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may 03 2007

A Gourmet Food Guide for Budget Travelers

Roselyn Sugay-Helbling offers a list of the best places for budget travelers to eat worldwide.

Having lived in six different countries over the last ten years, I have had the chance to take my time to explore and the opportunity to find the best bang for the buck in every place.

I've passed on this information to many friends and so, here's my gourmet list of the Best Bang for the Buck for budget travelers:

Paris - Walk along the Seine starting on the Right Bank and cross the river on the Pont des Arts, Paris' prettiest footbridge, toward the Left Bank. Continue towards St. Germain des Pres, buy a crepe for 5 euros at the stand right beside the St. Germain des Pres church. Sit on a bench and enjoy the people watching on Paris' famous cafe intersection where the Deux Magots and the Flore are.

Marbella - Go to the Casco Antiguo (Old Town). Window shop and meander along the cobblestoned streets then stop at the Plaza de Los Naranjos for a "ration" of churros con chocolate.

Montreal - Walk on Boulevard St. Laurent and stop by Schwartz's Deli, a Montreal institution, for a smoked meat sandwich.

Napa - Get a gourmet sandwich or a salad at the Oakville Grocery then have a picnic at one of the many wineries that offer picnic areas as long as you buy their wine.

New York - Go to Gray's Papaya for a hotdog and a fruit shake.

Santiago - Go to Paseo El Manio in Vitacura and have a coffee and croissant at Le Fournil, a French boulangerie loved by locals.

Buenos Aires - Have a cafe cortado and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich at Biela. It's a bit expensive but worth it for the people watching on the Recoleta.

Manila - Wander around Intramuros in the old Spanish walled city then stop at a cafe in the courtyard beside the San Agustin church.

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