15 Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Liverpool – Goats On The Road

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Liverpool holds a special place in my heart, especially as it’s where I lived for the first four years of my life. My family still resides there now, and I return to see them pretty frequently.

I’ve spent many a day in Liverpool cafes, as they’re a great place to pass the time while waiting for friends or family members to finish their working days. The coffee culture in the city is ever-developing, meaning there’s an incredible array of cafes and coffee shops to visit. It’s also a growing digital nomad hotspot.

So, without further ado, here’s my list of the best cafes in Liverpool:

Best Cafes and Coffee Shops in Liverpool

There are so many unique cafes in Liverpool that it would be difficult to list them all here. To compile my favorites, I’ve chosen cafes and coffee shops based on the quality of their drink/food menus, the variety of items available, the location, my own experiences, and customer reviews.

1. Rococo
(Best Cafe in Liverpool Overall)

A cup of coffee, glass of water, a battle of sugar and a slice of cake in a small plate on the white table.

If you’re looking for great coffee, friendly service, and tasty food options, Rococo is the place for you. From the outside, Rococo’s looks rather small, but when you step inside you’ll find plenty of cozy rooms and sections to sit in.

Sit down and soak up the buzzy atmosphere, made all the more enjoyable by bare-brick walls, warming decor, and an interior dating back to the 1850s. You can sit and work away on your laptop – I tend to when I’m here, usually with a tasty plate of cheese on toast in front of me!

Rococo Information

Address: First Floor, 61 Lord St, Liverpool L2 6PB
Phone: +441512274822
Operating Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mon-Sat, 10 am – 6 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Cheese on Toast, Toasted BLT, Flavored Latte
Average Cost: $2.50-4.50 per coffee, $6-12 per breakfast dish, $8-10 per lunch item
Website: https://rocococoffeeliverpool.com/

2. Lucy In The Sky Coffee Shop
(Best for Quirky Vibes)

On the table there is a white cup of hot coffee on the news paper

If you’re looking for great service, quirky menu items, and a good brew, you’ll find it at Lucy in the Sky, one of the more unique cafes in Liverpool. Owner Lucy (see what they did there) serves up everything from espressos to homemade Scouse, (a hearty stew perfect for colder weather).

If you’re after something to make your Instagram followers do a double take, be sure to order “Our Scouse Shake” and receive a milkshake served in a mini wheely bin… that’s a trash can to me and you. Grab a coffee and people-watch, or take in the chic decor and neon signs.

Lucy in the Sky Information

Address: Unit 2, Imperial Court, Exchange St E, Liverpool L2 3PQ
Phone: +441512369447
Operating Hours: 9 am – 3 pm Mon-Fri (excluding Wed, 9 am – 3:30 pm), 9 am – 2 pm Sat & Sun
Must-Try Items: “Our Scouse Shake”, Americano, Scouse
Average Cost: $3-$4 per latte, $8-10 per main, $1.50-$4 for sides
Website: https://www.facebook.com/lucyintheskyliverpool

3. Lovelocks Coffee Shop
(Best Dog-Friendly Cafe)

A two brown table and three white cup of coffee and a bright ambiance and green plant around and the place.

This homey cafe is one of my favorites in Liverpool, especially as it features chilled corners to sit on your laptop and crack on with work with a coffee and slice of cake for company. The simplistic yet stylish decor makes it a tranquil hangout spot, while the coffee itself is ground in-house and is always delicious.

Their food menu is simple yet tasty – their peanut butter, banana, and pecan toast is my go-to for a morning energy boost. Furry friends are also allowed here, making Lovelocks one of the best dog-friendly cafes in Liverpool. Another reason it’s a favorite of mine – getting to pet dogs!

Lovelocks Coffee Shop Information

Address: 27 Old Haymarket, Liverpool L1 6ER
Phone: No contact number – find them on Instagram to get in touch
Operating Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Mon-Fri, 10 am – 4 pm Sat, closed Sun
Must-Try Items: Cortado, Peanut Butter, Banana & Pecan Toast, Homemade Cakes
Average Cost: $3-4 per coffee, $6-10 per breakfast dish, $3 per slice of cake
Website: http://www.lovelocks.coffee

4. Bold Street Coffee Shop
(Best for Specialty Coffee)

A hand hold a cup of hot coffee and a bread on the table on background.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool, Bold Street Coffee Shop is a firm favorite among locals. You’ll find a rotating blend of specialty coffees, meaning you can try something new each time you visit.

