The best shopping malls in Liverpool conveniently pull together the best retail therapy under a single roof. Historic buildings around the city centre have been turned into shopping malls specializing in art, music, or fashion. On the outskirts of the city, massive malls merge shopping, dining and entertainment in one fun location.

    The city is justifiably proud of its home-grown retail stores, so you can pick up a stylish statement handbag or elegant bespoke clothing by established local designers. Check out our rundown of the best malls and department stores in Liverpool, where you can shop like the city’s famous Liverpool WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends, usually of famous footballers) and celebrities.

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    Liverpool ONE

    A mainstay of Liverpool's shopping and entertainment scenes

    Liverpool ONE is one of the biggest open-air shopping malls in the UK. Over 40 acres of the city centre was overhauled to host 170 shops, restaurants, and bars. You’ll find a mix of popular high-street brands and independent Liverpool retailers, such as Vincentius and Castore. Each building is unique and designed by a different architect, giving the mall's architecture a natural, organic feel.

    Shop for the latest fashions at Jack Wolfskin or Reiss, browse the bestsellers at Waterstones, or check out the newest gadgets at Apple and the Samsung Experience Store. Gourmet Burger Kitchen is a great and affordable lunch stop, while Hamptons-inspired dining is available at The Club House. Liverpool ONE also has indoor entertainment like a crazy golf course and an IMAX movie theater.

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    Location: 5 Wall St, Liverpool L1 8JQ, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 232 3100


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    Cavern Walks Shopping Center

    Independent boutiques inside a former music club

    Cavern Walks Shopping Center is something of a hidden gem in Liverpool, tucked down a side street in the city centre. Most stores are independent boutiques, and range from beauty and jewelry to fashion and shoe retailers. Browse the shops for distinctive styles that you won't find anywhere else.

    Cavern Walks was built on the site of the old Cavern Club, where the Beatles played in their early years. You can still see the original arched entrance if you come from Matthew Street. Colorful music-themed murals decorate the walls inside, while bronze statues of the Beatles stand waiting to greet you in the main atrium.

    Location: Harrington St, Liverpool L2 6RE, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 236 9082


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    Metquarter Shopping Center

    Designer fashion and local artists in a sleek modern mall

    Smack in the middle of Liverpool city centre, the Metquarter Shopping Center mixes designer brands with quirky lifestyle boutiques. Stores lean toward the sophisticated, with plenty of stylish brands like Hugo Boss, Cricket and Kurt Geiger. Shop for the little ones at Smudge Boutique or Kids Cavern, or admire the wealth of sparkles on display at Say It With Diamonds.

    Metquarter is also home to Art Quarter Liverpool, a local artists' collective that sells handmade jewelry, glassware and greeting cards, as well as paintings and photographs. Independent coffeehouse 200 Degrees serves delicious fresh sandwiches and cakes, along with homemade jelly. There's also Everyman, a 4-screen movie theater showing all the latest flicks.

    Location: 35 Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6DA, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9.30 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 224 2390


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    Williamson Square Shopping Center

    Georgian square turned contemporary shopping mall

    Williamson Square was built in 1745 and still has several pretty historic buildings. Many shops have an offbeat local flavor, from the Scouse Bird Shop that sells gorgeous prints of local landmarks to the fancy dress emporium Lili Bizarre. There are also branches of well-loved favorites like Matalan and Poundland, as well as an official Liverpool FC store.

    Friendly local pubs like The Shakespeare and Sweeney's Bar serve traditional British staples. In the evenings, Liverpool Playhouse hosts exciting new plays, stand-up comedians, and burlesque dance. A fountain in the middle of Williamson Square shoots out jets of water up to 13 ft high.

    Location: Williamson Square, Liverpool L1 1EQ, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm


    St Johns Shopping Center

    A great place to see Liverpool from a new perspective

    Bag a bargain at St Johns Shopping Center, the biggest covered shopping mall in Liverpool. Brands range from luxury designers like Hugo Boss and Dsquared2 to fun shops like Frocks, Koko and Shout. The mall is also home to cosmetics favorites Equivalenza and The Fragrance Shop. You can get your fill of international candies at American Candy Empire.

