Food & Drink in Liverpool

We’ve selected some of our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars in Liverpool to whet Liverpool is a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds which means it’s a brilliant city for culinary exploration. If you’ve chosen to study in Liverpool, you’ll be pleased to know that a delicious and affordable meal is never hard to come by. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast hangover cure, a light and healthy lunch or an evening meal, eating in Liverpool is always a pleasure. There is also a myriad of exciting bars where you’ll be able to sample delicious cocktails and craft beers and soak up the atmosphere of our vibrant city.

your appetite, but this only scratches the surface of the wealth of eating and drinking establishments you can explore whilst living and studying in Liverpool.




Sometimes a bowl of cereal just won’t cut it. Nothing beats a Full English breakfast, and there are a multitude of cafes and restaurants in Liverpool that make an excellent fry-up.

81 Renshaw Street – No matter what time you drag yourself out of bed, 81 Renshaw Street will help to revive you. Serving Full English breakfast all day for just £4.95, this cafe is just a stone’s throw from The Arch and The Electra and serves veggie, vegan and gluten free options too. Enjoy a proper brew straight out of one of their quirky tea pots. This little gem is sure to become a regular morning-after haunt.

Moon and Pea – If you’re feeling adventurous, head out of Liverpool city centre  and visit Lark Lane, just off Sefton Park (the 82 bus will take you there for just £2.20). A stroll around the independently run shops or a meander through the park will work up an appetite for Brunch at one of Liverpool’s best loved cafes – Moon & Pea. Choose from a wide variety of healthy and wholesome breakfast dishes.


There’s so much choice when it comes to lunch in Liverpool. From a quick bite to eat to a leisurely indulgence with friends, we’re sure you’ll find your own favourite place to eat in our city. Try these to get you started.

Kasbah – Authentic Moroccan cuisine and Moroccan tapas is served in a delightful kasbah setting. Make the most of their lunch special, which gets you a starter and a main for £10.95, or 3 Hot Tapas dishes for the same price. They also serve a variety of delicious teas and the Moroccan lemonade is divine.

Roja Pinchos – Liverpool’s first Spanish Pincho’s restaurant, the concept is very simple. Small, delicious bites on a stick for just £1.50 – eat as many as you like and add up the cost with your sticks at the end. Perfect for a light lunch with friends, and close to The Electra and The Arch too!


Eating out in the evening can be expensive for frugal students, so make the most of Liverpool’s Special Offers site, where discount deals and offers for some of the best restaurants in town will make eating out in Liverpool easy on your pocket, if not on your waist line!


Put away the instant noodles for another night, because takeaways in Liverpool are cheap, delicious and extensive. Liverpool’s Chinatown was the first established in Europe, and they’ve had a long time to hone their skills when it comes to take away meals. The Chinatown website has a full A to Z list of all their takeaways.

If you’re an International student in Liverpool, it’s imperative that you truly immerse yourself in Scouse culture and tuck into a “chippie” at least once. Fish and Chips holds a cult status across the UK, but perhaps nowhere more than in Liverpool. The Lobster Pot is one of Liverpool’s most famous chippies, and what’s more, there’s one within walking distance of The Arch and The Electra!

Vegetarian & Vegan

Liverpool’s restaurants are generally vegi-friendly, but if you want to immerse yourself in a truly vegetarian/vegan foodie heaven, a trip to The Egg is a must. Healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes are served at unbelievable prices (most main courses are just £4.95) meaning that The Egg is popular with thrifty omnivores too.



One of the best ways to get to know a city is by going on a bar crawl! Not only will you learn to navigate the city streets, but you’ll get to rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy some delicious drinks in the process. Below we’ve selected some of the coolest bars in Liverpool.


Aloha bar is Liverpool’s only basement Tiki haven. If you like your cocktails fruity, exotic or even on fire, you need to head to Aloha. The Hawaiian theme runs through everything, from the decor to the drinks. You can even sup straight from a conch shell, a pirate’s chest or a volcano!

Head to Santa Chupito’s for expertly crafted cocktails with creative flair. This is a bar that reveals Liverpool’s underbelly, with graffiti wall art and $5 shakes to boot.


From craft brews to real ales, if you’re a beer monster you’ll love Liverpool. Bier is Liverpool’s best known pub for rare beers, ales and casks from around the world. Let the friendly bar staff recommend something, or pick from their world map which showcases all they have to offer.

Mad Hatter Brewing Company brew their own craft beers on site, so they’re always fresh, delicious and unmistakably Liverpool.  With labels like Toxteth IPA and Penny Lane Pale Ale, a trip to the Mad Hatter is a must for anyone who knows their hops.

Tea & Coffee

Step away from the Starbucks and Keep Out of Costa, because coffee is a big deal in Liverpool. Whether you need a wake up Espresso or a laid back Cappucino with friends, try one of these coffee shops instead.

Moose Coffee  is one of Liverpool’s most popular haunts for caffeine addicts. Located right next to the Town Hall, pop in for a take away before you visit the historic Liver building or sit down for brunch and an indulgent Moose Macchiato.

Enjoy a proper English brew at Leaf. This is a tea house with a difference; their huge range of teas resembles an apothecary on their back wall, and they also sell teas packaged up to drink at home. Try a delicately flowering tea served in a jam jar, or indulge in afternoon tea with friends. As well as serving a wide array of loose leaf teas they also serve beers, wines and spirits.