Want to know the best countries for food around the world?
Traveling to a new destination is completely enhanced when you take a little effort to try all the local foods and delicious cuisine in a location. foodie travel and experiences are at the top of many visitors want to do bucket list and following are some of the best places to go to if you are looking for an amazing food experience. Top journalist, food and travel bloggers share their favorite places to discover around the world where food interests are the primary reason for going to this wonderful location. Check out the best of these foodie destinations around the world and place these on your bucket list soon!
What are best Foodie destinations around the world?
What makes a country well know for being a food inspired destination? Basically you’ll learn that places that place a priority on food in it’s culture and tradition to include shopping local markets, buying the freshest ingredients, enjoying artisanal and hand made food products and finished foods to go is a part of that country’s food culture and history. This ingrained love of quality ingredients, food preparation and presentation makes an impact on why people travel to certain places to experience the ultimate in good and delicious foods in that destination.
Visit Singapore for the spectacular food
Porto for amazing cuisine in Portugal
Food vacation to Alba, Italy
Italy is a country of intensely varied regional cuisine, from the lemons and seafood of the Amalfi Coast to the prosciutto and Parmesan of Bologna. Tucked away in Italy’s northwest corner is the Piemonte region and the countryside surrounding Alba is home to some of the best food in Italy.The rolling hills of Piemonte are home to vineyards producing the finest Barolos, trees heavy with hazelnuts and farmers proudly making pungent gorgonzola but Alba’s real culinary jewel is the truffle. Every fall foodies and Michelin starred chefs gather in Alba for the International Alba Truffle Fair where truffle hunters show off their prized white truffles, some of which can be sold for over $3,200 per pound. COnsidered one of the most luxurious foods in the world in Alba white truffles are best served simply shaved over silky buttered pasta.
Check out Brianna’s post on an Alba Truffle fair in Italy
Visit the Philippines for delicious food
Savory and delicious Ethiopian cuisine
Ethiopia is a mystery to most, but its cuisine is renowned for incredible flavours. For us, the desire to taste authentic Ethiopian cuisine was one of the main reasons to visit Ethiopia this summer.
The phrase ‘sharing is caring’ is taken very seriously in Ethiopia when it comes to food. Here, food is served on a communal platter called a gebeta. The plate is lined with injera, a sourdough flatbread made out of teff flour that acts as a key component of any Ethiopian dish. The plate is then filled with a variety of stews made with vegetables, spices and meats and served in the middle of the table for all to share. The stews are scooped up with a hand using a small piece of injera bread. There are no utensils, no individual plates, which usually makes for a really communal dining experience.
There are lots of delicious dishes to try in Ethiopia, but if you only have a chance to try a few, consider the following:
Fir-Fir is sliced pieces of injera mixed with leftover stew, left to marinade in the fridge. It makes for a spongy, tasty and cool start to the day. Served usually at breakfast.
Doro Wat – one of Ethiopia’s most famous dishes, a rich, slow-cooked chicken stew. It’s usually made for special occasions and holidays but if you see it on a menu, it’s a must!
Shiro is a chickpea stew made with chickpea flour and plenty of berbere. It’s the Ethiopian version of fast food and is also a very tasty option for vegetarians/vegas exploring the country.
Contributed by sustainable travel bloggers Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel
Barcelona for Foodies
There’s nothing like a foodie destination to get you all excited for a trip! That’s exactly what happens to me even at the thought of visiting Barcelona, Spain. Traveling solely for food is a real thing and it’s very enjoyable especially in a city like Barcelona.
Barcelona takes food very seriously! It’s one of those cities where you arrive to endless options of foods extravagant in taste. Barcelona has the tendency to spoil you with great food. Starting with a variety of Tapas across the many Tapas bars across the city, each with its own specialty. Some of the most delicious tapas or sharing plates are Patata Bravas, Spanish Omelet, Paamb tomàquet, Calamari, Pimientos de Padrón, Pulpo a la gallega, Croquetas, Anchovies, cheese variants.
Another specialty is the range and quality of jamon, especially the Iberico ham that the Spanish swear by!
