One of my favourite memories from a recent holiday is sitting on a bench by a fire in Copenhagen. It was part of a bar outside of a huge abandoned paper factory right on the river. Inside was hundreds of different food stalls ranging from Danish classics to Asian Duck, American grills and Turkish BBQ. I remember thinking ‘Why can’t we have this at home in Liverpool?’ and now, as chance would have it, we do.
The Baltic Market has been set up by the lovely blokes behind Independent Liverpool. It is set within a huge space inside the legendary Cains Brewery in the newly popular area of the Baltic Triangle.
Friday evening, straight from work, we raced home to change and then headed in to town to check it out on the evening of its first public opening. Just 45 minutes after being opened we arrived to an enormous queue up the side of the building! It was such an encouraging sight to see so many like-minded people ready to try out food and drink from Liverpool’s best independents regardless of queue or not. Within 5 minutes, we were let inside.
Inside the space there is a central seating area with long, sharing wooden tables. Surrounding the tables you’ll find food stalls from well-known faces such as Slim’s Pork Chop Express and Little Furnace Pizza as well as new kids on the block Timmy Tikka, Oktopus and Ital Fresh. Each stall offers up something completely different and has something to please everybody from the vegans to the meat lovers to those with a sweet tooth and beyond.We headed straight over to the bar and ordered ourselves a few beers to enjoy whilst we devised a plan of attack on the food stalls- starting with some halloumi fries.
Those of you who have been following my Instagram page for while will know I’m no stranger to fried halloumi! However, I like to think of these as a more classy affair. Deep fried sticks of halloumi topped with a sharp and tangy vinegar dressing. The dressing cut perfectly through the rich, gooey cheesiness and left me feeling satisfied but not greasy. These were from Hafla Hafla whose menu also offers a variety of Middle Eastern delights including falafel, sweet potato fries and lamb shwarma.
I already had my eye on the already infamous 'Popcorn Mussels' from Oktopus so we headed over there next.
These were absolutely flying out when we arrived and I am not surprised at all. Deep fried, crispy bread-crumbed mussels topped with a ‘Ras Ketchup’-to me, it tasted like a curry sauce. In the mix were a few fresh and crunchy chillis. Not peppers. Honestly do not make the same mistake as me. They were the perfect bar snack and we happily munched our way through them as we sought out or next target.
Timmy Tikka are a new face to the Liverpool food scene and they’re serving up Kati Rolls- a type of Indian street food. I ordered a Chicken Tikka Wrap which was a paratha flatbread stuffed with chicken tikka, egg, red onion, spring onion and red cabbage all topped with a spicy tamarind sauce. You can have coriander too if you’re into that sort of thing.
Now as you can see I failed to get a decent photo of this- what with it being wrapped up and all. However, it was soft, spicy, crunchy and delicious and I can see why they managed to sell out of these on Saturday night!
I was pretty full by this point but didn’t want to admit defeat. We headed over to Pao! Asian Street Food next see what was on offer and ordered some ‘Hoi An Nachos’. Nachos you say? Asian Street Food? It said ‘slow braised lamb’ on the sign so I was sold.
To call what subsequently arrived before us nachos is to seriously undersell them! I’m nowhere near a good enough writer to tell you everything I could taste but it was an absolute flavour sensation in my mouth. (Sorry to be a cliché but it’s true! It was!). The enormous, bubbly crisps were topped with the soft lamb, crunchy pickled veg, hot siracha sauce, cool yoghurt. God it was good. I had it dribbling down my chin and did I care?
After all the excitement of the nachos I calmed down and remembered it was a Friday so I was getting a dessert. The Midnight Delivery are slap-bang in the middle of the stalls ready for your late night sugar cravings and are offering up ice-cream, brownies and ‘funnel fries’. These were like tubes of crispy, cinnamon doughnuts (like a churro) topped with sauce. The charming man on the front (who even my boyfriend described as ‘the fit one’) recommended the Jammy Dodger Blondie so that is exactly what we had.
I’d like to tell you some details here about the flavours and textures and things like that but honestly I ate it so fast it barely touched the sides. It was SO SOFT. It had a Jammy Dodger in it. Who needs to know more than that?
Very full, satisfied and a little drunk, we headed home.
On Sunday we headed back out in to the sunshine to check out the farmer's market. It was busy and bustling though nowhere near as busy as Friday night so we popped ourselves in the queue for Crosby Coffee and fuelled up for a browse around the stalls.
On display at the Farmers Market were the likes of Claremont Farm, East Avenue Bakehouse and Artisane alongside a gelato cart and a fresh juice stall. I came away with a jar of Postcode Honey (repping L25) and some fresh focaccia from Artisane.
I also accidentally popped over the the Midnight Delivery again for my brekkie. Sorry (not sorry).
You can find Baltic Market on Stanhope Street at the back of Ghetto Golf or online at
It's open- THURSDAY-FRIDAY 5-11PM/ 11-11pm on Saturday & SundAy + Special Events