Vacations, even simple weekend getaways, can be full of adventure — that’s part of the great appeal, after all — but if you value a delicious, high-quality meal along with your adventure, then check out these tips for finding the best meals while on vacation:
1) Look for office buildings and construction sites, this is especially key when looking for lunch spots. Usually you will find the best and cheapest eats by going to where residents and office workers would eat. My first time in San Jose, Costa Rica I was walking around to get my bearings. I saw a line of people outside what can be best described as a small house and the smell was delicious. Using my limited Spanish I ordered a platter that consisted of a quarter chicken, rice and beans, sweet plantain (my favorite), and a Coca Cola it was only a few colones. It was filling and better yet it was easy on my poor college student traveling pockets.
2) Think about making a picnic. One of the great things about Europe besides the great architecture is the amount of fresh food available in the markets, bakeries, and grocery stores. Instead of spending money in a fancy restaurant go to the market to pick up fresh bread, cheeses, and meat with a cold drink or water and people watch at one of the many gardens and parks around.
3) Utilize happy hour and tea times. Traveling alone and having some anxiety about a table for one? Consider sitting at the bar of a local pub or heading to tea time. Usually if you are sitting at the bar, they will have a bar menu which may not have the breadth of a full dinner menu but will have smaller portions and lower prices.
4) Walk away from the tourist attractions. To find the best prices on food and everything walk away from the tourist attractions, not only will it reduce the crowds but the prices will be much more reasonable. For example, an espresso may be up to 9-10 euros in front of the Accademia in Florence but walking a few short blocks away you can get an espresso for 3-4 euros. Additionally, you will find that the quality is infinitely better and more authentic to the region versus catering to foreign tastes.
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