Looking for all the best beverages, sweet and savory snacks at Epcot World Showcase?
You’re in luck because snacking at Epcot is our favorite! We especially love to experience different cultures through their cuisine at Epcot’s World Showcase. Sure, there are a ton of great table service restaurants, but most require advance dining reservations and can get pretty pricey. That’s why snacking at Epcot is the way to go! The only caveat is that there is so much to choose from that the options can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. So we’ve put together this ultimate guide to all the top sweet treats, savory snacks and best beverages you can find in Epcot’s World Showcase just for you.
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WHAT TO EAT IN EACH COUNTRY IN EPCOT’S WORLD SHOWCASE –ANYTIME OF YEAR!
Most of the countries in World Showcase have multiple must-have eats so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. For the most part, we tried to stick to snacks and beverages that you can find at Epcot all year long –meaning not limited time snacks featured during Epcot’s Festivals. The festivals are full of delicious food, but we wanted to make a list of the outstanding snacks and drinks that are always available in Epcot no matter when you visit!
It may seem like too much food for one person if you decided to eat something in every country –which we highly recommend you do! Sharing with family or friends is the perfect solution. This way everyone gets a taste of all that Epcot’s World Showcase has to offer. Not to mention it makes your dollars at Disney go further!
To make things simple our list follows a linear path around World Showcase Lagoon starting with Canada, but feel free to go whichever direction you want. If you begin when World Showcase opens in the morning you will have ample time to snack, drink, and enjoy all the Epcot attractions before the evening fireworks.
Ok, let’s get snackin’!!
Known for being the bastion of all things Maple you’ve got to try the Maple flavored popcorn. When in Canada, Eh! The subtle flavor is sweet but not overdone making it a great way to kick off your snack crawl through Epcot.
The Maple Popcorn is just $6.25 for a container or you can purchase it in a souvenir popcorn bucket. The buckets range in price starting at $12 for the most basic bucket and can go upwards of $25 for premier themed molded buckets. Some even light up! Other than being a great keepsake from your Disney World vacation, the buckets allow you to get popcorn refills from any Disney Parks kiosk for the duration of your visit for just $2.
You will also find Canadian fare served at the unassuming Refreshment Port just beyond the edge of the pavilion between Canada and Future World. We recommend you try Epcot’s iteration of poutine. This French Canadian pub grub delicacy typically consists of French fries covered in brown gravy and cheese curds. Epcot’s Traditional version of poutine is just that, but it’s ”Beef Brisket Poutine” cousin takes the Quebecois concoction to the next level.
French Fries are covered in the famous Cheddar Beer-Cheese soup from Le Cellier which is indulgent and packed with bacon and then loaded with shredded beef brisket and topped with crispy onions.
Another savory snack option is a bag of the Le Cellier Batch #5 Ketchup Chips. Don’t miss out on this authentic home-style take on chips from our neighbor to the north.
To wash it all down we recommend the Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum.
Sweet treats have never really been a focus for the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, the United Kingdom Pavilion’s counter-service dining option. That makes the Victoria Sponge cake quite a welcome addition to the menu. Sandwiched between two rounds of moist yellow sponge cake, you’ll find raspberry jam and buttercream. The effect is delightfully reminiscent of a Twinkie.
The Victoria Sponge Cake is a perfect taste of the mother-country on its own but the real star of the United Kingdom is their Fish and Chips.
Two pieces of tender and flaky white fish are surrounded by delicious crispy batter. The duo is served piping hot alongside ”chips” –known to Americans as steak fries. Thicker than the standard fries served in Quick Service locations around Disney World. The soft texture of the chips balances perfectly with the crunch from the fish batter. Grab a few malt vinegar packets from the condiment stand, find a quiet table along the waterfront and tuck-in to the generous portion.
Of course, you’ll want a pint to go with all this fried goodness. Bass Ale and Harp Lager Drafts are available here, and hard cider selections can be found at the drink kiosk right next door along with the brews.
Truth is, you could just do an ”Eat Around France” instead of around the entire World Showcase and you’d be one satisfied snacker. Well known for its delicious treats, you can’t go wrong with any of the pastries or sandwiches offered at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. Take your French picnic to fountain’s edge outside for a proper Parisian experience.
