Lark Lane boasts a higher brow reputation than that of Bold Street. It bolsters a romantic status, with the classy, elegant dining spots to back it up! Alongside Lark Lane's repute for amazing food, it is well known for some of the best cocktails in the city! Have I sold you yet? Good! Now, here's where to go:
Lark Lane sits at the edge of the magnificent Sefton Park. One of Liverpool’s most popular tourist destinations, Sefton Park covers a vast 235 acres of the Aigburth suburbs. With incredible monuments, lakes and sights within the park’s bounds it’s no surprise that is has been awarded English Heritage and Green Flag awards. Perhaps one of the most notable sights within the Grade I listed park is the Palm House which sits at its heart. A Grade II listed building in its own right, the Palm House is a three tier dome conservatory – which hosts some incredible events throughout the year – from yoga and art events, to drink orientated events. Sefton Park is also incredibly popular amongst runners in the area, and it’s 2 mile circumference is a perfect challenge to get yourself into the swing of exercise following the Christmas break! The fields of Sefton Park come alive during the summer months especially, with huge scale annual events such as the Liverpool International Music Festival and Brazilica Festival. When planning your summer in Liverpool, make sure to check out what’s on at Sefton Park – or you’ll be missing out on some hidden cultural gems!
Lark Lane Farmer’s Market
On the 4th Saturday of each month, between the hours of 9am and 2pm, market traders within a 30 mile radius gather at Lark Lane to sell fresh produce. You can buy anything from organic vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cakes and more – whilst knowing that the person selling it to you has produced the items themselves. Come along, and support your local community of traders!
Arts hub 47
At its heart, Arts hub 47 is a club in which members develop their artistic skills in a supportive and loving community through workshops and exhibitions. Members of the committee routinely take on new, local artists - with an aim for promoting diversity of both styles and artist background – to sell their products in the shop inside the hub. If you’re not too artistic yourself, but enjoy promoting the talents of others, there is an opportunity to join the committee and volunteer at the shop to help promote the growth of Liverpool’s artist community.
Green Days Café – £
Green Days Café does not only pull all the stops to ensure that your appetite is looked after – it also stimulates you with the incredible fine art pieces that hang on its walls. A vegetarian Café that has become popular with even the most carnivorous residents of Liverpool – Green Days Café has been a staple of Lark Lane for nine years. This is not one to miss!
Tea House Café - £
With a selection of over fifty loose leaf tea, rooibos, fruit and herbal infusions including a range of traditional British blends, white, green, oolong, plain and flavoured matcha tea – Tea House are the true brew masters of Liverpool. But don’t be fooled, Tea House takes just as much pride in its traditional British menus as it does in its teas and ceramics!
Bistro Rhubarb - £
Bistro Rhubarb is known as a friendly brunch spot on the quirky Lark Lane. With a menu boasting quality fresh food, global beers, ever changing real ales and award winning wines – Bistro Rhubarb is the perfect spot for an informal and chill day on Lark Lane.
Maranto's - ££
Concentrating in the provision of a welcoming atmosphere, the menu at Maranto’s is focussed on an Italian/American fusion dining experience. With hearty meals which include large burgers, authentic pasta dishes and even homemade tiramisu to die for – there’s nowhere else you’ll want to go!
Esteban - ££
Esteban is an open, birght restaurant featuring a huge atrium skylight so you can dine in a light atmosphere that compliments the tapas menu. This modern restaurant is famous for its fantastic paella and it one of the most established restaurants in the Lark Lane area.
Milo Lounge - ££
Milo Lounge is a funky, quirky venue which sits at the park end of Lark Lane. Stylized in a nod to the Sefton Park Palm Court, the lounge possesses huge glass windows perfect for an afternoon’s people watching. Milo Lounge’s menu is Western at heart, with slight creative tugs from globe-wide dishes that are sure to please any diner.
The Moon and Pea - ££
A small bistro with a family feel and robust dishes, The Moon and Pea has become a well-loved dining destination for the student body of Liverpool. Whether it’s a filling burger, an afternoon cake and coffee or a Moon and Pea infamous craft chocolate drink – Liverpool’s best kept secret has something to offer you.
Love and Rockets - ££
Love and Rockets brings the university life feel to Lark Lane. With a simplistic menu which provides choice of stone baked pizzas, nachos and hot dogs. This is the hub for social events at Lark Lane – including regular live sport viewings, pub quizzes and live jazz nights.
Writer’s Block - ££
It’s hard to distinguish where Writer’s Block sits on the spectrum of cute coffee shop, social hub and hearty burger place – mainly because it encapsulates the best qualities of all of these. Writer’s Block has become notorious amongst the students of the city due to its cheese boards, vast wine selection and bluesy feel.
