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Food is fundamental to discovering a new culture, making new friends and getting under the skin of a new place. If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to try just about anything, without worrying about blowing your budget. That’s where these foodie destinations come in.

In the countries on this list, street food is king, eating out is the norm, and the varied climates and native spices create mouth-watering food worlds just waiting to be explored (and devoured). From Michelin-starred street food stalls to bustling night markets, here’s where you’ll get your money’s worth on a food-focused holiday.


Mexico is one of the best countries in the world for street food, making it a great foodie destination. What you eat will vary depending on what part of the country you’re in, but you’ll usually find tamales dumplings, cheese quesadillas and tacos – whether al pastor (stuffed with marinated pork) or filled with fresh caught fish on the Caribbean Coast.

Almost 60% of the Mexican population eat street food at least once a week, spending less than £2 on average each time. Join them at one of Mexico City’s many markets (try Taco Roundabout and Mercado Coyoacán) or the casual street stalls of coastal Playa del Carmen.

Start your journey here:

  1. Search for cheap flights to Mexico
  2. Stay at Hotel Carlota in Mexico City and take a course in making mezcal cocktails
  3. Book a Mexico City Taco Tour with a Local Foodie

In every corner of the vast sub-continent, the passion for food is inescapable. And foodie travelers on a budget will be pleased to know that the best Indian food is usually the best value (around 50 pence per dish). Our advice? Wherever you are, look for the roadside thali stand with the longest queue of locals and join it at the end. There’s a reason everyone wants to eat what they cook.

In Delhi, you’ll find heavier Nordic flavors in meat skewers, stuffed paratha flatbreads and fried samosas. Travel south to Mumbai and you’ll be snacking vada pav (stuffed potato dumpling buns) or crispy, more indulgent bhel puri if you’re on the beach. And Goa is the only state where you’ll see beef on the menu, along with prawns the size of your fist, smothered in coconut-infused sauce.

Start your journey here:

  1. Find cheap flights to India
  2. Stay at the Taj Palace, New Delhi, which boasts two of the city’s best restaurants within the hotel
  3. Eat India’s best street food on a guided walking tour of Old Delhi


Thai cuisine is fragrant and light, spiced up with chilli and enhanced with tangy galangal, lemongrass and mint. It’s no wonder its most famous dishes – pad thai, green curry, massaman curry – have become UK staples. In the country’s capital, Bangkok, you will eat the cheapest and freshest in its markets: Ratchada Train Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Srinakarin Train Market.

But don’t skip Yaowarat Road, the beating heart of Chinatown. At 6 p.m., every aisle and doorway is filled with a street food stall selling cheap roast duck, shrimp dumplings, crab curry and more. All you have to do is follow your nose – and keep a few pounds of Thai baht in your wallet.

Start your journey here:

  1. Find cheap flights to Thailand
  2. Stay at the Bangkok Publishing Residence, a beautiful boutique hotel a five-minute walk from the Michelin-starred street food stand Raan Ja Fai
  3. Take a night tour of Bangkok’s food markets

The culinary culture of Nepal blends traditions from northern India as well as those from neighboring Tibet and China. You will become addicted to momos: dumplings stuffed with minced meat, coated in a soft dough and steamed (sold afterwards for less than £1). Then there’s dal bhat, a simple staple of lentil soup and rice, which fuels expeditions to Everest Base Camp and treks through the epic Annapurna mountain range. .

In the capital Kathmandu, you’ll see thukpa – a meat and noodle soup that’s particularly comforting during the winter months, while surrounded by mountains. During festival celebrations, look for salt roti, a round-shaped sweet bread. And don’t be surprised if you see a lot of chow mein, a popular Chinese noodle dish in Nepalese homes.

Start your journey here:

  1. Find cheap flights to Nepal
  2. Dine on Nepalese thalis at the excellent restaurant at Hotel Shambala in Kathmandu
  3. Discover food markets and trendy restaurants on the Kathmandu Food Trail

If you watched boobies rich asianyou might have an idea of ​​the street food culture in Singapore. Its food markets are just as they are portrayed in the film: frenetic, neon, cluttered with plastic seats and hazy with chicken skewer flavored smoke. This is where the locals eat and you should join them.

A peddler’s meal usually costs around £3, nasi lemak (coconut and pandan leaf infused rice served with eggs, anchovies, spicy sambal paste and meat – usually chicken or fish) being a local favorite. Don’t miss Hawker Chan in Chinatown, which was the first Singaporean street food restaurant to earn a Michelin star, for its simple chicken and rice (which costs around £1.80).

Start your journey here:

  1. Find cheap flights to Singapore
  2. Stay at the sustainability-conscious Parkroyal Collection Pickering on the edge of Chinatown
  3. Discover Singapore’s best hawker stalls on a Chinatown food tour

If you’ve ever eaten from a bowl of steaming pho, you’ll understand why foodie travelers fall in love with Vietnam. The food is irresistible – we’re talking fluffy stuffed bánh mì rolls and soft, fresh summer rolls filled with prawns and mint leaves. You can get a perfect bowl of pho for under £1 and a local beer for around 50p.

After raiding Hanoi’s street food stalls, take a 1-hour domestic flight to the lesser-known foodie capital of Hội An, where Chinese, French and Japanese influences combine to create a unique vision of Vietnamese cuisine.

Start your journey here:

  1. Find cheap flights to Vietnam
  2. Stay at Hotel La Beaute De Hanoi, a three-minute walk from Hanoi Night Market
  3. Get off the beaten path on a food tour of Hoi An

Visit these great foodie destinations and you can gorge yourself on as many local dishes as you want, without worrying about overspending. Save even more on your trip by searching for flights, hotels and car rentals on Skyscanner.


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