Contemporary society runs off it, we meet up with friends over it and it is arguably the most important meal of the day.
Liverpool isn’t short of coffee shops, that isn’t a debate, but, how many are serving it to its potential and giving the humble coffee bean the utmost respect? Risking our levels of anxiety skyrocketing through the roof, we took to the city in a caffeine-fuelled search of the best cups of joe the city has to offer. Well, it is all part of the daily grind. Get it? Because you grind coffee beans? Anyway…
If you’re looking for a way to make your lockdown walks much more exciting than avoiding eye contact with people you went to school with, then look no further. In no particular order…
Bold Street Coffee
We could’t make a coffee guide without including the holy grail that is Bold Street Coffee. Despite the fact we can’t sit in anymore, Bold Street coffee are still serving up coffee as well as breakfast favourites including buoys, pastries and grilled cheese. You may not be able to take a pic of their Latte art for your Instagram, but you can still grab a takeout version all the same. They’ve also jumped on the Chai Latte trend – their Dirty Chai Latte is a must.
Slap bang in the middle of China town is The Bagelry – a lovely little shop famed for bagels, donuts and you guessed it… coffee. As far as lockdown goes, is there a better afternoon spent than eating perfectly toasted bagels with cream cheese, scoffing a Biscoff donut and washing it down with a flat white – we’re yet to experience it.
If you’re super health conscious like us (eh, don’t be laughing!) then you’ll surely be aware of The Nakery on Berry Street. They’ve rightfully earned a dedicated following who queue for clean, raw and beautiful looking treats that are so pretty you won’t know whether to eat them or get your picture taken with them. The Nakery is completely vegan so fans of oat milk, almond milk and more – get yourselves down.
The Watering Can
If you’re walking near Greenbank Park, The Watering Can’s toasted marshmallow hot chocolate is the perfect pit stop (not a coffee but exceptions can be made). They’re also serving up favourites to accompany your walk such as Croque Madams, chilli tofu and avocado meals and the substantial meal of 2020: Scotch eggs. If you’re passing by be sure to give them a visit.
Nomad on Smithdown Road is the perfect space to grab your takeout coffee from. It’s simple, laid-back and no fuss. You can also support other indies while you’re there – lockdown born Plattsville Bakehouse supply freshly baked bread – or grab some coffee beans to grind at home.
Paolo and Donato
One for those in the City Centre, Paolo and Donato are family-run Italian bakery just off Williamson Square – they’re also the geniuses behind Crust, A Tavola and Il Forno! It really is a slice (see what we did there) of Italy in the heart of the city centre. As well as plenty of Italian espresso, there’s also enough cannolis and focaccia to transport you to sunny days in Italy.
One Percent Forest
Woolton Village is a beautiful and leafy part of Liverpool home to many attractions. One Percent Forest is one of them. The Icelandic-inspired coffee shop and bar have amazing coffee, treats and hot food to take away that go perfect with a stroll around Camp Hill. Get yourself the grilled cheese and thank us later.
One to accompany your Albert Dock walks, Rough Handmade has moved from their Penny Lane roots. Walks at the waterfront are scenic and serene – but they’re also freezing cold. Rough Handmade is the perfect cure – coffee and freshly baked goods. Made fresh each day, they serve up everything from pastries to homemade bread – it would be rude not to try their pitta breads. And if you haven’t tried one of their Dulce de Leche croissants then you’re seriously missing out.
We can’t get to France right now, but going to Artisane on Woolton Road is the same thing, isn’t it? Liverpool’s first authentic patisserie is a firm favourite with its customers, having become well-established having sold wholesale for a number of years. To accompany your coffee you can expect everything Parisian we can dream of – macaroons, brioche and choux pastries being among the choices. Très délicieux if we do say so ourselves.
Chapters of Us
With their house-blend from Liverpool coffee roasters Neighbourhood coffee, and their sourdough from The Bake Hub, Chapters of Us is a hub for all things indie. As well as grabbing a coffee to-go, you can also pre-order sauces, pickles and glazes to recreate some of their dishes at home. If you want to grab something to takeout, keep an eye out for their waffles specials.
The Red Berry Club
A hidden gem in the Baltic Triangle, The Red Berry Club is a family-run, independent coffee and vintage shop. They’ve also teamed up to supply baked goods from Paolo and Donato (see above) as well as sushi from CB Sushi. The Red Berry Club have also collaborated with Crosby Coffee to sell their very own Red Berry Club Coffee blend, which is also available to purchase.
Fika is the Swedish inspired coffee shop that you didn’t realise you needed to try until now. We love what Fika stands for – its a concept that’s at the heart of Swedish culture and means taking the time to slow down, chill out and make time for friends. As well as serving up great cups of coffee, they’ve also been busy during the lockdown periods packing up food parcels for the community.
Brew Coffee & Kitchen
Crosby is famous for its Iron Men, but it also has some great independent coffee shops that shouldn’t be missed. Brew in Crosby is still open and serving up takeaway coffee to fuel you for your beach walks. If’s that not enough, they’re serving up a whole host of breakfasts and takeout afternoon tea for you to try.
