Four great cities in Europe for street food fans 5

The best cities in Europe for street food

Street food has become hugely popular in recent years and is a great way of eating in a city without going for the formality of a sit-down meal – perfect if you have limited time and want to try a wide variety of dishes. Many cities in Europe have thriving street food scenes with exciting traders bringing a taste of exotic and farflung locations as well as twists on traditional local dishes, and here’s four places you need to have on your radar.

Berlin

Street Food Thursdays at Markthalle Neun, Berlin

It’s not unexpected that a city as cool as Berlin has a thriving street food scene. Each Thursday evening, Markthalle Neun hosts a street food event with traders offering a range of options from across the globe and you can wash it down with drinks from the craft beer bar, one of the wine traders or some artisan sodas. If you can’t make the Thursday fun, the hall is open every day with a variety of traders although there aren’t as many as on Street Food Thursday.

Dumplings at Markthalle Neun, Berlin

On Sundays, check out KulturBrauerei which hosts a market in the courtyard providing yet more opportunities to try
grub from some of the city’s best traders, and the well-known flea market at Mauerpark which also has traders on offer.

KulturBrauerei street food market, Berlin

Budapest

Food Truck udvar, Budapest

With Budapest being a very affordable city, it’s no surprise that the street food is also offered at great prices and Food Truck Udvar is a must visit. A small square with a variety of traders offering great value dishes, there’s something for everyone – on our visit there was also a solely vegetarian trader – with some seating. There’s also a bar inside and some indoor seating for those chilly Hungarian evenings.

Street food stalls at Food Truck udvar, Budapest

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Street Food, Paper Island (Papirøen)

 

It may be more known for its new Nordic fine dining, but Copenhagen isn’t without a street food scene. The highlight is Copenhagen Street Food, based on Paper Island, which has space for around 40 traders and has dishes from across the globe. Copenhagen may not be the most vegetarian-friendly city, but many of the stalls do have veggie options so it’s a good place for non-meat eaters.

Copenhagen Street Food, Paper Island

Food at Copenhagen Street Food

Another location to visit is Torvehallerne in the Nørrebro area of the city. A food hall set across two buildings,this trendy market has a range of stalls selling artisan ingredients interspersed with food traders offering a range of affordable dishes.

Torvehallerne. Copenhagen

Food at Torvehallerne, Copenhagen

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional (and lower budget), visit one of the many hot dog stands dotted around the city centre.

Manchester

Vegetarian cauliflower burger from Wholesome Junkies at Grub Manchester

Manchester’s street food revolution has been spear-headed by the team at Grub, who have been sourcing traders for a variety of events over the last few years. Last year, they started hosting monthly events at Runaway Brewery before moving to weekly ones at another brewery, Alphabet.

Vegetarian street food at Grub, Manchester

But as a result of the popularity of their events, they’ve now moved onto somewhere much bigger – a former train station. As of 9 June, they’ll be hosting street food events at the former Mayfield Depot near Piccadilly Station on both Fridays and Saturdays plus a vegetarian special on Sundays. Expect a great range of exciting traders and a great bar (including their very own beer, brewed by their old friends at Runaway).

And if you are planning on visiting an event, check out their Twitter beforehead and enter their regular retweet competitions where they give away food from each trader and some drinks to one lucky punter.

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5 thoughts on “Four great cities in Europe for street food fans

  • Sarah Bella

    I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin, the food looks great! Markthalle Neun street food event looks and sounds fantastic! All the places look great.

  • Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer

    Ooh, great post Kaleigh, especially with the veggie recommendations. Manchester is definitely one of my favourites for street food with my favourite being the Jianbing in Piccadilly Gardens – yum! Anyway, I will be marking this post so that I know where to head to on our travels. Thank you 🙂

  • Claire

    I love that Manchester is in here! The other three are on my never ending short breaks list, so now I know there is good food to boot that is brilliant!