With summer just around the corner, it’s time to satisfy your street food cravings.
While it’s clear that Liverpool is bursting with fantastic places to eat, even we were surprised with the variety and diversity on offer, from authentic Caribbean cuisine to mouth-watering Mexican street food, this guide has something for everyone.
Read on to discover some of the cities’ hidden culinary gems and exactly what to eat when you visit.
Free State Kitchen
Where: 1 Maryland Street
Type of cuisine: Contemporary twist on American classics
This Maryland street diner offers American-style food including delicious burgers and tasty hot dogs.
A personal favourite of ours is the Diego Dog with Jalapeño, covered in garlic salsa with cheddar and caramelised onions, but we also love the twist on the classic New York style Pastrami sandwich, the Reuben.
With great value for money, a calm, friendly atmosphere and a hidden sunny terrace, there is no reason you shouldn’t check out this chic diner.
Definitely try the …. Reuben Sandwich, homemade Pastrami, toasted rye bread, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and house Thousand Island dressing cured to Chef’s secret recipe.
Where: Berry St
Type of cuisine: Catalonian/Spanish
With authentic Spanish tapas just the highlight of a mouth-watering Catalan inspired menu, wine-lovers and Spanish food aficionados need look no further than Neon Jamón.
You can’t go wrong with this authentic Spanish menu, filled with traditional treats and quirky Catalonian street food, Neon Jamon is one of Liverpool’s most exciting restaurants.
We love the sautéed Galatian clams with Jamón, garlic, fino sherry, chilli, and herbs.
With restaurants on Berry Street and Smithdown Place, there’s no stopping this pork haven.
Definitely try the… Croquetas, a street food classic, choose from jamon or chorizo croquets served in bechamel sauce.
Where: 96 Wood Street
Type of cuisine: Mexican
Bound to have your taste buds tingling, Lucha Libre brings Mexican street food to the streets of Liverpool, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
For those new to Lucha Libre, we recommended the “Lucha Surf ‘n’ Turf Platter”; this includes a little bit of everything on the menu, such as spiced brisket, monkfish & chorizo skewers as well as chipotle gravy.
The perfect selection if you fancy trying a few new things out, and the friendly staff will have no problem guiding you and ensuring you make the right decision.
Don’t forget to wash it down with one of their amazing frozen margaritas!
Definitely try… Any of the sharing boards, you get a bit of everything!
Where: 47 Castle Street
Type of cuisine: Italian
Located in the heart of the city, Salthouse Bacaro is a perfect traditional venue for all lovers of Italian food.
With an extensive menu that is filled with all kinds of unique food, Salthouse offer Venetian small plates and Italian street food that will transport you to sunnier climates.
We recommend the seabass with leek puree for fish fans, while the Buttermilk chicken Milanese with fried egg is a great choice for the meat lovers amongst you.
It’s great value for money in a friendly atmosphere, what more could you want!
Definitely try the… Seabass or the Fritto misto which is deep fried prawns, calamari, whitebait, white fish and courgette.
Where: 81a Bold Street
Type of cuisine: American plus extra everything.
The design of this restaurant is fantastic, and so is the food.
Enjoy scrumptious American burgers and slow cooked meats served in a relaxed environment with rough wood and exposed brickwork.
The highlight of the menu has to be the Spicy Meatball Mozzarella Bun; the clue is in the name. This spicy delight is certain to have you returning to Nolita Cantina, and has proven to be a really favourite among those who are partial to food that makes your tongue tingle.
Definitely try the… Spicy Meatball Mozzerella Bun!
Slim’s Pork Chop Express
Where: 85 Seel Street
Type of cuisine: American, mainly meat
Specialising in barbecue, smoked meats and American style food, Slim’s Pork Chop has become a household name of the street food scene in Liverpool.
If you try anything, get the chicken and waffles, though it may sound like the two don’t fit, they are to die for. So good in fact, that they serve it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
If you love American style barbecue food, then you’ll love Slim’s Pork Chop.
Definitely try the… Chicken and waffles, or go all out and get one of the BBQ trays and prepare for the meat sweats.
Camp and Furnace
Where: 67 Greenland Street
Type of cuisine: Anything and everything
Camp & Furnace offers perhaps the widest range of food we’ve seen, and it is all delightful.
Their Food Slam Fridays have proven to be a huge success, with the types of food rotating each time, customers are always guaranteed a unique experience when dining there.
Our favourite has to be the Red Pepper and Goat’s Cheese Pizza, it’s a great price and is one of the best pizza’s we’ve tried, what more could you ask for!
Definitely try the… Pizzas or get down to one of the Food Slams and eat your weight in meat and yorkshires.
Where: Smithdown Road
Type of cuisine: Jamaican
If authentic Caribbean cuisine is what you’re looking for, then look no further. Raggas has established itself as the most popular Caribbean restaurant in Liverpool, and judging by their menu, it is easy to understand why.
Choosing a favourite from the mouth-watering menu was a tough one for us because there is simply so much to choose from, but our favourite dish has to be their Ackee & Saltfish.
If you are new to Caribbean food, the flavour explosion Raggas offer in their dishes will blow your mind.
Other highlights from their menu include the very popular curried goat and Jamaican Jerk Chicken, both wonderful choices for those new to Caribbean food and aficionados alike.
Definitely try the… Jerk Chicken or Saltfish, but if you want to take the next step, the Goat Curry is top choice.
Where: 54 Bold Street
Type of cuisine: Lebanese
This gem has become perhaps one of the most popular street food restaurants in the whole of Liverpool.
Bakchich has successfully brought the Lebanese culture and food to the city, and the people are thankful for them doing so.
Offering a wide range of traditional Lebanese dishes, choosing the best street food dish is almost impossible. However, the Arabic breakfast took the crown; the zaatar eggs are a must if visiting, as well as the shaksouka, a Lebanese salsa mixed with scrambled eggs and served with bread.
The menu is without fault, and we recommend any who find themselves in the area to try it.
Definitely try… Any of the breakfast dishes, they are delicious. Or the chicken shawarma platters that are served with pickles and garlic sauce.
Where: 69 Bold Street
Type of cuisine: Indian
The story behind this restaurant is fantastic, as is the food, that’s why Mowgli is our number one destination for street food in Liverpool.
Started by Nisha Katona after she left her job as a barrister to pursue her dream of bringing the culture and food with her from her home country of India to Liverpool Mowgli has gone from strength to strength.
In a short space of time Mowgli was opened and had gained worldwide success as the first Indian street food restaurant in Liverpool.
With a unique menu based on small plates, the House Chicken Curry is a local favourite, but the Mowgli Sticky Wings do the business for us.
What we couldn’t believe was the value for money you get at Mowgli; it is clear that they are more concerned about bringing great street food to the city rather than just making a profit, and it shows in the character and bubbly atmosphere within the restaurant. Top marks!
Definitely try… Everything! But if you have to choose just one, the yogurt chat bombs, they are the heart of Mowgli’s cooking.
Liverpool as a city is renowned for its architecture and its music, through the world-famous Beatles. However, through the introduction of street food from so many different cultures, Liverpool is establishing itself as a hotspot for great, authentic cuisine from across the world. It doesn’t just stop at street food either, check out our Sushi Lovers Guide to Liverpool, or the Best Restaurants for Vegetarians & Vegans.
It’s a pleasure to see so many different cultures emerging and flourishing, as they did in 2008 when Liverpool was crowned the Capital of Culture.