If there was ever a place that was simply made for street food, it would be Brighton. With the lush Downs on one side and the beach on the other, plus a smorgasbord of open spaces, we have a whole realm of outdoors spaces calling out for picnics, BBQs and a quick bevvy with friends. Of course, there’s also a burgeoning food scene representing more cuisines than you can count on your hand, meaning no matter what the weather, the location or your mood calls for, there’s always something really good just a stone’s throw away. But how can you possibly decide? Fortunately, we’ve taken our pick of the best out there.
Pimping lunchtimes every Friday, Street Diner is the biggest collection of street food outlets in the city, showcasing some of the best food inspired by cuisines around the world. There’s Taiwanese Baby Bao, Spanish Crocus Paella, the famous Olly’s Fish Shack and many more, but there’s one thing you can guarantee - they’re all sustainable, locally-sourced and delicious.
Brighthelm Gardens, Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG
Open Fri, 11am-3pm
A street food and craft beer kiosk inspired by the bustling train stations of India, Curry Leaf is great for quality, authentic Indian cuisine on the go - though don’t blame us if your fellow passengers shoot you some pass-agg looks for the smell. They’re just jealous anyway.
Brighton Station, Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XP
Open Mon-Thurs 6am-9pm, Fri 6am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 9am-4pm
We’re mentioning Brighton’s Open Market as a whole here, because it’s just so damn good and it’s difficult to shine a light on just one spot. First there’s Smorl’s, the hummus extraordinaire. Then there’s Kor-Pan, which boasts a generous selection of Korean food and sushi. For perfectly flaky sausage rolls and pasties, head to This Little Piggy. Regardless of what tickles your fancy, you really can’t go wrong.
Marshalls Row, Brighton and Hove BN1 4JU
Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-5p, Sun 10am-5pm
Aptly stationed in the, er, railway station arches, award-winning Trollburger brings organic, dirty burgers to the streets of central Brighton. But this ain’t no normal burger place - the sauces are made from scratch, the patties are served in a Flint Owl bun and there’s even top quality High Weald cheese that’s so gooey you’ll be lucky not to get it down your top. Take lots of napkins, this one’s messy (but oh so worth it).
Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 3DP
Open 12-9pm Thurs-Sat (or until sold out)
Continuously hailed as the “best Caribbean food in Brighton”, Dutch Pot is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it van situated round the back of London Road on St Peter’s Street. It’s the kind of place you can smell from a mile away, and if you’ve been in the area you’ve probably smelled the delightful aromas of jerk chicken and fried plantain slowly being cooked in their signature spices… Sorry, we may have started drooling a bit. The point is: you should go.
1A St. Peters Street, Brighton, BN1 4GR
Open Mon to Sat, 12pm-10pm
With a specialty in traditional Greek cuisine created with the ingenuity and passion of the country itself, Souvlucky takes pride in presenting the city’s favourite Greek wraps in new and creative ways. It comes exclusively to the Upper Gardner Street Market on Saturdays, meaning you can grab a pitta wrap to go and spend lunch time shopping for bargains among the many stalls.
Upper Gardner St Market, Brighton, BN1 4AN
Open Saturdays 12pm-3pm
Just about every vegan artisan shows up to this abundant market, which takes place just off Southover Street in Hanover. It’s worth the climb, though; you’ll find vegan cheeses, unbeatable sauces by Brighton Hot Stuff (and loads of goodies to drip it on top of, ooh spicy!), plus some of the best cakes around. But it’s the food vans you really want to look out for - expect ‘facon’ (fake bacon) rolls, vegan burgers and hotdogs, and as much vegan ice cream as you can cram into your mouth. Yum.
The Annunciation, Washington Street, Brighton, BN2 9SR
Every last Saturday of the month
Situated under the elm trees of Brighton's most vibrant central park, The Level Sunday Market showcases a bountiful range of local independent traders, talented makers, artists, chefs and bakers. The result is a mish-mash of great food to takeaway - including vegan and gluten free options - even if your plan is just to chill on the green mere footsteps away.
Union Rd, Brighton BN1 4ZN
Every first Sunday of the month (except for Pride weekend - it’s held the 11th August instead)
The first ever Brighton Marina Food Festival launches next month, in association with The Great British Charcuterie Co and featuring the finest Sussex food and drink producers, entertainment and activities. All stalls will be hosted by local businesses, giving festival goers a true taste of the city.
The Village Square, Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5WD
Open 11am – 5pm on Saturday August 10th 2019