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Rather than eat bland and pricey local food, they (along with savvy residents and travelers) go cheap and spicy at simple diners, delis and takeaway stands serving Middle Eastern, Pakistani and Asian food. Cafeterias: “Self-service” is an international word. You’ll find self-service restaurants in big cities everywhere, offering low-price, low-risk, low-stress, what-you-see-is-what-you-get meals. A sure value for your euro is a department-store cafeteria. These places are designed for the shopper who has a sharp eye for a good value. At a salad bar, grab a plate and stack it like the locals do – high. Hungry sightseers also appreciate the handy, moderately priced cafeterias found in larger museums. Institution-affiliated cafes: If your wallet is as empty as your stomach, find a cheap, humble cafeteria that’s associated with (and subsidized by) an institution – such as a university, city hall, church, hospital, charity, senior center, fire station, union of gondoliers, retired fishermen’s club and so on. (These are sometimes called mensas.) Profits take a backseat to providing good food at a good price – and many of these places welcome the public to pull up a chair. Options range from a semi-swanky City Hall cafeteria in Oslo, to student canteens in university towns (such as Salzburg, Austria), to Poland’s dreary-looking but cheap “milk bars.” Bakeries and sandwich shops: Bakeries are a good place to pick up basic sandwiches, tiny pizzas, or something equally cheap and fast but with more of a regional flavor (such as savory pasties in England or a “croque-monsieur” sandwich in France). Chains that sell good, healthful sandwiches, salads and pastries are Britain’s Pret a Manger, Norway’s Deli de Luca , and Spain’s Pans & Co.