The 10 Best Cities Every Foodie should Visit.
One of the best parts about traveling is getting to indulge in regional delicacies from around the world.From Paris, which is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, to Thailand, where meals come with an array of fresh salads and appetizers, here are 10 cities that all foodies should cross off their bucket list.
BANGKOK: In Bangkok, endless street stalls can be found with familiar dishes such as pad Thai, which Thip Samai on Mahachai Road is known for. There is also a new trend of pop-up restaurants where chefs organize set dinners at fixed prices that are based on a theme like New Orleans, northeastern Thai, and a Roman dinner.
LONDON: Over the past few years, London has had a transformation in its dining scene with pubs transitioning into gastro pubs, food trucks opening, and two of the 10 best restaurants in the world, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and The Ledbury, having opened. The city has always hosted a variety of ethnic cuisines, but this continues to grow with an emerging Latin American and Korean food scene on the rise.
PARIS: To taste authentic French cheeses and sweets, head to Paris' weekend markets such as its Bastille market or the Place Monge Market. Brasseries located outside tourist areas will offer traditional dishes such as quiche, Coq Au Vin, and Madeleines. The city is also home to several acclaimed restaurants including L'Atelier, run by chef Joël Robuchon, who was named the "Chef of the Century" by the restaurant guide Gault Millau.
NAPOLI, ITALY: Food tours are popular in Napoli, the city that invented Pizza. You can sample the fresh mortadella and other cheeses at La Pignasecca. End your day with a scoop of creamy gelato.
BARCELONA, SPAIN: In Barcelona, you have an abundance of curd pork, Serrano ham, and cold cuts from inland Catalonia, but you also get fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea. You can experience traditional Catalan cooking in areas like the Barri Gòtic quarter, sample tapas in various tapas restaurants like Cal Pep, and explore the Boqueria market for stalls of fresh produce and treats.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: In Buenos Aires, you can indulge in juicy grass-fed steaks, multi course chef's tasting menus, and quality wines for under $30. Its parilladas (grills) are famous for their tender steaks and meats, and Buenos Aires is also home to a large illegal underground food scene that has been receiving high praises in the media over the past few years.
BRUGES, BELGIUM: Besides its delectable stands where you can get waffles topped with cream, fresh fruits, and chocolate, Bruges is also known for offering top-notch chocolate, mussels, and fries. Head to The Chocolate Line, where chef Dominique Person uses everything from wasabi and guacamole to chicken and oysters in his chocolates (which even come in a deck of edible playing cards).
MARRAKESH, MOROCCO: Marrakesh combines the flavors of France, Africa, and the Middle East to offer food stalls where you can taste on-the-go bites such as kefta (Moroccan meatballs) and mergez (spicy sausages) in the day. At night, dine at stunning restaurants such as Bô-Zin, which is located in a mansion.
NEW YORK CITY: In New York you'll find one of the most diverse food scenes in the world; there's everything from Italian and French to Afghan and Tibetan cuisine. Try one of its many Michelin-starred restaurants, grab a hot dog or halal platter from a street vendor, or check out one of its food festivals like Smorgasburg.
MEXICO CITY: Little has changed over the centuries and street food still plays a huge part in daily Mexican life. In the capital, Mexico City, thousands of stalls and taquerias sell tamales and quesadillas, elote (roasted corn on the cob), chapulines (roasted grasshoppers), and much, much more.