Where to go for the World’s Best Street Food

Some travelers follow their head, others their heart, but me? I listen to my stomach, deciphering its rumbles and following where it directs me to go, based on which exotic flavors and authentic dishes I can’t wait to taste next.

So, from Mumbai to Mexico City, tagine to tacos, we’ve compiled a list of the places you should visit for the world’s best street eats, where to head to find the best hawker spots, as well as which must-try local treats you should get your teeth into. Enjoy and try not to drool everywhere.

Warning: this round-up of the best cities to visit for street food will make you hungry.

1. Bangkok

Thailand

Bangk’s street food scene is definitely one of the best Asian food experiences you can have as a visitor to the city and a way of life for locals. Although not confined to any one particular area of the city, Chinatown and the city’s markets are ideal for snack-hunters on the prowl.

2. Mexico City

Mexico

Tostadas, tamales, and tacos… oh my! CDMX’s street food is both flavorsome and ish – after all, it’s impossible to order just one taco.

3. Osaka

Japan

Osaka’s Dotonbori district offers a street food safari of tasty ights as well as a feast for the eyes, with quirky shopfront designs, neon signs (including the famed Glico running man), and little izakaya (bars) tucked away down side streets.

4. Istanbul

Turkey

Head to Istanbul’s Karakoy and Ortakoy neighborhoods to discover how Turkish street food is so much than the traditional doner kebab (though that’s always an excellent choice).

5. Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s enduring street food culture can be a ed bag of stomach Russian roulette for hungry tourists, but that’s part of the fun. Cheong fun steamed rice rolls soaked in a sweet soy sauce make for a sweet snack, whilst egg waffles are as icious as they are Instagrammable.

6. Cairo

Egypt

You may be familiar with falafel, kofta, and shawarma already, but there are plenty of other Egyptian street food icacies that haven’t yet found their way to the international food stage.

7. Portland

USA

Portland’s renowned hipster vibe comes complete with a strong food truck presence, many which you can find parked up around town or in semi-permanent “pods.”

The cuisines on offer are niche and diverse, so bring a couple of friends along to plates of Romanian chimney cakes, bacon cheeseburger dumplings, and panzerotti (a Portland original of one part fry bread and one part calzone).

8. Mumbai

India

A bout of infamous “hi belly” is worth the risk for the rich flavors on offer at Mumbai’s busy street stalls. Bhelpuri (puffed rice and vegetables in a tangy tamarind sauce) and vada pav (potatoes seasoned with garlic, chili, and herbs) are the main draws here, but hearty biryanis are also a winner, best paired with a sweet mango lassi to calm your tickled taste buds.

9. Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam

Walk down the streets of Saigon and it’s impossible not to be tempted by the fragrant wafts of pho and freshly baked baguettes – a perfect example of the city’s East-meets-West cuisine.

10. Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro, is full of culinary ights; fusing Portuguese with Japanese and original Brazilian styles in its street food scene. Head to the beaches of Ipanema or Copacabana for street eats such as churrasquinho meat skewers, pao de queijo cheesy bread, pastel meat s akin to dumplings, and cachorro quente hot dogs.

11. Marrakech

Morocco

The souks of Marrakech’s medina transform into a lively assortment of street food stalls, performances, and entertainment when the sun goes down, creating a festival-like atmosphere.

12. Durban

South Africa

A blend of Zulu, Indian, and European influences have converged in the South African city of Durban to create icious street food options.

13. Singapore

Think of street food and you might well be conjuring images of Singapore’s hawker centers, with a variety of Asian flavors available, including Chinese, Indian, and Malay. Although stricter health regulations have set high standards for the hawkers (and therefore moved much of the street food off the street), there are still plenty of authentic and flavorsome dishes to sample.

14. Paris

France

Think of French cuisine and you may conjure images of frogs’ legs, or snails drizzled in garlic. However, the city’s most humble of dishes is also one you can simply find on a cobbled Parisian street corner: the crêpe.

15. Cartagena

Columbia

The plazas of Colombia’s Cartagena are filled with stalls serving up skewers of carne, cups of tangy ceviche, plus the local favorite of arepas.

16. Seoul

South Korea

Head to the markets of South Korea’s capital and you’ll discover a plethora of exciting street eating options.

17. Palermo

Italy

Italian food is bed all over the world, so picking just one Italian city is extremely difficult. Sicily’s Palermo beat Rome to the punch with Italian favorites such as sliced pizza and focaccia, plus Sicilian originals such as arancini (fried rice balls) and pani câ mèusa (bread with spleen, often served with ricotta cheese).

18. Honolulu

Hawaii

Hawaii’s of migrants and fresh seafood have combined to create a thriving street food culture. Try pe (raw fish salad), often served with tuna or octopus, with flavors ranging from kimchi to ceviche.

19. Berlin

Germany

For carnivores, Berlin is a street food haven, serving up plates of ubiquitous currywurst; chopped up bratwurst sausages drowned in ketchup and dusted with curry powder.

20. Kingston

Jamacia

Two words: jerk chicken. The irresistible smy flavor comes from the charcoal and green pimento wood, which the chicken is coed over; as well as the rich spices and peppers rubbed into the meat.

Did any of the above street eats and local delicacies get your mouth watering? Or did we miss out one of your favorite foodie destinations? Let us know in the comments below.

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