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Top 5 street food picks for autumn

Street food is the staple diet in many countries and we think it's the best way to discover a new country -- the streets are where you'll find the freshest, cheapest and most authentic food. Here are our tip picks for eating your way across the globe this autumn.

Why it's hot: "London street food traders are revolutionising the London dining scene" -- The Daily Telegraph

What to eat: A meal for less than a tenner is a rare thing in the capital, but thanks to a recent London street food boom, you can now get award-winning dishes from various carts, stalls and trucks for £5-£6. Juicy pulled pork, meaty burgers, gourmet pizzas and Korean-style fast food are all big news, and many street vendors have now set up proper restaurants because the grub's that good

Where to get it: Take your pick --Borough Market, Broadway Market, Brixton Village, Kerb at King’s Cross, Street Feast festival in Dalston or Portobello… Here at Travelzoo, we’re partial to a bowl of spicy Thai food from a small stall on Earlham Street, right by our London office

New York
Why it's hot: "In New York you can eat like a king on the sidewalk" --The Guardian

What to eat: Forget hot dogs and pretzels -- now it's all about lobster rolls, grilled cheese and Korean tacos.  And for dessert, the choice is endless, from shaved ice stands to cannolis (Sicilian pastries) and cupcakes

Where to get it: Over on the Lower East Side you’ll find the Hester Street Fair -- ideal for gourmet brunch food -- while Smorgasburg in Williamsburg caters for Saturday shoppers with big appetites

Why it's hot: "To eat like a Thai is to eat on the street" -- New York Magazine

What to eat: You'll find street food stalls on every corner and it's likely to be some of the freshest food you’ll eat in Thailand, not to mention the cheapest. Try yellow Thai curry, pork satay sticks and of course the classic staple, pad Thai noodles

Where to get it: Sukhumvit Soi 38 is your best bet in Bangkok -- a whole street lined with vendors and filled with locals. You'll find the tastiest food at the stalls without menus. Further north, we recommend Chiang Mai Gate Market. Camp out at one of the plastic tables and try a little of everything

Marrakesh, Morocco
Why it's hot: "The best Moroccan food is found at home or on the streets, not in the restaurants" – CNN.co.uk

What to eat: There's almost too much choice. Delicacies include fava bean soup, the Moroccan version of a wienerschnitzel (crumbed and fried calves' livers) and pastilla (pigeon pie). Feeling brave? Try a camel spleen kebab

Where to get it: Dive into the chaos of Djemaa el Fna square at night and eat alongside the locals. At sunset, donkeys arrive with everything needed for these pop-up restaurants and, within the hour, 100 vendors are ready to cook and sell their wares

Why it's hot: "Greek food is more about fresh flavours and home cooking rather than a fine-dining experience. You can get all of that on the streets" -- Laura Summers, Travelzoo Deal Expert

What to eat: You can’t beat gyros -- thinly sliced kebab meat, usually pork, served with chips, tzatziki and salad, and served in a thick flatbread. Much better than your local kebab shop

Where to get it: For a real sense of Athenian life, head to Monastiraki, near Pláka. In the colder months this bustling area is home to street hawkers touting roasted chestnuts and orchid tea, which is topped with foam, cinnamon, nuts and citrus fruits

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 3 October 2013
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