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Taylor Town: A Swiftie’s guide to Liverpool

3 weeks ago

There’s no single type of Swiftie just like there’s no single of version Taylor – take your pick depending on which Era you connect with the most. But as die-hard Taylor Swift fans ourselves, we think we have a pretty good idea of the places in Liverpool our fellow Swifties will like.

These are the bars, shops, cafes, attractions, and sights with a strong Taylor’s Version vibe to them. From the enchanting antique shop 69A which immediately reminded us of Timeless when we stepped inside. To the British Music Experience which, as well as being a cool museum in itself, doubles as the location for the I Can See You music video that Taylor filmed here in a flying visit between tour dates last spring.

We’ve also got vintage stores for all your concert outfit accessories, record shops that’ll be selling Taylor vinyl, and a dedicated fan stall in Red Brick Market that has Taylor badges, posters, bags and more. There’s two of Liverpool’s top attractions. Namely: The Beatles Story (we love the mutual respect and friendship between Taylor and Paul McCartney) and inspiring modern art gallery Tate Liverpool down on the Waterfront – a part of Liverpool you’ll definitely want to explore.

And of course, you’ll want to experience some of Liverpool’s coolest cafes and most beautiful bars while you’re here too so we’ve listed our personal favourites; Leaf Bold Street, Papillon, and the bar at the The Municipal Hotel.

And don’t forget to check out the Taylor Swift fan park at Boxpark – it’s happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and features legendary Swiftie night Swiftogeddon plus glitter stations, themed drinks and more. It’s free entry and you don’t need a ticket for Anfield – all Swifties are welcome here.

Finally, if you want to enjoy some typically Scouse food, there’s nothing more modern day Liverpool than the Chinese seasoning, Salt & Pepper. You’ll find it on everything in this city from your chips to your chicken to your sausage rolls. Head to Pattersons for a Salt & Pepper Sharer Box or Salt & Peper Sui Mai – the perfect pre-concert meal.

  • Vintage clothing at 69A, one of our recommended vintage clothes shops in Liverpool.
    Liverpool City Centre

    69A

    Record Shops

    Vintage and antiques shop 69A looks like it fell out of the pages of a storybook. A black cat is asleep in the window, its head resting on a pile of secondhand books. A sign on the door warns you to ‘please take care’ and says nothing about who or what of. Once inside, the narrow room stretches further and further back until you lose sight of where you came in.

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  • The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool
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    The Beatles Story

    Museums

    The Beatles are probably Liverpool’s most famous export and it stands to reason that the city has quite a few attractions paying tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    The Beatles Story is the straight-up Beatles museum where you’ll find authentic memorabilia like handwritten lyrics, outfits, instruments and Lennon’s glasses.

    However, there’s more to it than that. This is the largest permanent Beatles exhibition in the world and key locations in the band’s history have been recreated.

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    Boxpark Liverpool

    Takeaways

    It’s a transplant from that-there London but at least Boxpark Liverpool is full of local food names. This food hall meets events space is home to eight or so vendors including, at the time of writing, Rose Street Falafel (from the founders of Maray), Madre Burrito, Pukht and Yoki Social Table and Yumcha. There’s also Shake, Crazy Pedros, Simply Salt and Pepper and Stateside Grill. Choosing between them is not easy.  

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  • The Cunard Building in Liverpool - one of the Three Graces and home of the British Music Experience
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    The British Music Experience

    Museums

    Head to The Cunard Building, one of the Three Graces that form Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to find The British Music Experience. This museum tells the story of pop and rock music and its many offshoots from 1945 up to the present day.

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  • The record store at The Jacaranda - an iconic music venue and bar in Liverpool city centre.
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    The Jacaranda

    Record Shops

    Serious Beatles fans will know all about The Jacaranda. This bar and gig venue was opened by their first manager Allan Williams in 1958, and was used as a rehearsal space by the band when John Lennon was a student at the Liverpool College of Art.

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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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    The Municipal Hotel – MGallery

    Spas

    The Municipal Hotel – MGallery is one of Liverpool’s few 5* hotels and as such, it exudes luxury in every detail.

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    Papillon

    Cafes

    Papillon is a quaint-looking bistro-style restaurant, complete with baby pink paintwork and pinstripe canopy to match. In fact, it looks more like something on a French postcard than somewhere you’d find in the middle of Liverpool. 

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    Pattersons

    Bars

    Fried chicken in a bar setting with a big emphasis on music, beer and cocktails – Liverpool independent Pattersons has hit on a winning formula here. 

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  • The Taylor Swift fan shop at Red Brick Market in Liverpool.
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    Red Brick Market

    Art, Crafts and Stationery

    If you love thrifting, vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, secondhand vinyl, charming curios, retro homeware, old comics, and the like, you will love Red Brick Market. It’s a huge warehouse carved up into 200+ intriguing little shops, all independently owned, and selling all manner of beguiling and beautiful items. 

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  • Secondhand cowboy boots at Soho's Liverpool, one of Confidential Guides' recommended vintage shops in Liverpool.
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    Soho’s Liverpool

    Clothing

    Soho’s is one of the original vintage clothing stores in Liverpool, and one of the biggest. With a hairdressers, a tattoo artist, and a piercing studio all stacked within the same building, it’s a bonafide emporium of alternative, retro style.

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  • Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool
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    Tate Liverpool

    Art Galleries

    Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is the northern outpost of the Tate galleries. With an impressive free collection alongside major exhibitions from internationally-renowned artists, it’s a must-see for any art lover visiting Liverpool.  

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