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While some of the attractions are fun, the real reason you come to Epcot is to eat! But with so many options it can be tough to know what to get, that’s why we’ve decided to make our list of the Best Snacks at Epcot!
Of all the awesome places in Disney World to eat, this park is at the top of the list! And let’s face it, Snacking Around the World in Epcot is perhaps our favorite Disney World pastime. We’d put it right up there with Drinking Around the World, and if done right, the two activities can be done together!
While you can wander through World Showcase without a plan, to really find the best snacks in Epcot you need to know where you’re going, to make the most of your time and money.
First to get started, you’ll notice something strange about our list of the best Epcot snacks. Just about all of them mentioned in this post are located in World Showcase. We’ve left out Future World almost completely from the discussion, besides a very small Future World snacking mention at the end.
The reason is simple: World Showcase dominates food in Epcot. Nearly every must-have snack in the park is located on the far side of the lagoon, and once you start to get hungry you should immediately start heading in that direction.
Now to make things simple, we’ve group our list by country, with all the best snacks from that place there. Most of the countries in World Showcase have multiple must-have treats, but we’ve tried to limit our list to just the best of the best (except in France, because there are just so many we couldn’t skip).
We also are not going to include snacks that you can find at the various Epcot festivals throughout the year like Food and Wine or Flower and Garden. Those festival are full of limited-time food that you won’t be able to get in other periods. We wanted to make a list of snacks that are always available in Epcot no matter when you visit.
Our challenge to you when snacking around the world is to try to get at least one item in each of the 11 countries in Epcot. This is just like our drinking around the world challenge, but can be done a lot more safely, and will cost you a lot less money.
To successful complete the challenge though, you do need to eat a snack from every country in World Showcase all in the same day, which believe me won’t be easy!
Even though we don’t usually recommend sharing our food in Disney, going with a group of friends while snacking in Epcot isn’t a bad idea in our opinion. There are so many yummy things to try, it will be really hard to do it all alone. If you have some friends with you, you can each get a few things and share.
Your second trip around the world will be even better, knowing what to get!
Which Direction Should I Start?
I’m assuming you’re entering Epcot from the from of the park, though the International Gateway is getting more and more crowded since the opening of the Disney Skyliner. Again, if you aren’t in Epcot for the rides, skip through the giant construction zone that is Future World, and head straight towards World Showcase Lagoon.
Once you get there you are going to have two options:
- 1. Go right towards Canada
- 2. left towards Mexico.
Honestly you can’t go wrong with either choice, and I think it depends what kind of mood you are in when you visit and if you are looking for more savory snacks or sweet treats.
Starting in Mexico is better for eating savory items, while going to the Canada side will get you to France quicker, and home of the best bakery in Walt Disney World.
For our list of the best Epcot snacks we are going to start in Canada, but feel free to go whichever direction you want.
Ok let the snacking begin!!
Best Snacks in Epcot
Canada doesn’t offer many snacking possibilities, and won’t be a long stop on your trip around the world. The don’t even have a real quick service restaurant (what’s up with that??), just the table service restaurant Le Cellier.
However, for our challenge we’re going to include the Refreshment port as being in Canada and here you’ll find one of our favorite Epcot snacks…
The Cronut (The Refreshment Port) – The what?? Yes, the Cronut. It’s a combination Croissant and Doughnut, and let me tell you, it’s marvelous!
The dough is fried and in the same shape as a doughnut, but it’s made of individual layers of pastry that flakes apart beautifully, just like a good croissant. The outside is the perfect crispiness and is coated in a cinnamon sugar.
Get this though, you can ever order the cronut with ice cream on top, taking this amazing treat to a whole other level!!
The Refreshment Port also has traditional poutine, which is basically French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Always a good option. And if you really can’t wait to get back o Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, you can grab a dole whip here too.
Don’t get caught up wandering around the U.K. pavilion if you are looking for snacks. While it’s a great place for drinking around the world, not so much when it comes to eating on the go.
