|| From the celebrity
favourites in Cavern Walks to the high street classics in Clayton Square
Shopping Centre, this city is a great place to
give your credit card a bashing.
In fact there’s so much choice when it comes to
going on a spending spree in Liverpool that you might
not know where to start. So we’ve made it a little
easier for you with our guide to some of the best shops
and stores in the city. Here goes…
For starters why not visit one of the many department
stores dotted around central Liverpool, including Marks
and Spencer [map] and Lewis’.
Part of a well-known chain, Marks and Spencer’s
offers a magnificent collection of cosmetics, gifts, jewellery,
furnishings, and men’s, ladies’ and children’s
clothes. Liverpool’s M&S also has a trendy cafe
and a bureaux de change on the top floor.
Easily recognised by the famous naked statue above the
main entrance, Lewis’ is situated opposite the Britannia
Adelphi Hotel. The range of goods on sale includes clothing
for all the family, electrical goods, perfume, cosmetics,
furniture, and an interesting array of collectibles in
the gift department. There is also a delicatessen on the
ground floor, which offers an excellent range of cheeses,
cooked meat, salami and freshly baked bread.
When it comes to shopping centres you’ll be spoilt
for choice because Liverpool has five to choose from,
although Quiggins is set to be demolished soon.
Clayton Square and St John’s shopping centre,
both based in the city centre, offer a wide range of well
known chain stores and independent retailers.
Clayton Square Shopping Centre provides stores such as
Boots, Virgin Megastore, Body Shop, Principles, Oasis,
The Disney Store and Wax Lyrical. Here shoppers can also
find stalls in the centre, selling a variety of products,
from mobile phones to household goods.
St John’s Shopping Centre, situated near Lime Street
Station, was the city's original central shopping arcade
and offers stores including Woolworths, Dunne's, Adams,
Evans, and Thornton's, as well as smaller independent
If you’re looking for a more funky shopping experience
then try the unique Liverpool Palace [map] in the heart of trendy Slater Street. Spread over three
floors, this centre has become a hub of dynamic, fashionable
activity and the home of some of the city's best-loved
shops, selling everything from collectibles and clothes,
to comics and music.
For designer boutiques, including Vivienne Westwood,
get along to the Cavern Walks shopping centre on
Mathew Street, the heart of Beatles-land. Here you’ll
find the likes of Issy Crown, Joy and Pure Woman, all
of which have a great range of classy men’s and
women’s clothes. You’ll also find beauty shops
here including Nail Nation [map],
a favourite with Victoria Beckham, who can redesign your
nails and offer jewellery for pierced nails.
Mathew Street [map]
is also home to other designer stores including Reiss and Wade Smith, as well as the famed Beatles
Shop. The store is an Aladdin's cave of Beatle-related
items and memorabilia, including mugs, T-shirts, pins,
badges, stickers, posters and hats. Shoppers can also
browse through the rare Beatles collector's items such
as the original porcelain Yellow Submarine dolls, a 1964
calendar and Beatles talcum powder.
If you’re looking for a bargain then check out one
of Liverpool’s many markets, which sell everything
from vegetables and flowers, to handbags and fabrics.
Dating back to the 1800s, Garston Market is the
oldest in the city and has 50 stalls selling everything
from fashion and beauty products, to hardware.
Great Homer Street Market is another of Liverpool’s
oldest markets and it's situated on a busy main road leading
to the city centre. This highly popular Saturday event
offers everything from fresh produce to up-to-the-minute
fashion, children's clothing, top quality fabrics and
Mainly set indoors, Birkenhead Market has the usual
supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, fresh meat
and freshly caught fish. But you can also buy sweets,
cakes, toys, handbags, designer shoes, clothes, sportswear,
household goods and electrical items.
If you fancy venturing outside the city centre then head
towards neighbouring Ellesmere Port where you’ll
find the Cheshire Oaks Designer
Outlet Village. This is one of Europe's largest designer
retail centres and is located just 30 minutes from central
Liverpool. It offers 65 well-known designer and brand
name manufacturers and all goods are sold with 30 to 50%
off the high street prices.
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