Whether you’re a tourist or a fresh off the boat, one thing you should never miss in your dreamy mancunian experience is the street food. Sure, every city has always something to offer, but Manchester will surprise you with a vast variety of wild and crazy dishes you’ve never tasted before.
If you are in dire need of a quick fill up but definitely not in the mood for a three-meal course, you’ve found the best place for grub and go! Here in Manchester, we say no to the ancient boring club sandwich because our fantastic markets have so much more to offer. You may not experience a whole set of Michelin-star cutlery in street food corners, but the truth is that some of the best dishes on the planet are being whipped up on the roadside at a very reasonable price.
So, before you get in the coach hire and travel to the rest of the city, make sure you grab something good to fill your gastronomic cravings. With street food vendors popping up everywhere like mushrooms, I’m sure choosing the best dish can be overwhelming. So, here’s a shortlist of the best street food places to visit around the city.
One of the longest-running street food fairs in Manchester, GRUB makes sure they are bringing amazing food, lovely beers and live music together at various locations across the city. They offer a constantly rotating roster of street food vendors, but the best thing about GRUB is that they dedicate one of their days to veganism. It’s called Plant Powered Sundays, the time of the week when GRUB serves meat-free dishes for vegan customers.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not talking about the food court upstairs nor the strip where Taco Bell and McDonald’s sit but we’re actually here for the street food market downstairs. Yup, Arndale Market dedicates a special place for some of the best street food traders in the city. From Viet Shack to Wholesome Junkies and Salt & Pepper, Arndale Market sure has every vendor that can satisfy your cravings for Chinese food, fried chicken burgers, or healthy cakes all washed down with a few micro bars serving the best drinks in town. You can find Arndale at 49 High St.
Situated in Stockport Road, Levenshulme is a great place to shop and eat. Levenshulme Market holds a wide array of stores where you can buy fresh local produce or stock up on delectable offerings like wood-fired pizza, seafood or dim sum while you’re at it. Holy Crab, one of its most recent street food stalls, offers more than just a good pun. You can expect a fantastic range of seafood from oysters to squid and (erm) crab.
Piccadilly Street Food Market
If you work or visit near Piccadilly Gardens, do not forget to drop by the street food market that springs up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the week. This place is treating people to some of the city’s best street vendors selling palatable dishes from around the world. The next time you’ll be in need of a quick lunch fix, you know where to find the best grubs from Yorkshire pudding wraps and chow mein noodles to home baked goodies and Carribean curries.
Manchester Food & Drink Festival
This event only happens once a year, but the list of street food stalls at MFDF is always worth the 12-month wait. You can enjoy a massive array of street food stalls, pop-up restaurants, live music and a programme of events including the MFDF awards and gala dinner. This event recognises the best of Manchester’s restaurant and bar industry, so that can only mean one thing: it’s time for utmost devour! MFDF usually takes place in the last week of September or the first week of the following month in one of the city’s most picturesque public spaces.