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25 top places for street food in Manchester and Liverpool

1 year ago

Manchester and Liverpool have hundreds of options for street food thanks to the diverse range of communities based in the two cities, and the imagination of our chefs and vendors. Whether you’re looking for a quick meal whilst you’re out and about or keen to try something new for lunch, there’s plenty of punch-packing dishes from all over the world to choose from. 

We’ve bunched together the best street food vendors and restaurants across Manchester and Liverpool so that you can take your tastebuds on a flavour journey. Here are some of our favourites.

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  • A Banh Mi from Banh Vi in New Century, Manchester
    Green Quarter

    Bahn Vi | New Century

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Owners, Harry and Jessica created Banh Vi after travelling across South East Asia and being inspired by the cuisine offered by street food vendors in Thailand and Vietnam.  

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  • Colourful veggie and vegan small plates at Indian restaurant, Bundobust Leeds
    Greater Manchester

    Bundobust Brewery

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based restaurants (Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool have come before), the Bundobust Brewery is a welcome addition to Oxford Street at the southern part of the city.

    With a menu that mirrors its sister restaurants, the food is a reliable selection of Indian-style vegetarian small plates. Expect to find crisp okra fries dusted with black salt and mango powder and the iconic vada pav – a deep-fried mashed potato ball in a bun, with red and green chutneys.

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  • Food coffee cocktails at carlisi liverpool
    Book Now Liverpool City Centre

    Carlisi

    Restaurant - Italian

    If it’s an Aperol Spritz you’re hankering after, or an authentic Sicilian blend coffee, then Carlisi, at the finance end of town, is your place. Described by owner Alessio as an Italian-fusion concept bar, think great cocktails and aperitivos and modern cicchetti-style light bites.

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  • Garlic bread from Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread - a recommended street food takeaway in Manchester city centre.
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

    Restaurant

    Team GB has a different meaning to the guys who run Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread, the takeaway version of the popular Ciaooo Pizza, just round the corner.

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  • Book Now Ropewalks

    Crazy Pedro’s Liverpool

    Bars

    Describing itself as a full-time party bar and part-time pizza parlour, Crazy Pedro’s is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen margaritas to ice cold beers, and it’s the place to head if you haven’t settled the Hawaiian-pizza-isn’t-a-real-pizza argument.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Delhi House Cafe | Corn Exchange

    Cafes

    This slick 2020 addition to the Corn Exchange is determined to do something different to other contemporary Indian restaurants. And it largely succeeds, bringing flair and originality to the well-worn territory of street food and small plates.

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  • Ropewalks

    Duke Street Market

    Bars

    Following in the footsteps of other successful models in the region, with communal dining tables and a mezzanine served by a choice of resident kitchens, this 100-year-old warehouse-turned-foodhall is one of the Ropewalks newcomers breathing life back into Duke Street.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Hello Oriental

    Bakeries

    There’s three floors of street food fun at Hello Oriental. A Chinese bakery and cafe is joined by Vietnamese restaurant Rice Paper Pho, an Asian-inspired Downtown Oriental food hall, and a supermarket stocking everything from frozen dim sum to sake.

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  • Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats
    Ancoats

    The Hip Hop Chip Shop

    Bars

    A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks ‘n’ mortar outlet in trendy Ancoats late in 2018, following a hard fought crowdfunding campaign. A kicked-back dining experience with proper comfort food, cool artwork and a cracking soundtrack, the HHCS collective have reworked the national dish with inventive additions like Jerk batter, Louisiana spiced crab cakes and their chilli battered sausage. Obviously the traditional fish ‘n’ chips are bang on too, livened up by their trademark flavoured salts and vinegars.

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  • The team responsible for the street food magic served at Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle
    Book Now Cheadle

    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle was one of the first local places to step away from the typical menu of the average flock wallpapered curry house and focus instead on Indian street food.

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  • Little Piece of Bahia food stall in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Little Piece of Bahia

    Restaurant - South American

    Little Piece of Bahia brings Brazilian history to Manchester through authentic cuisine and homemade recipes.

