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