A Retro Guide to Liverpool With Milly and Gianna
Hey!! I’m Milly. I visited Liverpool 4 or so years ago and essentially never left -out of my adoration with all things The Beatles, I got consumed into a complete obsession with vintage fashion, the entire 1960s subculture & music. Even though it was the Beatles that brought me to Liverpool, it's the groovy places and people that have kept me living here for the past 3 years.
Hi! I’m Gianna, or more often than not my friends call me Gia. I’m from the city and could never imagine leaving! The Beatles are a massive part of growing up here but unbelievably were not the instigators for my love of vintage. I have my Parents & grandparents to thank for that. I was lucky enough that their taste in music and fashion was passed down! It’s been a lifelong love affair.
Places To Visit
An obvious but unmissable mention. Anyone taking a walk up there will find something to peak their interest. It also is the location of a particularly wonderful Oxfam in which Milly and I played rock, paper, scissors for a vintage 60s dress (she won)
Host of original stage outfits, concert posters, handwritten lyrics and guitars owned by some of the greatest musicians. They have so many pieces there it’s insane- going through each decade of rock and roll up to modern day, there is a bit for everyone here
It would be completely wrong of me to not mention a few Beatles related activities for all the Beatle maniacs. Located on the Albert Dock (another must visit) it chronicles The boys’ lives and music
A particular place of interest for Lennon lovers! A stone’s throw away from John’s childhood home, you can walk around the same grounds John did, and visit the exhibition dedicated to his life.
If you’re a dedicated Beatle lover (aren’t we all?) you can take tours of all 4 boys childhood homes!
Vintage & Record Shopping
Jacaranda Records/Phase One, Seel Street
Just down the road from The Jacaranda (as written about by my glamorous counterpart later on) it’s a genius mix of record store (the city’s largest at that), bar, live music venue and beer garden. Entertainment galore!
Probe Records, The Bluecoat
Founded in 1971, Probe records is a long standing pillar of the Liverpool music scene! It’s a personal favourite and you’ll no doubt always find something to add to your collection.
Just the next road along from bold street, 69A has a bit of everything- antique homeware, trinkets, books & clothes. Murdoch the cat might also greet you if your particularly lucky
An amazing independent record shop just up the road from 69A. It has a vast selection of records to look through & it’s building is rich in The Beatles history
For all my fellow enthusiasts of both cake and vintage, the vibrant treasure trove that is Frieda Mo’s is a must. It’s independent, female led, inclusive, and has the most spectacular teas ever.
If you’re looking to travel outside of the city centre, be sure to drop in to
Liverpool’s oldest record shop!
Packed full of the coolest independent vendors, there really is something for everyone. We could spend all day combing through this place and still miss something!
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Our regular watering holes: The Pilgrim, on Pilgrim Street, and Ye Cracke, on Rice Street (where you can sit at the very table the Fab Four frequented often!) and need we mention the Cavern?
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Freida Mo’s - 31 Lark Lane if you’re looking for coffee, tea, and a cake!