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You'll Never Believe Which European City Has Just Been Revealed as a 'Junk Food Capital'

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Food Editor
Updated: 27 October 2017
It’s there’s one thing Europe excels in, it’s junk food.

From frites and sausage rolls to fish and chips, it’s something that the whole continent does well.

But which European city takes the junk food crown?

Cardiff residents spend £86.80 a month on junk food
Cardiff residents spend £86.80 a month on junk food | © Billy Stock / Shutterstock

The surprising answer is Cardiff, in Wales. Residents of the Welsh capital spend £86.80 every month (£1,041 a year) on takeaways and fast food.

That is a lot of of junk food!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the people of Cardiff also spend the most on health and fitness out of any city in the UK – presumably trying to work off all those takeaways.

Oxford is the dining out capital of the UK, with folk from the historic university city splashing out £1,270 a year on meals in restaurants, pubs and cafes.

But the overall winner for spending most on grocery shopping is Cambridge, with the average family spending £3,541 every year on food and drink.

Oxford is the dining out capital of the UK
Oxford is the dining out capital of the UK | © aslysun / Shutterstock

It appears Geordies are the biggest lovers of holidays and mini-breaks – those living in Newcastle spending an average of £1,781 annually on trips away in the UK and abroad.

Londoners are by far and away the most cultured, splashing out more than the rest of the UK on books, art and theatre trips.

The information came from a poll conducted by VoucherCodes. Consumer editor Anita Naik said: ‘What the spending map shows is that we are a nation who likes to treat ourselves. However, what classifies as a treat is very dependent on where you live.

‘One person’s Friday night takeaway is another’s new pair of shoes or in-app purchase. Using apps like VoucherCodes can save you money on all types of different treats, so it’s worth taking a look before you spend.’