Lovelocks Coffee Shop
Cocomo on Dovedale Road is still open for all of your coffee and takeout needs. As well as their coffee, they’re serving up special such as breakfast stacks, crispy bacon and brie bagels and raspberry marshmallow donuts. Suddenly our walks are looking more exciting.
21 Dovedale Rd, Mossley Hill, Liverpool L18 5EP
Ropes & Twines
Ropes & Twines is a speciality coffee shop and wine bar on Bold Street in the Ropewalks area. They opened their doors June 2018 and have been carefully sourcing the highest quality produce ever since. They’ve become pretty famous for their window displays (which are worth walking for alone) but their incredible coffee makes it just that much sweeter.
Skaus is the new kid on the block – but has established itself as a Liverpool favourite thanks to its pop-ups around the city, and appearance on Million Pound Menu. It has transformed itself into a deli and store. As well as plenty of coffee, they’re serving up their famous hassle-backs to take away and plenty of – you guessed it – Scouse.
Coffee and Fandisha
Another gem tucked away in the Baltic Triangle, Coffee and Fandisha is a speciality coffee shop taking inspiration from traditional Ethiopian coffee culture. Tucked away on Brick Street, they also have a whole host of other drinks to takeout, including hot chocolate with over 80% cocoa and pressed, homemade juices.
Up and running in its new location, Ryde is still a hub for all things bikes. Ryde has been hugely popular since its opening in 2016, mixing coffee with all things cycling. And if you’re not a coffee drinker, there’s plenty of other hot drinks and sweet treats on offer.
Another staple to the coffee scene in Liverpool is Crosby Coffee. Staying open for takeouts, Crosby Coffee is not just a coffee shop. It is a roastery which began in 2014 which supplies many of our Independents across the city. If you’re around Crosby, be sure to pick up one of their in house-blends to takeaway.
Timberwolf Grind & Tap
If stripped-back interiors, single origin coffees, organic wines and good vibes are your thing you’ll love Timberwolf Grind and Tap. Dogs are welcomed with open paws so it’s the perfect place to pop in after a walk on the nearby beach and you can reward yourself with bagels loaded with smoked salmon or peanut butter and banana, cakes worth every calorie and some quality craft ales.
Timberwolf Grind and Tap: 44 South Road, Waterloo.
Bean There Coffee Shop
Penny Lane – a corner of Liverpool that needs no introduction that is famous all over the world. Long after the Famous Four, there are few great independents keeping the area a destination for both tourists and locals. In this chaotic little thing we call life we’re often searching for things to either slow us down or speed us up. It is rare you stumble upon a place that does both. Welcome to Bean There Coffee Shop.
The Moon & Pea – you can’t discuss Lark Lane without thinking about it. It was as much as part of Sefton as the trees in the ground. The ten year legacy very sadly came to an end a couple years ago, much to the dismay of the local community. The story wasn’t to end there though. Sian Griffiths, one of the owners of Moon & Pea, stood down and left a couple years before it closed and in a rather bizarre twist of fate, is now back to continue to the legacy of brilliant breakfasts, super suppers and offer a cozy corner for anyone.
VietNom is Liverpool’s premier independent vietnamese restaurant. It started in 2018 with its first residency at the Baltic Market. After this they hosted dinner parties at The Bagelry and Mother Espresso before getting the keys to their own place on Berry Street. On weekends they host Banh Mi Club and Baltic Market’s Press Bros. Coffee are slinging out coffees to go with. Dreamy.
The Bread Shop Aigburth Road
In a world where four out of ten businesses die within five years – you can’t blame The Bread Shop Bakery on Aigburth Vale having a street party for their sixtieth year in business in 2018. It’s not always been easy, tomorrow was never promised but they’re still here, despite it all, treating their customers like family. Considering some have been going for the full 60 years it’s been open, we bet they even feel like family sometimes. You can get pretty much anything from here and coffee is one of them!
319 Aigburth Rd, Liverpool, L17 0BJ
We all know holidays probably won’t be able to happen in 2021 but a visit to Carlisi is a replacement we’ll take. Carlisi is a modern Italian-fusion concept bar in Liverpool’s finance district. Aperitivo menu, great cocktails, light bites and fantastic Italian coffee. There might even be some takeaway sweet treats if you’re lucky.
92 Degrees Coffee
The namesake is inspired by the optimum heat they believe coffee extraction is best and if you’ve left your pocket thermometer at home, you’ll have to take their word for it. Based in the Neo-Classical Old Blind School building on Hardman St is their flagship, they’ve also gone on to open other coffee shops in the city. They’re one of the only coffee shop in Liverpool to roast their beans on site, adding a rather personal and special touch.
Bringing you ethically sourced, artisan coffee and a fully plant based menu – Potts Coffee are based in the heart of the Liverpool city centre on Slater Street. The name of the shop comes from the surname of the family that own the coffee shop. They opened their doors in December 2019 to a queue of hungry and eager locals who have done nothing but return since. With such choice these days, it takes something special to create a loyal following and Potts have done just that. They’re open on weekends for takeout!
Other suggestions: Mezz In A Well, Story House, Catherine Brady.
Please bare in mind opening hours vary at each place so please check before visiting.
By Guest Writer: Kate Rogers – Found on Instagram as @sheeatsanything