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.