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Tower building, on the corner of Water Street and the Strand, is the home to a new coffee shop. What was once an old banking area for the building is now Lucaya (say “look higher” without the h), a large, airy space with huge windows overlooking Water Street.

Lucaya is the little sister of the well-loved Rococo Coffee House on Lord Street, but the decor, ambiance and menu wouldn’t at first make you see the link between the two. In the morning you can choose croissants, or a full breakfast, either traditional or vegetarian. There are also lighter options – fresh fruit, porridge and smoothies. For lunch there are panini, eggs, homemade soup, salads and sandwiches. The grilled cheese on sourdough bread will leave you full and greasy lipped, but will leave you equally content

As Jon Stark was famously quoted which then became the catalyst for a million memes – winter is coming and the range of jacket potatoes will keep you warm. Eat downstairs, or take food upstairs to the mezzanine, where you can keep an eye on the people below (not in a weird way or anything) and watch the busyness outside as you lose yourself in a latte. 

Anyone who has holidayed in the Bahamas may know that Lucaya is the name of an area of the largest town, Freeport, on the Grand Bahama Island. No tropical temperatures or golden beaches here though, the only echo of distant shores is the name and a proliferation of large palms that are a beautiful aesthetic injecting life into the building.

The famous Rococo friendliness, atmosphere and customer care are just as evident here, under the excellent direction of the dynamic duo, Barbora and Agnis, and their staff. Lucaya is open every day from eight to five and breakfast is served until midday. Lucaya has wheelchair access and can cater for larger groups of visitors. What’s more…. all Independent Liverpool cardholders get an exclusive 10% discount on everything purchased. See you at the mezzanine.