From single origin to special blends, from artisan brews to homemade cakes, via a hidden beauty and one that doubles up as a design shop – this is our guide to the best cafés and coffee shops in Liverpool.
Here are our picks
The name of this cafe and performance space is also the kind of exclamation you might make on walking through its doors: Oh Me Oh My occupies space in Liverpool’s Grade II-listed West Africa House and uses the building’s stunning features to full effect. Art Deco tiles and reclaimed furniture offer the perfect setting in which to enjoy Oh Me Oh My’s tempting menu: there are sandwiches, soups and mains on offer, as well as a range of teas, coffees and cakes.
Nestled the heart of the Baltic Triangle, Baltic Bakehouse can claim to produce the best artisan loaves in the city. Its client list speaks for itself; the bakery’s signature sourdough can be found being in some of Liverpool’s most reputable eateries – and while you could be forgiven for walking past the rather unassuming looking little shop unit, you do so at your peril. On a typical day, Baltic Bakehouse is completely sold out before closing time. Treat yourself to a ’99 doughnut, or a grilled cheese sandwich that Buzzfeed declared to be one of the ‘17 best sandwiches in the UK.’
– Christina McDermott
Outside Cow and Co, wooden tables and chairs sit on a street that may be only a stone’s throw from Liverpool ONE but couldn’t feel more removed. Inside, blankets are laid out on the windowsill (for wrapping up on chilly days), while very good coffee, sandwiches and pastries are all on the menu. To one side of the café, arranged like exhibits, are a hand-picked selection of beautiful ceramics, clever vases and hard to find design that beg to be picked up, pored over and purchased.
A super cool cafe at the top of Bold Street, serving a range of specialist coffee, cakes and sandwiches. Small art exhibitions adorn its walls, free Wifi and proximity to the Ropewalks area make it a favourite of Liverpool’s creative community. This joint never rests on its laurels, striving to create the perfect coffee by making sure they have the best selection of Brazilian and Guatemalan beans.
Filter + Fox
Filter + Fox is a bespoke coffee shop by day, a restaurant and bar by night. With a wide front window and a stripped-back interior, this Duke Street spot fits into the design-heavy trend well. Food runs through from simple breakfasts to sandwiches, charcuterie boards and small plates, and there’s a plentiful wine list. Not just a coffee shop, then.