Bold Street Coffee Shop

Where Ropewalks, Liverpool
WiFi Yes
Plug sockets Yes
Price of an espresso £1.50
Open Daily 7.30/8am-5/6pm
Privacy 2/5

The Ropewalks area of Liverpool was named after the 19th century roperies that supplied the Albert Dock’s ships: its distinctive long and straight lanes were built for rope to be laid out and woven.

Today, with that market long gone, the area is filled with stylish independent shops, bars and renovated warehouse offices. Nearby, is the Baltic Triangle, an expanse of vast Victorian warehouses and modern industrial units that is undergoing an extensive regeneration programme and is home to a number of digital start-ups.

At the heart of Ropewalks lies semi-pedestrianised Bold Street. Its eponymous coffee shop is a popular choice with both shoppers and casually dressed office workers. Many of them work at laptops as they sip blends from the weekly changing coffee menu.

Though the focus is on good coffee, Bold Street has a more superior food menu than most coffee joints.

Favourites include bacon butties and locally sourced griddled vegetables. For dessert, there are gluten free (and gluten-laden) treats from orange blossom cheesecake to Norwegian apple cake.

With its white walls and bare lightbulbs, the café’s decor is simple, bar the racing bicycle suspended from one wall. In a nod to the city’s musical heritage, a vintage record player sits on a counter beside a picture of The Beatles.

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