If you are visiting Europe with the specific purpose of savoring the street cuisines in different countries of the continent, then you just might be in for surprises. Europe is not particularly renowned for its street food as Asian nations, but you are not going to be disappointed either.
Exploring the fantastic world of European street cuisine has its own joys. The Farmers’ Markets are undoubtedly among the best places to discover delicious snacks, drinks, baked goods and fresh produce. Most of the people visit the Farmers’ Markets to do their shopping because of the high-quality produce and a large selection available. You will find Farmers’ Markets throughout Europe from where you can buy pre-made snacks and meals at discounted prices. Being a foreign tourist, it you are unable to find the Farmers’ Market then don’t hesitate to ask from a local person who will readily help you locate it.
If you are traveling to France, Germany and the Netherlands, you will find most street food being sold on the cart have strong Turkish and Middle Eastern influences because of the presence of large number of immigrants from these places. The street food mostly sold by these immigrants is quite delicious and have rich flavors.
In Berlin you will find a plethora of Turkish cuisines to enjoy because the Turkish people form the majority of the immigrant population here. The Doner kebab meat served with yoghurt sauce and fresh greens in a flatbread like a sandwich is particularly worth trying out. Falafel is another street food quite popular in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Central Station is the best place to enjoy cheap and fresh falafel being sold on the carts outside.
There are great drinks to enjoy in street-side cafes in various European cities. If you are visiting Italy, then visit one of the Espresso bar or a street-side café for a quick, pick-me-up espresso. In cities like Berlin and Prague, you can enjoy some wonderful mulled wine and lift your spirits. Berlin is especially famous for its hot spiced red wine “Glühwein”. The special wine is prepared with sugar, orange peel, cloves, vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks. Fruit wines such as blueberry and cherry wine is available at some cafes. The local itmit rum can also be ordered to boost your spirits.
European countries are famous for their sweets. If you are spending your vacations in Berlin then consider trying out the delicious “thepfannkichen”. It’s a kind of doughnut filled with jam. You will love to have it more and more. Italy is famous for its gelato. In most cities of Italy you will discover small, bodega-like shops from where you can buy a few scoops of gelato to cool you off. However, consider sticking to those places where only gelatos are sold.
Belgium is famous for its waffles. You will find many small stands in Brussels where fresh waffles covered in whipped cream, chocolate and fruits are served. Crepes are a foodie’s delight in Paris and other French cities. For dessert you can have one spreas with honey and salted butter or with confiture de ait. You can also have it with lots and lots of nutella. You will find crêperies in nearly every street corner of Paris. Arab versions of crêperies are also available with a softly-fried egg and grated gruyère cheese or with sausage, olives, spinach and feta cheese.
In Czech Republic, yet another surprise awaits you in the form of “syr smazeny”, which is breaded and fried cheese. It is among the traditional and most popular street foods in the country. It is usually of the Swiss, Gouda or Edam variety. It is typically served along with bread, salad, fried potatoes and tatarska omacka (tartar sauce). This treat can also be found in Bulgaria, where it is prepared with kashkaval cheese.
With 50 different countries encompassing Europe, finding street foods can be somewhat tricky. Britain is quite popular for its fish n’ chips, which is usually served on paper plates seasoned with salt and vinegar. In the Balkans you will love gorging on the delectable, hand-formed sausages called “ascevapi or cevaps”. It is served on a type of flat bread “lepinje”. The Dalmatian coast in Croatia is renowned for serving fried seafood and seafood salads. The famous seafood salad to be enjoyed here is “lignje na salatu” (squid salad). The gyros is popular in gyros. While in Stockholm, don’t forget to enjoy the favorite cheaply priced knäckis. It’s a sandwich served on hard bread with toppings of red onions, cucumbers and fried herring.