How To Picnic Your Way Around Europe

For those backpacking through Europe on a budget, spending money on food can get pretty pricey if you’re looking to sample local cuisines at every stop.

Nice France farmers market picnic
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A great way to cut down on meal costs and try regional food is to buy separate items from vendors and picnic once a day rather than eating at restaurants for every meal. By splitting three to four yummy food products from local stores between two people, you both can eat for 10 euros or less. Picnicking also provides opportunities to seek pleasant and scenic places to picnic, and many of my favorite meals were picnics in front of amazing views, like from this bench overlooking the Riviera in Nice.

Spain farmers market picnic
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Spain

Bottle of red wine: 1.75-3 euros
Baguette: 1 euro or less
Jar of olives: 1 euro
Pack of jamón: 4-5 euros

French farmers market picnic
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France

Bottle of rosé: 5 euros
Round of cheese: 3 euros — try to buy it from an artisan farmers market which are quite common throughout major French cities
Baguette: 1-2 euros

Italy farmers market picnic
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Italy

Small jar of pesto: 6 euros
2 pieces of focaccia: 1 euro or less
Mozzarella: 3 euros
Gelato cone: 2.5 euros

Croatia farmers market picnic
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Croatia

10 Kuna = 1.3 Euros
Burek: 11-15 Kuna—Burek is a Croatian pastry that is often filled with meats, cheese, vegetables and/or apples.
Salami: 13 Kuna
Croatian beer: 10 Kuna

Hungary farmers market picnic
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Hungary

1000 Forints = 3.20 Euros
Goulash: 2000 forints
Bread: 200 forints
Stuffed cabbage rolls: 800-1000 forints

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Germany

Rye bread: about 20 cents apiece
Pack of cold cuts: 1.50-4 euros
Half liter of beer: 3.50-4 euros
Piece of kinder chocolate (aka. The best thing about Germany): 50-60 cents

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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