Food is an absolutely vital part of the travel experience. The key to understanding a place’s culture and history often lies in its cuisine. While many globetrotters choose to do this by booking a table at a popular tourist trap restaurant, we believe that in order to find the best food in a new place, one often has to take to the streets.
Not only is eating street food an easy and inexpensive way to fill your stomach, but it also opens the door to a whole world of utter deliciousness. From stainless steel push carts and dubious-looking night market stalls to kiosks and the backs of bicycles, you’ll often find that the best local cuisine is being made by a local on the street rather than a big-name chain or celebrity-helmed restaurant. From the all-American hot dog to Sicily’s spleen sandwich, every world traveler must try these 35 iconic street foods.
Nikki Maniscalco contributed to this article.