From New York bagels to Japanese choux buns and Kashmiri curry; it's the world in one city

BACK in the olden days, street food to most people meant a booze-fuelled visit to Botan Kebab House for a doner with chilli sauce and a drunken snog on the side. Hot stuff, truly. 

These days when you fancy a quickie (we’re talking food now, not the canoodling at the bus-stop) there’s a wealth of places where you can grab and go, and at all hours of the day. From New York bagels to Japanese choux buns and Kashmiri curry; Liverpool is the world in one city when it comes to street food. 

Here are ten of the best street foods you can get your hands on right now.

Chop Chop Korean Asian Takeaway Street Food Liverpool Fenwick Street
Chop Chop, Fenwick Street Image: Confidentials

Chop Chop

Lunch time in the business district will never be the same again once you’ve stumbled across Chop Chop. Bento boxes, teriyakis, katsu curry, chicken popcorn and sushi are all here, and a steady stream of regulars make a beeline for the tiny eatery every day. Grab a big, steaming lunch for around a fiver or an even bigger, steamier dinner version, for just a few bob more. Chop chop, before the boss notices you're MIA.

44 Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7NB

Laros Talagani Cheese Fries Liverpool Bold Street Greek Street Food 1200
Better than halloumi? Talagani cheese fries at Laros Image: Confidentials

Laros Greek

Halloumi, is it cheese you’re looking for? Nikolaos Fylladitakis, owner of Laros Greek restaurant and takeaway, says that his Talagani cheese fries are even better than halloumi. We’ve tried these squeaky blinders and can confirm that it’s definitely worth a visit to Nikolaos’ place on Bold Street, which also serves gyros, souvlaki and pita wraps. You’ll never lay the lips on a doner again. Leave space for dessert - loukoumades are little sweet donut balls filled with white chocolate or hazelnut filling and served with lavender honey syrup. Get me to the Greek.

41 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EU

Dereks New York Sandwich Bar Allerton Reubenstein
The Reubenstein at Derek's Image: Confidentials


One thing we’ve learned so far this year is that Sex and the City without Samantha is like a broken pencil - pointless. Like a Reuben without pickles. Thank gawd for Derek's, the Italian-American deli that has got us screaming for more like Miranda in Carrie's kitchen. Derek’s menu of New York sandwiches is small but mighty, with signature dishes The Gabagool (a Tony Soprano classic), The TKY turkey sub, The Moltisanti, The Skinny Dennis; and of course, The Reubenstein, piled high with pastrami, Emmental and sauerkraut. Get there early - when they’re gone, they’re gone.

47A Allerton Road, Liverpool L18 2DA

Bubbas Trap Kitchen Smithdown Liverpool Baltic Market Chicken Waffles
Hubba Bubba - the boneless chicken box Image: Confidentials

Bubba’s Trap Kitchen

Savoury or sweet? What do you do when you just can’t decide? Throw it all into one bin lid, that’s what. From the owners of KO Grill and Midnight Delivery comes one of the most unusual street food munchie boxes we’ve ever come across. Bubba’s Trap Kitchen started life as a lockdown takeaway before setting up shop in Smithdown and a resident spot at the Baltic Market. On our last visit, we went for Bubba’s boneless chicken box with chicken wings, popcorn chicken, corn on the cob, curly fries, and a Kinder Bueno waffle. Who doesn’t want rainbow sparkles on their tea? Weird, wonderful, and wrong - in all the right ways. Hubba hubba, Bubba - keep it coming.

5 Smithdown Road, Liverpool L7 4JB

Sutikku Bowl Japanese Choux Bunx Aigburth Liverpool Street Food
Pleased to meet choux - Japanese pastries from Sutikku Image: Confidentials

Sutikku Bowl

Born after a trip to Japan, Sutikku started life as a pop-up food vendor in 2019 and earned itself a cult following with residencies in places such as Manchester’s GRUB and our own Baltic Market. This hip little corner stop brings a slice of Japan to South Liverpool with its menu of gyoza, katsu curries, noodle dishes, bowls, don buri and street food. They only serve one dessert but when it’s a Japanese choux bun that’s really all you need. Look out for special flavours like Dulce de leche and chocolate and hazelnut praline. Read our full review of Sutikku Bowl.