You cannot be in Spain, especially in Barcelona and not have the Paella which comes with rice and variants of vegetables, chicken or seafood. Fideua is basically paella with noodles and is very popular in the Catalan region.
For those with a sweet tooth, this is where you find the best Churros with hot chocolate, Panelletes that you cannot miss.
And of course, there are wide ranges of locally produced high-quality Wines and Sangrias available everywhere to go with all your meals!
All these great dishes and more are available across the many food markets, street side stalls, bars, and restaurants in the city and they are easily affordable for all!
There’s good local food literally everywhere in Barcelona and each time around, there’s something new to discover. I’d highly recommend Barcelona as the foodie destination for 2019. Barcelona literally is a food heaven!
Check out Parampara & Parichay’s post on a 72 hour guide to Barcelona from Awara Diaries
Visiting Colombia for the food
If you’re thinking of going to Colombia, one region to expect to find some great food is Antioquia. Infamous for it’s Bandeja Paisa, a dish consisting of many traditional Colombian ingredients, such as red beans, white rice, sausage, plantain, egg and avocado.
You’ll have to build up an appetite as it is very filling. The dish has been influenced by several cultures and is not of the faint hearted. Although the sound of Colombian food doesn’t alarm many foodies, the Bandeja Paisa is arguably the national dish of Colombia, so it’s not be sniffed at.
If you fancy something a little lighter but equally as tasty whilst in the Antioquia region, you can be sure to find some of the best trout you have tasted. This perfect fried trout with garlic and coconut rice, plantain, arepa plus salad, was my favourite dish in the region. I tried this in Jardín, as small coffee town around 3 hours from Medellin.
So, if you are in Colombia’s Antioquia region, make sure you check out one of these two amazing dishes. You see either one sold in most resturants and these local dishes are what make Antioquia a great food destination to visit in 2019.
Check out Daniel’s post on Backpacking Colombia
Amazing food in Lyon, France
Forget Paris! The food in Lyon, France (only two hours from Paris on the high-speed TGV train) is just as good (if not better), more reasonably priced, and visitors will find that hotel and restaurant reservations are far easier to come by.
Lyon (the third largest city in France) has wonderful public markets and restaurants ranging from humble bouchons to Michelin-starred establishments. If you are food enthusiast, be sure to make a pilgrimage to L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, the countryside home where legendary Chef Paul Bocuse was born and died. Only 20 minutes away from the city center by Uber, you’ll enjoy a three-star Michelin meal at Monsieur Paul’s restaurant, the place where nouvelle cuisine was popularized. The food, service and setting all combine for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Visitors to Lyon will also want to taste some of the specialty foods associated with the city, These include Saint-Marcellin cheese, Bresse chicken Lyonnaise salad, saucisson brioche, quenelles and the bright red Tarte Lyonnaise.
But Lyon offers far more than a gastronomic adventure alone. One of the most beautiful cities in France, it is rich in art, architecture and culture. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also has one of the best-preserved old towns.
Irene S. Levine with MoreTimeToTravel.com
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Amazing cuisine in Madrid, Spain
As a child growing up in Madrid, we had a tradition: on Sunday mornings, my father would walk me up to the Plaza Castilla, in those days nearly on the outskirts of town. An old man wearing a Basque beret stood behind a deep tub of hot oil, squeezing ridged tubes of dough out of a pouch. The churros would separate and float briefly, until Señor Churros, as I called him, fished them out with his spatula, wrapped them in dark paper and sprinkled them with sugar. They were light and crispy on the outside, somehow still crunch after being swirled in the hot chocolate. Today, many of the street vendors are gone but you can sample the same churros in a churrería, an establishment dedicated to the production of churros. The most famous in Madrid is the Chocolatería San Ginés, on a side street that bears its name, a short hop from the Puerta del Sol. Having downed a portion for breakfast, it may soon be time for that other madrileño treat, the tortilla española, or Spanish omelette. You’ll find it in every Madrid bar. Or you could stay and have a second portion of churros…
Check out Leyla’s post on One day in Madrid
Fantastic food travel to Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan is renowned for its culinary tradition, and nowhere more than in its food-obsessed capital, Taipei. A must-try are the renowned soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, popularized by global restaurant chain Din Tai Fung. Beef noodle soup is another local specialty, and stands can be found all over Taipei. A classic national dish that’s simple but delicious is pork belly and rice. Pepper meat buns are a popular local favorite; the most famous stand is at Raohe Night Market. Pork-belly-stuffed Taiwanese burgers are another mouthwatering specialty. Oyster omelets, fried chicken, cold sesame noodles, and scallion pancakes are more must-try local snacks.
