• South and Central America

Street Eats Travel Guide

See where to find the tastiest street eats in Latin America.


Activities
Boca Grande Beach
Juan Del Mar, a chef, restaurateur, surfer, telenovela star and matador, tries several dishes sold by the beach vendors here.
  • Outside of downtown Cartagena, Colombia
  • Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia

Boca Grande Beach

Juan Del Mar, a chef, restaurateur, surfer, telenovela star and matador, tries several dishes sold by the beach vendors here.
Outside of downtown Cartagena, Colombia Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
La Vega Farmers’ Market
A popular dish called humitas can be found here. Similar to tamales, humitas are made of fresh corn with basil and milk, then rolled in corn leaf and steamed.
  • 700 Divila Baeza
  • Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region Chile

La Vega Farmers’ Market

A popular dish called humitas can be found here. Similar to tamales, humitas are made of fresh corn with basil and milk, then rolled in corn leaf and steamed.
700 Divila Baeza Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Mercado Central
At this market, several seafood vendors and food stalls offer fresh seafood from just off the coast of Chile.
  • Ismael Valdes Vergara 900
  • Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region Chile

Mercado Central

At this market, several seafood vendors and food stalls offer fresh seafood from just off the coast of Chile.
Ismael Valdes Vergara 900 Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Phone: 2-696-8327
Masaya Square
Nighttime vendors in Masaya Square, just south of Managua, offer a buffet of different fried foods.
  • 17 miles south of Managua in Masaya, Nicaragua
  • Masaya, Masaya Nicaragua

Masaya Square

Nighttime vendors in Masaya Square, just south of Managua, offer a buffet of different fried foods.
17 miles south of Managua in Masaya, Nicaragua Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua

Restaurants & Bars
Kiosko El Bony
Juan enjoys a shrimp cocktail with chopped red onion, ketchup and mayonnaise served with a side of coconut rice and fried plantains at this roadside stand, and is joined by owner and Colombian boxing legend, Bonifacio Avila.
  • Carrera 1
  • Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia

Kiosko El Bony

Juan enjoys a shrimp cocktail with chopped red onion, ketchup and mayonnaise served with a side of coconut rice and fried plantains at this roadside stand, and is joined by owner and Colombian boxing legend, Bonifacio Avila.
Carrera 1 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Mercado Bazurto
Juan tries his grandfather’s old favorite dish of armadillo, along with other authentic Colombian specialties. He meets up with locals and tourists to have a refreshing blend of tropical juices.
  • Pedro De Heredia
  • Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia

Mercado Bazurto

Juan tries his grandfather’s old favorite dish of armadillo, along with other authentic Colombian specialties. He meets up with locals and tourists to have a refreshing blend of tropical juices.
Pedro De Heredia Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
CEAGA Market
Vendors at this market are as diverse as the Brazilian culture. They offer everything from popular Brazilian quick-serve fare to dishes imported from Japan.
  • Avenida Doutor Gastão Vidigal 1946 - Vila Leopoldina São Paulo, 05316-900, Brazil
  • Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia

CEAGA Market

Vendors at this market are as diverse as the Brazilian culture. They offer everything from popular Brazilian quick-serve fare to dishes imported from Japan.
Avenida Doutor Gastão Vidigal 1946 - Vila Leopoldina São Paulo, 05316-900, Brazil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Mercado Municipal: Bar Do Mane, Hocca Bar
Sao Paulo natives call this market the go-to place for national dishes and delicious street food such as pastel, deep-fried dough like an oversized eggroll filled with sweet and savory ingredients.
  • Rua Da Cantareira, 306
  • São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Mercado Municipal: Bar Do Mane, Hocca Bar

Sao Paulo natives call this market the go-to place for national dishes and delicious street food such as pastel, deep-fried dough like an oversized eggroll filled with sweet and savory ingredients.
Rua Da Cantareira, 306 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Local 52 at Mercado Vega Chica
The spicy flavor with the texture of tendons and flavor of bone marrow in this classic Chilean soup, called caldo de pata, can be found at this market.
  • 701 Divila Baeza
  • Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region Chile

