Liverpool City Break

Back in January myself and the other half popped over to Liverpool for a few nights mid-week. Sure €20 flights, what more could you want? I had never been to Liverpool before and was blown away by how nice the city, people and (most importantly) restaurants were.

Where we stayed

We got a good deal to stay in the 30 James Street Hotel. In terms of location, this hotel is bang in the middle of where you’d want to be: 5 minutes from the bus stop and between Liverpool One and the River Mersey. We didn’t get one taxi while we were here with being able to walk everywhere in the city and a bus from the airport bringing us so close to the hotel. However, be warned, when we arrived they tried to put us in a really crap room (avoid the basement level if at all possible) but after some complaining we got a really nice room that even had a little kitchen. The rooms are nicely furnished and decorated in a Titanic-era theme. The staff were really helpful and friendly.

What we ate

Before we went I found this cool guide (On Independent Liverpool, that I can’t seem to find right now, Sorry!) of where to eat in Liverpool if you’re looking for independent restaurants. It’s well worth checking out Independent Liverpool for some guidance if you’re heading over. The restaurant game over there is actually incredible!

The best places we ate in were:

  • Filter & Fox – The most amazing tasting plates, cheese board and most importantly – cocktails!
  • Mowgli – First of all this restaurant just looks amazing on the inside—the decor is really cool and kind of jungle-esque. Again, the food came as tasting plates with my absolute favourite being the spicy chip butty. The cocktails were also on point!
  • Moose Coffee – This place is perfect for real comfort food, and the portions are huge! We had amazing toasted sandwiches but I was a little envious of the PERFECT-looking pancakes that were being enjoyed by the next table!
  • Izakaya – I’m not normally big on sushi but I have to say I loved the sushi rolls, katsu curry and cocktails here! I even tried an oyster which if I’m honest, I wasn’t so fond of!

Where we went

  • Liverpool One – Really nice for a wander but not too much shopping was done as the exchange rate wasn’t great and most of the shops to be found are also back in Dublin.
  • The Cavern – A Liverpool trip wouldn’t be complete without some sort of Beatles nod. I grew up listening to the Beatles and was only delighted to go and see a Beatles tribute band in the Cavern!
  • Mersey Ferry – We went on a “ferry cross the Mersey” which stopped off at the U-boat museum in the Wirral. The ferry was a really cool, multi-coloured dazzle boat, so great photo ops. The trip had amazing views along the way.
  • Tate Museum – A must for anyone remotely interested in art. There was a really cool exhibition on Tracey Emin while we were there!

Wow, I didn’t realise we had squeezed so much into our three days! Liverpool is a really gorgeous city and I plan to head back soon and sample some more of the amazing food and drinks on offer.




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