Curious foodies should try the infamous stinky tofu. You’ll smell it before you see it! Another dish for adventurous eaters is pigs’ blood cake, described as an acquired taste. Dessert options include ice-cream spring rolls with peanut and coriander, shaved ice, and tofu pudding. Wash it all down with a bubble tea, Taiwan’s most famous drink.
A good way to try some of these treats is on a food tour. You can also visit Taipei’s iconic night markets like Shilin, Ningxia, and Raohe to sample many of these famous delicacies; try to go on a weekday to beat the crowds.
Check out Ingrid Truemper’s post on 3 weeks in Taiwan
Delicious food and travel to New Orleans
New Orleans is the ultimate foodie destination in the USA. The city is famous for its culinary history and the unique Creole / Cajun cuisine that evolved there. Along with iconic foods, New Orleans French Quarter is also the birthplace of many cocktails including the famous Sazerac. Many restaurants in New Orleans are famous for their signature dishes while others for their unique jazz brunches. I recommend starting your trip to New Orleans with a Po-Boy sandwich. These come in several varieties, the roast beef and fried shrimp are my personal favorites. Next up are oysters! You can try the Oyster Rockefellers at Antoine’s or the chargrilled ones at Drago’s. Try some of the Cajun and Creole specialties like the gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and red beans and rice. In season, you can find most eateries selling Cajun boiled crawfish by the pound – these are delicious served with a side of boiled corn cob and red potatoes. Off course, you can’t leave New Orleans without eating some of the famous beignets along with a cup of Cafe Au Lait at the famous Cafe du Monde. If you happen to visit the Crescent City during Mardi Gras or the Carnival Season then don’t forget to eat some delicious King Cake available at each and every bakery in town.
Ketki of Dotted Globe
The Emilia Romagna region for amazing food
Tucked away to the east of world-famous Tuscany, the cuisine of the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy is arguably some of the very best in all of Italy–which of course, makes it some of the very best in the world.
The original versions of parmigiano-reggiano, traditional balsamic vinegar, Parma ham (a sweet, delightful form of prosciutto), mortadella (what is known elsewhere as bologna), and tagliatelle al ragu (known elsewhere as pasta bolognese) all hail from this tiny spot on the map–and unanimously, Emilia-Romagna is able to produce versions whose quality is so high, the rest of the world doesn’t have a prayer of matching them.
While you’re in the region, be sure to also try tortellini en brodo, tigelle with culatello, tortelloni, and a true lasagna made in a region that knows how to do it perfectly.
Consider starting your foodie explorations of Emilia-Romagna in the city’s capital city, Bologna, before heading out on a mouthwatering pilgrimage to Modena (home of traditional balsamic vinegar), Parma (home of parmigiano-reggiano and Parma ham), and Reggio Emilia (which contests the claims of both the previous cities and produces their own versions of these products).
Your taste buds will thank you!
Check out Kate’s blog post on things to do in Bologna
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Fantastic cuisine of Puglia, Italy
If you are a foodie soul you cannot miss a visit to Puglia, in the deepest sough of Italy.
Also know as Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot will literally conquer your belly from day one.
From handmade pasta to meatballs, rustico – a delicious street food pastry snack filled with melted mozzarella and tomato – the freshest fish of the day, taralli cookies and so on, you should better start loosing some weight before planning a trip to Puglia.
Dive into an ocean of olive oil and never say no to a glass of wine. We may take it as an insult! Here in Puglia there is only one single rule: eat as much as you can and if it is fried and marinated it is even better!
