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Shopping in Liverpool

Extremely style-conscious, Liverpudlians are big on their brand names and visitors will find most major high street shops having at least one outlet in the city. Shopping in Liverpool is helping to transform the city's image.

Key areas

Liverpool ONE is the new, buzzing retail and leisure district close to Albert Dock, featuring more than 160 stores, including John Lewis, Debenhams, an Apple store plus designer brands. A few minutes' walk away off Whitechapel is the Metquarter, featuring designer stores such as MAC, Molton Brown, Flannels, Hugo Boss, Jo Malone, A|X Armani Exchange and Diesel.

Bold Street is great if you're looking for alternative, bohemian shops.

Other shops are on or close to a few main streets around Williamson Square, but it is worth exploring side streets for some of the city's more unusual boutiques and stores.

 

Markets

For something a little different, head to Chinatown where every other Sunday there is a large Chinese market that sells everything from freshly prepared food to traditional Chinese cooking pots. There are also farmers markets and Christmas markets at specific times of the year.

Shopping centres

Of particular note is the Cavern Designer Shopping Centre on Mathew Street in the Cavern Quarter, where Vivienne Westwood has a boutique alongside other designer brands and independent boutiques. Alternatively, there’s Grand Central housing 40 small shops ranging from alternative clothing to used furniture, whilst Bluecoat stocks the best in contemporary fashion, homeware, craft and design.

Opening hours

Like other large UK cities, larger department stores and shops stay open til 2000 on weekdays, until 1900 on Friday and 1700 on Sundays.

Souvenirs

Football and Beatles memorabilia and fashion are among the most popular purchased items in Liverpool. In addition, maritime-themed gifts and artwork are also available from souvenir shops in Albert Dock such as Nauticalia, Impressions of Liverpool, With Love From Liverpool and The Gift Company.

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