Pair your coffee with a homemade sandwich, an all-day breakfast, or a sweet treat. You’re well catered for here if you’re vegan – there are plenty of menu options for you to choose from, plus alternative milk for drinks. Bold Street has recently expanded into Manchester, so be sure to head here if you’re in the area.

Bold Street Coffee Shop Information

Address: 89 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HF
Phone: No contact number – email them here for more information
Operating Hours: 8 am – 6 pm Mon – Sat, 9 am – 5 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Sausage Butty (a British staple), Flat White, Vegan Buoy
Average Cost: $4-5 per coffee, $7-12 per breakfast dish, $2-4 per side
Website: https://www.boldstreetcoffee.co.uk/bold-street-liverpool/

5. Thoughtfully Cafe
(Best for Latte Art)

A barista hold a cup of latte and a stainless with milk.

Relatively new on the scene, Thoughtfully Cafe is a quaint cafe that serves up some of the best coffee in Liverpool, with specials offered throughout the year. This autumn, for example, you can try a homemade blend of dark brown sugar, spice, and citrus in your coffee topped with Halloween-themed pumpkin latte art.

Whether you sit inside or outdoors, expect chilled vibes and lots of greenery. Their pastries are baked in-house and are a hit with customers, as are their fresh-baked sandwiches ranging from bagels to halloumi toast.

Thoughtfully Cafe Information

Address: 15 Cleveland Square, Liverpool L1 5BE
Phone: No contact number – find them on Instagram here
Operating Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Mon-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Seasonal Coffees, Almond Croissants, Toasties
Average Cost: $3-$5 per latte, $7-10 per sandwich, $8 for breakfast bowls
Website: https://www.thoughtfully.cafe

6. Key Lime Coffee
(Best for Breakfast)

A plate with pork and beans, bacon and two slice of toasted bread.

Just a few minutes walk away from Liverpool’s central station, you’ll find Key Lime Coffee, an independent cafe offering a range of specialty coffees and a lengthy breakfast menu. The cafe has gained a reputation among locals as the place to go for a fresh, hearty start to your day… so says my Liverpudlian Grandad!

With a mix of English and American dishes to choose from, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste. One thing I love about this place is that if you’re in a rush or want to grab a bite to take on your train journey, you can ring ahead and have your order prepared and ready to go for pickup – it’s a lifesaver!

Key Lime Coffee Information

Address: 178 Market Way, Liverpool L1 1NG.
Phone: +441517080404
Operating Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Mon-Sat, 9 am – 4 pm Sun.
Must-Try Items: The Full English, The New York Steak & Eggs, Specialty French Press coffee
Average Cost: $3.50 for coffee, $10-12 per breakfast dish, $9 for American pancakes
Website: http://www.keylimecoffee.co.uk

7. Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters
(Best Coffee Roasters in Liverpool)

A group of people enjoying and laughing while drinking coffee.

Okay, so technically this isn’t a coffee shop as you know it, but rather a shop that sells coffee in Liverpool. The shop’s location in an industrial estate may seem offputting, but look beyond the no-frills warehouse and you’ll be rewarded with delicious coffee at a reasonable price.

The Liverpool-based coffee roaster supplies many of Liverpool’s cafes with their coffee, but by going direct, you can brew your own beans by the packet, with an incredible array of flavors and roasts available.

Staff are uber-knowledgeable and will help you choose the right coffee for you. Order a blend or two and enjoy your choice from the comfort of your hotel, home, or any place else your feet may take you.

Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters Information

Address: Sandon Industrial Estate, Unit 22, The, Sandon Way, Liverpool L5 9YN.
Phone: +441512366741
Operating Hours: 10 am – 4:30 pm Mon – Fri, closed Sat & Sun
Must-Try Items: ‘Espresso Yourself’, ‘All The Single Lattes’, ‘Kiss From A Roast’
Average Cost: $15-40 per bag
Website: https://www.neighbourhoodcoffee.co.uk

8. Cafe Lucaya
(Best for Working)

A woman using laptop and a cup of coffee on the side with plants around the cafe.

Cafe Lucaya is, in my opinion, one of the best cafes to work from in Liverpool. This charming, relaxing cafe is filled with plants, ferns, and comfy sofas across two floors. It has everything you need to park up and spend the day working away productively.

The vast amount of space means that you’re fine to sit and study, work, read a book, or just chill out with a coffee and a comforting bite to eat. This is the perfect spot to visit when the weather is chilly out – grab a soup and a sandwich and leave feeling both warm and content.