From Bari to the Valle d’Itria area, heading down all the way to Lecce. There is no such a single place where you can not expect some incredible food in Puglia. Best dishes to try? Fish sandwich in Polignano a Mare, pasticciotto pastry in Lecce, horse meat in the most hidden villages of Salento, focaccia barese in Bari, and of course handmade orecchiette pasta all over the region.
Don’t miss some red wine tasting and if your belly is strong enough, have plenty of sea urchins and mussels linguine. Buon appetito!
Check out Cristina’s post on visiting Puglia
Delicious food from Basque Country in Spain
I would risk saying that the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, is one of the best places to eat in the World. The Basque love food, fresh ingredients and socializing with friend’s and family while eating. Food is so important that the city of San Sebastian has more Michelin-stared restaurants per square kilometer than any other city in the world. But, there is no need to go to a Michelin restaurant to eat good food, especially in San Sebastian where you are able to eat divine food on a budget.
The most famous and delicious dishes are the pintxos, which are small snacks, similar to the more famous tapas. Typically they are served on a slice of bread with a skew, but you can find all types, with different ingredients and presentations. They are all so delicious and creative, done with a variety of ingredients like seafood, cheese, sausage, chorizo. The best thing is that each pintxo only costs 2€ or 3 € so you can try plenty of distinct ones, just grab them from the bar. Try to go to as many pintxo bars as you can, they all have their specialties and try the hot ones on the menu. The Basque Country is a foodie’s paradise from gourmet to simple dishes everything is just mouthwatering.
Jorge and Claudia with Travel Drafts
Visit Amsterdam for incredible food
Many people don’t think about The Netherlands when it comes to great food, but you’ll be surprised. As a matter of fact, there is some excellent food to be found in Amsterdam. From traditional Dutch food to the best Indonesian food and incredible food from Suriname. Amsterdam has it all. The reason for the great Indonesian and Surinam food is the fact that those countries used to be Dutch colonies. That also means many Indonesian and Surinam people came to The Netherlands, who brought their own traditional, delicious food.
Typical Dutch food that you should try in Amsterdam are kroketten and frikandellen. These are two of the many deep-fried snacks that you can find in the vending machines at snack bars such as FEBO. For the best kroketten of Amsterdam, go to Van Dobbe. Some other traditional Dutch food that you should eat in Amsterdam is stamppot. Stamppot is a dish that Dutch people eat for dinner and exists out of potatoes mashed with vegetables such as kale, and often a smoked sausage. The best stamppot of Amsterdam can be found at Moeders or Haesje Claes. For the typical Surinam food called roti, you have to visit Roopram Roti and for some of the best Indonesian food head to Restaurant Blauw.
Check out Manon’s post on facts about Amsterdam
Visit West Sumatra for regional specialties
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest democracies – an archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands. There are so many regional dishes across this vast nation, but every Indonesian agrees that the culinary capital for Indonesian food is West Sumatra.
Everywhere you go in Indonesia, you will find a restoran Padang, usually with a distinctive pointed roof. Nasi Padangs’ rendang beef dish, along with several other dishes served with steamed rice, has become the nation’s official culinary delight.
Although this regional food style is named for the West Sumatra’s biggest city and capital, Padang, you must head to Bukittinggi in West Sumatra for the best foodie action. In this hill town, you can find traditional markets and restaurants showcasing their delicious dishes. Many people consider this to be the birthplace of Padang food.
Be prepared to become an Indonesian food addict when you try these dishes lathered in spicy sambal sauce. Learn a few things about Indonesian food before your visit.
