10 Cities That Serve Delicious Street Food
Good food is a commonly cited reason for choosing a holiday destination, so it's little wonder places with a reputation for their food attract millions of tourists each year. However, delicious cuisine isn't only served in expensive restaurants. If you explore the vibrant city streets of certain countries, you'll come across a plethora of vending stalls, pushcarts and holes in the wall serving food that wouldn't be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Here are 10 cities that serve delicious street food.
1. Camden Market, London, England
The moment you step foot in the citified bustle of Camden, the smells from the food market entice you in ways no other smells could, with cuisines from all over the world being served by ambitious young chefs.
Admittedly, Camden Market doesn't have the same kudos and reputation that London's more upmarket Borough Market possesses, but Camden's food stalls are more multifaceted in their cuisine, while the prices are considerably lower.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
Street food is ubiquitous in Thailand's vast metropolis. Everywhere you go, stalls and vendors line the narrow streets as commuters and tourists wait to have their stomachs filled with wholesome dishes.
For all its mouth-watering dishes, a significant number of which are located near the backpacker districts, Bangkok doesn't hold back on its unique menus, with fried rats and insects often being served alongside pad thai and fresh curries so be prepared for a culture shock!
3. New Orleans, America
Many associate New Orleans with its uber-cool jazz clubs and carnivalesque atmosphere, yet many more forget that its food vendors are among some of the best in Noth America, so much so that there's a saying in the exciting city that the city's gas stations serve up better food than its restaurants.
Plate lunches, as they are known, can be found in most gas stores, while those wishing to sample street food in the famous French Quarter will likely find ample hot dog vendors keen to cash in on the success of the Lucky Dog Cart that was fictionalised in the bestselling New Orleans-set novel 'A Confederacy of Dunces.'
4. Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh's Jemaa el-Fna square comes alive at dusk, with food stalls sharing their space with snake charmers and musicians amidst the bustle of locals and often bewildered tourists, It's certainly a unique place, though the food is often welcomed by everyone, even if you do stumble across the occasional sheep head.
On the whole, the food is often on the spicy side, with onions and chillies blending into most of the food, though a favourite of many is meloui, a pancake formed from folded pastry that's served off a hot stove.
5. Singapore, Singapore
Singapore is technically a city-state, but due to its world-class street food, we had to include it. Converging its food with other favorite cuisines in nearby South and South-East Asia, the end result is a plethora of amazing dishes, with Hainan chicken and satay dishes found on most street stalls though if you want to taste something new, a bowl of laska (noodles in curry soup with a choice of meats) is a must.
Better still, Singapore experiences year-round sun, so street food vendors usually stay open every day.
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For the best Vietnamese street food, it's best to avoid the capital Hanoi and head to Ho Chi Minh City where you'll find stalls serving delicious and steamy bowls of pho- a warm noodle dish that every backpacker will tell you is the best noodle dish you'll ever taste.
Much like America, Vietnam also loves BBQ, though their blend contains an abundance of different and often hotter spices. One of the best places to go for BBQ can be fond on Pham Ngu Lao Street which is located near to the famous tourist attractions of Ben Tranh Market, and Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum.
7. Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia is more associated with BBQ's on the beach than it is for its street food, but following a wave of East Asian immigration, street food stalls have popped up throughout the capital to accompany the more established Sydney Fish Market.
Recommended dishes from the many stalls dotted around Sydney's neighbourhoods include traditional banh mi, noodle and babaganoush dishes though if you're looking for something slightly more gentrified, head to Carriageworks Farmers Market where you'll discover traditional Chinese dishes cooked up by TV chef Kylie Kwong.
8. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico is one of the world's most popular cuisines with its reach extending from the small stalls of Texan border towns to fine dining restaurants around the world, but if you want to experience a more authentic flavour of Mexico, a journey to the country's capital, Mexico City is a must.
Amidst the rip-roaring buzz of the city, many food stands serve juicy grilled chicken mixed with freshly grounded spices in flour tortillas before topping the tortilla with dollops of fresh salsa and guacamole. Your average Tex-Mex it is not.
9. Istanbul, Turkey
This mythical city is a place people get lost in both literally and figuratively, such is the scale of Istanbul's constant jamboree. Much like Marrakech, its endless procession of food stalls is brimmed with spices, though a favourite among locals is the simple but delicious varieties of simit, a cross between a bagel and a pretzel that is usually dipped in molasses.
Tourists have different tastes, however, and tend to go for a filling durum- a kebab folded into bread.
10. Tokyo, Japan
With more people living in Tokyo than any other city in the world, it would almost be a crime if there wasn't any street food. However, it isn't ubiquitous as it is in other Asian countries, but if you look beyond the many sushi joints and Michelin-starred restaurants, you'll stumble across many side streets dotted with food stalls, while Teppen: Nakameguro, is a must for grilled food.
Cooking the meat in front of your table, the chefs offer a variety of vegetables and meats, but what makes the little-known area great is that it's near the Meguro River, one of Tokyo's most breathtaking spots for flower watching.