Market Place London (Peckham, Hounslow, Vauxhall)
Home to a huge range of stalls run by local businesses with cuisines ranging from Malaysian to Indian, Korean and Nigerian, Market Place has brought their format to Peckham, Hounslow and soon Vauxhall. We recommend Mambow in the Peckham location, whose Lor Bak beancurd rolls and black pepper curry chicken are must tries if you’re in the area.
Arcade Food Hall, London
Arcade Food Hall is the new undertaking by stellar restaurant group JKS (Gymkhana, Hoppers, BAO). The idea is that there is ONE menu, but NINE restaurants, which means you can order Japanese, Thai, or Vietnamese food and have it all brought to the same table. Fussy eaters, this one’s for you! But it’s also for the experimental eater, we were properly impressed by dishes like beef sate marrangi, with its tender meat and tangy depth of flavour, or vegetable momo dumplings in a tomato, sesame and chilli oil sauce. The Nashville hot chicken from Manna – where chicken is brined then deep fried and immediately coated in chilli oil and a spice rub – is not to be missed!
Cargo, Wapping Wharf, Bristol
Sip a cider slushie from The Cider Box while you browse this collection of independent restaurants and food shops – including a cheesemonger, butcher, bakery and bottle shop – housed in converted shipping containers on Bristol’s southern harbourside. Seafood bar Salt & Malt serves cracking fish and chips, plus creative dishes such as a Korean-style cod burger with gochujang mayo – grab a terrace table for a harbour view; on the upstairs level, Cargo Cantina has great tacos and margaritas. There are queues for the offbeat burgers at Squeezed, known for its unique umami-rich sauces like peanut chipotle barbecue, and opposite is Somerset brewery Wild Beer for a post-dinner pint. Finish with a bitesize sweet treat from The Choux Box Patisserie, open weekends until 8pm.
Lovers of Italian flavours rejoice: there’s pizza, pasta, and gelato galore at the largest Italian deli and foodhall in the UK. One of the only experiences of its kind in the UK, the market boasts three restaurants, an Italian winery, a food-to-go area, live demos and a cookery school. Get down there, prontissimo!
Escape to Freight Island, Manchester
Manchester’s Escape to Freight Island takes its meaty options seriously, with Lucky Food Chicken bringing the fried stuff, Carnival bringing steaks and more, and Madre holding up the taco side of things. There’s pizza from Voodoo Rays and Mi and Pho to take care of the vegetarian and vegan massives.
Five Valleys, Stroud
Now home to House of Piri, Italian streetfood at Non Solo Pasta and Kyuri Sushi, Five Valleys in Stroud, Gloucestershire is a haven for lovers of food, offering not only places to enjoy a hot meal but a top quality fishmonger, butchers, bakers and cheese shop too. We highly recommend locals favourite Fat Toni’s pizzeria for bigger-than-you’ve-ever-seen pies.
Duke Street Market, Liverpool
With Liverpool’s exciting food scene on the rise, there was no surprise when traders from across the city came together in 2019 to create this social eating concept space. This centrally-located buzzy hub is a great spot for an afternoon glass of wine and a bite of food with friends. Trader highlights include Vinceno pasta, Cahita sandwiches and Bone & Block butcher.