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Pedestrian shopping areas with boutiques, specialty shops, and department stores include Church Street, Lord Street, Bold Street, Whitechapel, and Paradise Street. On the river, Albert Dock also houses a collection of small shops.

For shopping centers, go to Cavern Walks on Mathew Street, the heart of Beatleland (tel. 01512/369082; www.cavern-walks.co.uk), or Quiggins Centre, 12-16 School Lane (tel. 01517/092462).

If you want to buy that special piece of Beatles memorabilia, wander through the Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew St. (tel. 01512/368066; www.beatlesstore.co.uk).

For a huge selection of British crafts, visit Bluecoat Display Centre, College Lane (tel. 01517/094014), with its gallery of metal, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood pieces by some 350 British craftspeople.

Frank Green's, 97 Oakfield Rd., Anfield (tel. 01512/603241; www.frankgreen.co.uk), is where you'll find prints by this famous local artist who has been capturing the Liverpool scene on canvas since the 1960s. His work includes city secular buildings, churches, and street life.

A couple of other specialty shops that warrant a visit include William Forbes, Unit 19, Sefton Lane Industrial Estate, Maghull (tel. 0870/752-2444; www.wmforbes.com), which has been making nautical instruments longer than anyone in the known world; and Thornton's, 16 Whitechapel (tel. 01517/086849), where you can choose from a dizzying selection of Continental and traditional English chocolates, toffees, and mints.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.