Europe Travel Tips for Foodies: Take to the Streets
Rome is all about the espresso bar.
Don't bring your box of Cheerios to Rome; if you want to eat breakfast like a Roman, head to an espresso bar. These tiny pastry shops are stocked with croissants, cookies, biscotti and other tasty bites as well as freshly brewed espresso. Make some time in your morning to sit down at the bar and have a sip, forgetting about that American Venti coffee on-the-go.
The most delicious street food in Paris is at the crepe stands.
France is full of some of the most beautiful people in the world, and by looking around you'd never know that they basically survive on the deliciously magical street food known as crepes. These yummy treats are like thin pancakes folded in half and stuffed with everything from ham and cheese to jam and whipped cream. A favorite is the Nutella flavor, a European hazelnut spread known for its near-chocolate texture and decadence. Crepe-making kiosks are all around the city, particularly Montmarte and other nightlife districts; perfect after a long night out.
You've got to try the Belgian waffles in Brussels.
Between the quirky art and stunning architecture of Brussels, you'll find tiny stalls making just one thing: waffles. These aren't your everyday freezer kind either. These waffles are super thick, super fluffy and topped with mounds of fruit, chocolate and whipped cream. With a paper plate and little fork, they make the perfect meal for walking around the Grand Place.
The best budget bites in London are fish & chips.
A full meal on the go, fish & chips is an English staple. This breaded fillet of fish seasoned with vinegar and salt on a paper plate piled high with chips (important Europe travel tip: Americans call them French fries, but they're chips in the UK) is filling and tasty. If you're on the go, grab a plate at the local corner shop in London, or get an order and enjoy an outdoor table by the River Thames.
In Prague, lift your spirits with great mulled wine.
While it's not a meal, nothing is quite as good in the wintertime as a cup of soothing mulled wine. If you happen to be in Prague around the holidays, stop by the Christmas Market in Old Town and find a stand selling this inexpensive beverage. Not only will it keep you warm while you peruse the adorable craft stands, but it's got a strong, sweet taste that's like nothing back in the States.