Your Post-Eurovision Plans, Sorted: Five Liverpool Neighbourhoods To Explore

So long, L1. We’ve picked five under-the-radar neighbourhoods in Liverpool you’ll want to explore to get under the city’s skin

Ask a scouser and they'd say that Liverpool has been reinventing itself since long before the Eurovision arrived - the northwestern city is always on the make. Head out beyond the Albert Dock, the historic waterfront and the L1 district, and you'll find the proud, self-made neighbourhoods that best represent the scouse spirit.

Five Liverpool neighbourhoods to explore

Street art, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

The Baltic Triangle

Liverpool, United Kingdom

If there's one thing an old docklands city can always be relied upon to have, it's a plethora of old warehouses ripe for reinvention. Liverpool delivers. Its industrial quarter, "The Baltic" - named for the Scandi seamen who once frequented its streets - has been transformed into clubs, bars, cultural spaces and co-working hubs. Escape L1's commercial hype by strolling out towards "The Triangle". Grab a coffee from Ethiopian-inspired Coffee & Fandisha, then take a spin around the streets to spot larger-than-life street murals from local legend Paul Curtis (who runs his own walking tours). For lunch, pick up souvlaki fries and dirty burgers from the food-stall offering at the Baltic Market. Come evening, it's all to play for: you'll find club nights, food festivals and art installations under one, vast roof at Camp and Furnace, and some of the city's top music nights at the now-legendary live-music venue and club 24 Kitchen Street. Our advice? Visit at the beginning of June, when the area's multi-venue music festival, the Baltic Weekender, explodes onto the industrial streets.

Lark Lane-Allerton-Liverpool
Photo credit: Lucy Kehoe

Lark Lane

Liverpool, United Kingdom

We wouldn't blame you for forgetting you're exploring a city when strolling the mansion-lined streets encircling south Liverpool's Sefton Park. The city's green lung - or, more appropriately, kidney, given its shape - was a Victorian endeavour, its grottos, fairy pools and elegant Palm House still adding a certain 19th-century formality to these 95 hectares. Start a morning exploring the grass-fringed pathways, then head west in search of the old stone gateposts that mark the start of Lark Lane. A bustling street with a village-like atmosphere, it's home to coffee shops, neighbourhood restaurants and one of the city's best vintage warehouses, a 185sq m furnishing emporium called GASP. Stop by Press Bros for coffee if you're visiting in the morning, try a breakfast of turkish eggs at Minna, and grab pizza and craft beer at Love & Rockets for lunch. Don't miss Keith's, a no-nonsense wine bar loved by locals and with a raucous atmosphere to prove it.

Belzan, Smithdown Road

Smithdown Road

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Harbouring a reputation as the city's student locale has - in the past - left Smithdown Road off the visitor's map. In the last decade, though, this ancient road (there's been a street here since as far back as 1086) has been on the make, with the city's 55,000-strong student population fostering something of a grass roots renaissance of independent bookshops, cafés, bars and restaurants in the terrace house-packed neighbourhood. You'll need a good afternoon to explore. Start with a stout at one of the city's oldest Irish pubs, Kelly's Dispensary, which, after a recent makeover, is looking as good inside as its iconic exterior, then fuel up with a lunchtime burrito at casual Mexican restaurant Evil Eye. Ready to roll? Take a 20-minute stroll towards Allerton to find the famous Penny Lane, before doubling back for a walk around Greenbank Park. Come evening, we're heading to Belzan, an acclaimed restaurant that's had national critics hopping off the 86 bus outside "The Asda" (the definite article is a scouse thing) for a taste of its small, seasonal plates and craft cocktails. End the day at The Handyman, a brewery and bar housed behind the colourfully preserved exterior of a former tool shop.

Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, UK

Georgian Quarter

Liverpool, United Kingdom

It's a little known fact that Liverpool has more Georgian architecture than the city of Bath, but if you stretch your legs with a stroll between the northwestern city's two cathedrals, the city centre's most elegant edge rapidly reveals itself. Between finely dressed townhouses and leafy garden squares, you'll find old-school pubs (like Peter Kavanagh's), boutique hotels such as Hope Street, and even an art deco-era concert hall. Drop by 92 Degrees for a morning coffee with sleep-deprived PhD students, sip an apéritif outside Papillon and scoff ragu and arancini under hanging house plants at Buyers Club. Then, take your seat at the Everyman & Playhouse, the city's leading theatre, for some evening entertainment.

North Docks, Liverpool
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North Docks

Liverpool, United Kingdom

A little out of town, on Liverpool's still-industrial edges, and 30 minutes' walk from the Three Graces-graced waterfront, extensive development (so bold in design that it lost the city a Unesco World Heritage site designation) is reinventing the remains of the city's docklands. A new Everton stadium and substantial high-rise building are on the horizon in this northern Liverpool neighbourhood, but winds of change skimming off the Mersey were first felt right back in 2014 around here, when a transformed warehouse opened as the Titanic Hotel - and went on to become one of the city's leading stays. Located in the striking skeleton of Stanley Dock, this boutique spa hotel has an abundance of space: all 153 bedrooms are opulently vast (the smallest having a 56sq m footprint), and there's a dramatically lit wellness centre sequestered into the red-brick arches of the building's basement. Elsewhere in the area, you'll find the Invisible Wind Factory, an ever-inventive arts and music venue, the city's psychedelically lit Rollerdrome and the casual Ten Streets Social restaurant.

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