Travel always involves food, and trying them out when you’re someplace new is a definite must-do. One of the best food items that travelers must try at least once is a country’s street food—the simple, casual way of cooking and eating, and a way of gathering among locals. There are many street food options everywhere you look anywhere you are in the world, so follow the smell and don’t you dare opt for that nearby fast food chain!
Leave the fancy dinners at home, make fine-dining plans for another occasion, save the nice suits and dresses for another day—learn to experience a culture by trying out the food available in the streets. Here are some of the best places in the world where you can get amazing street food—some of the not-so-familiar, a little bit of the recognizable, and a bit of the strange.
Vietnam is famous for its coffee and the lovely pho, and while these two are two of the most essential things to try in the country’s restaurants, it’s the carts out in the streets where you can enjoy another favorite–the banh mi, a baguette sandwich with meat, herbs, mayo, etc. sold in small stalls.
You must have had days of craving for Mexican food and out of desperation, you’d just head over to fast food chains that serve “Mexican.” This isn’t the real thing and you know it. When you go to Mexico, however, you’ll find street food everywhere, and some of the most awesome ones are the tacos–beef wrapped in tortilla stuffed with salsa, onions, and other fresh ingredients. Having late-night cravings here will surely make you consume more food than usual.
Of course this list will not be complete without the food in this vibrant city. The famous NYC pretzels and hotdogs are all over the streets in the little carts in all corners of the city, and some other ones that you must not miss here are Middle Eastern and Indian treats. Not only are these food items a lot cheaper than the ones you can order in restaurants—having it in the bustling NY streets is also quite an experience.
Singapore is no stranger to lists such as this one—this country serves a wide variety of food from different cultures so eating is one of the best activities one could do here. There are many hawker centers all over the city—the best places to eat. From cereal prawns to chicken rice, from noodle dishes to rotis, this is the place where there’s mouthwatering treats everywhere you look.
One of the most famous street food in South Africa not only tastes so good–it’s also something that tells the story of a culture. The walkie-talkies, which are basically grilled head and feet of chickens, used to be the one of the food items that workers ate during the apartheid. The wealthy consumed the meaty parts of the chicken, and so the others are left with this. Little did they know that it was gonna be a future favorite!