Hotdog by Rioncm
Street Food, fast food, snack food, junk food…there are plenty of different names for the ‘act of consuming food in between meals’. In this article we’re taking you along to some of our 38 cities and introducing you to their traditional snacks and what spot is the best place to go to enjoy that traditional snack. As spotted by our Locals of course! So in random order, here we go …
*WARNING* this article will make you hungry!
Simit, Istanbul (by Burak Büyükdemir)
We kick of with Istanbul’s scrumptious Simit, a bagel-like circular bread topped with sesame seeds that is eaten in Turkey for breakfast or in between meals. Of course you can buy this snack in a bakery, but like Local Zekeriya writes, you really should grab one from the many red stalls throughout Istanbul.
Zapiekanka, Krakow (by Bart van Poll)
Pictured above is Spotted by Locals co-founder Bart van Poll, enjoying a typical Krakow Zapiekanka. The Zapiekanka, quite similar to the pizza, is half a baguette topped with mushrooms, cheese, ham or other types of meat and vegetables. It’s typically eaten with a dressing of olives and tomato sauce (ketchup). This picture was taken at Bar Namaxa at stall No. 17 in Krakow. According to locals this is the best place to go for the very famous Zapiekanka.
Bitterballen (by Marco Raaphorst)
This fried snack, famous in the Netherlands, is called the bitterbal. Minced beef, deep-fried and dipped in mustard. While you can try these at any snackbar, bar or restaurant, we’d like to point you in the direction of Cafe Stevens, situated on a street just off the energetic Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. And from one fried snack we move across the border onto the next fried snack, french fries, or in this case Flemish Fries.
Belgium is quite well known for its special fries. The ‘Vlaamse Frites” are not at all like french fries. They’re thicker, covered with mayonnaise and preferably served in a paper cone. Our local Spotter Caroline will let you in on the secret ‘step’ to making Belgian Fries. She also highly recommends Frituur No 1, which according to her has every right to call itself number one.
Moving on to the Burek, which is a traditional snack in quite a few countries (see Börek for other countries), we’re focusing on Ljubljana’s Nobel Burek. Overindulging in the local drinks whilst on a city trip can be fun, but the next day could ruin your city trip. But according to locals, Burek, combined with yogurt, is a hangover cure! Spotter Eva is also a fan of Burek because of its authenticity!
Morcilla (by BocaDorada)
All throughout Barcelona you can try the Spanish traditional sausage Morcilla. It has many different variations, but most commonly it consists of pigs blood, rice, onions and spices. That first ingredient might put you off, but really, any type of meat has blood in it. Our local Spotter Sonja recommends El Vaso de Oro to try out the morcilla and other tapas. From this sausage we stop over in Hamburg for another type of sausage, the currywurst (pictured below).
Currywurst (by Nickynunchuck)
The currywurst is a German traditional fast food snack, that’s been around since the 1950’s. A porksausage, covered in curry or ketchup with curry powder over the top, sometimes served with fries or bread rolls. While you can also find this dish in many establishments throughout Hamburg, Local Kyra recommends only one place, Imbiss bei Schorsch.
Next up is beautiful Rome. While some may argue that a pizza is not a snack, at Roscioli it definitely is. It’s normal to stop at a bakery and order just one slice of pizza to go. A plain, thin and salted pizza is the “traditional snack for any Roman”, according to Local Barbara.
Banitsa house ‘Denis’ (by Denica Todorova)
Banitsa house ‘Denis’ serves Bulgaria’s traditional Banitsa snack in Sofia. While it’s usually eaten around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you, as a visitor, have the right to try this delicious dish for yourself at Denis!
Ham Crepe (by Stephan.moloman)
Last but not least we finish up with lovely Paris, famous for its crepes. At La Petite Tour, you can enjoy a delicious variety of typical French, crepes. Spotter Karim says “I strongly recommend my favorite crepe : the “Forrestière”. It’s a “spécialité” containing steak, mushrooms, goat and emmental cheese, dairy cream, garlic; so tasty you just might help yourself to a second round.”
So there you have it, 10 superb places throughout Europe, each with their own local’s favorite snack to sink your teeth into. So if you’re in one of these cities, don’t hesitate to try them out!