Little stirs the senses or grumbling of bellies quite like the distinctive sights, sounds and smells of an eclectic maze of street stalls. Luckily for us, the world is in no short supply. Throw a dart at any spot on the map; from cobbled Parisian lane to a bustling Midwest metropolis; Jamaican beach to Brazilian favela; Vietnamese waters to muddy Slough field on a Sunday morning, and you’re virtually guaranteed to find a vendor or two plying their trade. Far more than simply offering the chance to graze on local delicacy or snap up an inflatable unicorn or two, a peek under the awning can offer a revealing glimpse into a country’s cultural heritage and economy. Wrapped in the kind of human connection often times forgotten. With International Street Vendors Day looming on the horizon, take a look at a striking collection of street vendors around the world.