If there’s two things in this world I’m proud to say I’m passionate about it’s my love of Liverpool, my home town city and my expertise in budget travel.
If you’re a frequent reader you’ll know that travelling on a budget is pretty much my thing and this entire blog is largely focused on budget and backpacker travel.
This has led me to explore Liverpool on a budget and specifically Bold Street, Liverpool. In 2014 there were over 600,000 overnight trips to Liverpool by inbound tourists in the area and that figure is growing by about 10% year on year.
With this in mind and the ever growing popularity of tourism in Liverpool the following post looks at budget travel to Liverpool City centre and the iconic Liverpool location that is Bold St.
As a Liverpool local here’s a guide of tips for visiting the city of Liverpool for inbound tourists to the area with a focus on budget travel.
Locals guide to Bold Street, Liverpool (on a budget)
Bold Street in Liverpool
As a tourist in Liverpool it’s likely that you’ll visit Bold Street at some point during your stay, so whether it’s buying a cheap coffee, discovering a new clothing shop or simply stopping for a lunch, Bold St in Liverpool has always got it going on.
If you’re travelling to the United Kingdom for the first time or travelling to the city of Liverpool for the first time time the name Bold Street is one you want to keep in mind.
Whether you have three hours to explore Liverpool, three weeks or three days in the city it doesn’t matter.
I can’t imagine a visit to Liverpool is complete without intentionally or unintentionally visiting Bold St. Here’s how to master the heart of Liverpool’s city centre as a budget traveller.
What is Bold Street, Liverpool?
Bold Street is one of those long and lively streets that leaves a lasting impression. Think Portobello Road with a scouse accent, people selling the big issue and far too many deliveroo drivers to watch out for.
Bold Street, Liverpool for me is one of the most impressive streets in Liverpool in terms of its diverse selection of shops, cafes and more. You can really find it all in one little location.
When it comes to food you’ll be spoilt for choice as you can eat whatever cuisine takes your fancy. And whatever your style, if you’re shopping around for antique furniture or vintage books or retro clothing, Bold Street is the answer to your retail prayers.
As a budget traveller in the city of Liverpool Bold St is your friend, here’s how to eat drink and shop on a budget in Liverpool’s busy centre by a Liverpool local.
Where is Bold Street in Liverpool?
You’ll find Bold Street right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. From the map above locate St. Luke’s (it’s the green patch in the bottom right). Then follow Bold Street right down to Hanover Street by Liverpool Central Station.
If you arrive by train get off at Liverpool Central for ease!
Things to do in Liverpool near Bold Street
As a Liverpool local I’m completely biased but my love for the city of Liverpool is completely earned as someone who is not a native but moved into the city as an adult.
Liverpool stole my heart and Bold Street for me, encompasses everything that is special and unique about the city of Liverpool. So if you have a week to explore the North West spend a few hours of your time in the great city of Liverpool and make sure Bold Street is your first stop.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Bold Street as it is located in the very middle of Liverpool’s City Centre.
The Bombed Out Church – St. Luke’s, Liverpool
First of all, whatever you decide to do during your time in Liverpool make sure you add The Bombed Out Church also known as St. Lukes to your list of things to see.
Situated at the top of Bold Street, Liverpool and looking down over the tourists and shoppers The Bombed Out Church is a classic landmark in Liverpool and attracts a mass of tourists annually.
Frequent and often free events also take place at St. Lukes, especially during the summer months – ideal to coordinate into a budget trip. Live music, arts and other select events can often be found on the official website of St. Lukes.
Best places to eat on Bold Street for cheap
With every possible cuisine available on Bold Street in Liverpool, you’ll first want to ponder your many options. You can easily grab Peruvian for breakfast, Indian for lunch and Mexican for dinner.
My advice for a budget eat on Bold Street is Bakchich. A Lebanese restaurant that makes cheap street food classy.
With most portions in Bakchich bigger than your average size you can eat a wrap meal here for under £10 with a drink. For sharing plates think £15 for two people without drinks. For a quick snack on the go expect to pay £5-£7, with veggie options naturally being a bit cheaper.
Budget tip for international travellers – Drink tap water to save money. You can drink all tap water in the UK.
Alternatively, try Ponchos Burritos for authentic Mexican style street food, healthy Mexican sized portions with all the expected flavour.
For budget pizza head to the top of Bold Street for American Pizza Slice expect to pay under £5 for a slice. Check out any of the Indian Restaurants including a couple of the BYOB (Bring your own booze) ones, the ideal budget choice on Bold Street.
For something a little different why not consider dining out at Kasbah Cafe a Moroccan themed restaurant where everything is for sale, even the furniture.
For the ultimate Bold St experience head directly to Mowgli Street Food for authentic Indian street food with a twist, I hope you manage to get a table – it gets pretty busy especially on a weekend.
Where to drink on Bold Street
Fancy a coffee? But don’t fancy paying the price for a Starbucks? That’s fine on Bold Street, Liverpool.
You can easily pop into subway to grab a machine coffee for cheap but where’s the fun in that? If you’d rather sit down and try something a little more civilised check out The Crafty Chandler Pub.
Alternatively for something a little more artisan why not head to Leaf on Bold Street, the number one brunch spot on Liverpool Bold Street. Two words, avocado toast.
When it comes to something a little stronger drinks-wise Bold Street is typically not renowned for it’s bars and pubs as there’s only a couple, but and take note because as budget tourist in Liverpool this is best piece of advice I can give you: Concert Square is your friend for drinking.
Although it’s not exactly the most cultural area of the city to explore it’s certainly one of the most lively. Filled with students usually, some locals and many tourists Concert Square is the perfect budget drinking location for a first time visit to Liverpool.
McCooleys and Walkabout are among popular chains with cheap drinks and budget friendly promotions and happy hours daily and the best part? It’s literally a stones throw from Bold Street.
Vintage shopping on Bold Street
Liverpool embraces it’s shopping reputation well and the city has been famed over the last few for it’s popularity with girls for shopping trips and Christmas shopping.
If you love vintage styles and bargains galore then add Resurrection Bold Street to your Liverpool shopping check list. Resurrection on Bold Street is a macth made for bargain hunters and budget loving travellers hoping to do a spot of shopping in the city.
Think retro shirts, band tees and vintage Levi’s, Resurrection literally is the coolest when it comes to vintage buys. Speaking of vintage budget clothes shopping on Bold Street add the funky Pop Boutique to your hit list along with COW Vintage.
Things to do in Liverpool on a budget
Things to do in Liverpool are endless. Spending a little longer than a few hours in Liverpool and want to explore more then just Bold Street?
Consider exploring Liverpool’s historical music scene by taking one of the famous Beatles tours of the city. Don’t forget the Cavern Club and Matthew Street especially on a weekend!
Check out Liverpool One for restaurants and shopping, Paradise Street is where you’ll find the most restaurants with great views of the main shopping area and your gateway to The Albert Dock.
For a complete local’s guide to Liverpool as written by me, head over to Female Travel Bloggers to find out the best of the best things to do in Liverpool City Centre.
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