Penny Lane proudly part of Allerton’s streets. Locals flock to Allerton for its trendy restaurants such as Three Piggies and Maray alongside gift shops filled to the brim with homely trinkets, all hidden gems alongside the sleepy side streets away from the city centre.