Halef and Michael with The RTW Guys
San Miguel del Allende’s wonderful cuisine
Tucked into a sunny spot of central Mexico’s high desert, the city of San Miguel de Allende is a magnet for both chefs and culinary travelers. Some estimates that there are over 350 restaurants in this small town, including everything from Michelin-star-worthy molecular gastronomy to the best damn street tacos in the world. The aptly-named The Restaurant serves pan-fried salmon and goat-cheese risotto, while at Zumo, the experimental chef serves mezcal-marinated foie gras and sea bass seasoned with achiote and miso. Then there is La Parada, a restaurant specializing in Peruvian-style ceviche. For the carnivores, steakhouses like Tio Lucas and Buenos Aires Bostro can scratch that itch. These are just a few of the fine-dining experiences available in town, but don’t forget to try the local cuisine. Places like El Pegaso and La Mezcaleria serve up high-grade Mexican food. Eat some of the finest mole ever made at La Cocina, or try the incredible chile rellenos at Mi Bistro 300. For the adventurous eaters, we highly recommend the taco stand on Insurgentes Street, near the library. Well-established with locals, this is likely to be the messiest and most authentic meal you’ll have in San Miguel de Allende. And possibly most the most delicious. Finish it off at one of the dozens of artisanal ice cream stands, with flavors like mamey (cousin to papaya) and garambullo (fruit of the blue myrtle cactus). Buen provecho!
Jason Andrew Jenkins post on things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids
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Must try foods in Penang, Malaysia
A must-try is duck kway chap, a delicious noodle soup with lots of different parts of duck, vegetables and duck egg in a rich broth. Around the corner on Hong Key Street is another delicacy to look out for at the small Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee store – hand-made bamboo noodles which are expertly made by pressing the dough with large bamboo poles before cutting into thin strips. Another must-try for those with a sweet treat is the delicious trishaw egg tarts available at Ming Xiang Tai in Penang Road. Expect to queue to try these delicious custard-filled treats that are a Penang institution. Once you’re done with eating, wash it all down with a traditional cup of kopi (coffee) or teh tarik (black tea with condensed milk).
Check out Kylie Gibbon’s post on flying Malaysian airlines business class
Travel to Sicily and delicious Sicilian cuisine
My top tip for foodies in 2019 is the underrated Sicilian capital of Palermo. Big on baroque buildings and bold flavours, Palermo’s gritty underbelly has deterred tourists in the past but 2018 saw it named Italy’s Capital of Culture. And food plays a big part of its heritage. As well as its distinct regional dishes (and some of the best gelato you’ll ever taste), Palermo also has three amazing and colourful outdoors markets which are renowned for their fresh produce, street food and unique atmosphere. The capers, nuts, and seafood here will blow your mind. Sicilian dishes are full of bold flavours and sweet-sour combinations.
Historically Palermo is one of the melting pots of the Mediterranean, with a long tradition of immigrants bringing their own cultural influences to the mix. The market areas echo the souks of North Africa. There are food tours and cooking classes aplenty in Palermo these days. Traditional dishes to try when you’re there include pasta with sardines, fried chickpeas, spleen sandwiches, boiled octopus, and setteveli – a chocolate hazelnut cake that you’ll never be able to forget. And don’t miss Palermo’s take on the traditional Sicilian dishes cannoli, aracine, and cassata.
Check out Steph’s post on Palermo highlights for your bucketlist
Exotic Balinese cuisine
In addition to beautiful beaches and ancient Hindu temples, there’s another reason to visit Bali: the food! While tourists love the smoothies and Buddha bowls, there’s so much more to the eating scene in Indonesia. Fresh, organic ingredients and on vegetarian dishes make the food different to other Southeast Asian cuisines.
The town of Ubud in central Bali is a good base to try lots of typical dishes at local warungs (small family-run restaurants). Don’t miss gado gado which is a dish made with fresh greens and bean sprouts doused in rich nutty satay sauce. You might also like nasi campur which is a mixed plate of Balinese goodies: rice, tempeh, veggies and lilit (a pork or fish mix usually served on bamboo skewers).
For an authentic, affordable place to eat, visit Sibogana restaurant in south Ubud. Gianyar Street Night Market is another good place to sample all the favourite dishes, as well as tasty Balinese sweets!
Check out Rose’s post on Best Balinese foods
Experience Roman food in Italy
Without a doubt, Rome is one of the best foodie destinations in Italy. Whatever are your preferences or if you are vegetarian, in Rome you are sure to find anything you are looking for.
