Cheap Places to Eat in Durham

Looking for affordable yet delicious food in Durham? Look no further! This charming city in northeast England is home to a variety of cheap eats that are perfect for budget-conscious foodies and students. We’ve found some deliciously tasty cheap places to eat in Durham, from cozy cafes serving up delicious brunch options to street food stalls dishing out flavorful international cuisine.

Whether you’re a student on a tight budget or just looking to save some cash while dining out, Durham has plenty of options for affordable and tasty food. So, get ready to explore some of the best cheap eats that this city has to offer!

Flat White Kitchen

Sat on Saddler Street, housed in a renovated 17th century townhouse in the heart of Durham City, is Flat White Kitchen. Flat White have always been on a mission to find the best produce they can to make everything they do, and so pride themselves on serving delicious coffee, exquisite cake, and an unmissable brunch.

We’re a big fan of the eggs benedict there, but you can have your eggs any way you like it. The baked eggs look phenomenal! Maybe you fancy a burger, pancakes, or some smashed avocados to get yourself rolling. There’s something for all the vegans out there too.

Must Try: Superfood Salad Bowls, with roast beets & sweet potatoes, crispy chickpeas. All the good stuff.


Over on Elvet Bridge, Tango brings delicious ‘proper food’ to the streets of Durham. All ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, with fresh produce delivered on the daily.Tuck into an array of burgers, hotdogs, nachos, steak, and ofcourse load your fries up for good times all round.

Must Try: Deep Fried Ice Cream Mars Bar. Yep, you heard it right! Sign us up.

Bells Fish Shop

Traditional fish and chips is what we all live for, and Durham’s Bells Fish Shop is the place to live your dreams. Located in the heart of Market Place in the city centre, it’d be rude not to really. Bells sourced their ingredients strictly from sustainable fishing grounds, amazin. The classic fish & chip meal is cooked the old fashioned way, deep fried in best beef dripping.

Must Try: Classic Fish & Chips, because done right, it’s so right.

La Spaghettata

La Spaghettata is an award winning Italian restaurant, serving delicious food to the people of Durham for over 25 years. It’s a restaurant by day, and a club by night turning into Fabios bar. It’s crazy affordable and the food is incredible. La Spaghettata started life with an aim of bringing authentic Italian food to Durham, at the right price. Everything’s made with local produce, cooked to perfection with classic Italian recipes. You’ll find all the usual Italian dishes, and you’ll fall in love with them. We’re a big fan. If you fancy something a lil less carby, have a look at the fish, meat, vegan and gluten free options for all.

Must Try: Fetuccine Al Salmone.

Zaps Burrito Bar

Zaps Burrito Bar bring unreal Mexican flavours to the streets of Durham. Fast food at its finest. Watch your meal being made right in front of you, customise the toppings and extras you want to taste. Whether it’s a burrito, soft tacos, or just a salad bowl, Zaps brings a huge variety of options and side dishes, with all the flavour. The mains are super well priced for a student budget, and Zaps is the kind of place where if you want a lot of food, you get a hell of a lot for your money.

Must Try: Sweet Shredded Pork Burrito. Mhmm, we’re all about that life.

The Library

Don’t worry, we don’t mean the kind of library where you can fall asleep infront of your next Bill Bryson read, we mean the pub. The Library is open from breakfast all the way through until the early hours, bringing all the comfort foods. The Library is a lively sports bar showing all the major events, with a few pool tables on the side to keep you going through the down times. If you’re after something pretty chill, head down in the day. On the menu you’ll find all the usual pub delights. But hey, did we mention they do Bottomless Brunch. We’re down for that.

Must Try: Waffle Doodle Doo. Chicken + Waffles is a dream.

Treats Tea Room

For all the cosy cafe vibes in Durham with a delicious selection of sweet treats and great food, get yourself down to Treats Tea Room. There’s loads to choose from on the menu, with plenty for those of you who need vegan and gluten free options. Quality homemade food always warms the sole. We’re down for that.

Must Try: Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad & A Portion of Chips

Tips & Tricks for Saving Money on Food

Durham has so many amazing restaurants, so when you’re there, you know you definitely won’t fall short of options and you will, without a doubt, be able to find a restaurant that will suit your needs! These are just a few of a whole host of restaurants that are affordable to eat at, so you’ll never go hungry again. If you’re looking for other ways to life life for less, check out our Save Money Hub.