“ City streets, markets, shopping malls, large retail parks... „
I honestly don't work for the Liverpool Tourist Board - but here's another Liverpool-based review!
Liverpool shopping areas have vastly improved in recent years - mostly since Liverpool ONE opened. There are plenty of shops - clothes, alternative, food, home and so on.
The main shopping area is now Liverpool ONE, a new shopping centre, with mostly clothes shops. All the big ones are there - Debenhams, John Lewis, New Look, Cult, a huge new Top Shop and more. There's also a Apple shop. Waterstones, a big HMV. chemists and so on. It's easy to walk round and is good because it also has lots of restaurants, is near the docks and has a cinema. Most of the chain stores are here now. It has parking and is easy to get to.
Church/Lord St - partly housing Liverpool ONE but also with some other chain stores - Next, M&S and a big Primark. Obviously these can get very busy!
Bold Street - again in the city centre, but with more independent shops, I really like the two Utility shops, which sells quirky homeware. There's also some little antique shops and nice cafes - a nice boho feel to it and a good place to spend some time and chill out. The real Liverpool I guess!
St John's centre - a cheaper shopping centre - discount shops are here such as Wilkinsons and so on. Lot's of cheap shoe shops - some of questionable quality! A big food court here - best avoided at the weekend - it's rammed and full of screaming children!
Clayton Sq - another indoor centre, with Boots, Vison Express and some smaller shops. Very quiet in there since Liverpool ONE opened and not somewhere I often visit. Has some food places too,but nothing remarkable.
Renshaw St and Quiggins - vintage and charity shops, the newly relocated Quiggins and little antiques shops. A great place to find the quirkier shops in Liverpool - some of which do seem to have dropped off the radar since Liverpool ONE opened. This is the place to find secondhand clothes, grungy gear and Quiggins is a bit of an Emo hangout - but it also has some great vintage shops. I have found some really nice dresses for a tenner in here, so well worth a visit.
Cavern Walks/Met Quarter - if you are a WAG or a wannabe WAG, you may well spend some time here! This is home to the famous Cricket store and also houses more expensive brands, like Armani. You may spot a D-list celeb here!
There are plenty of Tesco Express/Sainsburys Locals everywhere too.
Outside of the city centre:
New Mersey Retail Park, Speke - near the airport, this has a big B&Q, Boots, Next Home, New Look and Argos as well as some furniture shops. With free parking it's a good place to spend an hour or two - it's by the Mersey though, so take a jumper! Not fab on the clothes front though.
Various shopping centres across the city - in Bootle and Belle Vale for example - housing supermarkets, discount stores and Boots - very handy if you are close by but not somewhere to travel to.
Allerton Rd has some great charity shops too.
So a great place to shop, plenty to buyand lots of variety. Who needs Manchester?
There are several shopping areas in Liverpool city centre, and the shoppig experience has improved dramatically over the last few years.
Liverpool One, the recently opened outdoor shopping mall contains a great mix of high street shops and restaurant chains such as Waggamammas, Yo Sushi, GBK, Nandos, Pizza hut, Cafe Rouge, Bar burritos etc, there is also a large odeon. Shops include a large John Lewis complete with 2 cafes, Debenhams, Zara, Mango, Gap, All Saints, American Apparell, Urban Outfitters etc
The Met Quarter is not far, an indoor smaller mall containing a couple of nice shoe shops, along with Gieves and Hawkes, Armarni exchange, Hobbs etc
For WAG heaven, head to the Cavern Walks and surrounding streets which include Cricket (a WAG faveourite) and Vivienne Westwood among others.
Lord street is where you'll find a large M&S and shops such as H&M, River Island and Primark.
Anybody looking for a more alternative find should head to Bold street and Renshaw street area where you will find lots of independent stores and a good selection of vintage shops.
Liverpool's famous T J Hughes discount store is on London road - a little out of the way but not far from Lime street station.
Liverpool has DEFINITELY improved in the last year or so in terms of shopping (amongst many other things). As the last reviewer mentioned, Quiggins moved to Renshaw Street, to what used to be Barcelona Bar. The building inside is beautiful, defintiely suited to what Quiggins involved. There are so many different shops inside, and they still appeal to teenagers and adults alike. As the previous reviewer mentioned, there is also Mandy Moos milkshake bar - I had my first milkshake there last week (a jaffa cake milkshake), and it was amazing. They have so many different flavours - rolo, oreo, after eight, creme egg... And it's a really good price.
On to the rest of Liverpool - recently, the new Liverpool One shopping centre has opened, which includes shops such as Zara, Peacocks, John Lewis, and so on. This has only added to the already-great shopping experience in Liverpool, and I can quite honestly say that, these days, there is no better place to shop. On the high street (Church St/Bold St/Clayton Square/St Johns) are shops such as Primark, Next, H&M, Zavvi, Lush, Waterstones... And, in the new Metquarter shopping centre, there are shops such as Paperchase, All Saints and Timberland.
There are so many shops in Liverpool now, you'll be spoilt for choice.
