If a Michelin star restaurant or 9 course top-chef inspired tasting menu is not on budget for your next vacation don’t fret. Often the best foodie vacations involve indulging in
the local flavors, whether that means hitting roadside stands or pleasantly well-priced local gourmet establishments. These great locations can provide you with just that, and more:
1. Bangkok, Thailand
From street vendors to food courts to no-frills restaurants you’ll find quality food on a budget in Bangkok. Thai specialties are a must, but you’ll also find delicious Indian, Chinese, and Japanese food among other cuisines.
2. Barcelona, Spain
Tapas, tapas, tapas. With a large variety of tapas and restaurants serving them, every palate will find something they love in Barcelona. Mediterranean influences bring cheap and tasty fish and meat dishes for a more standard meal, too.
3. Portland, Oregon
Hip and trendy doesn’t always mean expensive, especially in the Portland food scene. Creative, high-quality food can be found on a budget in the city’s many food carts and sit-down restaurants.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the most affordable capital cities in Europe. With plenty of farmland, vineyards, and local tradition the food is fresh, unique, and inviting. The cafes, restaurants, and even grocery stores will provide you with everything you need for a top-notch food vacation.
5. Budapest, Hungary
Known to be a great destination for the budget traveler, the food you’ll find in Budapest is tasty, cheap, and filling. Be sure to check out the self-service restaurants, food markets, and street food.
6. Marrakech, Morroco
The local flavors of Marrakech make for amazing, nourishing meals. You’ll find tagine, couscous, and other local dishes from the food stalls, cafes and restaurants, along with foods from various cuisines around the world.
7. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Ubud is the cultural and food capital of Bali. You won’t have to search very long to find great, affordable local and fusion foods at one of the many restaurants, cafes, and food stalls in Ubud.
8. La Paz, Bolivia
In La Paz, you’ll be able to eat nearly anywhere – whether it’s a local food joint or a fancy restaurant – on a budget. Local food is a must, but you’ll also find restaurants serving dishes from around the world.
9. Krakow, Poland
Krakow is a city filled with gastronomic delights, and it can all be enjoyed on a budget. You wont want to miss traditional Polish food, which you can find in many great establishments in the city. There are tons of restaurants serving affordable, delectable international cuisines as well.
10. Austin, Texas
Austin is famous for its bar-be-cue, tacos, and tex-mex, and all of this can be enjoyed at a very low cost. Restaurants, bars, and food trucks abound in this quirky, fun foodie city.
11. Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam’s capital city is known for its food, and its affordability. Local food at food stalls and street vendors is very cheap, and meals in so-called ‘tourist’ restaurants won’t run you more than $5-10. Noodles and pho are a must-try, but you’ll find a wide variety of delicious food options.
12. Lima, Peru
Known as a true foodie city, Lima has great food for every budget. Between the ‘mom and pop’ establishments, the street vendors and the full service restaurants, Lima has a lot to offer. Maybe you’ll even catch one of the city’s annual gastronomy festivals during your trip to this lovely city.