Liverpudlian designer Adam Riozzi takes us on a short but satisfying tour of his native city, beginning with a crafty cup of coffee.
The Italian Club
Opened by the Crolla family, The Italian Club is one of Liverpool’s best family-owned restaurants, so popular they’ve since opened The Italian Club Fish – on the opposite side of the road. The original is perhaps still more appealing, offering authentic daily specials and amazing antipasti plates with huge olives. Finish with a latte and a slice of homemade amaretto cake. Or do like the Italians and have an espresso sitting in the window while reading the La Repubblica… with a copy of The Mirror hidden behind.
One of three bars under the same ownership – Motel, Yardbird and Death Row Diner – all of which take inspiration from the USA without veering into theme-bar terrain.
The trio share a sense of humour that comes through in the interior design, and artwork by local illustrator David Baddeley. Yardbird offers excellent fried chicken along with a great donut selection and huge milkshakes. For drinks there are Portland beers and a homebrew on offer named Detroit 61. Coffee is strictly filter, brewed on a vintage machine, which is a welcome change from the swathes of artisan coffee shops around town.
Camp & Furnace
Liverpool’s docks were once among the world’s busiest, now with trade gone elsewhere new uses are being found for some of the vast warehouses built to store goods. In the area newly dubbed the Baltic Triangle, around Jamaica Street, Camp & Furnace is made up of two huge warehouses and takes in other surrounding spaces too. There’s food, drink, film and music Thursdays to Sundays, and it’s also a venue for one-off events: beer festivals; a food slam; art installations; even a sneaker collectors’ festival. If there’s something happening in Liverpool, it’s most likely to be here.
Unless blockbusters are your thing, this is probably the best place in the city to see new films. It also has houses three galleries that host four exhibitions a year, with a focus on new-media installations. A bar, drink and snack kiosk, and a café run by local favourites Leaf, whose own premises on Bold Street are also recommended, round off its appeal.
Excellent food at a tidy price, and in a lovely spot on a street full of nice little bars, with the huge Sefton Park nearby for your after-dinner stroll. Be sure to book on weekends to get a table.
The Egg Cafe
Tucked away just off Bold Street, sitting atop the Newington building, accessed via a maroon doorway and up the spiral stairs. The Egg is a haven for vegetarian and vegan food in Liverpool. Attracting students, local artists and the perhaps to be expected hippy types. There’s also a great view of the back of Bold Street, and the soon to be developed Central Village area. Once work is finished The Egg will be nestled among new shops and a cinema, perhaps adding further to its clandestine appeal.