Food and drink

Student life

From independent coffee houses to tempting dessert bars, Preston has it all. There are plenty of inviting restaurants, cafés and bars throughout the city for students on a budget. Or try our student recipes to discover tastes from around the world.

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Independent eateries

Preston is home to plenty of vibrant independent food and drink spots. Your hardest decision will be where to eat. If you’re looking for something cool and casual look no further than Wings & Beer. Looking to taste some authentic flavours? Visit Coco’s Soul Food for some Caribbean spice or KimJi Korean where you’ll be served traditional Korean dishes. In a rush? Preston’s iconic Hot Potato Tram is a go-to for delicious Lancashire delights on the go. True foodies should check out Plau the historical and stylish interior is the perfect setting to enjoy a special meal. Or slightly more casual but with no less stylish vibes is the adjoining Lost Bar and Pizzeria

Tastes from around the world

Alongside some high street favourites like Nandos, Pizza Express and Turtle Bay why not explore the many world cuisines the city has to offer. If you have a hunger for something European, try French restaurant Bistrot Pierre or if you’re looking to share Fino Tapas has the perfect atmosphere. The vibrant Mowgli is the place for traditional Indian street food. Or visit vegetarian Indian takeaway RK Sweets for authentic flavours and handmade sweet treats. If an American burger joint is more your style be sure to check out Boo. for the best burgers and shakes around.  

Coffeehouses and brunch spots

From lattes to eggs benedict, discover Preston’s best coffee and brunch spots. Close to campus and full of friendly vibes Townhouse is a great place to grab a coffee, smoothie or even breakfast. In the city centre you’ll find Rise serving up instaworthy breakfast and brunch dishes all day in the beautiful Grade II listed Miller Arcade. South American café Cafuné has relaxed atmosphere and you're sure to find a lot of flavour inside. Tucked away down a cobbled street you’ll find Cedarwood Coffee Co. The ideal stop for a sweet treat and some quiet reading time. Brew + Bake is a stylish café perfect for meeting a group of friends or working on a project over a hot drink.  

Dessert bars

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Preston. First up Kaspa’s Desserts offers a mouth-watering selection including waffles, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes in an American-style diner. You’ll recognise Roccos from its distinctive purple interior, this fun dessert parlour has all your favourites from cookie dough to soda floats. For Doughnut lovers, you’ll find Krispy Kreme in the St George’s Shopping Centre. Sign up for rewards and you get to choose a free doughnut on your Birthday, plus they offer a student discount. Looking for something indulgent? Haute Dolci is a luxurious dessert restaurant serving up chic vibes and fabulous sweets. Or why not check out Heavenly Desserts, the ideal dessert spot to meet friends after a long day of lectures.  

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Nearby supermarkets


  • Aldi - Corporation Street, Preston PR1 2UZ
  • Lidl - West Strand, PR1 8UY Preston 
  • Morrisons - Riversway, Preston, PR2 2YN
  • Tesco Superstore - Liverpool Road Penwortham, Preston, PR1 9XE
  • The Food Warehouse - Queen Street, Preston, PR1 4HZ 
  • Iceland - Lowthian House, Ring Way, Preston PR1 2ES

International stores

  • KW Foodstores - Kent Street, Deepdale, Preston PR1 1PJ
  • KGN Foodstore – 7-11 Great Hanover Street, Preston PR1 1PY
  • Barkat Foodstore Preston Ltd – 1-2 Canute Street, Preston PR1 1PL
  • KR Samartos - 58 Plungington Road, Preston PR1 7RA 

More about student life

  • Entertainment and nightlife

    When night falls, the city comes alive. Preston has a little bit of something for everybody, no matter interests you, or what night of the week it is.

  • Explore the outdoors

    Your well-being is important to us, so we encourage you to get outdoors to enjoy nature, adventure, and fresh air. So when you need a rest, take a well-earned break from our bustling city centre campus and explore Lancashire's great outdoors.

  • Shopping and culture

    Whether you're a fashion enthusiast, a food lover, or a fan of unique finds, Preston is sure to have something to meet your shopping needs.