    St Johns Shopping Centre’s food court has KFC, McDonald's, NoodleStop, Subway and Fat Lolly Sams. Located on the upper floor, Boom Battle Bar offers darts, beer pong and crazy golf. St Johns Beacon, the second-tallest freestanding building in Liverpool, is part of the same complex.

    Location: St George's Pl, Liverpool L1 1LY, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 709 0916


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    Clayton Square Shopping Center

    Compact shopping mall with a distinctive glass dome

    Clayton Square is one of Liverpool’s prettiest shopping malls, with a gorgeous glass roof letting in natural light. Big brands like Boots and Bodycare sell cosmetics and beauty products, while Quarters specializes in cute and affordable accessories. You can shop for phone accessories and decorations at EE or Top Gift.

    Clayton Square has a wide range of food options, like pan-Asian food at Bon, Mediterranean delicacies at Wildwood Kitchen, and coffee at Costa. Keep the family entertained at Lane 7 – it’s a great place for bowling and playing retro arcade games.

    Location: Great Charlotte St, Liverpool L1 1QR, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8.15 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 709 4560


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    Liverpool Shopping Park

    Enormous shopping complex with top fashion and toys

    Liverpool Shopping Park is a 727,000-sq-ft complex in Edge Lane, around 4 miles east of Liverpool city centre. Check out the best new kicks from Footasylum, hunt for bargains at River Island or H&M, or get kitted out for an adventure at Regatta. Kids will have a ball at Smyths Toys, an emporium stuffed with action figures, board games and gaming gadgets.

    Chiquito serves ultra-fresh Tex-Mex favorites like tortillas and churros, while Frankie and Benny’s specializes in classic Italian-American food. There's a branch of Hollywood Bowl where you can try for a strike in their cutting-edge lanes. Don't miss the 30-ft-tall Liver Bird statue, made of Meccano, that graces the center of the park.

    Location: Edge Ln, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 1EW, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)161 236 8644


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    New Mersey Shopping Park

    Indulge in an all-out shopping spree

    New Mersey Shopping Park is a great place to shop if you're redecorating or doing a spot of DIY, with stores like B&Q, Dwell, Oak Furnitureland and Sofology. The Mamas & Papas store has everything from pushchairs to maternity wear, while Smyths Toys will keep the older children entertained.

    Restaurants at New Mersey Shopping Park are mostly relaxed and low-key, with recognizable names like TGI Fridays, Nando's and Wagamama. You can enjoy classic Italian food at Zizzi and grab a coffee at Starbucks. A Cineworld with an IMAX screen provides a cutting-edge cinematic experience. The shopping park an easy 20-minute journey down the A561 from Liverpool city centre.

    Location: Speke Rd, Liverpool L24 8QB, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 427 8972


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    Royal Albert Dock

    First-rate shopping in a UNESCO World Heritage site

    Once the center of Liverpool's busy shipping industry, the Royal Albert Dock has been redeveloped as an impressive entertainment complex. Big brands are banished in favor of the local and independent, with unique retailers like the Beatles-themed Fab4Store and arts and crafts store The Nest. Don't miss Roly's Fudge and its award-winning treats flavored with lemon meringue or clotted cream, or the classic candies from Quay Confectionery.

    There are plenty of restaurants and bars with breathtaking views of the waterfront, serving international fare like Cuban cocktails, Welsh pork, Middle-Eastern mezze, and Catalonian delicacies. While you're here, check out the historic Piermaster's House, the International Slavery Museum, or the Swing Bridge that controls the water levels in the dock.

    Location: 3-4 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)151 707 8384


    Bluecoat Display Center

    Historic building showcasing work by local and international artists

    Liverpool's hippest hub of art and design, the Bluecoat Display Center carries work by more than 350 artists. As well as paintings, prints and sculptures to brighten up your interiors, Bluecoat artists create ceramics, glass vases, lampshades, mirrors, and jewelry. Buy a handmade bird box for your garden, or pick from a range of pretty notebooks and bookmarks.

    The 300-year-old building houses the Bluecoat Art Gallery, where you can enjoy rotating exhibits of first-class art as well as lectures, workshops, and family activities. Stop by the courtyard to visit Kernaghan Books, which has good sections on art and local history. There’s also a tranquil café serving excellent coffee and vegan cake.

    Location: 50 College Ln, Liverpool L1 3BZ, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 709 4014

    Victoria Hughes | Contributing Writer

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