10 of the best places for street food in Manchester
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Manchester excels at street food, with numerous brilliant festivals and events along with food markets, pop-ups and kitchen takeovers, and even some more permanent fixtures in the case of newly opened The Kitchens in Spinningfelds.

From empanadas and bánh mì to schnitzel, sourdough pizza, Jerk chicken and even bacon brownies, we’ve picked ten terrific places to get your street food fix this summer.

Yakumama

Yakumama can now be found serving their tasty Latin American inspired street food at The Kitchens in Spinningfields as well as popping up around the city. Try Cuban rare breed beef empanadas and huevos rancheros, or some Latin spiced crackling or guacamole, washed down with a nice cold Cerveza Quilmes beer. Salads include papaya, mango and coconut with palm sugar roasted peanuts – a perfect summer lunch.

The Kitchens, Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AG – twitter.com/yakumamamcr

Viet Shack

If you’re looking for a fast, inexpensive and healthy lunch packed full of fresh flavours, head to the award-winning Viet Shack in the Manchester Arndale Food Market. You can expect urban twists on Vietnamese street food – fresh lemongrass grilled chicken burgers, flavourful Vietnamese summer rolls, grilled spiced lamb chops, Pho, bánh mì sandwiches, and delicious wraps filled with freshly grilled chicken or sizzling beef cooked to order and packed with crunchy salad and homemade spicy sriracha mayo – all under £5. Wash down with a homemade lime or raspberry and mint cooler.

Manchester Arndale Food Market, or popping up at various street food events and festivalstwitter.com/vietshack

Nasi Lemak

You may have already tried Nasi Lemak Street Food at Friday Food Fight, Guerrilla Eats, Spinningfields or Altrincham Markets, or one of their pop-up events or kitchen takeovers – if not, seek them out (or head to their Salford takeaway) for some tasty Malay style treats. Try Ikan Bakar (Banana Leaf Cod) and Beef Rendang (slow cooked tender rump in a smoky coconut curry) served on Nasi Lemak (Malay coconut rice), or some fresh, spicy Sambal skewered prawns. Delicious.

The Vibe, 175 Broughton Lane, M7 1US, or popping up at various events, festivals and kitchen takeovers – twitter.com/NasiLemak_MCR

Hip Hop Chip Shop

You can now get your Hip Hop Chip Shop fix every day at their new home The Kitchens in Spinningfields, where they’ll bring you non-traditional fish and chips inspired by the inventive and experimental ethos of hip hop culture. Try a Meat Junkie – chilli battered Gloucestershire Old Spot pork sausage wrapped in lean British bacon with chips and onion blings (£7), or the Shell L Cool J – Louisiana spiced crab cake, battered smoked bacon and coleslaw in brioche. A Feastie Boys Box (£7) gets you beer battered fish biters, triple-cooked chips, blings and mushy peas.

Open daily at The Kitchens, Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AG, or popping up at various events and festivals thehiphopchipshop.com

Honest Crust

Honest Crust specialise, quite simply, in really great wood-fired sourdough pizza using small scale British producers and top quality Italian ingredients. Their top-quality dough is fermented for a minimum of 36 hours (the only ingredients are flour, water and salt), and then each pizza is stretched by hand and blasted at 450c for less than 90 seconds in their wood-fired oven. Try a margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, fior de latte mozzarella and fresh basil, or an earthy portobello mushroom pizza with garlic oil.

Market House, Altrincham, or popping up at various street food events and festivals – honestcrustpizza.co.uk

Love from the Streets

Found popping up at various festivals and kitchen takeovers, Love from the Streets offer brilliant BBQ and juicy Jerk. Expect treats such as honey BBQ Jerk chicken or tender shredded Jerk pork stuffed into a soft bun with Bad Boy Slaw, coconut and mango, or skin-on fries with addictive jerk gravy – a nice, spicy take on the Manchester classic.

Various street food events and festivals – twitter.com/mcrstreetfood

Bangers and Bacon

As well as popping up at various events, Bangers and Bacon can now be found at The Kitchens, offering a range of porky treats from breakfast (try the delicious brunch bagel) through until dinner, when you can pig out with a plate of porcine perfection – try the Mutha Porker, Porchetta, Manchester Calamari, sausage nuggets, or swine fries, along with excellent pork scratchings. Check out the daily specials.

Open daily at The Kitchens, Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AG, or popping up at various events and festivals twitter.com/bangersandbacon

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Northern Soul

For American-style gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and milkshakes with a cool sixties soundtrack, head to Northern Soul for a tasty lunch for around a fiver. All their grilled cheese sandwiches start with ‘the soul’, a three- cheese blend on sourdough, and are served will dill pickle and slaw. Check their blackboard menus for a range of special additional fillings including nachos, avocado BLT, and meatballs. Add an Oreo or marshmallow malted shake. DJ Jazzy Jeff has even been known to pop in.

Church St Mkt, M4 1PN – twitter.com/NorthernSoulMcr

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Mumma Schnitzel

If you’ve never tried a Mumma Schnitzel, head to their new home The Kitchens in Spinningfields. Their superb chicken schnitzel burger, made with juicy chicken thigh and garnished with homemade mayo and sweet chilli, will set you back just £5; a crispy, gooey halloumi version is the same price. A chicken or halloumi salad with butter lettuce, vine tomato, avocado and vinaigrette dressing is a lighter summer option. Addictively salty, golden brown deep-fried little halloumi bites are only £3, or try confit pork belly croquettes with coriander and chipotle aioli for £5.

The Kitchens, Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AG – twitter.com/MummaSchnitzel

The Ginger Tart

If you’ve never had treacle bacon brownies before, or perhaps you think that sounds like a strange combination, well you’re in for a real treat from The Ginger Tart. Find her popping up at various events, festivals and markets with all manner of stunning sweet treats, including magnificent chocolate tarts, salted caramel doughnuts and banoffi doughnuts. Because street food doesn’t have to mean savoury.

Popping up at various events, markets and festivals – twitter.com/gingertartmcr

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