Local 52 at Mercado Vega Chica

The spicy flavor with the texture of tendons and flavor of bone marrow in this classic Chilean soup, called caldo de pata, can be found at this market.
701 Divila Baeza Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Mercado Vega Chica
Colin Bennett, an ex-pat from Iowa and Chilean food guide, introduces tourists to several food stalls at this market.
  • 702 Divila Baeza
  • Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region Chile

Mercado Vega Chica

Colin Bennett, an ex-pat from Iowa and Chilean food guide, introduces tourists to several food stalls at this market.
702 Divila Baeza Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Mercado de Chorillos
US-born travel and food writer Nicholas Gill shows off the national dish of ceviche and its many varieties, all chased with some unusual juices.
  • Mercado de Chorillos
  • Lima, Peru

Mercado de Chorillos

US-born travel and food writer Nicholas Gill shows off the national dish of ceviche and its many varieties, all chased with some unusual juices.
Mercado de Chorillos Lima, Peru
Mercado Central
This market offers a frog smoothie, made with frogs from the Andes, mixed with honey, alfalfa powder and noni (a local fruit).
  • Ismael Valdes Vergara 900
  • Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region Peru

Mercado Central

This market offers a frog smoothie, made with frogs from the Andes, mixed with honey, alfalfa powder and noni (a local fruit).
Ismael Valdes Vergara 900 Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Peru
Phone: 2-696-8327
Dona Pochita Anticuchos Street Cart
Nicholas and tourists showcase a street food found only after 8:00 p.m. -- anticuchos, marinated skewered beef hearts with fried yucca.
  • Avenida Ignacio Merino
  • Lince, Lima 15046 Peru

Dona Pochita Anticuchos Street Cart

Nicholas and tourists showcase a street food found only after 8:00 p.m. -- anticuchos, marinated skewered beef hearts with fried yucca.
Avenida Ignacio Merino Lince, Lima, Peru
El Paisa Stand
Chef and television host Arianne Araiz visits a tianguis, an open-air neighborhood market, to try tacos imported from Lebanon.
  • Polanco Neighborhood Mexico City, Mexico
  • Mexico City, Federal District Mexico

El Paisa Stand

Chef and television host Arianne Araiz visits a tianguis, an open-air neighborhood market, to try tacos imported from Lebanon.
Polanco Neighborhood Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Mercado San Juan
Arianne eats tacos filled with toppings uncommon in the US but beloved by Mexicans, such as chapulines (cricket tacos) and chinicuiles (worm tacos).
  • Ernesto Pugibet 21
  • Mexico City, Mexico

Mercado San Juan

Arianne eats tacos filled with toppings uncommon in the US but beloved by Mexicans, such as chapulines (cricket tacos) and chinicuiles (worm tacos).
Ernesto Pugibet 21 Mexico City, Mexico
El Pipe
Quesillos, made from scratch with soft cheese, pickled onions and cream wrapped in a tortilla, can be found at this roadside stand.
  • Carretera a Masaya
  • Managua, Managua Nicaragua

El Pipe

Quesillos, made from scratch with soft cheese, pickled onions and cream wrapped in a tortilla, can be found at this roadside stand.
Carretera a Masaya Managua, Managua, Nicaragua
El Gordito
Francisco Gomez has been serving popular dishes that attract both locals and tourists, like vigoron with boiled yuca, chicharrón (fried pork skin) and cabbage marinated with tomato, vinegar and mimbro, a local sour-acidic fruit.
  • Southwest Corner of Central Park Granada,
  • Granada, Granada Nicaragua

El Gordito

Francisco Gomez has been serving popular dishes that attract both locals and tourists, like vigoron with boiled yuca, chicharrón (fried pork skin) and cabbage marinated with tomato, vinegar and mimbro, a local sour-acidic fruit.
Southwest Corner of Central Park Granada, Granada, Granada, Nicaragua

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