In my last blog, I spoke about how I fell in love with Liverpool’s musical and maritime history. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the city and realised there is a lot to love and learn about Liverpool.

Many people often have misconceptions of Liverpool, myself included, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn it is a city that is bursting with culture, attractions and friendly locals. It has easily become one of my favourite cities – and I’m about to tell you why.

  1. The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

You will never be short of a fantastic restaurant in the city – but my favourite had to be The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, located within The Shankly Hotel, a new football hotel in Liverpool. The varied menu had my mouth watering before the waitress even brought out the dishes, and the cocktails are quite simply superb. I had the much-recommended Liverpool Gin.

However, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is not your average dining establishment, because it offers unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia – which really is a must for every football fan.

  1. Nightlife

I’d heard good things about the Liverpool nightlife, and it definitely lived up to expectation. My friend lived here a few years back and said they were some of the best days of his life. From the stylish bars along the Albert Dock to the atmospheric Concert Square, there is a club, bar or drinking den for everyone over the age of 18. My personal favourite was the $5 shake from Santa Chupitos, but for atmosphere I’d head to the nightclub Mansion for a night you won’t want to forget.

  1. Liverpool One

My bank balance took a hit when I visited Liverpool. Not because it’s expensive, but because it offers so many high street shops, luxury stores and independent boutiques. Seriously, this city is a girl’s dream, because it’s bursting with clothes, bags and beauty shops. Scouse girls are known for taking pride in their appearance, and it’s not hard to see why when you visit the city.

  1. The Mersey Ferry

You just have to take a ride on the Mersey ferry when you visit Liverpool. It’s like going to New York and not paying a visit to The Statue of Liberty. What’s great about the ferry is that you get to see the Liverpool Waterfront in all its beautiful glory, and I even paid a little visit to New Brighton, which is on the other side of the water.