Delicious cuisine in Isaan Thailand
The Northeastern Region of Thailand, also known as Isaan, can be a tricky region to explore independently. Which I feel works to its advantage for the more adventurous of travellers, as there’s just so much off-the-beaten-track, and authentic local experiences to find. The region is also home to many of Thailand’s more revered foods; where it shares a delightful mix of fiery salads such as Som Tam and Laab, as well as grilled meats and barbecues, and just many lesser-known eats in the region. And a good starting point in Isaan would be the city of Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima), also known as the Gateway to Isaan, before vast stretches of rice fields and rural settlements. And it’s just fascinating the food at each and every rural town in between, with street food carts and local shophouse restaurants serving cheap and tasty local foods from early mornings to late at night. But evening times will always be the more lively time, with occasional night markets, which host all sorts of weird and wonderful foods, from deep-fried crickets to the iconic Isaan sausage. Not to forget the communal favorite of Moo Krata “Pork Skillet Barbecue” where grills are built into tables, and eaters take turn to grill meats and prepare soups, before sharing them with a spicy ‘Nam Jim’ chilli sauce. Or, alternatively, a spicy Isaan hot pot called Jim Jum can be added to the tabletop grill. There’s just so much food to explore in Isaan.
Allan and Fanfan Wilson of Live Less Ordinary
Discover wonderful Albanian food
As the country is the Mediterranean you can find gallons of olive oil, delicious seafood, fruit and vegetables and bread – every meal is eaten with bread! The keyword of Albanian cuisine is fresh. Many grow their own fruit and vegetables, catch their own fish and farm their own meat. Albanians love the natural way, so they love growing their own food. Also, wages are low here in Albania so is also a budget conscious decision. Albanians are very health conscience when coming to food to its natural all the way!
Albania’s cuisine is influenced also by Greek, Italian and Turkish so you will really find an array of food here. Along the Albanian Riviera, make sure you try the seafood – it’s some of the best you may ever have! Other common and traditional meals include Tavë Kosi (Lamb baked in yoghurt), Speca me Glizë (stuffed peppers with white cheese), grilled meat and vegetables, yoghurt sauce (like Tzatziki), Country salad (similar to Greek Salad) and byrek (pastry with cheese, usually eaten for breakfast with a salty yoghurt drink). “
Anita Hendrieka with www.anitahendrieka.com
Aruba’s tempting foodie scene
One of the best foodie destination to visit in 2019 is the island of Aruba. There’s no better way to dive into the sights, scents and flavours of the food scene of this Dutch Caribbean island than with a taste of local cuisine in Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad. There are many opportunities to sample street food within easy hopping-off distance along the free eco-trolley route that meanders through downtown.
Along the way be sure to try Aruba’s favourite national snack–pastechi. Pastechis are deep fried pastry pockets stuffed with cheese, ham, beef, chicken or tuna and even chop suey, thanks to the culinary influences of Aruba’s Asian immigrants. Another popular dish is Keshi Yena, created by stuffing a rind of Edam cheese with a mix of meats, olives, nuts and spaces. It’s so well loved many consider it the country’s national dish. Head to the historic Papiamento restaurant to sample it in a tropical garden beneath the stars.
Those looking for local flavour will also want to try Dutch tapas frikandel (a minced meat hotdog) such as bitterballen (deep fried meatballs) served with hot mustard. Local seafood shacks such as Zeerovers in Savaneta, where the catch of the day is washed down with a Balashi beer, brewed on island from desalinated seawater, pair flavour with plenty of atmosphere.
Fine dining is also a main attraction on Aruba and draws visitors who are interested in exploring an ever-evolving menu of inventive dishes created by award-winning chefs at exciting venues. Top fine dining experiences to add to a foodie vacation on Aruba include the glamorous Screaming Eagle restaurant lounge helmed by Executive Chef Erwin Husken, the upscale Atardi, set on the waterfront at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba for fine French cuisine and Monforte Luxury Cruise where a gourmet dinner is served during a spectacular sunset sail.
Michele Peterson with A Taste for Travel
Macau’s dining scene
There’s a good reason why Macau, which is a Special Administrative Region of China, was accepted as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy. Macau has a culinary heritage that was influenced by its Portuguese and Chinese roots. This melding of cuisines created a unique fusion cuisine called Macanese cuisine.
