With the advent of social media, food trails and street food walking tours are growing in stature and is recreating the art of gourmet appreciation. Starting from a local farmer’s markets to the upmarket restaurant scene, the food tours are the best way to enjoy the food and wine of a destination and is a true delight for a modern day food connoisseur. Often conducted by equally passionate local foodies, the food tours are not just about savouring the local delights but it’s also about learning the culture of a country through its food, local produces and the local customs.
HolidayMe have curated a list of the top-10 amazing street food walks around the world, a must-do list for every gourmet lovers!
Despite the presence of South East Asian heavyweights like Thailand and Malaysia, Vietnamese cuisine is carving a special reputation for itself. Start the Hanoi food trail in the city’s bustling Chau Long Market in the Old Quarter and you will realise the growing stature of Vietnamese cuisine. The market is a labyrinth of old streets and rustic décor and is perhaps the best place to savour the delicious pho bo (beef noodle soup), banh xeo (egg crepes) and banh cuon (steamed rice filled with minced meat, shallots and mushrooms). End the sumptuous gastronomic tour with a delightful sua chua caphe (coffee with yoghurt).
Tread the continents of Europe and Asia as you savour the delightful Turkish cuisine in the city of Istanbul. Perhaps, no other destination can match Istanbul’s street food scene which is diverse and reflects the very best of the culinary fusion from the Middle East to the Mediterranean. Check out the historic Spice Bazaar and get lost in the aroma of spices and fresh street foods before exploring the Kadiköy Market, best known for fresh sea food, locally produced cheese and Turkish Sweets.
France is fabled for its elegant art of fine dining but not much reputation in terms of street food scene. However, the stylish city of Nice, the largest city on the classic French Riviera, is witnessing the emergence of a bustling street food scene. Foodies can enjoy delicious treats like pissaladière (caramelised onion tarts), socca (chickpea pancakes), and tourtes de blettes (sweet tarts with chard and pinenuts) at the same time mingling and discovering the delights of this elegant French city.
Cosy and quaint fish and chips bars and pubs may have gained iconic status in the British capital, but do visit Brick Lane for savouring the delightful curry, a predominantly South Asian dish, which has become a national (British) obsession. Other delicacies that you can indulge in are kosher bagels, spicy chicken wings, roasted ribs, Chinese tea tasting and craft beer tasting along with several desserts.
San Francisco, USA
In the sprawling city of San Francisco, discover the Italian food legacy as you explore the Italian heritage of North Beach neighbourhood. Enter the Caffe Roma to relish the finest espresso. Relish the warm ciabatta at The Italian French Baking Company and fresh focaccia sandwiches at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café. Enjoy the amazing chocolate and fudge at Xox Truffles and pizza, pasta and dessert at Caffe Macaroni during a guided three-hour street food walking tour!
Thai cuisine has emerged dominant amongst the South East Asian cuisines and Bangkok is certainly, the best place to understand the ever increasing popularity. Bangkok’s street food scene is simply amazing in terms of options, variety and wide range of delicacies available for food connoisseurs. The art of street food appreciation can only be perfected in the Thai capital as both foreigners and locals jostle to get a bite from the street side stalls and food markets. You will surely have a memorable gastronomic adventure in Bangkok, as you relish the Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles), Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry) and Khao Pad (Fried Rice).
Penang’s capital Georgetown boasts of Asia’s best street food scene as this historic city comprises of a delectable food palette that includes the best of Indian, Malay and Chinese influences. Walking down the streets of Georgetown is a delectable food sojourn as you savour delicacies like Assam Laksa, Mee Goreng, Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Hae Mee, Laksa Lemak, Wanton Mee, Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, Char Koay Kak, Oh Chien, Pasembur, Popiah and many more.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican cuisine has rightfully been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage as the spicy Mexican foods have become widely popular all over the world. The best place to enjoy the world renowned Mexican cuisine remains the Mexican capital. Mexico City’s street food scene is legendary! Starting from the spicy tacos and quesadillas to jalapeno and chilli pickles to tortillas, burritos, carnitas and fresh juices, Mexico City is simply among the best in the world in terms of street food.
Wellington, New Zealand
Kiwis take their food pretty seriously, so much so that Wellington, the country’s capital, has more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York. Wellington has emerged as one of the leading destinations Down Under, which has a wonderful street food scene and gourmet culture. The food and wine scene is diverse and very well curated. Wellington is also known as the hoppy epicentre of New Zealand’s fastest growing craft beer scene. The walking tours around the harbour includes a stop at Mojo Coffee and Moore Wilson’s deli filled with local cheese and delicacies including salmon roast, roast lamb, maori hangi, fish and chips, cheese and wine, sweet treats among many others.
Tasmania in Australia is swiftly emerging as a top notch foodie destination Down Under as the local cuisine tends to focus primarily on the available fresh produces, sustainable farming and a gastronomic movement which is aimed to put the state on the map of global food lovers. The walking tour in the state includes visits to innovative eateries of Hobart. Fresh and flavour oriented culinary specialities of Australia and New Zealand can be enjoyed along with the world class Pinot Noir wines in Tasmania.
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