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Top 10 budget restaurants, bars and cafes in Liverpool

Liverpool is known for its music and football but the food scene is vibrant, too. This budget eats guide to the city highlights a raft places where you can eat well for under £10

Arts space and cafe LEAF was included in Guardian Travel’s first “budget eats” guide to Liverpool, in 2008, and is still going strong, albeit at a new address. In the meantime, owner Natalie Haywood has branched out at the media arts centre, FACT, and at Oh Me Oh My, a weekday cafe in a grand, Grade II-listed property opposite Liverpool’s totemic Liver Building. LEAF and FACT are natural allies – way beyond their preference for upper case logos – and last year cemented their union when LEAF opened the Garden cafeteria at the centre. Its menu is broadly vegetarian, revolving around sandwiches, Ottolenghi-ish salads and daily specials executed with LEAF’s usual foodist rigour. For £3.95, I picked-up a “small” (in fact, quite substantial) box of mixed salads and focaccia that included a terrific riff on preserved, chargrilled artichoke hearts and a lovely honeyed parsnip and walnut coleslaw. All this is available to take away, but, on a clear day with the sun streaming through FACT’s glass façade, the Garden, with its fresh flowers and plants, and friendly staff, is a pleasant place to linger over lunch.
88 Wood Street, fact.co.uk. Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10.30am-6.30pm, breakfast £2.95-£6.25, sandwiches, salads and main meals £3.95-£6.75

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10 best free things to do in Paris

Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful cities – and one of the most expensive. So, from the walkway over the city to galleries and fashion shows, we pick the city’s best free activities

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If you get your timing right, you can visit some of the most popular museums and monuments in Paris for free, thanks to the free first Sundays programme. Among those included are tourist magnets such as the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, as well smaller quirky spots such as the Albert-Kahn musée et jardins (a homage to gardens around the world) and the Musée de l’Assistance Publique, which celebrates the history of Paris hospitals. The free Sundays programme offers the perfect opportunity to poke your nose into some of the places you may not have considered visiting with a door tax.
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