Breakfast. From the hastily grabbed bacon sandwich on the way to the office to the Saturday brunch consumed with friends when you’re all feeling a bit worse for wear, there’s a reason that it’s deemed the most important meal of the day. But not all breakfasts are created equal, and why opt for a soggy Egg McMuffin when you could stuff yourself silly at one of Liverpool’s excellent cafés instead? Here are our favourites.
Here are our picks
6 Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 4TQ, L2 4TQ - Visit now
This American style diner specialises in super-sized breakfasts – just the thing if you’ve been indulging in super-sized quantities of alcohol the night before. You’ll find all the usual draws, such as French Toast, Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict on the menu – but we’d suggest opting for the pancakes. These aren’t your average, weedy crêpes, but big, buttermilk-laden beauties that are as thick as your arm, layered with crispy bacon and smothered in maple syrup. Wash it all down with a cup of their delicious coffee and you’ll be set for whatever the day may bring. While you might need to queue for a table – just like their branch in Manchester, this place gets seriously busy at the weekends – it’s worth the wait.
89 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4HF, L1 4HF - Visit now
Not only does Bold Street Coffee serve up some of the best coffee in Liverpool, but it also does a top range of breakfasts too. There’s the usual array of bacon sandwiches, pastries and porridge, but we’d suggest opting for their superb Mushrooms on Toast – the perfect example of a simple dish that’s been elevated to the sublime. An honorary mention should also go to their homemade toasted fruit loaf. A mere £2.50 gets you two, doorstop-sized wedge, packed with dried fruit and smothered in oozing butter, leaving you licking your fingers clean for the rest of the day. Both your stomach and your wallet will leave happy.
46 Bridgewater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0AY, L1 0AY - Visit now
Purveyors of possibly the best bacon sandwich in the city (which is no mean feat in a place like Liverpool), Baltic Bakehouse is a baked breakfast goods treasure trove. While you can easily stuff yourself to the gills with toast made from their superb sourdough, we’d suggest opting for their croissants (the almond ones are particularly good), which are all made on the premises, and are heavenly when smothered in jam and dipped in a large mug of coffee. If that doesn’t give you enough carbs, make sure you nab one of their deliciously squidgy Chelsea buns for the journey home.
54 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4HR, L1 4HR - Visit now
Scousers cannot live on bacon butties and full English fry-ups alone. If you’re looking for something that’s a little bit different, guide your feet towards Bakchich, a small section of Beirut on Bold Street. Serving up breakfast from 8am-12pm each day, their menu comprises such delights as Shakshouka (eggs poached in a delightfully piquant tomato sauce), oven baked flatbreads stuffed with halloumi cheese and za’atar (a thyme laden spice blend), and porridge served topped with pomegranate molasses. The highlight of the menu, though, has to be the “Full Lebanese”, a plate of fried eggs sprinkled with sumac (a tart, citrusy spice), crushed broad beans, flatbreads stuffed with halloumi, and organic lab’neh (thick yoghurt). However, it also should be noted that the service here can be a bit haphazard (particularly when it gets busy).
65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ, L1 4EZ - Visit now
Getting a table in Leaf on a weekend morning requires patience, planning and a fair amount of ruthlessness. But if you’re prepared to put the work in, we can think of few better places to sit and linger over the papers on a Sunday. From their meat-feast of a Full English to their (surprisingly tasty) vegan breakfast – a cornucopia of grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and lip-smackingly good falafel sausages – their menu caters to practically every dietary quirk you could think of. We’re particularly fond of their cinnamon toast, which comes accompanied by a satisfyingly large dollop of crème fraîche and berry compote. Wash this down with a cup of Lady Gray tea and sail forth into a better day.