I’ve been a frequent visitor to Liverpool since my sister moved there more than 20 years ago. As true British sisters, we spend much of our time together immersed in the city’s traditional pubs, laid-back bars, buzzing restaurants, and seasonal pop-ups. In fact, Liverpool’s culinary scene is so iconic that the nickname for locals—Scousers—derives from a type of stew traditionally eaten in the port city. That port connection continues into Liverpool’s other specialties, which includes Chinese cuisine, fusion fine-dining, and European classics. Here’s how to eat your way around Liverpool in just three days.
Liverpool summers are perfect for terrace dining, but book outdoor tables in advance.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a bowl of scouse in a Ropewalks café.
Start by sampling Liverpool’s famous dishes and learning about their port city origins. The Ropewalks district boasts several home-style cafés where you can tuck into a bowl of proper scouse stew. Landmark attractions typically serve scouse in their on-site restaurants, including Liverpool Cathedral. Take a stroll through Chinatown to learn about Europe’s oldest ethnic enclave and sample some quintessentially Liverpudlian-Chinese flavors.
After so much hearty fare, you’re set to experience Liverpool’s iconic nightlife. A wander around the city center reveals all manner of venues, from the iconic Cavern Club to hidden gems like Ye Cracke pub, just off Hope Street.
Explore some of Liverpool’s more modern flavors and spaces on your second day. Take a bus to the Baltic Triangle to visit trendy venues such as the Baltic Market food court and Cains Brewery Village. If you’re looking to rub elbows with locals, head further out to Lark Lane, a bohemian bar street complete with upmarket eateries and pub grub spots.
To see these and other of the city's main attractions, take the red hop-on hop-off bus route, alighting at stop 13 or 14 for the Baltic Market, or go for the full experience on the blue route which goes all the way to Lark Lane and Sefton Park, via several notable Beatles landmarks.
Unwind on your last day with a wander around the Royal Albert Dock and waterfront. The area is packed with bistros, restaurants, cafés, and pubs serving Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Welsh fare, plus everything in between. Many of the eateries offer premier views across the Mersey, while the convenient location makes it easy to combine your meal with a river cruise, museum visit, or trip to the Royal Liver Building’s 15th-floor viewing platform.