Street Food: The best street food across the globe

2017-09-02 10:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - With a list of trendy food trucks piling up in every corner of the world, it's easy to overlook the rich global history of street food.

Dating back to the food hawkers of ancient Rome and Greece, street food has long played an exciting role in cuisines throughout the world.

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And if there is anything you can take from living in South Africa, it's that you only live once - so eating out of your comfort zone is considered a norm. Whether you fancy yourself a foodie expert or always keen to try the next best thing, SA's streets are where you’ll find a sensational variety of food on the go.

From street food in Johannesburg to Khayelitsha and Woodstock - food adventures spread far and wide in SA. 

Fortunately, South Africa will be celebrating street food in all its forms as the fourth annual Street Food Festival will pay homage to authentic local food, pavement-style.

This festival is set showcases an array of local talent and allows you to engage with chefs and food entrepreneurs alike.

ZA Street Food Festival

Johannesburg: 10 September 2017

Common Ground, 6 Staib Street, Maboneng

Street Food Festival features a food market of local talent and a conference geared towards food entrepreneurs. Cost range from R50 - R100 and free to kids under 12.

Get yourself down to the trendy Maboneng Precinct. Admission to the market is R100 per person and free to kids under 12.

What to expect: 

The festival features a food market of local talent, live music and crate talks geared towards food entrepreneurs with such industry speakers as Ming-Cheau Lin, Nikki Albertyn, Mpho Masango and Josh De Kock from Weekly Wors.

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Now with a date set to celebrating street food, where else in the world can you saviour the best street flavours?

According to an infographic put together by John Slots, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, Vietnamese cheese and cold drinks are some of the types of street food that set South Africa apart from the rest of the world. See an interactive version here

Best place to check it out: Oranjezicht City Farm, Cape Town


In Jamaica, the types of street food include meat, sea food, sweet good, baked good and fruit and vegetable.

Best place to check it out: Coronation Market, Kingston

United States

In the United States, Deli and cheese are some of the types of street food that sets the country apart from the rest.

Best place to check it out: Reading Terminal Market, Philedelphia 


In Sweden, Asian and vegan food as well as eggs are some of the types of street food that sets the country apart from the rest.

Best place to check it out: Teatern, Skanstull


Surprisingly enough, in London confectionery, Egyptian and  Italian are the types of street food that are enjoyed by locals. 

Best place to check it out: Borough Market, Southwark

As a result, these street food proves that sometimes the best food is not determined by cost – check out the full details of the John Slots' infographic below to see what we’re talking about. See an interactive version here