How to spend a lazy (and cheap!) day in Liverpool
Being centrally based in the UK is really quite handy - we are only a couple of hours away from a lot of really cool places (like Wales!) either by car or plane. I had been to Liverpool before, but had only seen the inside of pubs (yeah, one of those trips....) so I was really looking forward to seeing it all anew. Here's my guide to a perfectly lazy day in Liverpool on a warm day (because we all know that the weather dictates everything in England! Haha). The photo's don't do this place justice, Liverpool really did surprise me with how lovely it was - I hope you get a chance to visit!
Explore Sefton Park
I really loved Sefton Park, it's a gem in the city. We were visiting on one of the UK's first warm weekends so it was busier than usual but didn't feel really people-filled which was good. But, when you have a look at a map of the park you can understand why - it's massive. We walked across large fields filled with wildflowers, around streams and across bridges and we managed to only cover a small corner of the park. The Palm house asks for a donation to get in, but it is very pretty and colorful. The rest of the park is free, and there's lovely spots to sit down and enjoy the views of nature, the pond and ducks, and the squirrels. Any place with squirrels is worth visiting! I could have quite happily spent all day here, and if you packed a picnic you easily could! But there is a sandwich and ice cream bar by the pond too, if you forget to pack snacks. Some parts were a little disappointing due to being a bit unkempt and overgrown, but overall I would recommend spending time in this part of Liverpool :)
Wander Albert Dock
I'm no boat fanatic, but the Liverpuddlians do it a bit differently! There are bee themed boats, Beatlemania boats, imitation Titanics (on a much smaller scale of course!) and all sorts of other themes to find in the water. They nearly all have one thing in common though - lots of color and flags. You can't help but feel happy looking at them! We spent the afternoon wandering around Albert Dock, and it's where you will find most of the museums. This is the home of the Beatles, so you could spend all day hunting out Beatles related things to do too! You can walk undercover on Albert Dock too so it's a good rainy afternoon option too, with lots of options for food and a few shops too. Take your camera to capture it all!
Find hidden boutiques and cafes in Liverpool One
There are so many places to find in Liverpool, just head towards Liverpool One (it's only a couple of minutes from Albert Dock) and get lost. We were on a mission to find Eggs Benedict for my bf (strangely enough, it's not a thing in England. We can't find places that do eggs bene anywhere!) and stumbled across heaps of cute cafe's, chocolate havens, boutiques, and high street places too. If you just want a leisurely stroll then just keep turning down the side roads and see what you find :)
I didn't manage to take any photos of the food we ate, mainly because I'm a total piglet and eat it all before I remember to take photos! But I have a locals recommendation for food and I can agree totally on them. Head to The Tavern for breakfast, it's a very popular and hole-in-the-wall type place that serves divine food and free flowing coffee and tea. It's pretty busy, but we showed up without ringing ahead and it was fine. For lunch, there's tons of lovely cafes around Albert Dock, including one where the food and coffee is free and self serving, and you pay for the time you spend in the cafe! And there's heaps of smoothie places too for a fruity or chocolate-y hit. For dinner - there's only one place you need to go and it's called The Elephant. It has a gorgeous outdoor area and they have live music some days too. It's big and open, and I want to move to Liverpool just so I could go and work there during the day! The food is good to eye as well as the tastebuds and yes, you need a dessert ;)