Weekend delights: The best places for brunch in Liverpool
Liverpool has one of the most exciting foodie scenes in the UK, so it is no surprise that there are an abundance of cafes and restaurants offering tasty and uniquely local takes on brunch. This northern port city has attracted visitors and residents from around the world for centuries, and this multicultural atmosphere can be found in the food on offer.
Visiting different restaurants each weekend for different types of brunch, whether an all-day breakfast, boozy brunch or vegan breakfast, is the best way to sample all that Liverpool has to offer – even for locals who think they have experienced it all before. Here are our top, don’t miss picks.
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1. Bottomless brunch: Experience contemporary dining with no limits
When going out for a weekend brunch, you don’t want to be limited by the amount you can eat after a busy working week. For one of the best bottomless brunch experiences, try PANAM, a contemporary dining venue located in a Grade 1-listed red brick building on Liverpool’s world-famous Royal Albert Dock. The bottomless brunch may boast an unrivaled atmospheric location overlooking the iconic docks, but the vast menu is also sure to please even the most demanding diner.
PANAM’s bottomless brunch menu includes a selection of two dishes. First is a sharing first course, comprising buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, vanilla cream and berries. Second, a main course selection features rump steaks, chicken burgers, Caribbean curry, spicy bean burgers and barbecue ribs. Of course, the brunch includes free-flowing cocktails, beers and spirits.
2. All day: Savor a breakfast in Liverpool at any time
Breakfast need not be limited to early morning, there are many all-day breakfast restaurants in Liverpool. Formerly a tearoom in the 1920s and a cinema in the late 20th century, LEAF on Liverpool’s Bold Street is a warm and cosy restaurant-events venue-creative hub all in one. For brunch in Liverpool, LEAF’s breakfast options are sure to satisfy even the hungriest diners.
The three main all-day breakfast options to choose from utilize the freshest local ingredients, all served in modernist styles. The full English breakfast includes two succulent bacon rashers, eggs, sausages, fries, mushrooms and black pudding. The vegetarian option includes a hearty chunk of halloumi, and the vegan breakfast includes avocado and falafel sausages.
3. Boozy brunch: Taste the world with a tipple or two
Hafla Hafla’s (“party party” in Arabic) flagship restaurant on Aigburth’s Lark Lane is opening the eyes of Liverpudlian’s to the tastes of a Middle Eastern brunch. For 90-minutes, diners can wash down their brunch with bottomless glasses of Prosecco, Camden lager, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Inside the modernist restaurant, with exposed wooden roof beams and climbing plants on brick walls, Hafla Hafla’s boozy brunch in Liverpool includes a hearty serving of either Shakshukas – a classic Middle Eastern dish of tomato, chilli, peppers and onions slow cooked for six hours, sausages on pittas, or The Full Hafla – an ingenious combination of harissa beans, sweet potato hash, hummus, falafels, mushrooms, eggs and pitta.
4. Vegan breakfast: Start off your day on a healthy vibe
Veganism is growing quickly in Liverpool, and The Vibe is one of the top picks for a vegan breakfast or brunch in the city. The mission of the café is to serve an experience for the mind, soul and body, using locally sourced 100% plant-based ingredients in their dishes. The café is located in the Ropewalks district, just behind Tate Liverpool, decorated in a modern style with neon lighting on exposed brick walls.
The vegan breakfast menu comprises 8 unique dishes – including The Big One, vegan sausages, tofu scramble, hash potatoes, beans, mushrooms and tomatoes; Veggs Royale is a dish of vegan poached eggs on a bed of spinach, carrot “salmon” and a muffin; the Power Me Up Pancakes include buckwheat pancakes with fruit compote and fresh seasonal fruit.
5. Best cafes: Tantalize your tastebuds with a great cup of coffee
No other café in Liverpool quite compares to the unique Cat Café, a restaurant that describes itself as a stress-free space where human and feline friends come together to unwind. Located in central Liverpool on Bold Street, one of Liverpool’s best cafes offers an afternoon tea brunch experience. Fine and fresh Italian coffee blends and a selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries are offered for diners looking for something different to enjoy at brunch-time.
What makes this café unique is the cats that are given free roam in the dining area. Guests can sit and stroke any of the cats as they enjoy their tea and cakes. The mission statement behind the Cat Café is that purring and stroking cats can lower blood pressure and foster relaxation.