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  • Ropewalks

    Maggie Fu Hanover Street

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Its website proclaims “authentic Chinese food”, but the menu at Maggie Fu’s stretches way beyond the borders of the People’s Republic, and the bustling open kitchen serves up plenty more than just its classic stir fries with rice, dim sum dumplings and steamed bao buns.

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  • Northern Soul Manchester Toastie
    Northern Quarter

    Northern Soul Manchester Northern Quarter

    Restaurant - British

    “Banging out killer eats and rare soul beats” seems to have done the trick as, where once there was one lone outpost in the Church Street “market”, now there’s a string of Northern Soul get-ups, each as cheesy as the last – and that, in spatula-brandishing world, is a compliment. 

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Pho | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    As you might expect from the name, Vietnam’s national dish pho (pronounced “fuh”) is at the heart of the menu here. Just shy of 20 versions of the nutritious and aromatic noodle soup are cooked fresh daily in the Corn Exchange kitchen.

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  • An example of the dishes at Pho Cue restaurant in Manchester China Town
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Pho Cue

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    “The food speaks for itself,” says Cue Tran, owner of the Pho Cue Vietnamese kitchen, whose aim is to take the authentic street food dishes of his home country and give them a modern “Instagrammable” twist while retaining their flavour, freshness and family traditions.

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    Red Dog Saloon

    Bars

    If you like getting your hands dirty, then Red Dog Saloon is probably right up your street. Part of a chain, this Texas-inspired barbecue joint is all about meat, or meat slathered in melted cheese. Take a look at the website gallery and you’ll agree this ain’t no place for our vegan pals.

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  • A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Sicilian NQ

    Restaurant - Italian

    Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it’s a taste of traditional Sicily you fancy – from authentic street food snacks through big plates of pasta to desserts and holiday memory gelato, eat in or take away.

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  • A steak and egg dish from Tallow at New Century in Manchester
    Green Quarter

    Tallow | New Century

    Restaurant - British

    Tallow at New Century is the brainchild of Tom Lowe, a classically trained chef from East London who decided to up sticks, move to Manchester, and bring his 25-years of industry experience with him. 

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  • Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange
    Manchester City Centre

    Tampopo | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    The second of their city centre venues, Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange has the same wok-fresh East Asian menu as its older sister on Albert Square, but with a bigger, more style-led setting. Think statement lighting and tiles, splashes of bright colour, and low-lit individual tables instead of the shared bench seating of the original.

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  • Book Now Mossley Hill

    Tiger Rock Smithdown Road

    Restaurant - Thai

    With “south east Asian hawker food” the tagline for Tiger Rock, you can expect cheap and cheerful small plates covering mainly Thai flavours, but also drawing on salt and peppery Chinese, spice-strong Malaysian, vegan Singaporean, and sweet and sour Vietnamese cuisines.

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  • A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant
    Ancoats

    Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Nelson Lam and Leo Tran’s Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly gained a reputation for its dazzling lunch dishes at bargain prices.

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  • Window seating at Wolf At The Door - a bar serving taco and bao buns in Manchester's NQ
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Wolf At The Door

    Bars

    The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised restaurant and cocktail bar serving NOMA-influenced small plates. Then changed their name (they were formerly known as Wilderness) and completely overhauled their menu. Nowadays they serve tacos and bao buns that keep the playful feel of the original offering, but with much more accessible prices. 

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    Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

    Restaurant - British

    This neon-lit, old-school tiled chippy on Cross Street is owned by local couple Trisha and Marcus and has plenty of fans including a few celebrities. There are queues out of the door regularly for their traditional fare done very, very well.

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  • yard and coop fried chicken and chips NQ
    Northern Quarter

    Yard & Coop Manchester

    Bars

    We’d rather see a restaurant that does one thing well than one that does a wide variety of dishes to the same average standard. Yard & Coop Manchester is firmly in the former category. It serves buttermilk fried chicken and that’s about it, unless you’re a veggie in which case you can have halloumi instead.

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