Iconic European Street Food

Iconic European Street Food

European street food is a great way to experience a region’s local flavors. Here’s a look at a few of our favorites by country.

These treats are usually low priced and perfect to snack on while you wander the cobbled streets of Europe.

Belgium

Waffles: Lots of restaurants around the world offer their attempt at a “Belgian Waffle,” but few compare to the crispy outside and warm doughy inside of this iconic treat bought fresh from a local street vendor. Try it hot and topped with Nutella or whipped cream for the full experience.
Pommes Frites: Traditional Belgian fried potatoes are cooked twice, giving them an extra crunch and steaming hot interior. They are usually served with mayonnaise or aioli, but you can also try them with curried ketchup or vinegar.

The Czech Republic

Czech Trdelnik Pastry in Prague

Trdelnik: A sweet pastry treat, this rolled bread is served warm and often topped with cinnamon, sugar and chopped nuts.
Smazeny Syr: A melt-in-your-mouth savory treat. Sliced cheese is breaded then fried, and sometimes served on bread.

Italy

Gelato: Gelato can be found anywhere in the world, but the Italians do it best. Combining milk, cream, sugar and flavors, this icy treat is perfect on a sunny day. Options go far beyond simple chocolate and vanilla, to rich caramels, inviting berries, and even floral flavors. Why not try something completely new at one of Florence’s best gelaterias?
Crocche: For a more savory option, try this Southern Italian specialty. Crocche is made from mashed potatoes and bread crumbs mixed with egg and cheese and then fried to perfection.

Germany

Traditional Bratwurst in Germany

Currywurst: Pretty much a mainstay on the streets of Berlin, this dish features a pork bratwurst seasoned with curried ketchup. The sausage is usually served with a side of potato fries.
Fleischkase: This specialty meatloaf is served on a mini sized bun in the south of Germany, and is usually paired with mustard. The meat itself is often a mashup of onion, pork, bacon, and corned beef.
For more local flavors, check out our round-up of these German Specialties.

France

Crepe: You simply cannot go to France and miss the opportunity to try a fresh crepe. There are the sweet breakfast style options, served with chocolate and fruits, but there are also savory choices. Try one topped with ham and cheese, or  be decadent with Nutella and custard.
Raspberry Bottereaux: Another sweet treat, these raspberry filled pastry pockets are best hot from the pan. Often topped with powdered sugar, these are the perfect complement to your French latte.

Greece

Koulouri bread rings at a market in Greece

Koulouri: These savory bread rings are often dusted with salt, olive oil, and sesame seed.
Souvlaki
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The Greeks are famous for food on the go, and this one has mouths watering from Crete to Cyprus. Often made with pork or lamb, souvlaki consists of small pieces of meat marinated in lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, then grilled on skewers. The meat is sometimes served on bread or in a fold-over sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onions, and a light sauce.

Spain

Churros: Chances are that you have tried a version these deep friend donuts, popular worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to try them the way they were meant to be enjoyed: Served piping hot with a side of hot chocolate or dipping sauces on the streets of Spain.
Bocadillos: These tiny little sandwiches are made from baguette style bread filled with savory, rustic foods like egg, cheese, ham, tuna, or potato. They’re often toasted and served crispy and warm.
Don’t miss your chance to sample more Spanish Tapas, click here for some of our favorites.

Have you ever tried street food in Europe? Share your favorite in the comments below!

Arianna Ambrutis

Having spent much of her life as nomadically as possible, Ari found a home with GET. As far as her travels have taken her, she's worked on an archaeological dig in Israel, sailed around Greek isles, experienced a crazy sunburn in Turkey, adores tomatoes in Italy, and thinks Paris and New York are just the bee’s knees. With her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Ari loves exploring a culture’s traditions, colloquialisms, and (most importantly) cuisines.

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