As lover of budget travel and South-East Asia especially, I really miss the freshness, convenience and prices of street food.
The closest thing to it in Manchester is B.EAT Street, a project that’s been hosted on and off over the years in the Great Northern complex, a former railway goods warehouse on Deansgate.
In summer 2016, the initiative received support to set up permanently on the first floor and is currently open to serve the after-work and weekend crowds between Thursday and Sunday.
B.EAT Street hasn’t yet been discovered as the convenient go-to place it is and never seems as rammed as the rest of the city’s eateries and bars on weekends. It’s also ideal for groups as there’s bound to be quirky specialties to keep everyone happy, whether that be Chinese dim sum, Vietnamese rolls, grilled cheese, gourmet burgers, Mexican burritos, wood-fired pizza, Dutch pancakes, Canadian Poutines or ‘freakshakes‘, aka. milkshakes containing home-made cake.
When you’re done with the food or want a late one, head to the rum shack or Lucky Lucky Late Bar. This Japan-inspired watering-hole is a permanent fixture of B.EAT Street that serves drinks and cocktails containing umeshu, Nikka whiskey, sake and yuzu.
B.EAT Street’s hidden gem status is sure to change in the warmer seasons as it approaches its first birthday this summer, so be sure to soak up its vibes before it really blows up as a Manchester mainstay.