Petit Cafe Du CoinIan Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Take a few steps around the corner from Liverpool’s world-famous (if it isn’t yet, it should be) Bold Street, and you’ll find Petit Cafe Du Coin, right on the edge of Liverpool’s almost-as-legendary Chinatown district. In fact, head in any direction in the city centre and you’ll find something fascinating – has any major other city achieved quite as much in such a small surface area? Doubtful.
But we’re here to have a few drinks in the delightful Petit Cafe Du Coin. It’s a small intimate cafe, with a suitably laid-back and disarmingly friendly atmosphere. The staff are happy to chat, or leave you be, there’s no sense of pressure that you might find in some of more well-known chain coffeeshops. It’s a place to bob into, sit back, watch the world go by, and have a great time while doing so.
A small intimate cafe, with a suitably laid-back and disarmingly friendly atmosphere
The soundtrack is suitably eclectic, veering all over the genres, always fitting the vibe. Staff from nearby bars often pop in for a chat, sticking around for a laugh and a drink – and if that’s not the sign of a truly excellent venue, I don’t know what is.
There’s a nice range of teas to choose from, and an even wider selection of alcoholic drinks, with a strong focus on cocktails. It’s not heavily food-based but the peckish among you can dive into a choice of cakes or a charcuterie board. Unsurprisingly, considering the name, the place has a Parisian feel, filtered through that unbeatable sense of scouse eccentricity and friendliness. You won’t find any snooty poodle owners in here, but you will find a charmingly dishevelled bar worker or three who’ll happily spend their day chattering about anything under the sun for a few hours.
Here you’ll find that unbeatable sense of scouse eccentricity and friendliness
Petit Cafe Du Coin is just another jewel in Liverpool’s crown. It’s the perfect summation of the city, in one small but excellent bar and well worth spending a lazy afternoon at (with the more-than-likely potential of spilling over into a raucous evening).