Cheap eats: The best cities in the world for street food
Kumpir by Suryanili Haydarili Sosili
The best part of travelling, for me, is the food. New tastes, new colors, new ways of cooking… I’ve had many great experiences, and some plain disgusting ones. It’s all part of the fun.
Splurging on a 3-Michelin star restaurant is a fantastic experience but most often, the soul of the new culture that you’re exploring is in the street food. Kumpir in Istanbul are my absolute favourite. These are giant baked potatoes whipped, along with generous amounts of butter, in their skins, and topped with your choice of something like thirty different kinds of topping. You can go all out and ask for everything on top but I like to go easy and only go with some sausage, perhaps some corn, some cheese, and maybe some olives.
Here in Paris, the ubiquitous crepes are one of the most-loved street foods. You can get them from food trucks, tiny, hole in the wall (literally!) restaurants that specialize in crepes, or if you’re feeling fancy, even a creperie. I love mine slathered with nutella but the French also go for savoury galettes. These are stuffed with your choice of bacon, ham, smoked salmon and the like.
I think Istanbul, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur are some fo the best cities in the world for street food. What are your favourites?