If you can’t hop on a plane and jet off around the world, why not explore your own country? I love the UK and there are so many cities I am still yet to explore. When planning this trip a few months back we were unsure of where to head to for a weekend away. I’d like visit Bournemouth and Blackpool, however they are better visited in the summer months. Then Liverpool was chucked out there and that’s where we ended up going.
Since we booked our Airbnb I’d been looking at blogs about what to do, where best to visit and saving many places on Instagram for a good photo opportunity! I’d sent a handful of places over to the girls to have a look at, so we had a semi-planned visit!
Heading anywhere after work on a Friday is a nightmare, we knew it would be a long journey, but we were fully prepared with snacks (the best thing about a road trip!). It took us around four hours to arrive at our Airbnb after leaving Bristol. Airbnb is one of the best inventions in my opinion, I have stayed at many over the past few years and have to say the one in Liverpool would be one of the best I’d stayed at. It was located close to the centre, with free on-site parking and the whole apartment to ourselves, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay again when visiting.
As we arrived around half past nine on the Friday evening after a long journey, we decided to get a takeaway and an early night before starting our weekend properly. Having looked at a few places for brunch prior to our arrival, Love Thy Neighbour came up all over my Insta feed. Located on Bold Street, the coffee shop is a firm favourite. We were waiting around ten minutes for a table, I was torn between eggs benedict and a full English, I ended up choosing a full English. I also opted for a Mocha as coffee was much needed, both were incredibly nice! I can see why it’s a popular spot, especially due to the interior and the pink iconic wall outside!
Being shopaholics, we knew we wanted to pop into L1 and discover the Primark, which by the way was incredible. Liverpool is a very good place to shop. So many stores to discover all in one area, we spent the majority of the day shopping and spent far too much money. Another Insta favourite is the famous wings in Baltic Triangle, I dragged everyone to the wings to get the perfect picture. It was around a ten-minute walk from the shops, so an easy thing to pop off to when shopping.
After a day of shopping, we wanted to head back to our Airbnb to freshen up before we headed back out for a nice dinner, a few cocktails and a little boogie. The place of choice to eat was Yard & Coop, unfortunately we got there at 9:01pm and they informed us they don’t serve food after 9pm, so we were a little disappointed and hungry at this point. We stumbled upon Villa Romana, an Italian which is located on Wood Street. I opted for pasta which had smoked salmon and prawns in, it was delicious and took me all of around five minutes to eat! It was quite late at this point, but the food came out incredibly fast so we were impressed.
Now, I’ve wanted to go to The Florist for such a long time, they’ve got a place in Bristol yet I still haven’t been (watch this space!). They’ve got a place in Liverpool, so wanted to make a visit. I’m obsessed with anything floral and knew I had to grab the chance for a photo in the most pictured Liverpool Insta spot! The cocktails are all floral based and the vibe was great, there was a DJ and someone with a saxophone playing some good tunes.
Having looked at a few places for drinks beforehand, another one on the list we wanted to visit was The Alchemist, however it wasn’t close to The Florist and we didn’t want to make a trek over, as the time was getting on. So, we headed back down to Concert Square, which is full of clubs. Firstly, we headed into Soho, I have to mention the floors were incredibly sticky and the 241 cocktails did remind me of what you’d get from a machine. We then headed into Modo, again we’d seen they had some nice cocktails, but once we got in the cocktails we saw advertised were not on offer. I was slightly disappointed with Concert Square, it would better suit people looking for a very drunken night out but that wasn’t us!
We knew that we had a long journey back down South, so didn’t want to leave it too late before driving back. After a late night, we left the Airbnb around 10.30AM and drove down to The Docks. It was very peaceful, a really nice place to discover with lots of options of places to eat. We decided on What’s Cooking, I opted for a breakfast wrap that was washed down again with a mocha and a glass of apple juice. Again, the food was really good so I would recommend. After a mooch around The Docks, we got back into the car and headed back home.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Liverpool, there is so much more I’d like to discover which wasn’t all possible in a weekend. When visiting we all found other things we’d like to do on our next visit. Firstly, I’d like to head to Yard & Coop, the menu is insane and I really need to try out their dirty fries! Wondering round The Docks, they’ve got the Beatles and the Tate Museum, both of which I would like to wonder around. Another Beatles related place is The Cavern Club, where live music is constantly on and sometimes has an appearance of Paul McCartney! There were a lot of other brunch places I’d like to pop into as well as just walking around the city and seeing where I end up.
Have you been to Liverpool before? If so, what’s your favourite things to do? And if not, what would you like to do? Leave a comment below!