After winning the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool was blessed with a mass influx of funding that has allowed for the Liverpool ONE shopping development. 10 Years on Liverpool’s city centre has become one of the most modern and established shopping locations in Europe.
Additionally, a recent increase in the amount of independent retailers starting up in Liverpool has led the city to become a hub for quirky shops, especially around the Ropewalks area (just round the corner from Parker Street Short Stay). Shoppers can roam these streets for hours in search of ,unique, special gifts and rare fines.
This winter also see’s multiple market locations pop-up over the city, making Liverpool the perfect festive getaway. Here’s our rough guide to the best shopping spots this year.
Bold street is a long straight road which leads up to the famous St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church. The vibrant, bustling street has become a haven for independent restaurants, bars, cafes and creatives. Lonely Planet even rated it as one of the best shopping streets in the country. It’s so easy to spend all day wandering up and down this street and the surrounding Ropewalks area.
Some of the highlights include quirky designer furniture shop Utility. Explore Resurrection and Pop Boutique for reworked branded clothes, vintage looks and American style fashion. Book lovers can enter News from Nowhere for rare, political & social conscious books in a homely community atmosphere. Further up the street music-lovers can head to Dig Vinyl for some extra additions to your record bag.
The Liverpool ONE is a huge open-air complex of stores, bars of stores, restaurants, bars as well as an 18 screen cinema and an adventure golf course. Taking place of 42 acres of shoppers paradise, the ultra-modern shopping centre surely provides gifts for people of all styles, tastes and preferences.
It homes over 170 stores and restaurants, including high street essentials Top Shop, John Lewis, Debenhams and Argos. After a long day between the isles shoppers can then relax in TGI Fridays, Nandos or one of the other food quarter eateries.
Pier Head Ice Festival
The relatively new Pier Head Ice Festival hosts over 50 German market-style pop up stalls. 3 bars, an ice bar, a Bavarian food court and even an ice rink. Stalls here sell the finest trinkets, candles, cheeses, chutneys and many international goods.
Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront provides a stunning backdrop to the festival, making it not a spot to miss for the festive lovers.
St George’s Christmas Market
Set in the Iconic St Georges Hall plateau this Christmas market boasts over 40 cabin-style stalls, selling handcrafted jewellery, festive decorations, fleece garments, fragrances, beautiful canvases, hand-painted ceramic plates, scarves and edible gifts to make perfect stocking fillers.
Featuring over 40 traditional, festive cabins selling handcrafted bits and bobs from all over the world, everything from knitted goods to craft ales, artisan cheeses and giant slabs of flavoured fudge all make the perfect stocking fillers for your friends and family.
The market offers plenty of food options as well a bar, which serves traditional craft beers, mulled wine, hot chocolate and other festive drinks.
The Met Quarter is a hub for designer fashion, boutique and beauty brands, ideal for those shoppers with high-end tastes. By prepared to splash the cash and settle for nothing but the very best. This is the ideal centre for those shopping for a partner.
The centre includes popular luxury brands such as Mac, A|X Armani Exchange, Harvey Nichols Christmas Pop Up and Hugo Boss.
Caro Short Stay
Now you’ve got your shopping trip planned, it’s time to book your accommodation! Choose between the stunning grade II listed Victorian Main Bridewell, or the new luxurious Parker Street appartments, both centrally located in the heart of the City.