Student Guide: Cheap Eats

Liverpool has undergone a culinary renaissance in the last couple of years but where are the best places for students to grab a tasty bite without draining the loan? Let us pick out a few of the best…


There are two of these great establishments in the city centre but they both share the same fantastic menu. Whether you are looking for a cheap breakfast (tea or coffee included), a tasty kebab or a reliably brilliant Middle Eastern meal, Kimo’s will satisfy. The Mount Pleasant address is decidedly more plush than the Myrtle Street café but the food in both is equally delicious.

38-44 Mount Pleasant / 6 Myrtle Street

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Quick Chef

With a very similar menu to Kimo’s but a slightly more ‘minimalist’ feel to the place, Quick Chef is the place for straight-down-the-line, no fuss grub. A favourite of ours is the £3 jacket potato but there is huge variety on their menu and despite it regularly being very busy it usually lives up to its name.

49 Hardman Street

Big Bowl Noodle

Big Bowl Noodle could win the prize for the longest menu in Liverpool and while this may displease Gordon Ramsey, we love it! Especially as the prices are all very reasonable and the portions huge. There are two Big Bowl Noodle restaurants on Berry Street, the original premises towards the Chinese Arch which is quite an intimate affair and a more spacious place opposite Richer Sounds.

54 Berry Street

The Peacock

If you want a pizza fix and realise that Dominoes or Papa Johns just don’t come up to scratch try these two places. The Peacock does fantastic stone baked pizzas for just a fiver. In nicer weather you can sit outside and you are right in the middle of where the Seel Street action is. What could be better?

51 Seel Street

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Truth be told, vegetarians are a little bit of a neglected community in Liverpool especially after the closure of the fantastic Mello Mello in 2014. However, Egg café is still going strong with its famous Tandoori Mushrooms and a selection of veggie and vegan treats. The place is alive with a constantly changing art exhibition and there is also regular live music and performance events. It’s a little bit off the beaten track this one so easy to miss but well worth checking out.

Top Floor, 16-18 Newington


Tribeca is another place which offers pizzas that stand head and shoulders above the usual chain takeaways. The varied menu has something for everyone and their pizzas are made with the finest ingredients. They also show live sport on multiple screens, large and small. If you fancy a refreshing bevvy there is a great bar menu including cocktails as well.

15 Berry Street / 336 Smithdown Road

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Also on Berry Street, the only drawback with Tokyou is that it is a victim of its own success with the place often full with no available tables. However, it is worth the short wait; great big portions, reasonable prices and a lovely informal atmosphere. All you noodle lovers will be in heaven.

7 Berry Street

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