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Best street food stalls in the UK

Published: June 9, 2022 at 11:33 am
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The UK is awash with fantastic street food stalls selling everything from Venezuelan arepas to vegan kebabs, so we've rounded-up our pick of the best available

Want to try the best street-food in the UK? Here's our pick of the best food trucks, stalls and market halls, with culinary delights ranging from vegan kebabs, British-Indian comfort food, loaded cheesecakes and more.

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Best street food in London and South East

The Orange Buffalo, various locations

Deemed the best wings in London by its loyal fans, The Orange Buffalo is the product of school friends, Nick and Mike, who travelled across America and decided to bring a piece of it back. In 2012, The Orange Buffalo became the UK’s first dedicated buffalo wing food truck, selling glistening wings, stacked burgers and funky variations including a spin on brunch (fried chicken benedict, anyone?). Locations in Soho, Tooting and Hoxton. theorangebuffalo.com

Click here to read about the best street-food stalls in London

A takeaway plate filled with buffalo wings and sticks of celery

Pockets, Netil Market

Head to Netil Market in East London for your lunchtime Pocket fix (and thank us later). This little falafel stall delivers on big flavours, with its soft and springy pittas full of flavourful layers: think crispy hot falafel, cabbage salad, lashings of sauce and hummus. The final topping comes in the form of a potato slice, coated in batter and fried. instagram.com/pockets_uk

A pitta filled with falafel, cabbage salad, sauce, hummus and a fried potato slice

Guasa, various locations

Guasa is bringing a Venezuelan food experience to the London street food scene. Try its popular artisan Venezuelan arepas made with naturally gluten-free white corn, with fillings spanning teriyaki-style jackfruit, marinated chicken, buffalo beef and more. Yuca fries, served golden and crispy, also grace the menu, as well as Venezuelan rum and cocktails with a twist. guasagroup.com

Arepa filled with jackfruit and salad

Eat Lah, various locations

Malaysian street food stall Eat Lah is based across a handful of London street food markets, including Design District Canteen, Victoria Park and Brockley Market. The bright blue stall is famous for its hot fresh nasi kerabu, a blue-hued rice salad topped with plenty of veg and garnished with herbs, grated coconut, fish crackers and its own spicy sambal. eatlah.co.uk

Two boxes of Nasi Kerabu, a blue-hued rice salad topped with plenty of veg and garnished with herbs, grated coconut, fish crackers and its own spicy sambal

Best street food in the South West

Big Nath's BBQ, Bristol

Find Big Nath serving homemade locally sourced sweet smokey BBQ at Bristol's Harbourside. Expect smoked beef brisket, chimichurri chicken and dirty fries loaded with mac and cheese, pulled pork, mustard, pickles and crumbled sausage. For pud, there's deep-fried Oreos topped with Hersheys chocolate sauce. bignathsbbq.co.uk

A platter for four from Big Nath's BBQ, including brisket, pulled pork, chimichurri chicken, mac and cheese and purple slaw

The Smoked Vegan, various locations

Head to Bristol's Harbourside market to find The Smoked Vegan serving plant-based and home smoked street food, including 24-hour jerk, 10-hour smoked tofu tacos, beetroot and black-bean burgers, and smoked BBQ jackfruit gyros. bristoleats.co.uk/the-smoked-vegan


Ah Ma's Dumplings, Bristol

Anita Cheung is on a mission to popularise fresh, delicate, full-flavoured Cantonese cooking. A regular at several Bristol markets, Anita’s silky, ginger-laced prawn, scallop and leek dumplings or her slow-roasted pork belly bao will wow everyone who tastes them. ahmasdumplings.com


The Little Taquero, Bristol

Bristol-based street-food truck The Little Taquero serves up Mexican and Central American-inspired dishes. Expect soft corn tortillas piled high with refried beans and tender pork shoulder or pieces of snapper fish topped with spicy jalapeño and guacamole. thelittletaquero.co.uk


Best street food in the Midlands

Phata Phat, Birmingham

Catch Phata Phat serving its colourful British-Indian comfort food at various markets across the Midlands, with lip-smacking dishes including butter chicken poutine, loaded lamb keema fries and cauliflower poutine. Check out its Instagram for highlights and event updates. phata-phat.co.uk


Urban Cheesecake, Herbert's Yard

Urban Cheesecake serve fully loaded cheesecakes out of a converted horsebox at Herbert's Yard, a street food venue, cafe, market and community space from the team behind @digbethdiningclub. They're the most popular sweet trader at the venue. Tuck into what has been described as “Black Forest gateau on steroids” – a cheesecake loaded with black cherry, chocolate brownies, chocolate ganache and crumbled chocolate. instagram.com/urbancheesecakeuk


Buddha Belly, Hockley Social Club

Find this award-winning Thai street food vendor at Hockley Social Club every Thursday-Sunday, with standout dishes including deep-fried mango and sriracha wings, Thai-fried chicken, beef massaman and, for vegans, the Southern Thai vegan curry – a warming bowl bursting with bamboo shoots and plenty of crunchy veg. buddhabellystreetfood.co.uk


