Street food is slowly becoming the preferred choice of travelers. Sidewalk vendors, outdoor markets, and push carts can offer delicious meals at a quarter of the price you pay at a gourmet restaurant. Here are the best cities in the world to get the tastiest street food.
Mexico City, Mexico
The best place on Earth to get the best Mexican food is, or course, the Mexican capital of Mexico city. Streets are lined with tacos stands that offers meals with the freshest ingredients. There are also multiple market buildings such as the Mercado Allende which features vendors that sell ceviche, fresh squeezed juices, sweet local candies, and much more.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A steaming bowl of Pho is the most popular option of street food in Ho Chi Minh City. The warm noodles and clear broth are perfect way to relax and enjoy the city. However, don’t forget to try the Banh mi sandwiches and less known local dishes such as Cơm tấm (cooked broken rice) and bò nướng lá lốt (Vietnamese beef in lolot leaves).
The old city of Marrakech, Medina, is an explosion of colors and flavors due to the outdoor vendors selling mountains of spices and fresh produce. Hundreds of stalls occupy the main square awaiting for you to try one of their local delicacies, such as shawarma, harira (tomato and spiced chickpea soup), and tangine (meat and vegetables stewed in a ceramic dish).
If there was ever a capital of street food, Bangkok would be it. The city is full to the brim with street vendors offering feasts for every meal. Some popular local dishes include Som Tam (papaya salad), Khao Pad (fried rice), Sai Krok Issan (sour Issan sausage), and Gai/Moo Bing (grilled chicken/pork skewers). Although you can easily find street food everywhere in the city, there are multiple food tours to help you find your way around. TIP: Get to Bangkok ASAP! The city has recently made a ruling to ban street food by the beginning of 2018.
The street food in Cartagena is created with Spanish and African influences giving it a unique and tasty flavor. However, unlike other cities on this list, Cartagena street food can be a hit or miss, as it is not regulated. However, when it’s a hit, it’s a great hit. You must try arepas, mazorca desgranada (a corn, meat and cheese medley topped with crunchy potatoes), and bollos (boiled yucca buns).