Bistro Noir - ££
A modern restaurant that packs a menu filled with eclectic meal choices with global influences – Bistro Noir embraces its quirks and the wooden interior only accentuates this. The rustic menu is compiled with ingredients of fair trade and organic sources – a factor this restaurant really prides itself on.
The Monkey Grinder - ££
A lovingly quirky restaurant with an extremely interesting interior design – The Monkey Grinder produces a menu with Spanish influences – resulting in some of the best tapas you’ll find in Liverpool. This restaurant also has a wide selection of Spanish wines to choose from, and is extremely vegetarian friendly!
Red Fort - ££
The walls of Red Fort contain a warm and welcoming atmosphere, only enhanced by the wooden, rustic feel of its design. The gourmet chefs at Red Fort work hard to create dishes filled with the authentic flavours and spices of India. This restaurant also offers a takeaway service – so you can bring the quirks of Lark Lane to your own room!
The Lodge - ££
The Lodge brings a traditional English pub to the otherwise quirky Lark Lane. It contrasts with the eclectic auras of the restaurants surrounding it, but this only enhances the honest and humble atmosphere of the venue. Serving a huge variety of cask ales, cocktails, lager and hearty pub grub – The Lodge is perfect for a sophisticated twist on a lad’s night.
Belly - ££
A small restaurant that will take you to the heart of Turkey with its menu – which features a hint of Greek influence – Belly is a very popular dining spot on Lark Lane. With a low lit, intimate atmosphere, this is a great place to take the family that have come to visit.
Arabesque Bazaar - ££
Bringing a Moroccan twist to Lark Lane, this bistro focusses on freshly prepared drinks, tapas, light lunches and evening meals. Its menu features traditionally prepared Moroccan tagines, soups and couscous – and its décor will only enhance the Moroccan vibes. Attached to a little trinket shop filled with Moroccan art pieces, this is a great place to come to look for a small, quirky gift for a friend whilst also getting a quick bite.
Meat Factory – ££
Meat Factory transports the American comfort dining style to the leafy suburb of Aigburth. With a menu loaded with hearty burgers, topped fries and amazing milkshake flavours – Meat Factory will have you craving more! The interior design only boosts the experience – as its rustic style compliments its large serving size to create a homely feel.
On The Pallet - ££
On The Pallet sits in the heart of Lark Lane – and also perfectly represents the quirks and independence at the heart of Lark Lane’s appeal. An independent, family run bistro, On The Pallet conveys a rural atmosphere in conjunction with a menu packed with large meals prepared by a former Jallons chef. Truly representative of Lark Lane – this is another spot perfect to take family members and friends to on their first visit to the Aigburth area!
Medjool Bistro - ££
Medjool Bistro prides itself on the warm welcome promised to each and every guest – as well as its menu filled with a delicious range of fresh home cooked foods inspired by delicious cuisine from North Africa, Middle East, Turkey and beyond. Not just kebabs, koftas and falafel, you can sample from Egyptian and Lebanese breakfast platters, Moroccan tagines, homemade cakes, amazing coffee and speciality teas. All of this, in an intimate, warm venue provides the perfect spot for a date!
Que Pasa Cantina - ££
A laid back, humble restaurant providing flavours of Mexico and South America – Que Pasa Cantina quickly became a Lark Lane favourite amongst students. With an outdoor seating area and patio, Que Pasa Cantina is a great venue for summer time drinks with fantastic food – perhaps following June exams to celebrate the end of the academic year!
Elif Restaurant - £££
Elif is a humble, homely restaurant that transports the Turkish BBQ style to Liverpool. Although it lies on the more expensive side of Lark Lane, Elif vows to provide large portions packed with great flavours authentic to the Turkish roots in which it is embedded.
Lark Lane Art Works
The Art Works director once said: “There is only one place you could have a gallery like this outside the city centre and it's Lark Lane. If you're serious about buying art, prints, ceramics and sculpture we have a wide range and here is a lot cheaper than London.” And we couldn’t agree more. Within the quirky confides of Lark Lane, the Art Works takes its place as the artistic centre to the whole city. With incredible pieces on sale – this is the perfect place to get yourself a souvenir of the city that will hold a place in your heart for years to come.
Are you looking for a new piece of furniture for your student house that screams with history and style? Gasp is your haven! With some of the country’s best vintage furniture finds within it’s 2000 sq feet confides, Gasp promises to fulfil your vintage needs. If you’re into your cosplaying or fashion creations – Gasp also sells the best collections of vintage fabrics in the city! A true hidden gem, this quirky little shop will leave you lost for breath.
A small shop filled with eclectic trinkets, Number 13 is Lark Lane’s resident gift shop which perfectly emulates the quirk of the area. With independently designed cards, a huge collection of incenses and a weird and wacky variety of gift options – you can wow your friends for their birthday celebrations with a personal gift from this shop.