A hipster's guide to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle
Liverpool is the home of The Beatles and two world class football teams, but did you know it’s also a city bursting with creativity and has a thriving foodie scene? Most of this is centred around the Baltic Triangle, a regenerated area of the city. Former warehouses and factories are now home to trendy bars, cool independent shops and stylish eateries.
Get a taste of Liverpool’s innovative side with our 2-day Baltic Triangle itinerary.
Begin exploring the Baltic Triangle at Camp and Furnace a huge cultural hub and one of Liverpool’s most popular venues. Check out the exhibitions at its Blade Factory or simply have a snack and people-watch. Keep an eye out for their Nightgarden events a combo of food, art, drink and performance art.
Music buffs should mosey on up to Jacaranda Records Phase One and immerse themselves in vinyl bliss. Get inside a listening pod and revel in warm vinyl sounds while enjoying a drink - it’s a vinyl lover’s dream. There’s also a huge stage at the back so it’s worth returning in the evening to catch a live gig.
Feeling peckish? Try the Afternoon Punk Tea at Baltic Social where there’s not a finger sandwich in sight! Stuff your face with nachos, sausages, mini burgers and fries instead. Come back in the evenings for Baltic Social’s legendary Baltic Sessions open mic nights. For freshly baked goodies head to the Baltic Bakehouse a short walk away.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on how to spend your evening in the Baltic Triangle. If you’re there on a Saturday night, head to the Black Lodge Brewery and Tap Room and get chatting with the locals over cheese, charcuterie and craft beer. Check out Hanger 34, a converted warehouse which regularly hosts raves, festivals and comedy nights. A quieter option is FACT, a film house-gallery-cafe centre. You won’t see blockbusters on the big screen here, but independent, foreign language and classic films instead.
Settle down for the night at the stylish yet comfortable, Jury’s Inn Liverpool a 10-minute walk across the wharf from Baltic Triangle. Or the more central Base Service Apartments if you want explore other areas of the city.
Retail therapy and foodie heaven
By now you’ve got a sense of how cool the Baltic Triangle is so continue to soak up the vibes with breakfast at Coffee & Fandisha. The speciality coffee shop serves hearty breakfasts and an array of great tasting coffee. Tea lovers should head to LEAF, just outside of the Baltic Triangle, and choose a brew from more than 50 varieties to accompany your meal.
After breakfast, head to Lost Art a skateboarding shop with a strong sense of community. The team here are friendly and knowledgeable and if you’re not a skater, pick up some cool skating attire instead.
Continue your retail therapy at Red Brick Vintage, in Cains Brewery Village. It’s easy to lose track of time wandering around the labyrinth of stalls selling vintage clothes, furniture and art. A stone’s throw away is Red Brick Hangar a treasure trove of independent stalls and businesses from farmers, boutique designers and tattooists.
After you’ve worked up an appetite shopping, pop across the road to Baltic Market. The industrial décor belies the delicate flavours on offer at its various street food stalls. From Vietnamese rolls to Cuban croquettas, you’ll find delicious food to make your taste buds sing.
Finish off your time in the Baltic Triangle with a visit to Constellations, a former warehouse turned urban retreat. Chill out among the leafy green plants in the cafe and art gallery or sit outside in the Kiwi-inspired garden.