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Top 5 Street Food Markets in Manchester

24 February 2020 | Maisy Farren

Getting a group of friends to decide (unanimously, that is) what cuisine to dine on can be a struggle in a city with so many amazing restaurants. Street food has, thankfully, moved on from a soggy burger or a questionable hot dog, and is now one of the more up-and-coming ways to try brand new cuisines and/or talented chefs, so check out our selection of fab street food markets in MCR!  


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Mackie Mayor
1 Eagle Street, Manchester, M4 5BU
What? Trendy indoor food market with 10 food and drinks vendors and a huge communal seating area. 
Where? In the Grade II listed Smithfield Market, just down the road from popular music venue Band on the Wall. 
Why? This trendy spot for casual dining offers a huge range of amazing dishes and delicious drinks, perfect for an afternoons bite before hitting the pub. Their Instagram is a wonderfully curated gallery of mouth-watering dishes, ranging from early morning avo’ on toast to late night espresso martinis (and everything in between). They’re super family and pet friendly, with a play area for kids and a warm welcome to your four-pawed pals.
What should I order? Freshly caught seafood from FIN and a local ale from Blackjack

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Altrincham Market
Market House, Greenwood Street, Altrincham, WA14 1SA
What? Award-winning indoor food hall with kitchens and market stalls selling tasty produce and unique wares. 
Where? Just a 5-minute walk from Altrincham Tram station.
Why? Boasting a wonderful selection of six street food vendors, a coffee shop, chocolatier, wine shop and bar, this is a one stop spot for picking up some local produce and enjoying some delicious street food! With their Covered Market, Market Square and the original Market House (which dates back to 1879!!) you won’t find it hard to while away an afternoon in this unique spot. 
What should I order? Unforgettable pies from the Great North Pie Co– you are in Manchester after all. 

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103 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED
What? Trendy shipping container hang out spot à la London’s Boxpark
Where? Opposite Manchester Met, on Oxford Road. 
Why? This unique design spot boasts independent shops, a barber, a sneaker and handbag cleaning boutique, tattoo parlour, plenty of bars and loads of street food options. Raging from a healthy veggie deli to an actualchicken nugget stall – expect to get it all in this student-loved location.
What should I order? You might be over 100 miles from Middlesbrough, but you should most definitely try a chicken parmo from Parmogeddon

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Piccadilly Gardens Street Food Market
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M60 1AY
What? Pop up street market open Wednesday to Sunday for city centre shoppers! 
Where? Piccadilly Gardens, down the road from the Arndale Centre and opposite the huge Primark. 
Why? You’re relying on brighter weather when it comes to visiting this open-air street food market, but the unforgettable aromas of world cuisine whilst you shop will no doubt give you a reason to stop and indulge. Featuring Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Afro-Caribbean and many more delicious vendors – this street food market is a great chance to try something new. 
What should I order? Goat curry with rice and peas at OSA, the perfect Caribbean antidote to a rainy Manchester afternoon.  

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival
Cathedral Gardens + Across the City 
What? Manchester’s world-famous annual food festival!
Where? Last year’s event had its Festival Hub in Cathedral Gardens and various other events across the city. 
Why? Ok, so this one isn’t strictlya food market. However, it’d be rude not to mention Manchester’s Food and Drink Festival which is world famous for amazing street food options. In 2019 their festival hub featured a huge selection of ‘street food heroes’, as well as live cooking demonstrations and the chance to try some dishes from some famous chefs!
What should I order? Their street food offerings do change year on year, so be sure to keep an eye out for news on their 2020 festival. 

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