A large variety of shops backing onto Central Station. However due to the high popularity of the Liverpool One shopping Centre - the number of shoppers appear to have decreased. Well worth a visit though. Many discount shops.
Bold Street is a real mixed bag of shops. It has the top end high street chains like Karen Millen and Kookai and then it has the lovely vintage boutiques like Raiders.
Bold Street is lovely with its cobbled stones and eclectic mix of people walking about. It's right in the heart of the city and has a mix of shops from American style diners to international food shops to discount clothing stores.
It has a very good fruit and vegetable shop that is cheaper than the supermarket.
Bold Street used to be the high end shopping area of Liverpool in the 1800s/1900s, but since then it has become more of a mismatch of all sorts of shops. Some honourable mentions include
- The Bold Street Produce Market - cheap fruit and veg
- Qwaff's - pancake house! nice food and coffee
-Mattas - lots of international food, spices, rice, grains and pulses.
- Utility - there are 2 utility, one specialising in furniture, one in gifts. Both are very trendy and modern.
- Voodou - 2 hair salons, one for men, one for women. Specialise in colouring hair.
- Eddie Rockets - 50s style diner
- Resurrection - vintage and new clothing.
Not previously mentioned by the others are the amazing different culture shops near the top end. Mattas, in particular, is an Aladin's cave of ingredients from China, Jamaica, Vietnam....Everything is priced at an unfeasibly low level - for example when woks became the in-thing ours cam from Matta's, £2.50 for an 18 diameter steel wok! Will be more by now, but indicative as priced for the formerly immigrant families. Huge selection of frozen fish not found on the shores and more vegetarian foods than you can imagine. I was vegetarian from 1965 to approx. 1987 and had a lot of problems eating at all! Matta's was a miracle.
Shopping in my hometown of Liverpool is wonderful when you compare it with other small towns and cities. There are hundreds of shops crammed into one small area.
The area I'd like to tell you about is Bold Street situated off the main area of Church Street and is the place to be seen with trendy bars and bar cafes.
Starting from the top as we go down the road there is a...
In between all of these shops you will find some great little shops like Chandlers, Home and Bargain, Maggie Mays coffee house, The works books and lots more.
Leading off this road is Liverpool Central station which takes you to other areas of the city and beyond but who would want to leave.
There are about 12 cafe's on or just leading off BOLD STREET and altogether about 25 pubs and trendy bars. Bold Street attracts every sort of person.
Pedestrianised at most times it is a place where you could spend many an hour- day or night.
More information on Bold street and indeed on many other areas of the city can be found on icliverpool.co.uk and also you gan get more information at Visitors Centre at the Albert Dock.
Bold street has always been a good place to shop but it is a big over shadowed by the new liverpool one shopping centre, However i would still recommend it to anyone as it still has some big name shops like monsoon and kooki and esp karen millan which is one of my favourite shops anyway.The street is always tidy which is great esp for a main street in a city centre. There is also alot of places to each or get a coffee.A good mix of school and servies for a main road.
Love Bold Street. A number of shops with character and small cafes serving reasonably good food.
Wish there will be more streets like this in Liverpool.
I love Bold Street, which runs from St Luke's church (the bombed-out one) to join Hanover Street and Church Street.
Hairy Records is worth a mention for some really rare and obscure bits and pieces if you have time/patience to rummage.
It also leads off onto Concert Square and Wood Street and all the little back streets for live music venues, the FACT, and nightclubs.
There are all sorts of shops on Bold Street, and banks, from The Body Shop, Costa, Starbucks and Home Bargains to more interesting places like Shared Earth and Smiffy's.
Shared Earth sells handmade and fair trade jewellery and all manner of other items. These are unique and ethical.
Smiffy's is a great costume hire shop which sells all manner of novelty joke items.
There is also The Works, a cheap book shop which sells overstocks mainly.
You can also access Central station from here.
There are some other independent stores on Bold Street selling kitsch and unusual items. There's also Drome which has a cafe. You can find Quaff's pancakes on Bold Street as well as oriental places and a chippie. There's also a newsagent.
It's so much more than just a throughway into the city centre; it's the last bastion of independent shops in Liverpool City Centre, and very popular with students too.
The Oxfam shop has an impressive amount/variety of books and CDs but their prices are steeper than other charity shops around here.
Dont forget to mention the ghostly goings on in bold street.. supposidly there is a time warp on this street (ask derek akorah)also one of the shops has a real well from the past still inside the shop cool
Shopping in Bold Street is always fun because has the most interesting mix of retailers in Liverpool. From Utility, Microzine, Smiffys (for great jokey stuff), Mattas for amazingly cheap different ethnic food stuff to Rennies and Ellis Brigham I don't think it can be beaten. I always bump into people I know on Bold Street which makes it even better. It's cool but not too cool. Just hope Liverpool One doesn't have too much impact on it.
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