7 cities with the most street food in the world
The thing is, it’s not just about the affordability alone, but the experience that comes with it. It’s a way of experiencing the culture of the city. Plus, they always taste so good.
Street food started about a thousand years back in Greece when small fried fish were sold to people on the street.
It soon spread to other cities and countries around the world, and today, there are numerous kinds of street foods in different countries.
For instance, in South Africa, there are quite a number of street food like bunny chow, salomie, braai/shisa nyama, bobotie, smiley etc..
But if you thought South Africa is one of the top cities in the world with the most street food, sorry to burst your bubble, it doesn’t even come close.
Check out these 7 cities with the most street food.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is one of those cities with quite a number of exciting street food like huge baked potatoes popularly referred to as Kumpir, fish sandwich or balik ekmek, doner kebap served in pita bread, bagel-style sesame bread, etc.
If you find yourself in the city, be sure to stop by Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian-only street with so many food vendors.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is known for street food like noodles, curries, roast duck, shrimps, barbecued catfish, deep fried pork belly, salads and so much more.
One thing is sure, you’re not likely to run out of options so quickly when it comes to street food in Bangkok.
3. Mumbai, India
If you’ve ever stumbled on any Indian street food profile on Instagram, then you’d agree that Mumbai indeed deserves to be on this list.
The most popular street food in Mumbai is samosa with all kinds of shape, size and stuffing’s. Then there’s kebab, chicken tandoori, grilled cow udders, potato fritter sandwich, yogurt-marinated goat, etc.
4. Mexico City, Mexico
If you enjoy eating meat, you can be sure you’ll have more than enough in Mexico City, thanks to the food vendors in the city. Although they’re also known for other street foods like tacos, street corn, fresh juice and gorditas, you’re likely to find more vendors grilling or frying meats to put in tortilla wraps or a pot of stew.
5. Marrakech, Morocco
One of the popular street foods in Marrakech is sausage. So, don’t be surprised when you see some sausages hanging all over like Christmas lights.
At nightfall, the city gets filled with vendors making all sorts of delicacies like snail soups, potato fritters, kebabs, tagine and even fresh juices like orange and grape juice.
6. Paris, France
There are many local French dishes you should try when you visit Paris. During the day, you can look out for sandwich vendors and falafel stands by the sidewalk, and at night, opt for freshly prepared crepes.
7. Tokyo, Japan
When it comes to seafood street food like sushi, octopuses, fried scallops, grilled fish, etc., you can enjoy as many as you like in Tokyo.