We all know that when in Rome you have to do (AND EAT) as the Romans do! Street food in Europe is more than simply a way to save money, it is also a form of cultural expression in each country. Find out the essential European street food options in your favorite capital cities. Thanks to local tip-offs and investigation, take note at places you need to list down when creating your European bucket list!
Here’s what you have to taste while abroad!
1. Berlin, Germany: Currywurst
No doubt that a döner kebab is a most popular street food choice in Germany, but no trip to Berlin is complete without a currywurst. It is a white sausage, diced and served with fries, accompanied by a special sauce – a mixture of curry and ketchup. Be sure to try mayonnaise on your fries if you are feeling adventurous.
Where to try it: Curry 36, Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin
Why here? Umm well, the line should speak for itself!
2. Brussels, Belgium: Waffles
Crunchy, but soft. Sweet and still warm! In Brussels and the rest of Belgium, there are thousands of amazing places to eat waffles – whether in the tranquility of a park, at a cozy café or while walking the subway. Be sure to try various toppings on your waffles- ranging from powdered sugar, to fresh strawberries with chocolate like shown above.
Where to try it: Maison Dandoy, Rue Charles Buls 14, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Why here? Their goal is “to make your senses twinkle and dance.” Enough said!
3. Rome, Italy: Gelato
Although pizza reigns supreme in Italy, it would practically be a crime not to try lovely Italian ice cream. Fresh Italian ice cream, known as gelato, is sure to have you coming back for more! What is your favorite flavor: chocolate ice cream, strawberry, pistachio, coffee or stracciatella?
Where to try it: Come il Latte, Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, Rome, Italy
Why here? Any gelateria that describes their kitchen as a “laboratory” is not messing around! Plus, there is a wide range of flavors without dairy for all our lactose intolerant friends.
4. Madrid, Spain: Churros
There is no better way to start your day than with chocolate! The Spaniards say that the best time for churros is in the morning for breakfast. If it is too early for you (and too much sugar!), opt for some churros at lunch.
Where to try it: San Ginés Chocolateria, Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Why here? This traditional chocolatiers paradise is open every day of the year, stays open until the wee hours, and oozes late 19th-century charm. Not to mention, the churros are to-die-for!
5. Paris, France: Crêpes
Crepes with Nutella? Oui! Crepes with jam? Oui! Crepes are similar to pancakes but are much lighter and without maple syrup. Try out various combinations of this French specialty, such as sweet options with fruit or chocolate or savory versions with cheese.
Where to try it? Creperie Brocéliande, 15, Rue des Troi Freres, 75018 45200 Paris, France
Why here? Located in the Montmartre district right by the Sacré Coeur, so you can have an amazing dinner and still make it up to the top of the hill for the best sunset in Paris!
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Stroopwafels
Stroopwafels translates into a waffle with syrup! Essentially, they are two cookies joined by a thick (and delicious) syrup. They have been enjoyed in the Netherlands since the eighteenth century and can be found in shops throughout the country. Be sure to stop by a street food stand for freshly made ones that are still warm!
Where to try it? Original Stroopwafels, Albert Cuypstraat 182, 1073 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why here? Head down to the local Albert Cuypstraat Market to get the best stroopwafels made with traditional ingredients. Choose wisely between original or chocolate.
7. London, England: Fish and Chips
Simple, fried, and tasty, fish and chips are always on the menu in the UK. Enjoy your baked cod and french fries (called chips in the UK), with freshly squeezed lemon for a tangy twist! If you get hungry while sightseeing make a pit stop for some fried street food bliss.
Where to try it? CODFATHER fish and chips, 1183 Finchley Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 0AA, UK
Why here? Fresh from the sea, without all those yucky preservatives, and on to your plate! There is no betting the fish and chips from here!
8. Warsaw, Poland: Pierogi
Do you see a ravioli? Now imagine parceled inside that little bit of pasta is: minced meat, potatoes, vegetables, cheese, or these and other ingredients combined! Now imagine, wandering around Warsaw or Krakow, eating one, incidentally several of these – a pierogi never comes alone! In addition to fried, the pierogi often comes in the soup.
Where to try it? Zapiecek, (several locations in Warsaw), Nowy Świat 64, 00-999 Warszawa, Poland
Why here? Nothing says authentic Polish food like pierogis from Zapiecek, which has over 40 types to choose from!
9. Prague, Czech Republic: Trdelník
The tredelník is like a Czech donut that is cylinder shaped. Some are still stuffed with cream, syrup or Nutella!! You can find stands selling them year round in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic.
Where to try it: Good Food Coffee & Bakery, Karlova 160/8, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Why here?: Two words: Chimmney Blizzard. Rain or shine, summer or winter, this Trdelník filled with ice-cream is sure to send shivers down your spine!