best snacks in Europe

But you don’t need to dine out all the time, as there are many easy-to-get snacks in Europe you should try. 

You won’t need to break the bank for a unique culinary experience here. 

10 Best Snacks in Europe to Try

1. Baklava in Turkey

Baklava is one of the best treats of Turkey, a heavenly sweet rich pastry made out of flaky layers of filo dough, layered and brushed with sugar syrup and butter and cut into small squares or rectangles.

There are too many versions of this delight, featuring pistachio nuts, walnuts, or even chestnuts!

You can spend your days walking the streets of old Istanbul and keep your energy high with this delight.  It goes terrific with Turkish coffee, because who needs to sleep, right?

Learn more about this world-class cuisine and read our Complete Turkish Food Guide.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Baklava in Turkey
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Baklava in Turkey

2. Churros in Spain

Apparently, eating freshly fried churros dipped in rich thick chocolate for breakfast is a perfectly normal way to start your day in Spain!  It sounds like the Spaniards really know how to kick start their day, hello delicious!

Churro, also known as a Spanish doughnut, can be found in cafes as well as designated churro places known as “churrerias”, where hot fried churros are tossed in sugar or cinnamon and served hot.

The Spanish cuisine and the amazing hikes to do in Spain are just more great reasons to visit Spain.

These 10 Top Rated Cities in Spain will give you some great tips on how to plan your Spanish adventure!

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Churros in Spain
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Churros in Spain

 3. Crêpe in France

Crepe, a glorious thin pancake made from often wheat flour is the ultimate street snack when in France! The French pride themselves on making crepes, and calling them pancakes is taken as an insult.

You might indulge yourself with a Nutella crepe version or stick with the traditional French one – with lemon and sugar.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Crepe in France
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Crepe in France

4. Gelato in Italy

The perfect cool treat for the hot summer days! You don’t have to go too far to find a great gelato place when in Italy. Creamy, elastic, dense, and oh-so tasty.

The best gelato places use only the freshest ingredients, and the fruit-flavoured gelato is made of real fruit! 

Now, there is no reason why you can’t have gelato twice a day. Why not taste your way around Italy in these 15 Best Places to Visit in Italy?

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10 Best Snacks in Europe - Gelato in Italy
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Gelato in Italy

5. Gyros in Greece

Best treats on the streets of Greece? It has to be gyros! A pita bread filled with thinly sliced roasted meat from a vertical spit, fresh tomatoes, onions, and hot potato chips. Some places add a creamy yogurt sauce that makes it even juicier.

The choice of meat usually includes lamb or chicken.  If you can’t decide which one, just get one of each.  It can cost as little as €2.50!

Eat your way around Athens with our recommendations on the Best Places to Eat in Athens. 

And, don’t miss our Perfect Itinerary for spending One Day in Athens.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Gyros in Greece
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Gyros in Greece

 6. Langos in Slovakia

This might be one of the least known treats of Europe. Langos is deep-fried flatbread flour, yeast, and salt). Once fried, it is topped with sour cream or tartar sauce and grated soft cheese.

While it might not win the prize for a healthy snack, it’s way too delicious not to try it. It originates from Hungary but is found virtually everywhere in Slovakia, a country that is certainly worth a visit. We’ve got a whole post about The 18 Most Popular Food from Slovakia, so don’t miss it!

Not sure where to go? Check out the best places to visit in Slovakia for some inspiration. If you’ve only got time to visit the capital city of Bratislava, then 13 Things to do in Bratislava will be handy, and these Best Restaurants in Bratislava to Eat Local Food are worth a read.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Langos in Slovakia
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Langos in Slovakia

 7. Sacher Torte in Austria

The Austrians know how to bring culture and class, even when it comes to dessert. The very famous Sacher torte is a marvelous dessert, a good reason to make a trip to Vienna from where it originates.

Sacher Torte is a unique chocolate cake incorporating a layer of apricot jam and chocolate icing. It has been around since 1832, so you eat a piece of European history.

The original Sacher Torte can be found at Hotel Sacher.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Sacher Torte in Austria
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Sacher Torte in Austria

 8. Strudel in Switzerland

The strudel is a pastry with a sweet or savoury filling rolled up in a very thinly stretched dough, the apple being the most popular.

The German word strudel literally means “whirlpool,” and it refers to the technique of rolling the dough.

It is served with a sprinkle of icing sugar or it can be topped with whipped cream or warm vanilla custard.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Strudel in Switzerland
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Strudel in Switzerland

 9. Trdelnik in the Czech Republic

Watch for this sweet snack on your travels in the Czech Republic. You may encounter these cute stalls selling an oval, cylinder-shaped pastry called ‘trdelnik’.

A rolled dough is wrapped around a steel pole and then grilled. It is often sold hot with cinnamon, sugar, and nuts.

The perfect afternoon snack between lunch and dinner, alongside a creamy cappuccino to get you through the rest of the day.

Czech out our Top 6 Places to Eat the Best Czech Food in Prague and these 7 Best Things to do in Prague when you visit this exciting city.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Trdelnik in Czech Republic
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Trdelnik in the Czech Republic

 10. Wurst in Germany

Wurst translates to ‘sausage’ in German.  And you better believe that the Germans love their Wurst! And so they should, they are delicious, very affordable, and available everywhere!

Bratwurst and Rostbratwurst is a sausage made from finely minced pork and beef and usually grilled and served with sweet German mustard and a piece of bread or a roll.

It can be sliced into Currywurst by dipping it in a curry sauce. It’s the perfect thing to eat any time of the day, but particularly tasty after a few pints of beer.

The best currywurst is in Berlin at Curry 36.

10 Best Snacks in Europe - Wurst in Germany
10 Best Snacks in Europe – Wurst in Germany

Have you tried any of these best snacks in Europe yet? Which one is your favourite? 

Don’t miss our ULTIMATE Food Map of Europe for all the best bites from every country in Europe.

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