Fish and Chips (Yorkshire County Fish Shop) – Fortunately however, they do have one of our favorite items in Epcot, fish and chips! This is my favorite fish and chips in Walt Disney World, and as close to the real thing as you will get this side of the Atlantic!
That juicy and succulent fish is coated in a crunchy beer batter, and fried to perfection. Fish is good for you right??
Now we’ve hit the motherload of Epcot snacking, the France pavilion. If you like food, whether savory or sweet, there is an almost infinite amount of things that will keep you occupied for hours. You can’t go wrong with almost anything you get at either Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie or L’Artisan des Glaces.
TIP: Make sure not to stay in France too long if you want to complete the challenge as you can get full here very easily.
The smell of freshly baked bread and sugar as you walk in Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is enough to spike your glucose levels to the moon.
Here you will find savory items like sandwiches, quiches, and breads:
And twice as many desserts:
It was very hard to narrow the list down, but here are a few of our favorites you have to get at least once:
Roulé Lard and Fromage (Bacon and Cheese Roll) – This is a giant, chewy bread which has been rolled up into a wheel and stuffed with bacon and cheese throughout! They don’t skimp here either. Make sure to ask for it heated up which puts it over the top!
Croque Monsieur – Think of this as the best ham and cheese sandwich you’ve ever had. Outside is a toasted bread with cheese melted all over the top of it, and inside ham and creamy bechamel sauce.
Framboise (Raspberry Mousse Cake) – This is the ultimate dessert for raspberry lovers! The base of the dessert is a soft chocolate cake, layered with raspberry cream in the middle. Then on the top, a thick layer of raspberry jam, and raspberries on top. It’s rare that I go to Epcot and don’t get this snack, as it should be for you too!
Flan e Cerises (Cherry and Flan Tart) – There are too many awesome pastries in Les Halles, yet I hardly ever see anyone name the Flan e Cerises as one of the best. You’d be mistaken to not try it as it has a perfect thin pastry shell, and a sweet custardy cream. Great if you are a cherry fan!
Citron (Lemon Meringue Tart) – My grandmother used to make the best lemon pies in the world and that’s what this treat reminds me of. Perfect combo between tart and sweet, with a spongey meringue topping makes this a must-get Epcot snack!
Macarons – If you are looking for a snack that you don’t necessarily need to eat right at that moment, the macarons in France are the perfect on-the-go snack. They come in a variety pack with flavors like: lemon, pistachio, orange, raspberry, blueberry, and black courant. If you haven’t tried macarons before, this is a good time to do so!
Moving away from the Boulangerie Patisserie, L’Artisan des Glaces is smaller, but also has some snacks that you can’t miss while visiting Epcot.
Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich – You’ve heard of a brioche bun before right? Maybe you have tried one of these soft and buttery rolls already on a sandwich. Well here you can build your own brioche ice cream sandwich.
It’s two halves of a brioche bun, opened up with your choice of ice cream in the center. Then you get to cover it with your choice of sauce and watch as the whole thing is sealed shut by a warm press. I don’t have to tell you what happens next…
Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich – Also available at L’Artisan des Glaces are the macaron ice cream sandwiches. That’s right, take a giant version of those cookies from next door and scoop ice cream in the middle and you immediately get one of the best ice cream snacks in Epcot for sure!
Yeah we spent some extra time in the France pavilion during our tour of the best snacks in Epcot, but it’s because there are just too many to ignore. We literally could have named off another 10 things you have to try there if we had more room, but we don’t want France to steal all the thunder.
And just think, the France pavilion is going to have even more must-try snacks once the new expansion is finished…
Morocco is one of those countries that a lot of people just brush right through, without stopping to smell and taste all the yummy treats that surround them. Not only is the Tangierine Cafe one of the best quick service restaurants in Epcot, it also has some great snacks.
