Best Beer Gardens

The world's first beer gardens emerged in 19th-century Bavaria, and the rather brilliant idea of sprawling, outdoor beer-drinking establishments soon took hold and spread across the globe. From Munich, Germany, to New York City and even Vietnam, here are the world's best beer gardens.

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Close up of sandwich

Close up of sandwich

Berlin's most popular street food is the doner kebab -- and Mustafa's Gemüsekebap is the most famous food stall to get it. 960 1280

  

Food on the grill

Food on the grill

Outside of Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market, fish and giant oysters are on the grill -- almost ready for sale at one of the many hawker stands. 960 1280

  

Close-up of a Japanese omelet

Close-up of a Japanese omelet

Under the train tracks in the Ameyoko area of Tokyo, you'll find vendors selling this unique version of a Japanese omelet. 960 1280

  

A pair of rice flour cakes

A pair of rice flour cakes

A popular Japanese snack is rice flour cakes, also known as age-manjyu. The cakes are stuffed with flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato, then deep fried. 960 1280

  

A thick, spicy potato stew

A thick, spicy potato stew

Pav bhaji is a thick, spicy potato stew -- a popular "on-the-go" lunch at foods stands in Mumbai, India. 960 1280

  

Close-up of crispy roti

Close-up of crispy roti

A quick snack on the busy streets of Mumbai is roti, a flatbread baked in traditional wood-fired tandoori ovens, as it has been for centuries. 960 1280

  

Shot of whole roasted fresh fish

Shot of whole roasted fresh fish

Whole roasted fresh fish, giant prawns and spicy dipping sauce are popular at the floating markets in Bangkok. 960 1280

  

papaya salad with black crab

papaya salad with black crab

Fresh papaya salad with black crab is a spicy and popular dish found at street-food stalls all over Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Close-up of dumplings

Close-up of dumplings

In Hong Kong, you'll find dumplings of every kind similar to these vegetable dumplings sold at hawker stalls across this crowded city. 960 1280

  

Small bowls of food

Small bowls of food

A makeshift kitchen is set up on a boat at a floating market in Bangkok. Wonderful produce is also served at many of the traditional Thai floating markets, such as Bang Khu Wiang and Taling Chan. Many more floating markets can be found all over the country and in close proximity to Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Cookies for sale

Cookies for sale

Baked cookies for sale at Jerusalem's popular Mahane Yehuda Market. 960 1280

  

Juice for sale

Juice for sale

Juice stands are popular across Israel. The fresh juice offers a delicious relief from the subtropical heat. 960 1280

  

Dates and dried apricots

Dates and dried apricots

Dates and dried apricots for sale on the streets of Jerusalem. A tradition dating back 2,000 years. 960 1280

  

Picture of banana leaves

Picture of banana leaves

Sticky rice with banana wrapped in banana leaf is a delicious street food found all over Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank, home to "the ultimate trinity" of booze, bands and artisan sausages. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank, where he's introduced to the Jackalope: custom-made antelope, rabbit and pork sausage, with cranberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar cheese. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

The food truck Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos are a big hit with Austin’s college scene. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries are the ultimate in late-night fusion food. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ -- the go-to spot for late-night Texas barbecue. 960 1280

  

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ. The restaurant offers their succulent ribs and brisket until 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

This bridge in Austin is a well-known hangout spot where spectators gather to watch bats. 960 1280

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Mikey makes some friends in Austin

Mikey makes some friends in Austin

Mikey makes some friends as the sun rises in downtown Austin near the river. 960 1280

  

Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band outside of the 24-hour Magnolia Café, where musicians and roadies eat after their gigs wrap and the last amp is packed ... usually around 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band at Magnolia Café, where even the employees are musicians. 960 1280

  

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T., a regular in Austin’s Dirty Sixth district. 960 1280

  

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Mikey eats a Cubano at Miguel's Cuban Café food truck. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

At sidewalk tables, rooftop decks and charming backyard gardens, New Yorkers take advantage of see-and-be-seen outdoor dining hot spots in trendy neighborhoods such as Brooklyn, the Lower East Side and the West Village. Or they enjoy casual meals with Hudson River views at the Upper West Side's Boat Basin Cafe. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Even though San Fran can be chilly in summer, locals armed with lightweight jackets and scarves fill restaurant patios and decks. Head to the colorful Castro District or the funky Mission District. If you prefer bay views, the pier-side restaurants at Embarcadero won't disappoint. 960 1280

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Montreal

Montreal

Outdoor charm is in abundance at many of Montreal's cozy neighborhood eateries. City blocks in Old Montreal and Outremont morph into outdoor block parties as strings of cafes and restaurants pop up on sidewalks and street corners and servers bustle about carrying trays full of poutine and glasses of wine. 960 1280

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Sydney

Sydney

When a city is home to one of the world's most iconic waterfronts — complete with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge — it's no wonder that outdoor waterfront dining is all the rage. Enjoy a cold beer with local Aussies at one of the restaurants lining Sydney Harbour's wharfs, or, better yet, head to oceanfront neighborhoods such as Bondi and Manly Beach. 960 1280

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires exudes a sort of decaying elegance that makes the so-called Paris of South America a wildly romantic spot for outdoor dining. Join the crowds of porteños that fill cafes and bars lining the Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia in the uber-hip Palermo neighborhood. For a more upscale treat, head to the restaurants along the shady, tree-lined streets of Recoleta. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Hemingway and his expat cronies knew what they were doing when they flocked to Paris' countless cafes to sip strong coffee and even stronger cocktails. Whether you cozy up to tables at the iconic Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore or wander the side streets of the Marais and the sprawling Boulevard St.-Germain, the perfect outdoor bistro lies within easy reach. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

Though you'll be bumping elbows with tourists aplenty, the restaurants lining Rome's piazzas offer some of the city's most scenic dining. Order an apertivo while sitting at a table that overlooks Bernini sculptures in Piazza Navona, the flower market in Campo de' Fiori, or the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda.  960 1280

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Madrid

Madrid

You'd be remiss not to order a slew of tasty tapas at one of Madrid's popular outdoor eateries and bars. You'll feel as if you’re a part of Spanish tradition while dining at a table overlooking Plaza de Santa Ana or Plaza Mayor, 2 of the city's must-see attractions. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Don't be put off by the Windy City's moniker; in summer, there's hardly a better city for outdoor dining. Whether you're in Lakeview, Lincoln Park or River North and beyond, Chicago's beer gardens, patios and rooftop restaurants and bars are ideal places for enjoying brunch or dinner with city views throughout the summer. 960 1280

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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is a foodie's dream. Delicious, exotic local cuisine lurks throughout the city's many nooks and crannies, but it is most easily (and cheaply) enjoyed at Singapore's famous food streets, such as Smith Street, and sprawling hawker centers (open-air food courts), such as Lau Pa Sat. 960 1280

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