Top five cities for street food

  • Friday, August 31, 2012 2:20pm
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Top five cities for street food

When asked what your favorite street food, is your first thought of crepes or pretzels? In many countries, it is a storied tradition and a celebration of a collective national heritage.

The members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com compiled this list of the “Top 5 Best Street Food Cities.”

1. Bangkok, Thailand: Few places in the world are as synonymous with street food as Thailand. For the variety of locations and abundance of options, we selected Bangkok, Thailand, as our No. 1 spot for street food.

Bangkok is notable for its variety of offerings and the city’s abundance of street hawkers. VirtualTourist members recommended Soi Rambuttri, a U-shaped lane off of Khao San Road and near Wat Chana Songkhram, as a great spot in the old district of Bangkok.

2. Singapore, Singapore: The undisputed up-and-coming spot for street food in Southeast Asia is Singapore, though street food already has a long history in the city.

In 1968 and 1969, all street hawkers were forced to register, and for the next 15 years, the government relocated hawkers to “hawker centers.”

These centers can be described as a hybrid of a food court and an organized market with street food stalls.

3. Marrakech, Morocco: Multiple VirtualTourist members recommended Marrakech’s main square, Djemaa el Fna, as the spot to find your street food snack in Morocco. Located in the city’s medina quarter (old city), the square contains close to a hundred food stalls serving a variety of Moroccan cuisine.

4. Mexico City, Mexico: While Mexican cuisine in other countries has sadly been oversimplified to the taco and quesadilla, a quick stroll around the Mercado San Juan, the La Merced, or Centro Historico in Mexico City will open your eyes to a variety of antojitos (street snacks) available.

5. Brussels, Belgium: We certainly can’t compile an article on street food sans frites. Two stands vying for top spot in French-influenced Brussels are Frit’ Flagey in Place Flagey and Maison Friterie Antoine in Place Jourdan, which is also famous for its variety of sauces, from the traditional Flemish topping of mayonnaise to a Brazilian take on ketchup and quatre poivres.

&Copy; 2012 VirtualTourist.com, Distributed by Tribune Media Services Inc.

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