There’s a saying today that there’s never been a better time to be broke. With $1 Value Meals being the norm in fast food restaurants, a family of six can eat for about $14, they won’t be the healthiest but they’ll be full. Unfortunately this inexpensive food supply isn’t the norm worldwide as some countries put the price of food at a premium. Here are those countries with the most expensive food on the planet.
10. Spain: Expensive Bread and Rice
Spain is a popular destination for tourists, particularly Barcelona and Madrid. Visitors to the major tourist cities can obviously expect to pay a premier price for their food because of supply and demand. That being said, in other areas of the country locals can eat for very little a day, obtaining a baguette and bottle of Sangria for only $2. There are certain items in Spain that will cost a lot more, particularly a loaf of bread which is around $6.25 or a pound of white rice which goes for over $3.50, both the most expensive among major economic countries.
9. Moscow: Expensive Milk, Pasta, and Potatoes
Once again, visiting Moscow is much more expensive than buying groceries there. For example, in comparison to New York City guests can expect to pay around 92% of what they would at some of the Big Apple’s premier venues while groceries cost about 50% of what they would in New York. Milk, pasta, and potatoes are the main staples of many meals, but also three of the most costly ingredients in Moscow shopping stores. Most locals should add toast to their nightly menus as a loaf of bread is only about $.77 in the city.
8. France: Expensive Chicken and Beef
Trips to Paris usually aren’t done on a budget with most people saving and planning for the trip their entire adult lives. Tourists who are strapped for cash will want to eat the plate of the day at neighborhood bistros and stick to inexpensive wines instead of highly taxed spirits so that they’ll have money to see the breathtaking sights throughout France. Most of the basic staples are similarly priced to what a citizen of the United States would expect to pay except chicken which is roughly $6.37 per pound and beef at a whopping $11.20 per pound in Paris. Locals can expect to pay a minimum of $336 per month in food which is slightly higher than the United States minimum of $267 per month.
7. Belgium: Expensive Beef and Eggs
For many travelers Belgium is a much more excitable option to visit in Europe compared to the UK, Italy, or Spain because it is more centrally located and much less populated. There’s no shortage of fine food either with the chocolates being to die for and the Belgian fries with mayo unforgettable. Guests need not worry about going thirsty either with over 400 Belgian beers available. Fast food is a little more costly in Belgium at roughly $13 but a must-have snack of frites is only $4. Locals spend on average $60 per week in groceries mostly due to the $6 per pound ground beef and $4 per dozen eggs. It should be noted that with gasoline going for over $9.00 per gallon a trip on foot to the market leaves one more of a budget for the essentials.
6. England: Expensive Potatoes and Eggs
Life is much more than tea and crumpets for the fine citizens of London, who pay almost $2.50 for a pound of potatoes and a leading $5.28 for a dozen eggs. It seems that chickens are the true royalty in this fine country.
5. Kuwait: Expensive Lettuce and Eggs
Living in and visiting Kuwait definitely isn’t for everyone but people will enjoy cheap travel with gas priced at only $.78 a gallon. Don’t plan on accumulating a pocket full of money though as long as you plan on eating because Kuwait food isn’t cheap. A head of lettuce for instance sells for over $4.50 compared to around $1.50 on average in other parts of the world. Eggs cost $2.50 and are also slightly higher than the international media but if a person can live on coffee at $0.27 a pound and rice at only $0.64 a pound, they’ll find themselves with a surplus of money.
4. Canada: Expensive Milk
Depending on which part of Canada a person chooses to reside, they may find themselves paying some pretty insane food prices. There are some pros to living in the northernmost frigid parts of Canada – private, spacious, no bugs – but it also comes with $28 heads of cabbage, $104 cases of water, and chicken at a very unaffordable $64 per pound. Of course in sections of the country that are more accessible, prices are generally median save for milk almost $4.00 a gallon but the outrageous high prices of the desolate land push the country average much higher.
3. Germany: Expensive Chicken, Bread, Rice, and Soda
Germany experienced flooding in 2013 which caused food prices to soar even higher than they have elsewhere around the world. Crop failures pushed the price of food up 5% from what it was a year ago. This is bad news for some residents who were already used to paying a higher-than-average $6.00+ per pound of chicken and $2.50 each for both a loaf of bread and pound of rice. Soda lovers have an easier time giving up their vice in Germany after paying over $4.00 for a 2 liter bottle of Coke.
2. Taiwan: Expensive Beef and Milk
Visitors to Taiwan can enjoy their traditional Western flavors at a very similar price to what they’d find in their hometowns. A can of Coke on average runs about $.60, a Big Mac $2.55, and a large Starbucks cappuccino $3.06. Residents of Taiwan experience a different end of the spectrum though with a pound of ground beef selling on average for $11.50 and a gallon of milk going for over $10. It’s no wonder the most common meal among locals is chicken($2.92 per pound), potatoes ($1.00 per pound), and rice ($1.00 per pound). Even $3.08 for a box of Cheerios isn’t bad, as long as a person holds off on the milk.
1. South Africa: Expensive Bread and Meat
Food prices got so high in South Africa recently that they insinuated riots among locals. It’s very hard for the Government to justify food costs that have gone up 49% in just five years. Bread individually spiked 69% in that period while meat inflated by 40%. South Africa is truly in a dire situation as worker wages have seen little increase and it may not be long before a UN intervention is needed.
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