Real Life. Real News. Real Voices.
Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Join HuffPost Plus
THE BLOG

$5 Worth of Food Around the World

While it's no struggle to find expensive restaurants the world over, finding a great, delicious deal is often much harder.
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

What kind of a meal can $5 buy you anywhere in the world? While it's no struggle to find expensive restaurants the world over, finding a great, delicious deal is often much harder -- but worth the trouble. So we took a look at what $5 fetches in 11 cities around the world, and the results might surprise you.

Going in, we assumed that there may be cities in which $5 fetched less than half a french fry. But as it turns out, even some of the world's richest, priciest places can offer a great deal to the careful traveler.

Naturally, a lot of street food -- from spicy, crisp falafels to marinated, juicy kebabs -- made our list. But we were pleasantly astonished that there are some great sit-down joints at which you can score a delicious under-$5 meal, too.

1
$5 Jerusalem, Israel
We spoke with poet Jacob Newberry, who recently spent a year in Israel on a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, to see what $5 can get the hungry traveler in Israel. “You can get a good falafel anywhere in the Old City for about 10 shekels ($2). There are a million of those places also in west Jerusalem,” he told us. Photo Credit: ThinkstockClick Here to see More of $5 Worth of Food Around the World
2
$5 Dubai
At Sidra, a Lebanese restaurant on Diyafah Street, you can score a fresh tabbouleh, a plate of hummus, babba ganoush, a sujuk (spicy sausage) sandwich, or a traditional saj labneh — a traditional, paper-thin Lebanese bread covered in a rich, mild cheese (the Lebanese equivalent to a bagel with cream cheese) for a scant $3.81. Photo Credit: Thinkstock
3
$5 Dublin, Ireland
If you have a sweet tooth, try a slice of Banoffee pie from Govinda's, which Masha calls “the best thing you can do with a banana — bananas, pie crust, toffee and fresh whipped cream.” Photo Credit: ThinkstockClick Here to see More of $5 Worth of Food Around the World
4
$5 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is a great spot for cheap dining, although some of the fare may seem unusual to the American palate. Masha tells us that $5 can also score you 6 cups of fried crickets at any of the city's central food markets. Uh. Maybe? Photo Credit: Thinkstock
5
$5 Buenos Aires
If you’re dining with a group, options like Las Cabras are great: for a mixed-grill dish brimming with chorizo, expect to pay 79 Argentine pesos — about $10 — which is more than enough for at least two people. Photo Credit: ThinkstockClick Here to see More of $5 Worth of Food Around the World

-- Jess Novak, The Daily Meal

More Content from The Daily Meal: