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Cake or break: the best cafes to work from in Liverpool

6 months ago

A change isn’t really as good as a holiday but sometimes it’s the only option you’ve got. If that’s you, and you really need a break from your (delete as appropriate) – desk, colleagues, housemates, spare room – a few hours of remote working in a cafe could be your saviour.

Here we’ve chosen eight top coffee shops or cafes for working from in Liverpool – places where there’s usually enough space to set up your laptop for a few hours and beaver away. Don’t forget your etiquette though; make sure you pay your way. Caffeine helps you focus after all, and cakes are the perfect reward for ticking off a task.

Want more ideas for cafes to work from in Liverpool? Here’s our directory of recommended places for coffee.

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    Bold Street Coffee

    Restaurant - Global

    Open since 2010, BSC is something of an institution and the place to go if you’re in need of caffeine sustenance. Breakfast, brunch and all things cheap and lunch-like are also on the menu, while the Scandi stripped wood and art-adorned walls make it a great place to chill out.

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  • Coffee at Burnt Milk Hotel, a natural wine bar and cafe in Liverpool.
    Albert Dock

    Burnt Milk Hotel


    Burnt Milk Hotel is the new face of wine drinking. Relaxed, unpretentious and with a great selection of natural wines as well as stellar coffee.

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  • Inside Cafe Lucaya - a recommended coffee shop for working from in Liverpool.
    Liverpool City Centre

    Cafe Lucaya


    Head to the Tower Building, on the corner of Water Street and The Strand to find the charming, plant-filled haven that is Cafe Lucaya.

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  • French toast at Hardware Coffee and Kitchen in Liverpool

    Hardware Coffee and Kitchen

    Restaurant - Coffee

    The perfect brunch spot on Renshaw Street, Hardware is themed loosely around the Rapid Hardware shop it replaces.

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    LEAF Bold St

    Restaurant - Global

    Housed in a former tea room over two floors of an art deco building, LEAF’s name and USP was meant to be, and indeed over 60 varieties of loose-leaf tea are served, alongside coffee and cake, cocktails, beers and wine, and an eclectic menu running from breakfast right through.

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  • Liverpool City Centre

    Little Leaf at One Fine Day


    Located inside the Cotton Exchange building alongside One Fine Day, Little Leaf is a bright and airy yet cosy and snug cafe on Old Hall Street.

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  • Georgian Quarter

    The Pen Factory


    The Pen Factory specialises in bistro food with a mix of main dishes and small plates for sharing. Everything is reasonably priced and perfectly presented. This is food to enjoy with friends – much as it was at owner Paddy Byrne’s previous outfit, the Everyman Bistro.

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  • Press Bros Coffee on Lark Lane, Liverpool
    Lark Lane

    Press Bros Coffee


    Press Bros Coffee opened in this corner spot on Lark Lane after winning everyone over with its sausage patty melts at the Baltic Market. It’s the perfect place for a coffee shop, in amongst the indie shops and just a short stroll from Sefton Park (get your takeouts here before you go).

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  • Business District (Liverpool)

    Tempest on Tithebarn


    Tempest on Tithebarn is a social space filling your days from early-morning Neighbourhood Coffee and freshly baked pastries and cakes to late-night parties and cocktails. In between, there’s bagels, brunch and lunch by day and burgers and small plates as the sun goes down. 

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