For the ultimate sweet treats in France head to L’Artisan des Glaces. Home of the drool-worthy macaron ice cream sandwich. This decadent snack includes a scoop of in-house scratch-made ice cream sandwiched inside a large, crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside macaron cookie.
The macaron ice-cream sandwich is offered in chocolate and additional seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and strawberry. To top it off, the sandwiches are wrapped in French “newspaper,” similar to the English newspaper the fish and chips are served in at the neighboring United Kingdom Pavilion. It’s a great touch of style that puts the Macarons over the top.
Another stand-out option at Les Artisans Glace is the Croque Glace. Select any of the 16 ice-cream flavors to be pressed into a warm brioche bun right before your eyes and topped with your choice of raspberry, chocolate or caramel sauce. It is heavenly!
Beverages abound in France as well. From wine and champagne to beer and liquor. For something extra special, try the boozy creamsicle known as the Grand Marnier Orange Slush. The combination is especially refreshing on a hot day.
Morocco is another pavilion with a hearty selection of counter service snacks. For an authentically Mediterranean sweet treat, head past the primary ordering counter in Tangerine Cafe to the small alcove in the back for some Baklava. This buttery and flaky puff pastry comes in four varieties; walnuts, cashews, pistachios, and honey chocolate.
For a savory snack, the Vegetarian Platter is the perfect way to get a taste of multiple Mediterranean specialties. The platter includes hummus, tabouleh, lentil salad, falafel, olive salad, and Pita bread. The hummus is creamy and pairs wonderfully with the Pita while the tabouleh has a fresh lemony taste. The lentils are tender and flavorful, and the olive salad adds the perfect salty kick. Our favorite though are the falafels. The bite-sized balls are perfect for snacking.
If you need a break from the booze, we recommend trying some of the Mint Tea. You can get this refreshing beverage served hot or over ice.
Shaved ice doesn’t sound like it would be a big deal, but trust us when we tell you that you don’t want to miss out on the Kakigōri from Kabuki Cafe in Japan. The giant ice-y sweet treat will melt in your mouth –literally! Choose from tangerine, strawberry, melon, blue raspberry, cherry or a rainbow of any three syrups. Make sure you add the sweet milk topping. It’s only an additional $1 and makes it even more delicious!
For a savory snack, grab some of the sushi at Kabuki Cafe or head over to Japan’s other counter-service location Katsura Grill where the selection is more plentiful. The snack size portions are perfect for trying sushi for the first time. Our kids are especially crazy about the California roll as it doesn’t contain any raw fish.
While we think the Kakigōri is one of the best snacks at Epcot we also encourage you to try a traditional beverage like plum wine or sake. You can even combine the two in a delicious drink called the Sake Mist which serves the sweet rice wine over the same finely shaved ice. Mmmm!
What’s more American than deep-fried dough? The signature sweet snack, of the United States Pavilion, is the funnel cake, of course! The glorious ribbons of cholesterol-laden goodness are available with several topping choices such as powdered sugar and apples but we recommend going all-in and getting the Cookies and Cream funnel cake topped with a slab of vanilla ice cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce.
One bite will have you chanting USA! USA! USA!
At the Fife and Drum Tavern, the jumbo turkey leg is the quintessential American answer to the theme park savory snack selection. Again! Go big or go home, right?
Also at Fife and Drum Tavern, you’ll find the American Dream Slush. A patriotic-colored mixture of strawberry and blue raspberry Fanta slushies and vanilla soft-serve.
Food options in Italy are plentiful but most will require a table service dining reservation. You will find a Gelato Cart kiosk offering up delicious gelato in several flavors in a coppetta (cup) or in a cono (cone.) Tired of ice-cream? Go with an authentic Cannoli. Crisp pastry filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate chips! Molto Bene!
Our top beverage in Italy has to be the bright, tall, and Instagram-ready Bellini! Served with peach puree and prosecco it’s a refreshing pick-me-up any time of day at Epcot.
