Smithdown Hotspots You Need To Know About

Author: Ciaran Fitz

Living on Smithdown is a right of passage for any student in Liverpool… Cheap housing alongside a huge variety of restaurants, pubs and shops means that students can splash out without having to call up the “Bank of Dad” for more cash. Student Eye allows you to visit your favourite places for cheaper, be it the Brookhouse or Mamos as well as discover new and exciting eateries & coffee shops that aren’t Pizza Hut or Starbucks. There’s more to Smithdown than ASDA and ALDI, trust us!


Take a trip to the bottom of Smithdown road for the best intimate food experience in the area. The bright and enticing exterior to Spitroast, invites you to a warm and welcoming space – perfect for dates, mates and family reunions.

Everything is home cooked, focused and the attention to detail is second to none. Try out the best seller, £8.50 Chicken stir fry with noodles, or why not their legendary roast dinners, or for a special take on old classics the Moroccan Chicken and cous cous. Whatever you choose, we can guarantee all food from this out of town restaurant will warm your insides and satisfy you properly. P.S. Make sure you order the Nutella cheesecake – it will change your life!



If you’re looking for the perfect place to satisfy your cravings on an ever so common cheat day, Portland 358 on Smithdown Road is a hot spot for delicious comfort food. Whether it’s a blissfully bulky full English breakfast, a hearty stacked burger, pizza fries or a creamy sundae – this eatery is everything you’ve been seeking, and more!



Infamous amongst all Liverpool students, whether you live in Smithdown or town, and travel to take advantage of the cheap pints and crazy atmosphere, it truly is the ultimate pre-drinking spot. Wednesday nights are filled with sports teams getting ready for the big night ahead and on Friday’s, with 2 4 1 on all cocktails, every person here is celebrating the end of busy week of studying. Don’t forget the legendary £1.25 pints on Thursday’s! Constant drinks deals alongside some delicious pub grub, the “Brookie” is easily the best pub for students in Liverpool.



Fancy some Mexican food? And you want more than just an Old El Paso kit? Then head down to Mesquite for the tastiest Mexican food right at your door step. The enchiladas and burritos are amazing! Their authentic food is always made from the freshest ingredients; you’ve got to try the Carne Asada, a Mexican classic for any fans of spicy marinated steaks. Prices are cheap, staff are fun and the interior is simple but takes you back to the streets of Mexico on Day of the Dead festival. Order a cheeky corona and let Mesquite satisfy your taste buds.



To most students at Carnatic halls, Mamos is the staple part of each hungover day. With its rich charcoal cooked chicken and its mammoth sized burgers, every person who has passed through this Mossley Hill store, left feeling considerably better than they did when they woke up. For second or third years who live around Smithdown, it’s a bit of a walk but absolutely worth every minute of it. Creating food specifically for your order and from freshly made ingredients, this is a new kind of Chicken shop where everything is tailor made to ensure you have the best food possible. To top it off, their Neapolitan pizzas are phenomenal!



If you’re looking for the perfect hangover cure or the most delicious way to start a hard day slaving away at your dissertation, look no further than the breakfasts and the coffees at Caffee Oro. Located right in the heart of Smithdown, this place is slowly becoming the life and soul of students desperate for a chilled environment to work and relax in.

Their Mediterraean breakfast is second to none and with a wide range of egg dishes, you will be leaving satisfied and raving about it to your friends. With free wifi and cheap coffees alongside opening times of 10am-10pm, you’ll find yourself spending all day here! Their food menu is incredibly varied with salads, soups, flatbreads, grilled rib-eye, and burgers to name a few.



If you fancy a Friday night kebab with a difference, then head to Friends on Smithdown road where they specialise in clay oven kebabs and naans. Arguably the best kebabs in Liverpool are right on your doorstep! All the naans are hand made in a toasty oven right in front of your eyes and the meats are of an incredible quality; their special sauce which is a mix of mayo, tahini and chilli creates an eye-watering taste in every bite of your Turkish delicacy. The portion sizes are huge and are value for money; you will never regret hitting up Friends. Always busy, always tasty and always the best service.



With the new addition of some incredible street food, Evil Eye is at the cutting edge of pushing boundaries at an affordable price. With boss burritos and a vast selection of international beers, this restaurant is truly unique. Channelling the Day of the Dead theme with its uniquely dark yet inviting décor, the Mexican inspired food is truly authentic and offers amazing quality food without scrimping on portion sizes. You are able to build your own burrito: choose your meat, sauce and rice type for a tailor-made delicious Mexican food. They have an incredible array of vegetarian and vegan options from ‘No pollos hermanos’ to ‘Hallou, Is It Me You’re Looking For’ are to die for.

If you can, go on one of their nights where they have a live band on; the intimate venue excels at putting on nights that mean you’ll find yourself in here a lot longer than planned. Give this student and local favourite a chance – you won’t regret it.


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