Habaneros, Birmingham

Located in Birmingham's Great Western Arcade, catch Habaneros dispensing top-quality burritos Monday to Friday, packed with slow-cooked beans, salsas, hot sauces and chipotle slaw. Look out for specials such as slow-cooked mutton or try its tasty pulled pork. It uses free-range Saddleback pigs from 19 Gales farm near Tamworth. instagram.com/habanerocafe

Find out where else to eat and drink in Birmingham

Habaneros Mexican Street Food stall in a park

Best street food in the North

Cubanitos, Manchester

Spicy latino hot dogs, hot pressed Cuban sandwiches and pico de gallo all grace the exciting menu at Cubanitos, inspired by Cuban/Miami surf street food. Find them in the city centre or at various street food markets. instagram.com/cubanitosmcr

Chit 'n' Chaat, Liverpool

You can find Chit 'n' Chaat putting its unique spin on popular Indian dishes across Manchester's many food markets, with flavours inspired by parts of both North & South India. Mumbai’s most famous street food snack is a must – a layered Bombay grilled sandwich filled with spiced potato, cucumber, cheese, tomato and chutneys. instagram.com/chit_n_chaat/

A selection of Indian inspired street food including puri and burgers

Döner Summer, Sheffield, Leeds, York and more

Expect funky, inventive and 100% vegan spins on junk food at Döner Summer, with burgers, kebabs and explosive 'combo boxes' – try the Hot Hunny combo box, where spicy 'buttermylk fried chick’n' is coated in Hot Hunny sauce, topped with fresh chilli and sesame, skin on fries dusted in spicy seasoning and jalapeño slaw, finished with spring onions and sesame. instagram.com/donersummer

Eat like a Greek, Manchester

Transport yourself to Greece with Ruth Petralifis and husband Michalis's grilled souvlaki meat wraps. The meats is sourced locally, but marinated in organic olive oil, herbs and spices from the Petralifis’s family farm on the island of Samos. Find out where you can find it next eatlikeagreek.co.uk.

Eat like a Greek Pitta

Manjit's Kitchen, Yorkshire

Such is Manjit's Kitchen's popularity these days that you'll find the team serving its signature vegetarian Punjabi street food both in Leeds Kirkgate Market and in its own permanent store on Kirkstall Road. The menu is a modern twist on favourite flavours, with paneer tikka flatbreads and parsnip crisps with Desi ketchup. @Manjitskitchen

Click here for more places to eat and drink in Leeds


The coolest street food markets and halls across the UK…

Arcade Food Hall, London

Centre Point's Arcade Food Hall by JKS Restaurants favours table service over queues, with tempura prawn sandos, shawarma wraps and jelly trifles on offer; arcadefoodhall.com

Grub, Manchester

Manchester's largest street food event, with a feast of independent street-food, DJs, workshops, weekly bottomless brunches and more; grubmcr.com

The GPO, Liverpool

Choose from over 400 dishes at Liverpool's largest food market, from Nashville fried chicken to Cantonese roasts and customisable bubble tea; the-gpo.co.uk

Netil Market, London

This hip East London market is home to a cluster of popular stalls, including pittas at Pockets and juicy beef tacos at Sonora Taquería; eatworkart.com/netil-market

Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham

Birmingham's original street food market with venues including Hockley Social Club and Herbert's Yard; digbethdiningclub.co.uk

Bang Bang Oriental, London

A trip to Bang Bang Oriental in Colindale, a vast food court serving pan-Asian food, is well worth the journey; bangbangoriental.com

Hawker Market at By The River Brew Co, Newcastle

Weekend food market serving street food staples, such as Asian fusion, wood-fired pizza and Mexican street food; bytheriverbrew.co/hawkers-market

Peddler Market, Sheffield

Street food vendors inside a huge ex-industrial warehouse serving Philly cheese steaks, vegan shawarma kebabs and more; peddlerwarehouse.com/peddler-market

The Harbourside Street Food Market, Bristol

Sourdough pizzetas and Texan-style BBQ can be found at this market located on Bristol's picturesque waterfront; buoyevents.co.uk/harbourside-street-food-market

Nottingham Street Food Club, Nottingham

Independent street food with a rotation of traders each weekend, with the likes of Thai, Sri Lankan and Middle Eastern cuisine on offer; streetfoodclub.co.uk

Shelter Hall, Brighton

Buzzing food market located on the seafront featuring seven permanent kitchens and two craft beer, wine and cocktail bars; shelterhall.co.uk/food

Market Hall West End, London

A three-storey space with 11 kitchens, four bars and room for 900 diners, this is UK’s largest food market; markethalls.co.uk

At The Market Ltd, Edinburgh

Top weekly outdoor markets based in Stockbridge, Grassmarket, Leith and Potterrow; stockbridgemarket.com

Kerb, London

Saving the capital’s office workers from sad lunches in Seven Dials, Canary Wharf and more; kerbfood.com

Depot, Cardiff

Weekly Saturday warehouse shindig with Welsh street food stars and events including Bingo Lingo and gin discos; depotcardiff.com

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foodPark, Cambridge

Roving weekly lunchtime markets serving loaded hot dogs, churros and more, as well as pop-up parties after-dark; foodparkcam.com

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