Almond Pastry (Tangierine Cafe) – We love this one because it’s different from some of more extravagant sweets over in the France pavilion. It wins our affection because of its simple, yet pronounced flavors. The pastry dough is very light and flaky and the almond paste inside is just enough to meet expectations.
Baklava (Tangierine Cafe) – Of course when you think snacks in the Morocco pavilion, your mind jumps to baklava, and there are lots of flavors there to choose from. Cashew and walnut are options, but our favorite is the Pistachio Baklava.
Again, it may not look like much, but if you want that pure pistachio taste, this is the best place in Epcot to get it.
Japan has some of the absolute best table service dining in Epcot, but it also has some tricks up its sleeve in the snack game too, so don’t overlook it!
Kaki Gori (Kabuki Cafe) – If you haven’t had shave ice before, then you’re in for a real treat when walking by Kabuki Cafe in the Japan pavilion. Here is where you get monster cups of shaved ice flavored to strawberry, rainbow, blue raspberry, melon, cherry, or tangerine, and even covered in in a sweet and creamy milk on top.
Super refreshing and a great pick for a hot day in Epcot.
Congratulations! By now you’ve snacked your way half way around World Showcase. But the fun is just beginning and we have plenty more treats both savory and sweet to feast on.
Funnel Cakes (Funnel Cake) – Funnel cakes are an American tradition, and the little stand here does them pretty well. There are a ton of varieties to choose from including: with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, cookies and cream, or just plain with powdered sugar.
Also during festival time you can always find a special funnel cake with totally different flavors than what’s usually there. Like the maple bacon one from Food and Wine!
While not quite as good as in Disneyland, Epcot’s version of a funnel cake stands up there as a must-try snack!
American Dream (Fife and Drum) – So as you know Epcot can be a real inferno if you go from April to October, and we’re always looking for something cool and refreshing to chill out with. Enter the American Dream…
This is a slushy/soft serve ice cream combo with frozen Fanta strawberry and blue raspberry, layered with vanilla soft serve in between. We love this and it’s probably our favorite frosty snack in Epcot!
Italy is another pavilion in Epcot which is probably more well known for its table service restaurants rather than snacks. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything good to try however. Right alongside the Epcot promenade in fact you’ll find some of the best sweet treats in the park!
Cannoli (Gelati) – Who doesn’t love a cannoli? This Italian dessert is especially close to my heart and something I love to eat, especially when I’m actually in Italia. While I can’t say they are exactly the same as the real thing, they are pretty close!
A hard, crunchy shell stuffed with a sweet ricotta filling, make this a perfect snack to finish the night off with after a huge meal at Via Napoli!
Gelato Sandwich (Gelati) – Epcot may just have the best ice cream sandwiches in all Walt Disney World, and another to make the list is the gelato sandwich in Italy. Choose any flavor gelato you want and cram it between two chewy chocolate chip cookies. You can’t say no that that!
We’ve made it all the way to Germany, and while you might think of beer at first here, there are some really good snacks you can have along with your refreshing bier!
Jumbo Pretzels (Snack Cart) – The giant pretzels in Germany seem to move around a bit, but they can either be found at the snack cart along World Showcase promenade or in Sommerfest.
Wherever they are though, you need to try one. This is a perfect snack to share with your friends in Epcot, because it’s HUGE. I mean it’s probably bigger than your head, it’s that big. We love the super chewiness to it and makes a perfect companion to a cold beer!
Caramel Smore’s (Karamell-Kuche) – If you have a sweet tooth and you’re visiting Epcot, Karamell-Kuche should be your first stop. They have everything in there flavored to caramel, including our personal favorite, the caramel s’mores!
A twist on the traditional s’mores, this one has two chocolate-covered graham crackers with a marshmallow center, but then they add a caramel core and drizzle it all over the top, making this one of the sweetest treats in Epcot, and an absolute favorite!
