Liverpool is a cafe city, don’t you doubt it. People-watching is another major pastime in town and there are few more enjoyable afternoon activities than lazing away in the window of a fine cafe, a stunning cup of tea or coffee in front of you, as Liverpool does its thing on the other side of the glass. There are great cafes everywhere you look in Liverpool, narrowing it down is an impossible task. Impossible you say…
We might not be massive fans of the US sitcom ‘Friends’ (we still contend that Ross is the most unlikeable TV character we’ve come across), but we’re not going to complain about the aesthetics it inspires. Love Thy Neighbour is a Liverpool cafe that has taken its cue from the show, meaning a friendly place that you could easily spend hours in, somehow managing to get the prime sofa every single time. The menu is excellent, with plenty of vegan options included.
Oh Mother Espresso, where were you when we were spending hours cutting lemons and limes while working at Bar CaVa? A charming little espresso bar on Wood Street, Mother Espresso serves up some of the most delicious hot stuff in the city, with a decent roster of cakes and sweets to go alongside your little cup of magic. This is a refreshingly simple place offering seriously excellent tastes.
Don’t put intimidated by the beautiful people that will likely be sat on the little bench in the entrance, as this is one of Liverpool’s most delightful and convivial cafes. Located exactly where you think it is, Bold Street Cafe has long been at the forefront of the specialty coffee revolution in Liverpool but has done so without the usual trappings of artisanal cafes — meaning no lectures and no disapproving looks when ordering an Americano or Flat White. We’ve spent many a morning here and we’ll absolutely spend many more, drinking coffee, reading books, eating brunch, loving life.
Of course there is a cafe in Liverpool called Lucy in the Sky. Not that we’re complaining, this Exchange Street East spot has gained a fine reputation since it first opened its door, with some even claiming this to be the best cafe in the city. There are plenty of breakfast and brunch options on the menu to go with some excellent coffee, all served in a homely environment that you might struggle to leave.
Independent cafes are the absolute best. There are few things better than a quality cup of coffee served by people who care about every aspect of their business, and that’s what you’ll get at Thoughtfully Cafe. You’ll also get a great cafe environment and brunch environment, along with an attention to detail that a lot of places could learn a lot from. Dog friendly too!