Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

Creative Tourist

The Ropewalks is a part of Liverpool that combines old and new. Once crowded with warehouses and merchants’ houses (and later, slums), this area was built for the city’s seafaring trade; its long, straight streets were used to weave rope for sale to ships docked in port. The area has reinvented itself as the city’s “independent quarter”, and the mish-mash of historic streets and renovated warehouses, creative cafés and music venues makes it one of Liverpool’s best districts to explore.

At its heart is Bold Street, home to Indian food at Mowgli, Bold Street Coffee, LEAF café and small plates at Maray. Shops-wise, don’t miss Utility, stocked with rather special homeware, and the long-standing radical bookshop News from Nowhere. Vintage lovers can also get their fix at 69a on Renshaw Street, which sells everything from dusty 1970s ceramics to pre-war telephones.

Looking for culture? Head to FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, which includes an arthouse cinema, galleries, ground-floor café and first floor bar.

Our top picks

St. Luke’s, Liverpool

St. Luke’s, Liverpool, Corner of Berry Street and Leece Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 - Visit now

From a distance, this 19th-century church at the apex of Bold Street is handsome but otherwise unremarkable. Close up, it is anything but.

StLukesChurch, image courtesy of venue

FACT

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4DQ - Visit now

FACT is the UK’s leading organisation for the support and exhibition of art and film that embraces new technology and explores digital culture.

Image courtesy of Visit Britain

Liverpool ONE

Liverpool ONE, Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8LW - Visit now

Created by developer Peel Holdings, Liverpool ONE avoided the fate of so many 1960s and 1970s large-scale shopping developments; instead of obliterating what was already there, blocks of new-build sit alongside preserved and renovated existing buildings.

Duke Street Market

Duke Street Market, 46 Duke St, Liverpool, L1 5AS - Visit now

A spacious open plan hall with a mezzainine level, Duke Street Market is a beautiful venue, with many top vendors within.

Duke Street Market

Bluecoat

Bluecoat, Bluecoat Chambers, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX - Visit now

The Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre, dating back to 1716. Once a school, it’s now one of the city’s liveliest arts hubs, an art gallery showing work by major national and international artists that also stages regular performances, readings and more.

Image courtesy of The Bluecoat

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Restaurant
Hummingbird

Hummingbird is one of Liverpool’s most stylish and timeless cocktail bars.

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Tourist Attraction
The Cavern Club

This Beatles favourite music venue has seen not only the biggest band in the world, but much around it – from 1950s Jazz and 21st Century indie rock.

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Gallery
Arts Bar Baltic

A safe and creative space, with a mission to help support and develop Liverpool’s artistic scene.

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Bar or Pub
Hangar 34

Hangar 34 is a huge warehouse, dedicated to live music, nightlife, exhibitions and much more. It’s always worth checking out.

Liverpool
Gallery
DOT-ART

This fabulous independent gallery is a venue providing exhibitions, classes and community spirit. Come and browse contemporary art of many varieties.

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Event venue
Eric’s Live

This lively music venue in Liverpool is situated on the famous Matthew Street, music lovers heaven.

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Restaurant
Bacino

Bacino pizza and cicchetti bring a slice of Naples cuisine to Liverpool. With tasty dishes and lots of drinks options.

Liverpool
Bar or Pub
Frederik’s

Frederik’s neighbourhood kitchen & bar has been the hub of the Georgian Quarter since 2013. Award winning cocktails and a great Sunday roast!

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Restaurant
Silk Rd

Silk Rd Tapas serves up delicious Mediterranean small plates, named after the Silk Route, an ancient network of trade routes, bringing spices and silks.

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Bar or Pub
Azvex Brewing and Taproom

Azvex Brewing and Taproom, on Liverpool waterfront, make delicious beer that you can drink in house or get ordered straight to your door.

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