Top Street Food in 16 European Capitals

Rome: Suppli

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Suppli is a gift from the gods, just take a look at the post where I wrote all about it. It usually consists of a ball of rice (risotto, typically) made with a raw egg and tomato sauce, rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried. Oh, they are also stuffed with a nice little ball of mozzarella in the middle that when you split the suppli in half, a slow mo video of pure decadence as gospel music rings in the background plays. The cheese becomes drawn out like a cord of a telephone (you remember, when telephones were actually plugged into the wall, right?). That’s where it gets the name Suppli al telefono.

London: Grill My Cheese’s Grilled Cheese 

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While London may not be known for its local cuisine, they make up for it with their international food scene, especially, its street food. There are so many amazing options that how can you choose the best? I think the picture above is enough of an explanation, don’t you think? Grill My Cheese does insane grilled cheese sandwiches at different markets around London that will make you fuller than full but extremely satisfied.

Not a fan of grilled cheese? Check out this Buzzfeed article on their take on the top 21 street food finds in London.

Vienna: Sausages

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No hotdog or pretzel stands here. In Vienna, the stands you see on every corner of the street are sausage stands or Wurselstands. An array of sausages can be found at them, my favorite being the Debreziner sausage, which is a thin, peppery and spicy sausage.

Paris: Crepes

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Being super chocolate obsessed, this is pretty bias, I will admit. But I feel as if this is general knowledge that crepes are to Paris like waffles are to Belgium. You can sit down to eat them, but you can find them on many street corners or at little shop windows. What is better than gawking at the gorgeous Parisian architecture while stuffing your face with a Nutella-stuffed crepe, nothing.

Madrid: Churros Con Chocolate churros-con-chocolate

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Churros + Madrid go together like peanut butter and jelly. While eating it with hot-just-melted-chocolate, you may not be able to walk down the streets of Madrid, but in general churros are a must-eat while in the Spanish capital.

Berlin: Currywurst

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Sausages are everywhere in Germany…

In Berlin? The currywurst is the specialty and you will find it everywhere. It is topped with curry powder and ketchup and usually served with fries on the side.

Amsterdam: Stroopwafel 

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Please, stop what you are doing and head to The Netherlands RIGHT NOW. So simple the concept, so indulgent the taste. I loved stroopwafels more than the other indulgent activity you can partake in in Amsterdam (if you know what I mean 😉 ). Two thinned-out waffles with a gooey caramel mixture filled in between. God I miss them. Really anywhere you get them, it will be amazing. I bought some in a grocery store because I had the munchies for something sweet (hmm, I wonder why?), and they were so good I cried (not really, but I got to be dramatic sometimes, you know?).

Brussels: Fries82dab1a7f767e873c497d63dfa652ddd.jpg

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I am going to skip the obvious and not go with Belgium waffles here because they are more of a given than eatings crepes in Paris. Belgium fries on the other hand, hell yes. A lot of people, have no idea that french fries originated from Belgium, not France (sigh). Find them on the streets throughout Brussels and get them topped with mayo, not ketchup, like most europeans do, and thank me later.

Athens: Souvlaki

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You can’t visit Greece with out eating souvlaki. Typically pieces of lamb (sometimes pork), stuffed in a warm pita with garnishes like tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce, etc. Kostas, from what I have read (since I have never been to Athens), is an amazing place to get top-notch souvlaki away from the tourist traps.

Prague: Trdelnik 9.jpg

Another dessert from the gods. I remember seeing these pop up all over social media a few months before I took my first trip to Prague.  Trdelnik as wikipedia describes it, “is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix.” I found a place where you can get caramel in it, but a lot of the times, you will find Nutella ones, or some filled with ice cream.

Copenhagen: Not a food, but a place: Copenhagen Street Food

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Ever heard or seen pictures from the famous Smorgasbord in Brooklyn? Well, welcome to the equally hip european version, Copenhagen Street food. Location on Papirøen (paper) island, in a warehouse, food trucks and vendors all set up locations serving everything from traditional dutch food to Mexican, Italian and beyond. Outdoor seating and unique/funky trucks provide a cool atmosphere that will drive you to snap now, Instagram later. What is better than just food? Food with a good atmosphere, and we would give Copenhagen Street Food an A+ for that.

Lisbon: Bola de Berlim

I feel like nothing even needs to be said about this because pictures speak louder than words in this case. A donut, Portuguese style, sliced in half with a custard-like filling, enough said.

Warsaw: Zapiekanka

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Apparently, as a Polish friend of mine once said, if you are in Poland and don’t have a Zapiekanka, you didn’t go to Poland. An open-faced sandwich consisting of half a baguette topped with mushrooms that are sautéed, cheese and other varying ingredients.  A tasty street food, high in demand in the capital of this eastern european country.

Reykjavik: Hot dogs 

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Yes, that’s right, hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Icelandic people love their hot dogs. They are extremely common, a national dish one could say. If you want to know more, read this article by Conde Nast to find out all about the hot dog craze in Reykjavik and Iceland.

Moscow: Chebureki

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Chebureki, the russian hot pocket. Just kidding, it is a lot better. A piece of dough filled with minced meat, onions, and then formed into a half moon shape and deep-fried, very healthy, we know. A beloved snack by people all over Russia, be sure to check it out when visiting Moscow or any other place around the country.

Bucharest: Pretzels

Covrigi, pretzel in Romanian, is found on every street corner of Bucharest. Get it plain, or fancy (savory or sweet with many different types of pairings and/or fillings). There aren’t many name brands, which means smaller shops where the pretzels are made with care and extra delicious, a win-win.


So, what is the best piece of street food you have ever eaten? In Europe or anywhere else! Let us know in the comment box below!


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