10 Cheapest Cities in Europe For Foodies

When looking for cheap places to go on holiday, you need to consider not only the cost of the flights and accommodation, but how expensive is it when you get there?

It’s getting easier to find cheap flights and hotel deals. But, where can you travel for the best overall value?

We have broken down the top 10 cheapest cities in Europe, based on the cost of food and drink.

10 cheapest European cities to visit for eating out, and the must try dishes listed for each one

The price of food and alcohol can vary massively across Europe and by the end of a week, this will have a definite impact on the overall cost of your holiday and how much spending money you get through.

The most expensive city to eat in Europe is Oslo in Norway. The whole of Scandinavia is a lot more expensive than the UK in terms of restaurant and cafe prices – even for fast food let alone a proper sit down meal.

So, if you are a foodie and want to experience great quality food for reasonably low prices, which European city should you visit?

We will break down ten of the best options – and share a list of must try foods for each city.

If you’re planning a city break and looking for some culinary adventures, here are the cheapest places to visit in Europe.

What are The Cheapest Cities in Europe?

Below are the cheapest opens when considering the price of for eating out on average, for a mid range meal for two and a bottle of wine.

If you have a taste for fine food, but not a lot of money, we are here to help.

We can share the top 10 cheapest European cities with you, thanks to research from Holidu

These are cities where you will be able to find amazing gastronomic experiences without breaking the bank



The cheapest European city to visit, in terms of food and drink, is Belgrade in Serbia.

Here, you can get a mid range three course meal for two, for under 30 euros!

Some of the most popular Serbian foods to try in Belgrade are:

cevap belgrade food
  • Ćevapi
  • Burek
  • Sarma
  • Gibanica
  • Paprikaš 


Budapest city

The capital of Hungary, Budapest offers some amazing prices for foodies. You can get a domestic beer for 1.71 Euros or a cheap restaurant meal for just 6.56 Euros

When visiting Budapest, why not try:

stuffed cabbage leaves
  • Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Töltött Káposzta)
  • Goulash
  • Meat Pancakes
  • Chicken Paprikas


sofia Bulgaria

Sofia in Bulgaria is a hidden gem, with lots to see and a great variety of independent foodie establishments to enjoy.

summer salad shopska salata romanian national dish

When in Sofia, try eating Shopska Salata, or Summer Salad. This dish has the same colors as the Bulgarian flag!


Krakow poland

Krakaw is the first Polish city on the list, coming in just slightly cheaper than it’s neighbour, Warsaw. Poland as a whole is pretty affordable.

Some Polish national dishes you could try are

pierogi polish dumplings
  • Pierogi (dumplings)
  • Schabowy (a Pork dish)
  • Obwarzanek (like a bagel)


Zagreb croatia

Croatia is quickly gaining a lot more popularity as a holiday destination, due to the combination of beaches, scenery and affordability.

In Zagreb you can get a cappuccino for an average price of 1.51 and some wine from the wine market for 5.30

Some of the Croatian wines you should try are

croatian wine
  • Babic
  • Dingac
  • Malvazija
  • Posip


Prague Czech Republic

Prague, in the Czech Republic, is a classic city break destination, perfect for a romantic weekend away – and it’s a lot cheaper than visiting Paris.

While enjoying your romantic mini break, be sure to eat some Svíčková – braised beef with dumplings.


porto Portugal

Porto is the first in the list that you can find in Western Europe. Eastern Europe is no doubt cheaper over all, but for those wanting to focus on the Western side then Portugal is going to be your cheapest option.

Flights to Portugal also tend to be one of the most inexpensive, making Porto a great overall option.

Some of the must try Portuguese foods and drinks include

pastel de natas portugues custard tart
  • Pastel de nata
  • Francesinha
  • Port Wine


Warsaw Poland city

Poland is back with another entry in the cheapest EU cities list, this time with Warsaw.

If you are considering travelling around Poland as a road trip, to explore more of the country you can get from one of these cities to the other in just under 4 hours so why not visit both – if your itinerary permits.


Bucharest romania

Bucharest, Romania, is another cheap city to visit in Europe with many delicious dishes try including

fried cheese cascaval pane
  • Sarmale (cabbage rolls)
  • Zacuscă (vegetable spread)
  • Cașcaval Pane (fried cheese)
  • Mici (Romanian Garlic sausages)


split croatia

Just like Poland, Croatia has made the list twice with Split landing in tenth place.

Split is also 4 hours from Zagreb, and on the south coast it makes a perfectly relaxed holiday destination, where you can get a mid range meal for two for 33 euros.

European food

Have a little more budget spare? Consider some of these options for your foodie travels too


We hope you enjoyed this list of cool foodie destinations that you can visit on a budget.

These top European destinations can keep your wallet happy while giving you the opportunity to explore new cultures and foods.

Please share this post with friends, and why not get planning a trip right away!

List of 10 cheapest cities in Europe, for a European city break on a budget with good food

Happy travelling 🙂

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