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Inside the Bluecoat Display Centre
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The 10 best places to go shopping in Liverpool

Dig up the perfect souvenir at one of the best shopping spots in Liverpool, from craft markets to designer boutiques

By Rachel Kevern
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You may fancy a rifling through vintage clothes and accessories at a Camden-style market, or perhaps you’re on for treating yourself at a designer boutique. Maybe your Airbnb’s cupboards are looking decidedly empty – in which case a farmers’ market will certainly tempt you. However you like to shop, and whatever you’re looking for, Liverpool is a city with a lot to offer (and often at decent prices).

Those in search of reliable high street names should head straight to Liverpool ONE, a gleaming outdoor complex at the heart of the city, where each building is designed by a different architect. Looking for a bargain? Explore the vintage markets and antique stores in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool’s up-and-coming creative district, or pop over to Bold Street, which brims with independent boutiques. For a side order of culture, bask in the historic surrounds of Royal Albert Dock, on Liverpool’s Unesco World Heritage Site waterfront, before checking out the gift shop at Tate Liverpool (both are essential things to do here, according to us). And don’t forget to pause for some refreshment during your hard day’s shopping in Liverpool – this city boasts some of the best restaurants in the North West, and endless tempting cafés and bars.

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Best places to go shopping in Liverpool

Liverpool ONE shopping centre at night
Photograph: Flickr / Christopher Czermak

1. Liverpool ONE

You couldn’t write about shopping in Liverpool without mentioning the UK’s largest open-air shopping centre. Liverpool ONE boasts 170 shops, bars and restaurants at the heart of the city centre, and far from anonymous rows of identikit commercial façades, each building was designed by a different architect – giving each store its own distinct look. Expect both your standard high street shops and quirkier independent boutiques, plus plenty of decent places to eat and drink.

Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool
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2. Royal Albert Dock

Royal Albert Dock is the historic jewel of Liverpool’s Unesco World Heritage Site waterfront, and it also happens to be a great place to head for some retail therapy. Nestled among the country’s largest group of Grade I-listed buildings, you’ll find trendy design stores, independent fashion houses and an array of brilliant souvenir shops. Don’t miss the Tate Liverpool store, which offers a wide range of books, art-inspired gifts and homeware.

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Bold Street shopping district in Liverpool
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3. Bold Street

Surely one of the UK’s most diverse shopping strips, Bold Street is a real must-visit. Whether you’re after the perfect vintage outfit, some additions to your vinyl collection or a killer piece of homeware, this quirky street has it all. Make sure to drop by LIV, an expansive organic food market and vegan café in the former Liverpool Gas Company building.

The exterior of Red Brick Market
Photograph: Red Brick Market

4. Red Brick Market

A Camden-style market offering a shopping experience unlike any other (in Liverpool, at least). Located in the up-and-coming Baltic Triangle area, Red Brick Market embodies the city’s maverick spirit, bringing together an eclectic gaggle of makers, bakers and other independent vendors – think one-of-a-kind antiques, handmade organic cosmetics, Insta-worthy artisan cakes. This is the kind of place you’ll want to return to again and again.

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Inside the world’s biggest Lush store in Liverpool
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5. The world’s biggest Lush store

Since early 2019, Liverpool city centre has laid proud claim to the world’s biggest Lush store. Spread over three floors, this (frankly very smelly) mega-store features a spa, perfume lab, café, florist and hair salon. It’s also home to Lush’s first ‘culture corner’ – a calm spot where you can dip into a fascinating collection of perfumery books and learn about the stories and smells that inspired your favourite products.

Inside the Bluecoat Display Centre
Photograph: Pam Seale Photography

6. Bluecoat Display Centre

If you’re hoping to go home with something truly unique, or just want to soak up some culture while you browse, Bluecoat Display Centre is the place for you. Stocking work by over 350 artists, this shop brims with handmade jewellery, homeware and artworks. While you’re here, check out the Bluecoat Art Gallery, home to an ever-changing programme of top-notch exhibitions.

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The exterior of Probe Records
Photograph: Geograph / Matt Harrop

7. Probe Records

This independent record shop has been the epicentre of the city’s music scene since it first opened in 1971. Many of Liverpool’s most iconic bands have put in appearances here over the years, and there was a time when Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns was a shop assistant. It’s still the best place to fulfil all your vinyl needs, stocking everything from punk to reggae, from rare first issues to new releases from local singer-songwriters.

Metquarter in Liverpool
Photograph: Geograph / Richard Hoare

8. Metquarter

The Metquarter is one of the more upmarket places to shop in the city. Comprising mainly designer boutique stores, the area is also home to brands including Hugo Boss, Jo Malone and Armani Exchange. Cricket, a well-established Liverpool luxury retailer, recently opened a brand-new two-floor store here. Basically, if you’re looking for the chicest looks and the biggest labels, the Metquarter should be top of your list.

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The exterior of News from Nowhere
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9. News from Nowhere

This nonconformist bookshop describes itself as a ‘not-for-profit radical and community bookshop,’ and is run collectively by a women workers’ co-operative. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, reading material on offer here spans everything from anti-racism to the environment, animal rights to sprirituality. But whether or not you’re searching for something deeply thought-provoking, the friendly, knowledgeable staff are always happy to give recommendations.

Stalls at Lark Lane farmers’ market
Photograph: Bill Boaden / Geograph

10. Lark Lane farmers’ market

Taking place on the fourth Saturday of the month, this charming farmers’ market is the place to stock up on fresh local produce. Fill your cupboards with jars of homemade jam, treat yourself to delish cakes and scones, and maybe even grab lunch at The Bagelry. With all traders coming from within a 30-mile radius, you can be sure you’re supporting the local community.

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Liverpool harbourside in twilight
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Happily for you lot, there’s something for pretty much every curious cultural traveller here. With more than 2,500 listed buildings, a world-class music and sports events calendar, and some of the UK’s biggest and best museums, this diverse port city basically overflows with brilliant things to do.

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