Dining in Southampton is fast becoming one of the top reasons to visit the city. With café’s, restaurants, and bistro’s opening, there is plenty of choice to taste and sample the gastro delights of the city.

Whatever you are up to during your visit you are bound to need refreshments, stopping for coffee and a cake is a great way to refresh and here is where you are spoilt for choice!

Mettricks is Southampton’s independent tea and coffee house serving the city’s best hot chocolate, fantastic coffee, loose leaf tea and homemade cakes. With three venues across the city you will never be far from one.

The Docks: Southampton Coffee House (opening 2nd March 2017) with specialty eats, wine and beer. The food is fresh, tasty and locally sourced and the coffee is hand roasted in Hampshire.

Are you looking to have dinner out at one of Southampton’s many fantastic restaurants? Then you’re in luck! There is a cuisine to suit any appetite; European, Asian, American, and of course good old British grub.

New for 2017 is the exciting new development at Westquay. This exciting new development offers an extensive variety of restaurants, cafés and leisure facilities, so whether you are looking for a lunchtime snack or evening meal, they’ve got it covered! Try traditional Greek food at The Real Greek at Westquay, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a wide variety of Meze to share and Souvlaki Wraps to try!

Award winning Mexican eatery, Wahaca offers fresh, honest Mexican Market food. Founders, Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby have brought Mexico’s vibrant flavours and social dining culture to the UK.

Thaikhun, Westquay

If you find it hard to choose then COSMO Authentic World Kitchen at Westquay offers more than 150 freshly cooked, authentic dishes, from around the globe, with live cooking stations to add some theatre to your meal! If Thai takes your fancy then the new Thaikhun restaurant in Westquay brings you an authentic Thai style with Thai street food and Thai inspired cocktails.

For a taste of the Orient, no matter where in the city you are, Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Restaurants offer three locations across Southampton in Portswood, Above Bar and Ocean Village. In the centre of the city surrounding the Guildhall Square you’ll find the newly developed Cultural Quarter. With restaurants that include the Caribbean delights of Turtle Bay, and award winner pizza, pies and cider at The Stable. At the southern end of the city you’ll find a range of fine dining restaurants and bistro’s on Oxford Street, including The White Star Tavern, Max’s Bar & Brasserie and Simons at Oxfords. Each venue offers its own unique atmosphere and style of dining, independent and full of character, it’s a great place to spend an evening.

If you’re closer to the northern end of town then have a must-try burger at The Rockstone in Bevois Valley is definitely well earned, or find more meat treats at their sister pub The Sadler’s Brewhouse & BBQ on London Road. You’ll also find 7Bone Burger Co. serving up American comfort food classics including burgers, smokehouse BBQ, craft beers and cocktails, in a feel-good, speakeasy joint. Chalk Valley Farm & Kitchen can be found on London Road too, a farm-to-table restaurant, Chalk Valley Farm & Kitchen’s menu features 100% Grass-Fed Burgers, Texas Style BBQ, Dry Aged steaks, Cocktails and Craft Beers. Open every day from 11.30 am for brunch, lunch and dinner. Most of the produce is organic and all the pasture-raised beef, pork and lamb are from their very own farm in the Test Valley.

The city is literally booming with great places to eat, whether it’s a meal with friends, a romantic evening out or lunch with colleagues, the city has got it covered!

Treat yourself

Whether it’s a hot sunny day and you want an ice cream to cool you down, or if it’s raining outside and a comforting hot waffle covered in chocolate sauce is the only way to make you feel better…Southampton has got it covered!

In Westquay Shopping Centre you’ll discover Lola’s Cupcakes. Each day they handcraft a huge selection of delicious flavoured cupcakes and assorted cakes, with a large free-from range, which includes vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free.

As a family run business, Sprinkles Gelato pride themselves on their handmade Gelato, which is made right here in Southampton! Come and visit for amazing waffles, crepes, shakes, cookie dough, smoothies and more! And, Scoops Gelato in Portswood is a bright and lively dessert parlour with fresh Italian gelato and sorbets, which are hand-made daily on site.

If that wasn’t enough, The Marlands recently welcomed its new pancake house – STAKKS! With plenty of savoury delights and sweet treats. If you’re looking gluten free and vegan options check out The Songbird in Bitterne Triangle. This ice cream parlour has a huge selection that includes gluten free and vegan friendly options, it’s also a nut free environment!

Get off to a good start with breakfast in Southampton, here’s some top picks to kick start your day:

>> Mettricks across the city offers an all-day brunch menu including scotch pancakes with bacon & maple syrup to avocado on sourdough toast.
>> The White Star Tavern in Oxford Street serves breakfast until 11am and brunch until 3pm.
>>Halladays Tea Rooms in Bedford Place serve breakfast from opening until 3:45pm each day.

Want to be wined and dined? These restaurants offer the perfect romantic setting…
>> Head to Oxford Street, which is ideal for date nights where you will find Simons at Oxford who uses fresh local ingredients and Max’s Bar & Brasserie offers authentic Italian and great cocktails.
>> The Dancing Man Brewery is a top pick for pie lovers.

Here are some family friendly restaurants with great kids menus!
>> Shrimp and Burger in Bedford place.
>> Chimichanga’s in Oxford Street.
>> Maritimo Lounge in Ocean Village .
>> Taco Bell in Hannover Buildings.

If you are looking for flavours from around the world…
>> Visit Lakaz Maman the Mauritian Street Kitchen in Bedford Place.
>> Enjoy Greek food at The Real Greek in Westquay.
>> Hola! Spanish Tapas at La Regatta at Town Quay.
>> COSMO Authentic World Kitchen at Westquay gives you a selection of over 150 cuisines.