In Liverpool there’s also a deep appreciation for quality coffee and idyllic spaces to enjoy it. The city is full of independent cafes and coffee shops, each with their own unique charm, and we’ve rounded up some of our faves for you to add to your must-visit list. Here’s our guide to the best coffee shops in Liverpool.
Mother Espresso is a specialty coffee spot, seasonal kitchen and hang out ironically located on the ground floor of a building called the Tea Factory. Open daily, you can expect fresh bakes made that day. Mother Espresso is also popular with freelancers as a co-working space, and more recently have started up occasional evening events called ‘Later, at Mother’ where you can enjoy good food, music and conversation.
Rococo Coffee House
As the name suggests, Rococo Coffee House is a large yet intimate, ornately decorated independent coffee house, nestled on the first floor of the second oldest building on Lord Street and spanning two levels. With a great breakfast and lunch menu, mouth-watering cakes and their own blend of fair trade coffee, Rococo is the perfect pit stop after a few hours of shopping, ideally located in the heart of Liverpool One. This is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Liverpool, not only for its coffee and hot drinks but for the quality of their food and the lovely setting.
The Watering Can
This green oasis set within the twelve acres of Greenbank Park serves not just great coffee but also offers a delightful menu of fresh food. With the environment at the heart of everything they do, The Watering Can are committed to sustainability by sourcing fresh ingredients from trusted local suppliers and sustainable sources.
Paper Cup Coffee
Paper Cup Coffee is run by local charity The Paper Cup Project which supports people sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness with their pay it forward scheme. They serve locally roasted coffee from Bean and sweet treats from The Butterholic. At Christmas time, customers can also purchase gift packages such as chocolates and socks which will then be gifted to members of the homeless community. We think this is one of the best coffee shops in Liverpool for the fact that it supports our community, while also providing amazing coffee and snacks.
Ruben’s Coffee is a successful local independent that started in Wirral and has since expanded to Chester, Mold, and of course, the Albert Dock. They serve premium roasted coffee from South America along with fresh snacks, soups, and cakes. Customers can enjoy their food and drinks indoors or outside by the waterfront and can borrow a blanket to keep warm.
Lovelocks Coffee Shop
Lovelocks Coffee Shop emerges as an oasis of tranquility right in the heart of the city centre. It’s a haven for caffeine aficionados and casual coffee connoisseurs alike. Beyond the realm of coffee, Lovelocks tantalises taste buds with an array of homemade delights. Their menu boasts an assortment of sandwiches, salads, pastries and cakes. Whether you’re seeking a quiet corner to work on a project, a cosy spot to catch up with friends, or a tranquil haven to simply unwind, Lovelocks is the place.
Located at the top of Bold Street, Cafe Tabac has been a Liverpool institution for over four decades and is the longest running cafe-bar in the city. Its interior is styled after the great European cafes and attracts artists, freelancers and creatives, including some famous names such as Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Bold Street Coffee
Bold Street Coffee is an award-winning coffee shop with a minimalist interior that serves specialty coffee and freshly made food. They offer a variety of sandwiches, breakfast options, lunch dishes, and sweet treats. The coffee shop is committed to sustainability and uses fully compostable produce and packaging. With two locations in Liverpool, Bold Street and The Plaza, it’s a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Ask anyone in the city and they’ll say that Bold Street Coffee is one of the best coffee shops in Liverpool.
If you’re seeking a diverse selection of coffee options, look no further than Crosby Coffee. This local coffee shop prides itself on providing an extensive array of beans sourced from sustainable coffee farms across the globe. With their unique roasting style and deep understanding of coffee, Crosby Coffee has become a beloved destination for coffee enthusiasts in Crosby.
92 Degrees is an award-winning coffee roastery and cafe founded in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, and now with multiple stores in the city and further afield. Named after the ideal temperature for the extraction of Espresso, they offer expertly crafted coffee, friendly service, and a range of events and art showcases. They are committed to sustainability and only serve beans sourced from green coffee import partners. You can also purchase retail coffee to take home or to the office.
For all cat lovers out there, the Cat Cafe offers the perfect combination of delicious drinks and furry friends. With the aim of making animal-assisted therapy accessible to all, the Cat Cafe entrance fee of £15 per person, per hour includes an hour of cat time plus unlimited hot and cold drinks. Customers are welcome to stay as long as they want and will be billed for any extra time at the end of their visit.
Bean There is an independent coffee shop, kitchen, and bakery that has been a staple in South Liverpool since 2017. Located on the corner of Penny Lane and Smithdown Road, they are known for their high-quality coffee and menu of delicious brunch and lunch food and sweet treats. They serve Atkinson’s Coffee and offer single-origin pour-overs.
Located in Gordon Street, MerseyMade is an independent shop, cafe and events space combining art, culture, and coffee under one roof. With stores in Liverpool and West Kirby, MerseyMade supports local artists and independent businesses by stocking locally made products. The cafe is yet another coffee spot to stock coffee from Bean, and has its own bespoke blend. Enjoy your brew while exploring local arts and crafts for the perfect Christmas gift.
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