Hidden Gems – Independent Restaurants and Cafes in Liverpool

Liverpool is a city home to the Baltic Triangle, a world-famous independently-run street food and drink market located at the edge of the city centre. While the Baltic Triangle is a hugely popular area for locals and tourists to enjoy, there are many other hidden gems across the city too. Various restaurants and cafes in Liverpool have been able to create a name for themselves in the industry as unique and delicious. 

Whether you’re a Liverpool regular, a one-off visitor or someone who is curious, we’ve collated the top hidden gems in Liverpool for you to read over and possibly visit yourself.

Below is a list of five deliciously unique restaurants and cafes that we love. 

Down the Hatch

Also known as Seitan’s Basement, Down the Hatch (DTH) is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that encourages its customers to fill up their boots and stuff their faces as their portion sizes are enormous. It gets almost all 5-star reviews from foodies who eat there since it offers food that’s a little different to the rest. Primarily, Down the Hatch offers customers veggie and vegan junk food that is sure to impress – plus as the name implies, this hidden gem is located underground. While we can’t promise the food will taste better considering the location – it’s a place not be missed when visiting Liverpool. From pulled-jackfruit burgers to loaded mac and cheese – you ultimately can’t go wrong with a meal from DTH!

Bar Bodega

Liverpool’s long-standing and well-loved cocktail basement bar and restaurant is a hit with Liverpool locals and visitors. It’s located beneath a new city centre development from RWinvest, L1 Boutique. The beautifully designed building is home to the unique bar as well as countless apartments that house students and residents of the city. Bar Bodega regularly hosts cocktail masterclasses and can host events too. It’s great to start your night out or go for a late-night party venue. Plus, it’s available for private hire if you want to have your birthday bash here or anniversary get together. 

Mother Espresso

Home to some of Liverpool’s best coffee, Mother is a known name across the city since it does yummy lattes and food too. Open seven days a week and offering veggie and vegan options, the café is a great spot for students looking for a quirky place to study or even friends wanting a place to have a chat. Often, small business events and talks are hosted here. If the delicious coffee isn’t enough to convince you to go, their toasties and full English breakfast should. It’s a must-visit if you’re in Liverpool for a few days.

Yard and Coop

Chicken lovers unite for Yard and Coop, an underground restaurant dedicated to fried chicken and waffles. Sitting right in the city centre, not too far from your retail therapy, Yard and Coop is a unique yet affordable place to try. The restaurant is a late-night spot offering cocktails and drinks but also offers mouth-watering desserts and meals too. If you’re someone who loves to indulge in junk food, Yard and Coop is the place to be. 


An independently-owned and run coffee shop, Lovelocks offers customers freshly ground coffee, food and various vegan options. They source all of their food from local farmers and certainly know how to bake a beautifully tasting cake. Any chocolate lover would dream of indulging in their chocolate fudge cake. However, there are countless soups, breakfasts and lunches on offer too. It’s the perfect spot after you’ve shopped till you drop, or even for a quick bite to eat with your work friends while on lunch. Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit a real café run by real people that is homely and good value for money!

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