Everybody knows that the heart of any city is located in its market. This is especially true of Norwich, which is home to one of the largest outdoor markets in the country. The food on Norwich Market brings people together from all over the city, uniting them in a passion for world cuisine.
If you’re heading to Norwich and want to sample some of the delicious street food on offer, look no further. I’m going to give you my local take on the best places to eat on Norwich Market, including everything from cheesy empanadas and quinoa salads to vegan fish and chips!
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Top 10 Food Stalls on Norwich Market
1. Cocina Mia
It’s a hard choice to make but Cocina Mia may well be my favourite place to eat on Norwich Market. Specialising in Chilean cuisine, these traditional family recipes provide a taste of South America that you didn’t know you were craving.
As a vegetarian, I am pleased to say that there are plenty of delicious meat-free snacks here. The quinoa salad is a particular favourite of mine and the mouthwatering cheesy empanadas are to die for. They are also available in a vegan version!
Meat lovers fear not though. As well as plant-based food, Cocina Mia also produces a range of meaty dishes. Look out for the recently launched pulled pork and sweet potato empanadas and Chacaero, the classic Chilean steak sandwich.
2. Bread Source
Is there anything better than the waft of freshly baked bread in the morning? I think not! With four locations in Norwich, you are likely to have already smelt the offerings of Bread Source if you are a regular around the city.
This artisan bakery has been a hit with Norwich locals since its opening and its bread and pastries are baked fresh every day. It is a great choice for a DIY picnic or a snack on the go. Whether you like sweet or savoury, there is something for you!
3. Falafel and Friends
Norwich has been named the most vegan-friendly city in the UK and it is easy to see why. Meat-free food places are abundant all over the city and Falafel and Friends is one of the most popular.
This local favourite is known for its creative menu which offers much more than just falafel. Noodle dishes, bao buns and kimchi hotdogs are just a few examples of what is on offer at this quirky stall.
Unlike some of the other market stalls, Falafel and Friends have a small seating area. If you’re a vegan or veggie, don’t miss this local business.
4. China Wok
Sometimes, a Chinese is the only thing that will hit the spot. And, you can find all of your favourites at China Wok, from black bean sauce dishes to sweet and sour chicken balls.
If you’ve got a craving for Thai, this can also be satisfied here. The Thai Green Curries get rave reviews from locals!
This budget-friendly option is great for those on the move and they also offer meal deals. If you’re heading there on your lunch break, be aware that there can sometimes be quite a queue! China Wok is closed on Sundays.
5. Lucy’s Fish and Chips
The Norfolk coast is arguably one of the best places in the entire country to eat fish and chips. But what about if you can’t get to the seaside? Don’t miss out, grab something from Lucy’s on the market.
This chip stall has become so popular that it has even branched out into vegan fish and chips and there is now a dedicated kitchen that offers exclusively vegan cuisine. The ‘fish’, dubbed ‘vish’, is made from an Asian staple, banana blossom. Although it isn’t quite the same, it is a darn good substitute and one you should definitely try — even if you’re not plant-based.
Look out for seasonal menu items which are often gluttonous treats. In the past, they’ve even done battered creme eggs for Easter! Lucy’s has a small seating area but be warned, this is often full.
6. The Cheeseman
Sweet dreams are made of cheese, am I right? If you’re a lover of all things cheesy, (I know I am!), you will not want to miss The Cheeseman. Offering a range of both local and international types of cheese, this stall is a perfect pairing with a loaf of sourdough bought from Bread Source.
In my humble opinion, you never need an occasion to enjoy good cheese, however, for those of you who like indulging at Christmas time, The Cheeseman has got you covered. They release their cheese list around a month before the big day, giving you plenty of time to get your order in.
My personal favourites are Tomme de Savoie and Blacksticks blue cheese although I could continue to reel off a list of cheese as long as my arm. If you’re putting together a cheesy hamper, that should give you a good place to start…
7. Cuppie Hut
Craving something sweet? The Cuppie Hut will soon fix that. Selling homemade cakes and other indulgent treats, choosing just one naughty fix will be all but impossible with so much tempting you.
As well as providing traditional baked goods, there are also vegan options available. The Kinder blondie is a must-try as well as the red velvet cupcakes. They also offer seasonal bakes and cookies so make sure to stock up if you are holding a themed party!
8. Bun Box
This Japanese inspired food stall is a popular choice for those visiting Norwich Market. Menu choices include ramen, bao buns, gyoza and Katsu curries.
They also offer a range of specials though these can sell out quickly – don’t wait! Follow them on social media to get the most up to date information on new menu items.
Norwich may be a small city but it is also home to a lot of chain restaurants. Ignore the obvious competitor and eat local. It is not only cheaper but also, arguably tastier! Get ready to be transported to Asia with every bite.
Although many people think that doner kebabs should be reserved for those messy nights out, this is far from the truth. Offering traditional Turkish food (plus a few home comforts) all day long, Delight is a great go-to for those who fancy something a little different from the norm.
With everything from Turkish pastries to kebabs and even bacon sarnies, you’re covered no matter if you’re looking for a snack to eat on the go or something to sit down and devour.
They have options for the veggies among you too – I recommend the halloumi wrap with sweet chilli sauce. Delicious!
10. Sir Toby’s Beers
If there is one thing that I love more than good food, it is definitely good beer. When I was told by a beer-obsessed pal that Sir Toby’s is THE place to grab good bevvy, I was keen to visit. For craft beer, real ales and heady stouts, there is perhaps no better option in the city, shy of going to one of the many hipster pubs!
From midday, the licensed bar at Sir Toby’s Beer stall opens and you can sit and soak up the sun with your favourite tipple. If you can’t stop but still want to grab something nice to down later, they also sell curated beer boxes which double up as great gifts. If you can’t get enough, you can even sign up for their subscription box which delivers fabulous beer to your door every month.
And for those of you who like your beers with no ties, you can order and have your bevvy delivered in an hour if you’re based in Norwich City Centre. Cheers to that!
Where is your favourite place to eat on Norwich Market? Let me know in the comments!