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The Best Street Food Markets in the UK

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Travel and food go hand-in-hand, and we can’t see a much better way of travelling around the UK than by touring the best street food markets! From tacos to Thai food, burgers to burritos and everything in between, you’ll be drooling over the food at the UK’s best street food markets.

Whichever street food market gets your taste buds tingling, take advantage of great prices when you book an Advance Ticket with CrossCountry.

Exeter Street Food Market

‘Eat local, enjoy local’ – Exeter Street Food Market is all about showcasing the very best of local produce, and vendors go all out to create unique, tasty dishes. There’s an impressive line-up of different cuisines, including Spanish, American, Egyptian, Vietnamese and Caribbean, plus lots of live music, pop-up bars and even a Gin Palace!

Spending some time in Devon? Explore our Devon destination page for more travel inspiration.

From May to September the Exeter Street Food Market takes places in various locations across Exeter:

Southernhay Gardens EX1 1PJ – last Friday of every month: 11am – 8pm

The Quay EX2 4AN –first Thursday of every month: 5.30pm -9pm

Piazzan Terracina EX2 4AN –third Thursday of every month: 4.30pm – 9.30pm

GRUB, Manchester

Held every Friday and Saturday, GRUB food fair combines top street food, good beer and smashing tunes! Visit on Sunday for their ‘Plant Powered Sundays’, bringing you some of the finest vegan street food traders, alongside a vegan-friendly bar!

If you’re vegan and want some more foodie inspiration, check out our blog post picking out the UK’s best vegan restaurants.

After you're done at the markets, why not check out some of Manchester's secret bars.

Location: The Mayfield Gatehouse is located at Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2AD - Fridays & Saturdays: 12pm- 10pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Burgers being prepared at one of the UK’s best street food markets.

Street Food Club, Nottingham

‘Eat global, dine local’ at Nottingham’s Street Food Club, a buzzing food market open every Thursday – Sunday. Traders rotate throughout the year, to give regulars some variety and to help promote as many independent businesses as possible. You’ll find cuisines ranging from Asian street food to artisanal pizza. And the best bit? It’s indoors, so you can visit whatever the weather.

Location: 151 Intu Victoria Centre, NG1 3QF – Thursday: 12pm - 3pm & 5pm 9pm, Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm, ​​Sun: 12pm - 5pm

Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham

Since it opened in 2012, Digbeth Dining Club has taken Brum’s alternative food scene by storm. This all-encompassing event of food, music and entertainment keeps locals and tourists coming back for more.  You’ll find a great range of street vendors selling everything from Indian fusion, Mexican, juicy burgers and plenty of sweet treats for pud. Over 50 vendors appear on rotation throughout the year, so there’s often something new.

After you’ve grabbed some food from the market, how about trying out one of Birmingham’s secret bars?

Location:  Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG, Thursday: 4pm – 11pm, Friday 4pm - 11pm, Saturday 1pm - 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm

Three woman ordering falafel at a street food market in the UK.

Eat North, Leeds

Every summer Eat North brings street food, craft beer and DJs to the North Brewing Co in Leeds. A rotating line up of street food traders transforms the brewery into a mini festival. This year promises 10 brewery fresh beers on tap, alongside soft drinks, your favourite spirits, and a dedicated Aperol Spritz tap. Aside from the wonderfully stocked bar and mouth-watering food, you’ll enjoy DJs, live music and fun bar games. Eat North is children, dog and vegan friendly, so everyone is welcome.

Grab a drink afterwards at one of Leeds best pubs.

Location: Brewery Tap, LS7 1AH - Saturday 12pm – late

HWKRMRKT, Newcastle

Tucked under the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, this cool UK street food market is housed in a collection of shipping containers. From spring until late autumn, HWKRMRKT invites you to kick back, relax and sample the finest independent street food alongside freshly brewed beers, small batch spirits, wines and cocktails. The market has a selection of resident traders including Papa Ganoush, Scream for Pizza and Cakes Countour, as well as weekly rotating guests.

Stop off for a drink at a secret bar in Newcastle once you're done.

Location:  Hillgate Quays NE8 2bh Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturdays 12pm – 11pm, Sundays 12pm – 6pm

Big Feed Street Food, Glasgow

Big Feed is Scotland’s biggest indoor, fully licensed street food market. Bringing together delicious food, live music and DJs, games for kids and outdoor seating; it’s a great place to spend an afternoon in Glasgow. Whatever food you’re craving, you’ll find it here – Spanish bites, falafel, dumplings, burgers and pizza, not to mention waffles and other sweet treats! And, of course, you’ll find haggis in many forms.

Location: 249 Govan Road G51 5HJ – Saturday 12pm – late.

A vegan hot dog at one of the best food markets in the UK.

St Nicholas Market, Bristol

Bristolians are openly proud of the independent spirit in the city and one way to get a real sense of it is to head to one of the city’s food markets. From Japanese to Indian, British to Thai, St Nicholas street food market in Bristol has around 15 stalls to choose from. Open all year round, you will find some of Bristol’s finest street food, with many seasonal dishes on offer. Permanent vendors include Blue Fire Smoke and Grill, Chef De Maison, Indian Masala, The Italian Sausage and Pippin Doughnuts.

Location: The Exchange Building BS1 1JQ Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (permanent stalls), Tuesday & Friday 10am – 4pm (guest stalls)

Why not try one of Bristol's secret bars once you're done?

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