Of course, Italy is also known for its wine. In fact, the Tutto Gusto wine cellar has more than 200 bottles of Italian wines available. You can try some of the selections in flights if you’re feeling particularly indecisive or adventurous or stop by the Enoteca wine shop to pick up a bottle or two to take home with you.
The Germany pavilion is one of the more popular stops on a tour around Epcot. There is no shortage of dining options here but there’s one shop in particular that will lure you in with the sweet scent of caramel. Karamell-Küche (Translating ”Caramel Kitchen”) features everything you can imagine covered in Werther’s wonderful caramel.
You’ll find big beautiful caramel apples, crunchy caramel pretzels, caramel-covered marshmallows, caramel cookies and of course, fresh, warm caramel popcorn.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the choices here, but our favorite is the Caramel Pecan Bar. The subtly salty crust is balanced by the sweet caramel and a generous sprinkling of pecans. Pure perfection.
No offense to the Mickey pretzel but when it comes to savory snacks the giant Bavarian pretzel wins by a mile. Aside from being massive, the dense, slightly chewy and tearable texture, dark brown color, and salty flavor combine for pretzel perfection.
What goes better with a giant pretzel than an ice-cold Bier? Germany is arguably the best place to get a beer in World Showcase. Grab a mug of the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen a refreshingly different take on the German tradition of premium wheat beer.
It’s impossible to miss the beautiful China pavilion as you continue your way around Epcot’s lagoon. What you may not know is that hidden inside the House of Good Fortune merchandise location you’ll find cotton candy creations that just might be Disney World’s most picturesque sweet treat.
You can choose just how elaborate you want your cotton candy creation, given how many layers you want. You can opt for two to five layers, all patterned in floral, butterfly, or heart shapes. Any of the masterfully woven sugary clouds is sure to be enticing.
For a savory snack head to the Lotus Blossom Café counter-service restaurant for some potstickers. These dumplings filled with chicken and vegetables are browned, simmered and served with soy sauce. We only wish they came with refills too!
Bubble Milk Tea is also a must when visiting the China pavilion. The tea is a peach-flavored sweetened black tea with milk and tapioca pearls swirling around the bottom. This one is a great non-alcoholic option the whole family can enjoy.
The Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls from the Joy of Tea are another savory option that’s sure to hit the spot.
In the Norway pavilion, you’ll find the beloved Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. The iconic counter-service eatery is one of the best places in Epcot to pick up an inexpensive snack with an impressive array of decadent desserts. But the Norwegian School Bread is undoubtedly the star.
This sweet cardamom bun is filled with vanilla creme custard inside and topped with icing and a generous amount of toasted coconut flakes on the outside.
Other notable Norway options include Viking dogs, rice cream, troll horns, and the Norwegian Kringla a pretzel-shaped pastry covered with assorted toppings like cinnamon, almonds or chocolate.
We hope you saved some room for Mexico! There are so many snacking options at this enticing Pavilion.
You’ll find guacamole with Totopos and empanadas from La Cantina de San Angel along with traditional fruit popsicles and authentic Mexican sodas. The nachos topped with seasoned beef and super melty cheese are perfect for sharing!
Any Disney World vacation wouldn’t be complete without a churro. Crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside, these tiny churro bites are rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a warm caramel dipping sauce.
Of course, Mexico means Margaritas! We recommend skipping the outdoor margarita stands and heading to La Cava del Tequila inside the temple. Their tequila list and selection of specialty margaritas is top-notch. The Horchata Margarita is among the best we have ever had and the Black Magic Margarita was created just for La Cava by Neil Patrick Harris.
There you have it, friends! Our Guide to Snacking Around the World at Epcot!
We hope you have a full belly and enjoyed all the gastronomic goodness!
Keep in mind that for a family of five like ours grazing all day can end up costing the same, if not even less than just one of the Table Service meals so you might find that this is an especially economical option of you want to try food from more than one country!
CAN’T WAIT TO ……GET A JUMP START ON SNACKING AROUND THE WORLD?
Do what we do an pack some snacks from the countries featured in Epcot’s World Showcase for a road trip to Disney World. You can pick up items or you local super market’s international aisle, World Market or save some time and money and order a box of international snacks like these ones on Amazon.
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