From pan-Asian soul food to locally-sourced laid-back dining, Liverpool has it all. We get it, sometimes you’re just not in the mood to get dressed-up and fancy, sometimes jeans, t-shirt and a belly full of hearty food is all that’s needed.
And that’s what this list is all about – Liverpool doing what it does best: fantastic food in relaxed surroundings. Designer shoes not required.
Here are our picks
Miyagi Bold Street, 77 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4EZ - Visit now
This pan Asian tapas restaurant is apparently named after a character from the weirdly influential 1980s film, The Karate Kid. With its uplifting soul and Motown soundtrack, it’s not hard to see why Miyagi is so popular. It’s a friendly, bustling place, easy on the eye, that serves up both classic dishes and more eyebrow-raising options – which often prove to be the best.
Food From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY - Visit now
It might only be open on Saturday afternoons but this is a must-visit place for anyone looking for sustainable vegan fare surrounded by some of the most laid-back and friendly people in the city. Based underneath the radical bookshop, News From Nowhere, the food on offer is donation-only and environmentally-friendly. If your psyche is in need of a deep cleanse, head here.
Maray, 91 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HF - Visit now
Food-lovers should make their way to Maray, tout suite. Inspired by the historic district of Le Marais, Paris, the food more than matches up to our cross-channel cousins. Largely based around small plates and prevailing food trends, the dishes are beautiful and surprisingly affordable, designed for both sharing and cooing over.
The Egg Café, Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4ED - Visit now
For the past forty years, The Egg Cafe has been serving up homely vegan and vegetarian food to the people of Liverpool. It’s a refreshingly unstuffy place, that offers a darn sight more than just eggs. The frankly enormous salads are our top tip.
The Pen Factory, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BQ - Visit now
Off to the theatre? The nearby Pen Factory is the perfect place for a pre or post-show meal. Specialising in seasonal small plates, the food focuses on British and European cuisine, with subtle influences from around the world. The atmosphere is informal, unhurried, and self-assured – if you’re looking for a new favourite haunt, this may well be it.
Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BY - Visit now
This multi-purpose events space has hosted some of the UK’s most innovative food and drink events, earning countless plaudits along the way. The Times describes it as one of the coolest restaurants in Britain, and it’s hard to disagree. It features vintage caravans, towering shrubbery, roaring fires and the biggest public screen in the city all under the roofs of three old warehouses and a coach shed.