Werther’s Caramel Popcorn (Karamell-Kuche) – Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average caramel popcorn you can find in other places around Walt Disney World. No the caramel popcorn here is kicked up a notch as it’s warm and made fresh and it is covered in extra chewy caramel. Just take one whiff of it when you walk in the door and try to say no!
China has one of the weaker snack varieties in World Showcase, but there are still a couple worth of your hard-earned money.
Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (Joy of Tea) – We are always up for some egg rolls and the vegetable and pork ones at Joy of Tea are worth of our snack credits. They are super flavorful and have a great fried shell to them, not to heavy but done just right.
Different from the egg rolls in Adventureland, but just as good.
Curry Chicken Pocket (Joy of Tea) – Another outstanding snack from Joy of Tea, the curry chicken pockets are slightly spicy and surprisingly filling for their size. You can get both of these snacks in a combo meal with a beverage which might save you a little money.
I know a lot of people go for the bubble milk tea here too, but I’m not a fan of the tapioca pearls and refuse to try it again. If you like that kind of thing though go for it.
We’re coming down to the home stretch of our snacking around the world challenge and by this time you will no doubt be extremely full and extremely tired. If you need a break, you can always jump in line for Frozen Ever After, which should kill a good hour plus of time, giving you a chance to digest.
Once you’re ready to eat again, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe is the place to go:
School Bread (Kringla Bakeri og Cafe) – You really can’t go wrong at Kringla, and there are always new snacks they are introducing all the time so stay sharp. However by far the most popular snack in Norway is the school bread.
To me it was an acquired taste, and I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but over time it grew on me. Modeled after a traditional Norwegian snack, the school bread here is a sweet bread that is then injected with vanilla custard and topped off with shaved coconut and sweet icing. One of the most famous Epcot snacks and one you can’t go home without trying.
You’ve made it all the way to Mexico (or are just starting out here), either way you deserve a high-five, and this is where you come for the best savory snacks in Epcot. Both La Cantina de San Angel and Choza de Margarita have some amazing options, too many to list so here is just a sampling.
Nachos (La Cantina de San Angel) – Definitely one of the biggest snacks in Epcot, and the average person might make this a whole meal. We’re pushing through though as we down these crisp tortilla chips covered in seasoned ground beff, tomatoes jalapeños and fresh queso. A must-get!
Empanadas con Queso (La Cantina de San Angel) – Holy cow are these empanadas good. You get three small and crispy empanada with your order, which are covered and stuffed with a rich queso. If this doesn’t hit your craving for Mexican, I don’t know what will.
Empanada de Barbacoa (Choza de Margarita) – Another empanada? Yes, we don’t even care since this one might be even better than the first. What sets this one apart is the shredded beef inside with the queso, making it an absolutely irresistible snack.
Tacos Al Pastor (Choza de Margarita) – Last on our list of the best Epcot snacks are these tacos from Choza de Margarita. The marinated and grilled port was done perfectly and you can really taste the freshness in the ingredients. Plus don’t get us started on that corn esquites that comes on the side!
Poor Future World, it doesn’t get any love, but it’s hard to when most of the area in a construction zone at the moment. The one place that does still have some good snacks here is in The Land pavilion at Sunshine Seasons. There are a variety of sweets, including the best cupcakes in Epcot.
It’s also a great quick service location with lots of dishes, so if you are going to be in that area for Soarin’ and Living with the Land, you might as well stop by and see what they have.
So you’ve finished our snacking around the World Showcase challenge and you now know all the best snacks to try in Epcot. You won’t be able to get to all of them on one trip around, which means you’ll get to come back time and time again and try the ones you missed the first time.
There are always new snacks in Epcot to try, so make sure to keep checking back as we add the new ones to our list for you!
We also want to hear from you, so when you do the challenge we want you to leave us a comment below telling us your favorite snacks in Epcot, and if you were able to make it all the way around World Showcase in one day! Also let us know if we left something off the list that deserves to be there!
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- Which ones don’t you like?
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