Getting the Jump: Up-and-Coming Street Food Destinations
Cities that are getting more delicious by the minute
Street food is a quick, convenient, usually delicious and authentically local way to get to know a new place. With this in mind, a recent study from Booking.com found that 37% of Canadian travellers plan to incorporate new food and drink destinations into their travel plans this year – and more than 46% say they pick a destination for its great food or drink. To help give travelling foodies the inside scoop on where to eat before it hits mainstream popularity, we have uncovered** three of the most promising up-and-coming street food destinations.
Melbourne in Victoria, Australia
Doughnuts from the USA, with an Aussie twist
Melbournians are already known for their deep and passionate love affair with coffee and when it comes to food, this Australian city is leading the world. The city’s first permanent food truck park was established in 2015 in Northcote, where a rotating list of trucks offer an international spread of comfort and health food.
Since then, street food in the city has gone from strength to strength, especially in the northern suburbs like Preston where you’ll find The Food Truck Park, serving up gigantic burgers, nachos, pizza and craft beers.
The Bell Motel is just a 5 minute-drive from the park and is the ideal location for napping off those massive portions. It’s also a short drive to River Graze – an unmissable, family-friendly event held along the banks for the Yarra River in mid-March. The culinary program includes ‘cheese showcases’, ‘dessert celebrations’ and the World’s Longest Lunch, a raucous celebration attended by over 1,700 people.
Granada in Andalucía, Spain
Golden churros served with cones of thick, dark chocolate
Andalusians are rightly proud of their street food. Visitors to Granada will find delicious, earthy flavours served with a touch of theatricality that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Highlights include papas asadas (jacket potatoes) piping hot from portable vintage ovens, roast chestnut sellers with steaming trays, luminous prickly pears and gigantic slabs of ice cream, almost toppling out of sugar cones.
Travellers who like to graze on the go should head straight for the covered Mercado San Agustin (held daily in Plaza de San Agustín). Here you’ll find many of Granada’s signature dishes such as golden churros served with cones of thick, dark chocolate or lighter milk chocolate.
While the city’s main markets have enough to keep the casual visitors enthralled for hours, locals go out of their way to visit the Zaidin Market for low prices and fresh produce. Just in case your eyes are bigger than your stomach, the Granada Universal apartments are nearby and come with a complete kitchen.
Lat Krabang in Bangkok Province, Thailand
‘Boat noodles’ in Lat Krabang
Lat Krabang’s street food may already have popped up on your radar after one of the Bangkok district’s vendors made headlines for creating rainbow crepes, served with Nutella, bananas and plenty of social media acclaim. But there’s a lot more to the area’s street food than the ability to stay on trend.
Travellers with adventurous palates should pay a visit to the Suvarnabhumi Outdoor Market, where most of the menus are in Thai, and non-Thai speakers tend to just point to whatever looks and smells the best. Options include crispy chicken wings, pad thai, creamy red and green curries, egg noodle soups and portable cardboard containers of fragrant congee (rice porridge, often served with pork).
The Hua Ta Khae section of Lat Krabang used to be a floating village of market stalls and food hawkers. Today it’s still one of Bangkok’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Visitors can stay at the Residence Suvarnabhumi which has its own café on-site with an extensive menu to try out, not to mention a local Thai market a 10-minute walk away.
** The data scientists at Booking calculated which destinations had the most growth in endorsements for ‘street food’ from international travellers in 2017.
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