From bakeries to bars, cafés to music labels, Liverpool has a strong independent identity which is celebrated and praised throughout the city and beyond.
We have rightly earned ourselves a reputation for our strong independent scene with locals and visitors alike championing trader’s growth and success at every turn.
Areas such as Bold Street, Lark Lane and the Baltic Triangle have established themselves as independent hubs, where some of the cities most loved traders, start-ups and eateries are based ensuring the independent offering in the city is thriving.
There is no denying that Liverpool’s highly creative independent scene has been championed, encouraged and upheld by Independent Liverpool, a small blog started four years ago by two friends. Independent Liverpool is the big brother of The Baltic Market, a revolutionary street-food haven in the heart of the cities creative district, which has given local businesses a platform to thrive.
Launched in 2013, Independent Liverpool started as a just-for-fun blog created by best friends, Oliver Press & David Williams. They set out to change the way people saw and experienced Liverpool, showcasing the very best of independent culture in the city. The blog quickly took off and soon enough their recommendations, guides and hidden gems were being noticed by the people of Liverpool who looked to them for inspiration and guidance when hungry, thirsty or stuck for something to do.
The duo unknowingly created a platform of independent culture, highlighting the diversity the cities independent scene had to offer and encouraging locals to eat, drink and shop local all whilst exploring the city in a way which they have never done before. Their membership card gives access and exclusive discount to over 100 independent businesses in the city with a single one off payment, they are furthermore behind some of the best events and festivals in the city including a St Patrick’s Day Weekender, cinema nights in Sefton Park’s Palm House and Christmas festival’s in the Great Baltic Warehouse.
After a successful four years, Independent Liverpool found themselves a place to call home, where all of the cities independents could come together . . . The Baltic Market.
The Baltic Market
Acting as an epicentre for all things independent, The Baltic Market is a concept well established in other cities around the world but is a first for Liverpool, making it that little bit more exciting.
Located in the iconic and historic Grade II listed Cains Brewery, The Baltic Market is a warehouse transformation perfect for housing a food hall and events space right on the edge of the Baltic Triangle.
The Baltic Market is a place to eat, drink and dance with an ever-changing selection of food & drink vendors taking their place on a monthly basis with weekly markets of a different theme every Sunday.
The space is furthermore host to a number of unique, fun and alternative events such as cult cinema nights, student game nights and festivals. The toilets are even a celebration of independnets with a unique mural adorning the toilet walls created by local artist, Jazz Stan who often frequents the markets selling her artwork including smaller prints of the Baltic mural.
So, whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, want to enjoy a day out with a difference or are coming to enjoy a film with friends, The Baltic Market has it all.
The Baltic Market is a melting pot of Liverpool’s most loved independents and a place where you can experience some of the city’s most wonderful concoctions. From prosecco ice lollies to halloumi fries and bubble waffles, look no further than The Baltic Market for all of your foodie needs.
These traders change regularly and where some have permanent homes in other locations across the city, for some, their residency at The Baltic Market is a first. This gives new independent businesses an opportunity to test their product, gauge public reaction and improve before potentially opening a permanent home.
Slims Pork Chop Express
The much loved Seel Street eatery, Slims Pork Chop Express has a spot at the Baltic Market, fulfilling all of our smoked, meaty needs.
Offering a reduced selection from their famed menu, you can enjoy pulled pork sandwiches as well as a selection of ever-changing specials such as siu mai and roast dinner buns.
Down the Hatch
Down the Hatch is a junk food haven for vegans and veggies alike.
Having only opened their Duke St restaurant in April, Down the Hatch at Baltic Market offers a condensed yet just as delicious menu consisting of their specialty; seitan strips, chips, and specials such as mini cauliflower with dips and Cajun seitan strips.
Asian street food infused with a little bit of Liverpool.
Serving a selection of veggie, vegan and meat based dishes, you’re sure to find a fresh dish to satisfy your every need. Pao! are renowned for their bao buns, sweetcorn fritters and super salads, we implore you to enjoy a delicious feast from Pao.
For Liverpool’s pizza lovers, Little Furnace offers Baltic Market goers a slice of deliciously baked artisan heaven.
Little Furnace pizzas have been enjoyed by the people of Liverpool on the odd occasion at local events and food festivals but their residency at The Baltic Market means you never have to wait again.
The individual sized Neapolitan pizzas are made using the most delicious dough and baked to perfection in an on-site wood-fired oven. Toppings include; Classic Margarita, Greek Pizza, Marinara, Catalan Bianca and Ham & Portobello Mushroom.
Caribbean street food meets plant based goodness.
Ital-Fresh has been on the Liverpool scene for a while now and their delicious vegan take on Caribbean cuisine continues to be immensely popular.
You can enjoy Rasta Bowls, Kingston Fries and Wings N’ Ting for a fresh and utterly delicious take on Caribbean street food.
Indian street food specialists Timmy Tikka are bringing a taste of Indian street food to the heart of Liverpool.
From samosas to okra fries and even Gandi Floss, there is a plethora of traditional Indian delights to tuck into at Timmy Tikka.
Their specialty, Kari Roll’s go down a treat and feature a number of moreish savory fillings such as chicken tikka, makhana daal and palak with a great selection for the veggies of Liverpool.
Oktopus specialise in small plates down at their permanent home in Hardman Yard and their Baltic Market residency is no different.
As you’d probably guess from their name you can enjoy the very best seafood offerings such as soft-shell crab burger, popcorn muscles and salt & pepper squid to name a few of their highly popular dishes.
Hafla Hafla . . . home of the halloumi fries and of course, all things falafel.
From falafel wraps to lamb shawarmas and sweet potato fries, there is something for everyone at the fresh and delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Israeli food that is Hafla Hafla.
The Midnight Delivery
Need a sweet treat after indulging in the savory delights the Baltic Market has to offer?
The Midnight Delivery is the home of Liverpool’s most famed desserts with a mouth-watering menu which includes donut fries topped with melted chocolate, bubble waffles with three moreish fillings and rich brownies which aren’t for the faint hearted.
As with the many Baltic Market traders, keep an eye out for their specials which bring all of your indulgent dreams to life.
Each Sunday, the Baltic Market is transformed into a specialist market, from a foodie farmers market to Hobo Bazaar and makers market there is a something for all the family to enjoy.
These markets showcase the very best of Liverpool’s independent traders and are the perfect opportunity to pick up some local art, try some local bread and shop vintage, all whilst contributing to the local economy.
The Baltic Market’s food stalls are still open on the other side of the warehouse meaning you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a bite to eat and drink.
Oh, and did we mention The Baltic Market is dog and child-friendly which means you can take your four-legged and two-legged little ones with you to enjoy all of Liverpool’s independent delights.
The Baltic Market is open Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday 12 noon -12am, Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 11am-10pm and can be found at Cains Brewery, Stanhope Street, L8 5XJ.