Best and worst countries for eating cheaply?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jan 18, 2012 7:30 AM Last Post By: HenningWessel
Jan 9, 2012 9:53 AM
Best and worst countries for eating cheaply?What are your votes for the best countries for eating very cheaply while travelling?
India - huge and tasty thalis for £1-2 or less, some of the best food I had there was the cheapest
Malaysia - good variety of tasty cheap food (Malay, Chinese, Indian...)
Thailand - especially cities with night markets
Denmark out of places I've been but I'm sure there are many others!
Jan 9, 2012 4:53 PM
1The best outside of Europe - my take:
China, India, Thailand, Malaysia. Peru and Ecuador for some seafoods. Argentina for steaks and wines (but the country is no longer a bargain).
The best in Europe: Spain, Italy.
Other great competitors: Turkey.
Basically, there's no enjoyable food*) out of Europe and parts of Asia, in relation to price.
*) meaning the taste and style.
Denmark and pretty much all of northern Europe, including the UK, are among the worst. Affordable food is crap. There're lots of good restaurants but they're mostly serving French/Italian (Meditarranean) influenced food, and it's upmarket section limited to bigger cities.
As opposed to northern Europe, the south is a heaven, both culinary and pricewise.
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Jan 11, 2012 1:07 PM
7Worst place I've ever eaten?.... That would have to be Morocco
Seriously batty? I was going to name Morocco as one of the best, especially for eating cheaply. I think you're eating in the wrong places.
Also Egypt is excellent for cheap food but horrible for variety - best falafels I ever ate but not a hell of a lot else. Mexico is also good for cheap food that tastes good.
Jan 11, 2012 1:12 PM
8Seriously batty? I was going to name Morocco as one of the best
Hey, I just didn't like it - and the ice cream had me laid out for a couple of days too.
You're right - it isn't expensive, I just didn't like the food.
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11OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! You need to go further South - Marrakech, Tiznit, Tafraoute, Essouria, especially Essouria. Even Meknes and Fez have some good food. Actually there's a restaurant in Fez that serves a really good pigeon bastilla. And in the main square of Marrakech food vendors bring grills and tables to the main square at night, some of them are better than others but most of the food we've had there has been quite good and really cheap. Family of 3 for $10. Can't beat that! (Although prices may have gone up a bit by now.)
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I'm with sashac001 I love the food in Morocco, cheap and tasty, especially the night market in Marrakech - I have dreams about the crispy fried aubergine from there and it costs about $1 a plate!
Also almost every SE Asian night market, food stall or those 'restaurants' that are just lots of stalls around some plastic tables are great value with lots of tasty food. Favourites include Roti Canai stands in every town in Malaysia and the BBQ meats and all you can eat veges, rice and noodles in Luang Prabang Night Market. And all the cheap fresh fruit - yum!
I never ate badly in SE Asia but thankfully I love the food and a bit of spice!
Dubai - I struggled to find anything cheap in Dubai. Ended up eating in the food courts in shopping malls which was pretty average food for painful western prices. Tried to walk around one night to find a decent cheap curry (all the immigrant labour must eat somewhere right?) but the heat was so bad I gave up after 10 mins and went back into the air-con malls!
Jan 11, 2012 9:40 PM
14Best: Malaysia for streetfood (especially KL's Chinatown!)
Worst: Ireland! Terrible over priced stodge!
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