The Best Street-Food Cities around the World (part 2)

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland may not be widely known as a street-food mecca, but they have a secret weapon that earned them a solid place on the list of the best street-food cities around the world. It is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, translating roughly to the best hot dogs in the universe, a distinction noted by its sign as well as by the Michelin Guide. It’s common lore that every Icelander has eaten one. Part of the secret is a small amount of free-range lamb, crispy fried onions, and a stripe of remoulade.

Famous for: Hot dogs, hot dogs, and hot dogs.

4. Istanbul, Turkey

Doner kebab may be Turkey’s greatest export but there’s much more to enjoy on the streets of the city formerly known as Constantinople. One of the best evident about Istanbul’s close relationship with their neighboring seas is balik ekmek sandwiches, which top a grilled filet of mackerel with a squeeze of lemon, onions, and greens. More fruit of the sea comes in the form of rice-stuffed mussels, while those who want a funkier meat may turn to kokoreç, aka spitted lamb intestines.

Famous for: Doner kebab, balik ekmek fish sandwiches, Turkish-style lahmacun pizzas, sesame simit bread.

5. Portland, Oregon

Portland has so embraced the concept of street food that it has become a way of life. Most of the hundreds of food carts out there aren’t limited to slinging meats roasting on an exposed spit or simmering in dirty water for days.

The carts are usually clustered together in pods, where there may be beer and sometimes cocktails. And the variety of foods it can offer is astoundingly diverse, from foie gras burger, Ethiopian food, lobster rolls, steak frites, burritos, fried pies, poutine, wood-fired pizza, porchetta, pasta, cake, cheese plates, to lesser-known Thai delicacies, octopus balls, Mauritian curry, hand-churned ice cream, arepas, sushi, tandoori chicken, or a waffle cone stuffed with pulled pork all in one neighborhood. They also have halal food, street meat, or a Chicago dog to offer if you want.

Famous for: Everything, really.

The Best Street-Food Cities around the World (part 1)

Street food is an essential part of experiencing each country’s culture. In terms of street food,  each city has its own specialty. From Pani Puri in Mumbai to Pad Thai in Bangkok, you are spoilt for options of the best street food cities in the world. Here is a list of the best street-food cities around the world to helps you find it easier to choose from.

1. Cartagena, Colombia

This walled South American treasure offers one of the most fresh street foods on this list. Fruit, juice, and macheted coconuts can be found everywhere, as are little plastic cups of sugary Colombian coffee. Its ceviche and shrimp cocktails remind you that you are sunbathing on the coast while arepas and empanadas have the savory pastry game on lock. For the gluttons, they deep-fry everything from pig feet to cheese.

Famous for: Empanadas, arepas, fresh juice and fruit, kebabs shrimp, shrimp cocktails on beach.

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although eating in Brazil can be quite expensive, luckily, street food comes to the rescue. Brazil’s most famous snack is warm little balls of cheese bread, named pão de queijo, that can be found just about everywhere. The city of Rio de Janeiro revolves around the beach, so naturally there would be some killer eats along the waterfront. Vendors walk along the beach screaming out their offerings, from savory fried pastel pastries, to skewered shrimp, to hunks of cheese roasted to order on tiny grills.

If you have ever been to a Fogo de Chão, you know that Brazilians really love their grilled meats, and you will see a variety of multi-meat kebabs outside bars there. Wash them down with a cup of superfruit in the form of acai, but ensure to ask for a small or you will end up with a bowl as big as your head.

Famous for: Fried savory pastries, pão de queijo cheese balls, kebabs, tapioca crepes, acai smoothies