Route 1: Cheap Food Guide


Want to start your Scottish adventure off in an American diner? Emmm, er, maybe? We love @City Cafe it's right in the Old Town and it's not too expensive for a breakfast or brunch. You can kill two birds with one stone: try a bit of haggis with your hearty Scottish breakfast starting from only £7! Not a fan? They've got an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, too!

Fish supper: City Restaurant doesn't only do haddock; you can also get steak pie, bangers and mash, gammon steak and haggis, and neeps and tatties for only £9!

For your second day in Scotland, go out and do an Edinburgh classic from scratch: a bacon butty! Your hostel is equipped with a kitchen, you can get some rashers and a few rolls for less than £4! Sometimes it's the simple things!

Make sure that you grab some shortbread and a Scottish tablet on your day in Edinburgh! You'll find these kind of Scottish sweets and lots of delicious lunch options at the many food markets available on different days across the city.

For dinner, get all the best of Scottish deliciousness at Edinburgh's Halfway House that hosts a classic steak and gravy pie for £4!

For dessert: You can't leave Scotland without trying the unofficial national food, have any idea what it might be? Well it's only the deep-fried Mars Bar! This delicacy can be found right off the Royal Mile at The Clam Shell for £2.90!

That's two whole days in Edinburgh for as little as £25 (€29!)


You've arrived in the home of football. But what you going to eat for your whole 24 hours?

Well, the first thing — grab a bit of brekkie: whether it's a full English breakfast or a few pancakes that you're looking for, Brewski have it all starting from £5. But if you're feeling a little more than peckish, check out this glorious platter for £40!

For a bite to eat at lunchtime, Manchester's Arndale Shopping Centre has a food-court with a number of amazing vendors offering top class options like Viet Shack with Vietnamese food from £4 and La Bandera Spanish food where a main meal comes with a soft drink for only £6!

For dinner that night, if you're looking for a Mancunian favourite try some budget-friendly Indian curries in the melting-pot city. One of our favourites is This and That that has great deals for £5!

How much are we up to now? 3 days for £40 (€45)? Not too shabby!


You arrive in London: where are you going to eat?

Start off with something light: London is bursting with coffee-shops that have their own range of artisan, homemade croissants, scones and apple tarts that you can snag for under £2! You can even get a donut from Krispy Kreme for £1! So go on, treat yourself to something delicious as you wander the busy London streets — straight off the bus!

You've checked into the hostel. You want a real London bite to eat around lunchtime — where are you going to go? In the melting pot of London, you'd be a miss not to visit Chinatown!

Here you can get some amazing deals from snacks for £ 1.50 to rice and noodle dishes from £4.50; dumplings, bubble-tea, baozi buns, yuk sung, wontons and more are all available to take you on a culinary exporation! It's worth the wander and great for an Instagram pic.

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without dining in a stylish hipster pop-up: England is home to some of the most American-styled food brands in Europe. But where's cheap?

You can grab a burrito from Chiquito for £5! Or try a bit of the conveyor belt sushi — Yo! Sushi, that you'll find across London — charges you by the plate, starting at £2.30 and going up to only £5.50!

This is a day for taking in London sights, shopping and enjoying the constant movement of London city. If you're looking for the leaders in breakfast, The Breakfast Club cafes are definitely a must — but get there early, or you'll be queuing around the block with no guarantee of getting a bite to eat at all!

There are quirkier options; check out the Cereal Killer Cafes — they're at Brick Lane in Shoreditch and the Camden Markets (see below). A bowl of cereal costs anywhere between £4.50 to £5.90 — and you can pick any of their cereals, with extra toppings for £1 — they also do poptarts if you're into that kinda thing.

That brings us to our ultimate favourite food spot in all of London: nothing beats Camden Markets for a range of food, from Turkish wraps to Venezuelan arepas; from Asian stir-fries to churros; sushi to fish shacks; mac n' cheese pots and so much more!

It's definitely the best place to wander, pick up a quirky apple necklace or haggle with the Camden folk for cheap sunglasses and clothes. It's hipster central. It's a beautiful array of characters and it's unmissable on your trip to London. When you're getting your Bus It package from Capture Travel — make sure you mention this and we'll write it into your itinerary.

You have to see Leicester Square at night, so for dinner — pop by to Soho and enjoy the high-end, hipster vibes and a cheap eat, all at once.

Our top cheap eats in Soho include Bao London where you can get a Vietnamese bao bun for £3.50!If you want to pretend you can afford the Wolseley or Balthazar — Brasserie Zedel is a beautiful french restaurant where you can snag two course dinners for only £10.50! And, if you're looking for an American vibe try Soho Joe for pizza, burgers, and more!

And that's how you get from Edinburgh to London via Manchester by trying all the must-eat foods and not breaking the bank!

Your total estimated food expenditure is: Edinburgh £ 25, Manchester £15, and London £35, for a total of only £75! Is it do-able? Yes.

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