There are some amazing Chinatown areas in most of the biggest cities in the UK, but we'd say that Chinatown in Liverpool is easily one of the best that we've been to. It really does feel like a city within a city, and you could easily spend quite a bit of time exploring the area. Yes the food is great and there are restaurants here, but there is much more to Liverpool's Chinatown than that - it's actually home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and definitely has that authentic feel to it. This is exactly why we wanted to publish a guide about the area. If you're planning to visit this area in 2023, this is what you need to know:
Where is Liverpool’s Chinatown?
You'll find Liverpool's Chinatown on Nelson street, which is at the top of Duke Street, to the south of the city centre. It's just a few blocks away from Liverpool Docks. The arch marks the entrance and can't really be missed once you head to this area.
What is the story behind Liverpool's Chinatown?
What is there to see and do in Liverpool's Chinatown?
Admire the architecture and surroundings
Head to the restaurants
Get something for dessert
Head to the supermarkets
One of the great things about many of the restaurants within this area is that they're actually very reasonably priced, so can visit them quite frequently without spending huge amounts. But if you'd like to save money by making your own Chinese food at home, you'll find all the ingredients you need at one of the excellent supermarkets in Liverpool's Chinatown. The Chung Wah Supermarket is probably the best in terms of finding the random ingredients that you'll struggle to find in your local Tesco - they've got everything here from authentic Chinese black bean sauces to the kind of salt and pepper seasoning that really makes a homemade Chinese chicken meal taste like the real thing. It's also a great place to head to if you're looking for authentic Chinese kitchen utensils, such as a large wok or a Chinese-style cleaver. There are some other supermarkets in the area, but you'll find that many of these are wholesale or cash and carry type establishments, which are still quite interesting to explore.
Visit some of the other Chinese establishments
There's much more than food to enjoy in Liverpool's Chinatown - in fact, often the more interesting places to visit are those which don't actually sell food. For example, there are a few nail bars in the area which are great to head to for really interesting designs and no-nonsense service. If you're Asian and you often struggle to find hairdressers who can cut your hair how you like, it's definitely worth checking out some of the hairdressers in Chinatown - Hk Hair Salon on Berry st is fantastic. If you want to buy some authentic Chinese clothing, then Unique on Berry St is a great place to head to for fashionable Chinese clothing at a reasonable price.
Spend Chinese New Year here
If there is one time to head to Liverpool's Chinatown, it's during Chinese New Year. Most of the establishments here go all out in terms of decorations and fun, and there is a real buzz in the area. You'll find a range of street festivities during the Chinese New Year period, with activities for both children and adults to enjoy. These typically include a Chinese New Year Market, Lion and Dragon costume dancing (our favourite part of the whole thing), Firecracker Displays, & more.