Cafe Lucaya Information

Address: Tower Bldg, 22 Water St, Liverpool L3 1BH.
Phone: +441512367036
Operating Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Mon-Sun
Must-Try Items: Soup of the Day, Poached Eggs, Jacket Potato (another British cafe classic)
Average Cost: $3-4 per coffee, $3-12 for breakfast dishes, $8-10 for lunch items
Website: https://cafelucaya.com

9. Rubens Coffee Albert Dock
(Best Cafe in Liverpool with a View)

coffee in blanket best cafe liverpool

Albert Dock is somewhat of an institution in Liverpool, and there’s no better place to see it than from Rubens Coffee. This is a go-to spot for my Grandad and me, and the outdoor tables are the perfect place to savor coffee imported from South America and fill up on fresh snacks and cafe fare, all with views of the water.

Liverpool, like most cities, is prone to chillier weather. Rubens have it in hand though and have blankets available for visitors, who can use them to cozy up and enjoy the waterfront. After taking in the views, you’re in a great location to explore the rest of Albert Dock; home to museums, galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants. Be sure to learn about its history while you’re there.

Rubens Coffee Albert Dock Information

Address: Unit 20-21b, The Colonnades Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF.
Phone: +441517077909
Operating Hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm Mon – Thu, 8:30 am – 4 pm Sat & Sun
Must-Try Items: Homemade Cakes, Premium Roasted Coffee, Fresh Soup
Average Cost: $3-5 per coffee, $7 for homemade soup, $3-5 for a slice of cake
Website: https://albertdock.com/food-drink/rubens

10. COFFI
(Best for Simplicity Done Well)

A white cup of black coffee on the table.

COFFI is frequently recommended to me as one of the best coffee shops in Liverpool, and yet I’ve still to visit! This simple yet chic coffee shop is known for its ever-changing house blend, homemade pastries, and its small plant shop that resides on the top floor.

Exposed brick walls, hanging plants, and elegant furnishings make this a hip venue and a weekend favorite among Liverpudlians. Their sandwiches look divine too – it’s definitely next on my ‘must-visit’ cafes in Liverpool.

COFFI Information

Address: 8 Pilgrim St, Liverpool L1 9HB.
Phone: No contact number. Find them on Instagram here.
Operating Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm Sat, 10 am – 4 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Homebaked Sandwiches, Pastry Selection, House Blend Coffee
Average Cost: $3-5 per coffee, $8-10 per sandwich, $3-5 per pastry
Website: https://www.instagram.com/coffiliverpool

11. COFFEE & FANDISHA
(Coolest Coffee Shop in Liverpool)

A cup of hot coffee on the counter table.

The self-acclaimed ‘coolest independent coffee shop’ in Liverpool lives up to its name, thanks to its quirky exposed brick exterior adorned with art, and modern yet simple interior. This a great place to work from, or simply visit to soak up the ambiance.

Sit yourself down at the minimalistic tables lit with hanging lamps and tuck into a variety of dishes ranging from topped sourdough to tasty sandwiches and açaí bowls. The menu changes with the seasons, meaning there’s something to suit every palate.

COFFEE & FANDISHA Information

Address: 5 Brick St, Liverpool L1 0BL.
Phone: No contact number. Find them on Instagram here.
Operating Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Fri, 10 am – 4 pm Sat & Sun
Must-Try Items: Açaí Bowl, Sourdough Toasties, Oyster Mushroom Toast
Average Cost: $3-5 per coffee, $8-15 for main dishes, $3-5 for pastries
Website: https://www.instagram.com/coffeeandfandisha

12. Sass Cafe
(Most Instagrammable Cafe)

A pink cup of coffee and a pink flower on the side.

Don’t visit Sass Cafe if you have a headache – the bright pink walls, tables, chairs, wall signs – well, everything – will most definitely not help! If you’re looking to spruce up your Instagram feed, though, this is the place to do it.

Liverpool’s brand-new, super aesthetic cafe serves up picture-worthy dishes, as well as drinks ranging from coffees to mocktails and iced teas. Not sure what to go for? Ask the helpful staff, who will be more than happy to offer their insight.

Sass Cafe Information

Address: Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn St, Liverpool L2 2LZ.
Phone: +441512612329
Operating Hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am – 7 pm Sat, 9 am – 6 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Breakfast Bun of the Day, Pesto Chicken Sandwich, Pastel de Nata
Average Cost: $2-5 per coffee, $10-12 per main, $3-4 per pastry
Website: https://www.cafesass.com

13. Mother Espresso
(Best for Flat Whites)

White cup of coffee and a laptop

Okay – admittedly, I’ve never had a flat white before, but all of my friends have, and this is their favorite place in Liverpool to go for one. Mother Espresso serves up a variety of coffees, nicely presented desserts and cakes in a chic, well-designed space close to Liverpool John Moores University.