Macanese cuisine is a unique and creative cuisine that has evolved from Macau’s kitchens, where Asian ingredients such as coconut milk and spices were substituted in Portuguese recipes. Many of the best restaurants in Macau dish up delicious Macanese fare, along with Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and other international food.
For a sweet treat, try the Macanese egg tart. You’ll find egg tarts in most restaurants, cafes, and hotels in Macau. However, the most popular place to eat egg tarts in Macau is at Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island.
Other delicious Macanese dishes to taste in Macau are minchi, which is a savoury dish of ground beef and pork, cooked with onions and garlic and seasoned with soy sauces and Worcestershire shire, African Chicken.
African Chicken is grilled chicken marinated with garlic, chilli and coconut milk sauce served in a spicy tomato sauce.
Check out Christina Pfeiffer’s post on what to eat in Macau
Tokyo’s amazing dining scene
There are so many different foods to try all around the city, from the cheapest places to Michelin 3-stars restaurants, you can never have enough.
A few of the classics are the ramen (noddle in, usually, pork broth), soba (noodles that you dip in the sauce), tempura (battered and deep-fried vegetables and seafood), Japanese curry, many different types of sushi and sashimi, and just so much more!
For street food, you can’t skip the delicious crepes (with ice cream, fruits, and loads more), Ichigo daifuku (a strawberry inside a sweet rice dough with some sweet bean paste) and the takoyaki (a round dough with a piece of octopus!).
You can have lovely Japanese food just about everywhere, but don’t miss the smaller restaurants, they are mostly gems!
There’s the Ramen Street under Tokyo Station, Asakusa for a more traditional food, Roppongi for a more luxurious meal, or Harajuku for the cutest and quirkiest places! Shinjuku is a great place to try everything!
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Delicious Hot Dogs in Iceland
They may not be the national dish but hot dogs are a firm favourite with pretty much everyone in Iceland. Even visiting celebrities are taken for a hot dog when they visit Iceland – Bill Clinton was snapped chowing down on one when he visited Reykjavik in 2004. Although they may look similar to an American hot dog, these sausages are made predominantly from Icelandic lamb with a bit of pork and beef (their US counterparts are generally made from pork and beef or even chicken and turkey).
The condiments are also a little different in Iceland; order a hot dog “with everything” and it’ll come topped with raw white onions, crispy fried onions, ketchup made from apples, a sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard and herbs. It’s not clear when Iceland’s obsession with hot dogs started but one shop that has seemingly been there since the beginning is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Literally meaning “The Best in Town”, this tiny shop in Reykjavik has been dishing up hot dogs since 1937. But if the line there is too long then don’t worry, there are plenty of other hot dog shops to choose from and they are all good!
Check out Kajta’s post on things to do in Rekjavic with kids.
Amazing Food experiences in New York City
New York City is the best foodie destination for several reasons. First, there are modern food crazes that started in NYC and swept the world. Get Crack Pie at Milk Bar at several locations; the original cronut are Dominique Ansel in Soho, What-a-Melon watermelon soft serve ice cream at Dominique Ansel’s other 7th Avenue location, and cookie dough at DO in Greenwich Village. Second, there are the classics – pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Deli; woodfire thin crust pizza at John’s of Bleeker Street in the Village or Lombardi’s in Soho; or hot dogs from a street cart around the city. Third, incredible international food in the many ethnic neighborhoods.
You can travel the world in one short vacation if you are wiling to travel the subway out of Manhattan. Try Mongolian hotpot in Flushing; Russian perogies in Brighton Beach; Middle Eastern kebabs and a hookah on Steinway in Astoria; Greek souvlaki in Astoria near Ditmars Blvd; Indian curries at the western end of Jackson Heights; Latin American empanadas at the other end of Jackson Heights; Irish soda bread and sausages in Belmont; the best pasta outside Italy along Arthur Avenue.
James at Travel Collecting
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Mmmm. Some of those photos bring back memories of food from past visits. And some of those photos make me want to visit new places to try out the delicacies.
