They say the best way to find food while you’re traveling is to just follow your nose. There’s no better way to eat like a local in a foreign country than by hitting the street food stalls. Not only are they often cheap and filling, they’ll give your taste buds an experience you won’t find anywhere else on the globe.
Some people like to plan their vacations around sightseeing. Others like to plan theirs around food. Here are the 10 best cities to eat like a king (of the streets, that is). Click through to find out if your favorite spot made the cut.
10. Seoul, South Korea
Are you crazy for kimchi? Bonkers for bulgogi? Korean street food is all those things and more. Don’t miss the kimbap, a sushi-style rice roll with ham, egg, and pickled veggies that the locals love. Adventurous eaters can also try the beondegi — seasoned silk worm pupae — but we think we’ll pass.
9. Honolulu, Hawaii
It’s easy to eat outside when you live in paradise. Honolulu has a bustling food truck scene offering every kind of cuisine imaginable, from raw seafood poke (pronounced poh-kay) to rainbow shaved ice. To get the full Aloha experience, you must try the spam. You’ll never look at canned meat the same way again.
8. Penang, Malaysia
For full-fusion flavors, there’s no place better than Penang. Along with traditional Malaysian cuisine, you’ll find street foods influenced by the cultures of nearby China, Thailand, and Singapore (but don’t skip traveling there yourself — wait until you see our top-ranked city). Do try the popiah, a sweet-and-savory cross between a spring roll and a crepe.
7. Paris, France
You’ve never really had a crepe until you’ve had an authentic Parisian crepe, with those giant jars of Nutella beckoning you at every turn. Leave it to the French to make something as simple as ham and cheese taste like an elevated art form that should be on display at the Louvre.
6. Hong Kong, China
Locals in Hong Kong like to spend their weekends completing a sou gaai — scouring a new neighborhood for the best street food vendors. So the competition is fierce! Live a little and get some stinky tofu, fishballs, tea eggs, or fried chestnuts. You’ll never go hungry in this city.