The former warehouse has been transformed into a hotspot for fresh bakes and specialty coffees. However, the cafe also hosts numerous events from clothes swaps to cocktail evenings, making it a hit among young professionals in the area.

Mother Espresso Information

Address: 82 Wood St, Liverpool L1 4DQ.
Phone: +441517071505
Operating Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5:30 pm Sat, 10 am – 5:30 pm
Must-Try Items: Seasonal Items, Homemade Kimchi (available to take away by the jar), Flat White
Average Cost: $3-5 per coffee, $10-14 per seasonal main item, $4-5 per pastry
Website: https://www.motherespresso.co.uk

14. Cafe Tabac
(Best Atmosphere)

A man hold a cup of coffee and a laptop on the table.

Established back in 1974, Cafe Tabac has been part of the Liverpool food scene for over 40 years. This lively, atmospheric cafe serves up the best American-style dishes and classic comfort food that keeps visitors coming back time and time again.

By day, fuel up on pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, or classic Liverpudlian dishes. By night, sip on a cocktail (or two) and relish in the attentive service and warm ambiance. There’s a reason Cafe Tabac has been around for so long – experience it for yourself!

Cafe Tabac Information

Address: 126 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4JA
Phone: +441517099502
Operating Hours: 9 am – 12 am Mon – Thu, 9 am – 1 am Fri & Sat, 10 am – 11 pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Rita’s Full English, Scouse, Tabac Beef Burger
Average Cost: $3-5 per coffee, $10-14 per breakfast dish, $9-12 per main dish
Website: https://cafetabac.co.uk

15. Wake & Cate
(Best for Great Food)

greek desert liverpool cafe

Wake & Cate is your go-to for excellent food, a variety of teas and coffees, and homebaked desserts, all under one roof. However, it’s the cafe’s strawberry pancakes with chocolate sauce and crushed Oreos that prove to be one of the most popular menu items.

Sweet treats on offer range from Greek Cypriot desserts to cakes and pastries made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You may find yourself too full for dessert after your pancakes, but you can always grab a slice of beautifully decorated cake to take home with you.

Wake & Cate Information

Address: 13-17 Tarleton St, Liverpool L1 1DS.
Phone: +447526027887
Operating Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm Mon – Fri & Sun, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Sat
Must-Try Items: Strawberry Pancakes, Homebaked Cakes, Sandwich Selection
Average Cost: $3-5 for coffee/drinks, $8-12 per brunch dish, $3-6 for desserts/cakes
Website: https://wakeandcate.co.uk

Liverpool Cafes and Coffee Shops FAQs

Here are some answers to popular questions about the best cafes in Liverpool:

What are the best cafes in Liverpool?

All of my top choices for the best cafes in Liverpool are featured in this article. My favorites would have to be Rubens Coffee Albert Dock or Bold Street Coffee Shop for a specialty coffee in Liverpool, but this depends on what day you ask me!

Do you tip in Liverpool?

Tipping isn’t expected in Liverpool or the UK in general, but you’re welcome to tip 10%-15% if you feel you had a particularly good experience.

What neighborhood has the best cafes in Liverpool?

As with most of the UK’s cities, you’ll find that the city center is home to the most popular and highly-reviewed cafes. However, venture into the further afield towns in the Liverpool area and you’re still likely to find a good brew!

Does Liverpool have good coffee?

Yes! In my opinion, Liverpool’s coffee scene rivals that of any other large city in the UK and other countries I’ve visited across the globe. With a mixture of independent cafes and larger chain stores, you’re sure to find something for your caffeine fix.

How much is an average coffee in Liverpool?

Expect to pay between $2 – $5 for a coffee in Liverpool. You’ll find that coffees are much cheaper in Liverpool than they are in the likes of larger cities such as London.

Is coffee popular in Liverpool?

Yes, as it is in most cities in the UK. You’ll find that new coffee shops and cafes regularly pop up in various neighborhoods across the country. Liverpool is no exception.

How do I travel to the best cafes in Liverpool?

With ease! Liverpool has an excellent transport system consisting of buses, taxis and trains. The city center is small enough to navigate on foot too.

To Summarize

I hope by now that you’re feeling inspired to visit Liverpool’s cafes and get to know the city. Liverpool is the type of place you can visit time and time again, and yet still uncover new gems on every visit.

I’m always on the hunt for a new coffee shop in Liverpool to work from, so be sure to let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed out on one of your favorites.



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