I had to write a review here as the others are really quite old! What one of the reviews mentions as "quiggins" has now closed down and a lot of the traders who traded there have moved to what I believe is an old theatre called Grand Central. You can get to grand central by going up Bold street and turning up the road to the left by subway...just a short walk up that road and cross over to what in my eyes is shopping heaven!
I went there for the first time last year and was pleasantly suprised...lots of rumours had gone round about it and I had heard that a lot of the old traders from quiggins had a bee in their bonnet about having to up sticks...however Grand Central is definately a success! The setting gives the whole place a really nice atmosphere, the building is quite old unlike the newly built Liverpool 1 shopping complex which is on the main drag further into town.
So what does Grand Central contain? well firstly there is grin which is a company that I think has a few other shops in similar complexes one of which I know is in Afflecks palace in Manchester. The vast majority of the rest of the shops in grnad central seem to be vintage shops and they are absolutely jam packed with gorgeous vintage bargains!
My personal favorite is a shop on the second floor of the complex called sugar pop clothing which sells japanese-teen-fashion inspired clothing which is all handmade and absolutely gorgeous!!! There is also a really nice milshake bar on this floor called Mandy moos which sells milkshakes made from your favorite chocolate bars or sweets!!!
Just outside Liverpool City Centre is a large town called Bootle the shopping centre there is a large indoor mall with plenty of high street names for example - Woolworths, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Dixons, Ethel Austin and more. The real gems in this shopping centre are the vast range of discount stores. 1) T.J.Hughes- a great department store offering large savings on r.r.p. They often have promotions whereby you are entitled to a £1 voucher for every £10 you spend or 10% off for pensioners.( Great if you are a pensioner as you can combine the two when they are running them!) 2) Poundland- as the name suggests every item in the store costs just £1 and incase you were wondering it is not all junk. Usual named brands of household toiletries and cleaning products also stationary and toys. Great stuff for stocking fillers and christmas decorations. 3) Superpound- as above but a bit more junky but this means you can pick up some unusual presents here. 4)Home and Bargain- this shop is an absolute must for cut price food, alcohol(very important), toiletries and baby care products. At this time of year there is a large toy section where I got a talking pokemon for £2:99 they offer a wide range of toys for all ages. 5)Yes- Clothing store mainly catering for ladies but with a few mens or childrens items from time to time.Most of the clothes are ex-catalogue stock and seconds so inspect clothes carefully for faults . The refund policy is such that clothes can only be returned to the branch they were purchased from. 6) G.B.S.- Sports clothing at low prices for the whole family.I got my three boys an Adidas tracksuit in here for a total price of £60 saving £90. What a bargain! For food shopping the Strand boasts three major supermarkets- Iceland, Tesco and Kwiksave and several smaller cut price food stores (excellent if you don't mind German cornflakes and Dutch baked beans) There are also many local stores offering a
wide range of goods- clothing, pet care, electrical goods,chinese cookery and more. When you are in need of refreshment after all that shopping you have a few options- McDonalds( Yes they are everywhere), Sayers and three other locally owned cafes. Getting there is easy with good bus links from Liverpool City Centre and train services from Southport, Warrington and Manchester. If you are driving follow the signs for Liverpool Docks then Bootle Docks you can't get lost! I really do advise you to try the Strand Shopping Centre you will be surprised how much money you can save! Happy Shopping!
Over the years Liverpool's shopping areas have been recieving a much needed facelift. Gone are the derilict buildings and wasted space. In their place stand new shops and shopping centers. Liverpool's best place for designer fashion remains to be the area around Matthew Street and Cavern Walks. Major complaints are that there just isn't enough shops! This leads to the feeling of there not being anything worth buying! The cities favourite shop is probaly the Wade Smith chain, selling both designer and sport fashion. To Liverpool's credit there are plenty of cafes and bars to have a drink to refresh yourselves. If Liverpool ever wants to compete with the likes of Manchester and London then this slow improvement needs to jump up ten gears, well at least its happenning. Albeit at a very slow snail pace.
Yesterday, I found a veritable shopping heaven. Go off the main streets of Liverpool city centre and you will (eventually) find Quiggins, a three story homage to alternative lifestyles. Located within its Georgian exterior is a whole shedload of quality outlets, all offering unusual and unique products. My personal favourite shop is 'Grin', a place where all those really bizarre clothes that you've always wanted but never bought can be found. Also, Quiggins is famous for its antique stores that sell almost anything - store signs, Addams family-esque harpsichords, Acorn computers, walnut dressers - you name it, they sell it. Quiggins is not just a clothes and gifts mall, though. It is also home to many other independent businesses, offering a range of services, from tattoos to hair extensions and tarot. There is even (believ it or not) a Girl Guides shop. Not the sort of thing you would expect from a place populated mainly by goths, moshers and indie kids. It's the perfect starting point for those who are looking at changing their way of life, those who have already acclimatised to the Quiggins way or for those who are just dabbling. Truly something for everyone. Quiggins is a truly blissful experience. If you have some money to spare or are simply after an unusual way to pass the time, visit Quiggins. You will not be disappointed. Check it out at www.quiggins.com