I have been to many of these countries and yes they all have amazing food, delicious markets and local foods to sample
Barcelona! Sangria, tapas and churros and chocolate. It just doesn’t get any better than that!!! I’m dying to visit Singapore and of course Hawker Centre. Think I will skip Taipei’s stinky tofu
These are the best countries for food and I agree, Barcelona and Singapore are up there for delicious foodie discoveries
There is so much incredible food around the world I can’t wait to eat it all!! I love the food in Barcelona, so varied and delicious – and I’m thrilled you have London on here! British food often gets a bad rep but it’s not fair, British food is actually amazing!
London food is truly amazing and the same for Barcelona, such amazing foodie capital cities.
Haven’t been to all of these places. I’d like to go and try the food. I like Spain, but have yet to hit Barcelona. Food in Spain is really good. Love food in New Orleans.
We certainly did have a wide variety of tasty food when we visited Singapore. The local markets were the best. Barcelona for paella, seafood and ham – such good food memories. The NW corner of Italy is the only region we have not spent time in. So we will want to visit Alba for the food. We will try for truffle season. And Lyon seems to be showing up everyone as a suggestion for foodies. As I moved thorough the post I got hungrier and hungrier. I put a lot of new spots on my food travel list.
This article made me SO hungry! I loved Churros in Madrid especially. And kroketten in Amsterdam is a firm favourite – reminds me of so many winter holidays there! I would love to go to Bali and try the Gado Gado for sure!
Yes, there’s some amazing countries to go for the food alone and this post has the best countries to visit for foodies
Can totally agree to 3 countries (I have visited personally) in this post. Singapore for the satay and laksa at hawker places. I went gaga over bubble teas in Taiwan for some reasons. In Indonesia particularly Bali I love eating babi guling and yes the gado gado! I went home with a bunch of Indomie mi goreng instant noodles just to make sure whenever I crave some Indonesia food, I have the answer at least for a few times.
Those are amazing foodie countries that you mentioned for amazing food around the world and so are the other suggestions of countries to visit.
There are so many great food destinations around the world now. I love London of course – but I also love Singapore, Macau and Lyons. And, I’d love to visit everywhere on your list!
Yes there are so many amazing food destinations around the world to visit and most of them are countries mentioned here.
Wow, what a food orgy! I love reading about food (and eating it, of course). I never tried Ethiopian food, but judging from its looks I don’t think I would enjoy it. My favorites are the French, Spanish and Italian cuisines.
Yes the European countries are definitely amazing places to visit and eat the delicious cuisine as is many of these other countries.
Wow! What a treat to our eyes and our stomachs! So many options! And now I wonder why didn’t I participated in it. I have tasted some of the dishes but man! There’s so much more to it. 🙂
These are all amazing countries to visit to tour and even better to sample the local food and unique food specialties of each country.
Food & travel go hand in hand. There are so many delicious destinations here but Tokyo in my eyes and stomach is one of the best. Rather sad to see taht Australia didn’t make the cut
I agree, Japan travel and food go hand in hand and the foodie choices in that country are amazing!
Okay, should NEVER have read this so close to lunch time here (in Hawaii, btw). . .my mouth is watering and my stomach growling! Great post!
Yes it is hard to read about countries with amazing food and cuisine on an empty stomach, lol
Boy, what an extensive collaborative post! So many options! Of course, food is one of my favorite reasons to visit a new country… and there are many here to consider.
Tonight I went to an event sponsored by Yellowstone Country in Montana. They served bar food, but I was yakking so much I didn’t eat. Then, I come home, boot up my lap tap and find this! And another food based post. I am now officially famished. With these wonderful mouth watering photos, I’m sharing this on Pinterest!
Good to see you’ve got three entries here from Spain, because that’s my favorite place to eat in the world. Vietnam is a close second.
I agree Spanish food is hard to beat, but there’s a lot of good choices for the best countries for foodie travel here.
What a deliciously delectable post, Noel. Food (and chocolate) definitely make up the primary reason for my love of travel. I’ve eaten the best meals of my life while on the road.
I agree, trying out unique foods and chocolate is one of my favorite pastimes when I travel around the world, there’s a lot of great food choices here.