Europe's Best Street Food

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Fine dining is great, but five European cities have truly delicious street food with heart

Paris

When in Paris, the crepe has to be the quintessential street food. There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants, stalls and take-away windows throughout the city all offering variations of this simple snack. Whether sucré (sweet, usually with fruit, chocolate, or jam) or salé (savory, with meats,

cheese, and vegetables), it’s best to head for the boulevard Montparnasse which has a proliferation of cheap and tasty options. One of the best things about street crêpes is that they’re often still being served way into the wee hours, and let’s face it, after a late and pricey Paris night out a three Euro crepe may be just what you need. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/wallyg)

Berlin

Berliners love their currywurst (curried sausage) so much that there is even an interactive Currywurst Museum in the city — with the motto, ‘don’t worry, be curry’. Eaten by young, old, rich, and poor, the humble currywurst is so popular, it is considered to be the culinary emblem of Germany's capital city. Gloriously tasty, it is served with skin on or off, doused in curry tomato sauce, curry powder, and served with a pile of chunky chips, normally with some mayo on the side. It’s pretty simple, but hard to get ‘just’ right. You will find currywurst stands all over the city and while they’re popular post-beer, they are quite the hangover cure too, making them theultimate meaty, street treat in Berlin.

Budapest

Langos is considered by most to be the traditional street food of Budapest. Pronounced "langosh," it’s made of leavened dough that has been quickly fried in vegetable oil, brushed with fresh garlic, and then sprinkled with sea salt. Variations on toppings include cheese, sour cream, ham, and ketchup.

Some of the best langos in the city can be found at the ‘Fény utca’ market, a large, central food market. These tasty bread puffs are easy to hold while wandering around and are great value too, making them the winner of the best street food snack in Budapest. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Sybren)

Vienna

If it’s a cheap, quick, and savory street snack that you’re after in Vienna, then the ‘würstelstand’ is the obvious choice; and there’s only one place to go for this traditional treat — the Würstelstand am Hohen Markt. Here, crispy skin wieners grilled to perfection with cheese are the order of the day along with spicy, smoky grillwurst. Possibly the Würstelstand of note in Vienna, this place attracts people from all backgrounds who come here for a guaranteed quality, late-night Würst — it’s open from 7 a.m. - 4 a.m. daily. Hot-dogs may never taste good again after you’ve eaten the best of the würst here. One tip, have it on a plate, rather than in a bun, and chase it with a cold beer.