Creative City Guide: Liverpool, U.K

Liverpool has so much to offer to get your creative juices flowing. Packed with independent galleries, and renowned ones such as the Tate, as well as artist studios, design boutiques and pretty cafes. You won't be short of places to visit while you're here.

Here is a list of all of my favourite places for inspiration and relaxation.

The Open Eye Gallery. Picture: Andrew Teebay

1. Open Eye Gallery | openeye.org.uk
One of the leading photography galleries in the U.K, Open Eye relocated to Mann Island in 2011 and has exhibited the work of local and international artists. The 'wall art' on the facade of the building changes every 6 months and previous commissioned artists have included Emily Speed and Sintra Tanta. There is also a small but cute art shop selling all the best photography books and products.

2. The Egg Cafe | www.eggcafe.co.uk
Not so much a secret anymore, unfortunately. But the Egg is still top of my list for independent cafes in Liverpool. It's been around forever, and hasn't changed a bit. But that's all part of it's charm. The vegetarian menu is lovingly prepared and in the evening you can even bring your own bottle of wine and admire what ever new local exhibition is up on the walls.

3. Utility Design | www.utilitydesign.co.uk
A stunning design shop in the heart of the cultural district, Utility is the perfect place to pick up some new stationary, cards, or some cool design pieces. Famous for it's mid century furniture and tasteful souveniers, it's got something for everyone.

4. Leaf Cafe | thisisleaf.co.uk
Cool, relaxing cafe during the day and hip, soul shaking club in the evening. LEAF is the perfect venue for an afternoon coffee and cake or just to sit and watch people wander up and down the very stylish Bold Street. It is an independent and unique tea shop in the heart of the cultural district in Liverpool and regularly hosts day and evening events such as live jam nights, craft workshops and vintage fairs.

5. FACT  | (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
One of Liverpool's greatest treasures is FACT, an independent cinema, exhibition space and garden cafe. Spread over three floors, there is always an interesting and interactive exhibition going on, and the cinema has soft leather sofas where you can relax and watch either a new, independent film or a cult classic.

6. Kazimier Gardens thekazimier.co.uk
A hidden spot in the cultural district, the Kazimier Gardens is a favourite amongst locals. In true Kazimier spirit, the heart of the garden is the live music. There's always a local band providing chilled out tunes and the split level seating means you can find your spot, and spend the best of the afternoon there soaking up the vibes. 

7. Constellations | constellations-liv.com
Hidden in the centre of the Baltic Triangle, Constellations is an arts & events space that includes a 4500 square foot garden and bar area. It also includes a delicious food truck and pretty community garden.

Other places that deserve a mention too!

Food & drink:
Mowgli Indian Street Food
Maray for small plates and nice cocktails
Café Tabac
Cow & Co. Cafe (they also sell design magazines and amazing cakes)
Bold Street Coffee

Museums & Galleries
TATE Liverpool
Open Eye Gallery
Walker Art Gallery
The Bluecoat 

Shopping:
Pop Boutique
Rennie's Arts & Crafts Store
Waterstones
Utility Design