Travel should be accessible to everyone, and those on a budget shouldn’t have to miss out on the glorious culinary offerings of Europe. Luckily, some of the tastiest foods are actually street foods, and they’re a great way to get a taste of the street culture wherever you are. Here are the top 5 tastiest and most filling street foods throughout the continent.
Bosnia Herzegovina: Ćevapi
It might be surprising to find such an obscure country topping off this list. But anyone who’s eaten Ćevapi will understand why: fresh flatbreads are stuffed with mini grilled sausages, garnished with onions and topped with either sour cream or local cheese and a variety of regional condiments. This country may have invented the perfect cheap street food.
Italy: Porchetta Sandwiches
The porchetta sandwich is a Roman specialty which might very well be one of the most delicious things you will eat in Italy. Warm, fresh porchetta, or slow-roasted pork with a crispy skin exterior, is sliced to order and nestled into a golden, fresh Ciabatta bread. No sauces needed here: it is said that a quality porchetta sandwich doesn’t need any add-ons at all.
Spain: Fresh Juice and Pintxos
A trip to Spain is not complete without passing through La Boqueria market, where you can cobble together a delicious meal on a budget by visiting a bunch of different stalls. A winning combination: freshly squeezed juices made with seasonal fruits paired with pintxos, which are fresh slices of bread topped with a variety of meats, cheeses or seafood. Try one of each to sample the full palette of Spanish flavors without breaking the bank.
A snack everyone is probably familiar with, pretzels originated in the Bavaria region of Germany, and are widely available at traditional bakeries throughout the country. One could make a whole meal from these cheap and perfect snacks, which are sometimes sold for less than €1! Buy ten of them and eat yourself into a carb coma.
There may be nothing closer to street food heaven than a fresh crêpe, a paper-thin folded pancake which can go either sweet or savory. Local crêpe-makers can be found on almost every street corner, folding in anything from chocolate mascarpone cream to cheese and ham. Pair with a steaming coffee and you have the perfect Parisian budget breakfast to go.