The Best Street Food Cities in the World

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Gethin Morgan

Content and CRM Executive

Eating local is the fastest way to discover the soul of a city, and some places love food so much that it spills out onto the streets. From pavement vendors to fast food eateries and bustling night markets, street food can be as exciting and experiential as it is delicious. Discover the greatest foodie destinations with Culture Trip as we guide you around the best street food cities on Earth.

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Person holding a folded pizza in the streets of Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

It’s the birthplace of pizza, for goodness sake! Of course this place is street food heaven. Italy is not short of culinary cities – Bologna is the foodie capital and Rome is not short on Michelin stars – but to authentically experience the people’s eating habits in Italy, there’s no replacement for Napoli. The city’s unique blend of ancient history and lively (bordering on chaotic) streets lends itself perfectly to fast, delicious creations both sweet and savoury. Our Seductive Southern Italy trip starts in Naples and our first full day starts with an expertly guided street food tour of the city. Of course you’ll be having some pizza – almost certainly the best you’ve ever had – but you’ll also try classic Neapolitan specialties like aubergine parmigiana and sfogliatelle, a flaky pastry shell filled with sweetened ricotta. Trust us, you haven’t lived until you’ve walked down a narrow old street in Naples while shoving a folded pizza into your mouth – any city where this is socially acceptable is fine by us.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Jamaa el Fna market square at dusk, Marrakesh, Morocco, north Africa. Jemaa el-Fnaa, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa is a famous square and market place in Marrakeshs medina quarter.

Marrakech, Morocco

The beauty of street food is that it’s been going on for as long as food and trade existed together. Night markets are an incredible symbol of culture, and in some ways a thriving continuation of our ancient history, and there’s probably not a city on Earth that better captures the old tradition of delicious fast food than Marrakech. You don’t even have to go beyond its famous main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, to have an unforgettable foodie experience. There’s plenty going on here throughout the day, but things really come alive when nighttime falls and the stalls are lit-up only by hanging lamps and the flames from their fiery grills. Expect plenty of delicious tagine and couscous dishes, but more adventurous eaters might fancy a try of some sheep’s head or snail soup. Whether you push the boat out or play it safe, flavour wins the night, but eating out in Jemaa el-Fnaa is about more than just the food. The atmosphere of this place is incredible, with live music, street performers and the background noise of thousands of happy customers setting an ambience quite unlike any other. You’ll get to experience that for yourself on our Epic Morocco trip, which ends up in Marrakech, where you’ll be treated to a guided street food tour of the city’s old medina.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Casablanca, Morocco

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ENDS AT

Marrakech, Morocco

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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People eating street food in Bangkok at night, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

We can’t talk about street food without venturing a little further east. East and Southeast Asian cities tend to have pulsating street food scenes and, while we give honorary mentions to Japan, Korea and Vietnam, it’s Bangkok that has to take home the crown. The food in Thailand not only lends itself to market service, but much of it is derived from that fast food culture. Noodles, dumplings, grilled meats – you name it, Bangkok has it. Jodd Fair Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Srinakarin Train Market all offer an incredible range of stalls, but you can get the ultimate guided experience on our Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam trip, which includes an amazing tuk-tuk tour of the city’s food scene. The trip also explores Cambodian street food in Phnom Penh and includes a guided market visit in Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile, if Bangkok is a little too mainstream for you, join us on our Tropical Northern Thailand trip to discover the street food delights of Chiang Mai.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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