124 Aigburth Road, Liverpool L17 7BP 

Fozias Kashmiri Kitchen Restaurant Picton Road
Kashmiri curry from Fozia's Image: Confidentials

Fozia’s Kashmiri Kitchen

Fozia has gone from making curries at home for her mates to a shipping container on Lodge Lane and now a restaurant on Picton Road. What's next? Before she upsizes again, get down to L15 for a taste of authentic Kashmiri street food, cooked just the way her mother made it. Samosas, pakoras, spicy omelette wraps, filled parantha, chapli kebabs, biryani and tandoori kebabs; the menu goes from breakfast right through to dinner. Take a seat and drink some karak chai while you're waiting for your food. Delicious. 

155 Picton Rd, Liverpool L15 4LG

Big Lolas Smithdown Mexican Tacos
Big Lola's on Smithdown Image: Confidentials

Big Lola’s Taqueria

The guys at Cahita certainly know a thing or two about street food having brought the incredible Cubano to the yard. Their new concept, Big Lola’s Taqueria, is serving up a range of dishes inspired by the Mission District of San Francisco. Tasty tacos and banging burittos are on the menu at Duke Street Market and Smithdown Road, including slow cooked beef brisket and grilled chicken, as well as confit mushroom rice bowls and chocolate caramel churros. 

46 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 0NA 

Noso Liverpool Empanada Chicken Avocado Long Lane Liverpool
Arepa, arepa - a taste of Venezuela Image: Confidentials


A Venezuelan cafe in Fazakerley? When we stumbled upon NOSO on Longmoor Lane, we had to share it with the world. NOSO’s reputation for authentic Venezuelan street food, including arepas, empanadas and tequeños, has put it on the Liverpool foodie map. We recommend the arepa; a corn flour flatbread, typically filled with a variety of toppings. Choose from the “Pimped out queeny” (shredded chicken with avocado), “Old clothes” (shredded beef with grated cheddar cheese), or “Veg love” (black beans, sweet plantain and guacamole.) Follow one of those bad boys with Nutella tequenos. Magic.

NOSO, 215 Longmoor lane, Liverpool L9 0ED 

Fritto Smithdown Road Liverpool Italian Street Food Doughnuts
Pour some sugar on me - Fritto's bomboloni Image: Confidentials


Fritto has been an old favourite on the Liverpool food scene for a few years now, starting out as a Granby Four Streets Community Market vendor. Last year, Fritto moved into Smithdown Road with a boss new bakery that has helped breathe new life back into the area. Alongside their legendary deep-fried pizza (panzerotti) - which made it into our prestigious 10 cult dishes to tick off your Liverpool bucket list - Fritto serves the best pistachio cream bomboloni we have ever tasted. It’s doughnut o’clock time, anytime.

149 Smithdown Road, Liverpool L7 4JF 

Spice Thai Omg Box Baltic Market Street Food Thai Liverpool
Spice Thai's OMG box at The Baltic Market Image: Spice Thai

Spice Thai

For authentic Thai food, it has to be Spice Thai. Fragrant pad thai, rich gang massaman curry, deep-fried sea bass, and fiery udon kee mao, aka “drunken noodles'', traditionally eaten at the end of a big night out to keep that hangover at bay. It’s also home to the signature dish Weeping Tiger: marinated sirloin steak served on a sizzling platter. As well as the restaurant on Fleet Street, Spice Thai has a pop-up in the Baltic Market which serves the belly-busting OMG box - if you think you can handle it. Challenge accepted. 

5-7 Fleet Street, Liverpool L1 4AR 

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