While many people travel mainly for the sightseeing, more and more are turning to culinary travels. We really can’t blame them, since there’s so much delicious food out there and so many different techniques, ingredients, and cooking styles to learn and explore all around the world. Those who consider themselves foodies must cross off these destinations from their foodie travel bucket lists. How many have you been to?
San Sebastian, Spain
While most people think of Barcelona or Madrid while thinking of a trip to Spain, if you’re looking for a top culinary experience, then you must head to San Sebastian. It has the most Michelin stars per capita and is full of haute cuisine restaurants, not to mention with a stunning view of La Concha Beach. The main thing to try is pintxos, similar to tapas, which are small snacks that are often served on skewers.
You might have heard of Bordeaux thanks to the delicious wine that comes out of this region, but the food should not be overlooked. Of course, the wine bars are absolutely to die for, where you can sip on local wines along with delicious bites like duck foie gras, duck breast, and porcini mushrooms. The most famous dessert is the Canelé, a delicious pastry that’s caramelized and crispy on the outside with a rich, baked custard filling.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa is located just an hour outside of Cape Town and is a breathtaking location known for its wineries. In addition to wonderful local wine, there are a lot of chef restaurants including Spier Winery, Rust en Vrede, Overtuer at Hidden Valley Restaurant, and Stellenbrau Brewery.
When it comes to food travel, Italy is always a natural choice. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, and it is known for so many delicious dishes as well as local wine. You might already know about Lambrusco wine, but it’s certainly not the only famous wine you should sample. The most famous dish from here is certainly Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese, the classic meat sauce we’ve all heard of, but is absolutely incredible here. Make sure to try the local Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto, both of which are in a different league than what’s available in the US.
Named the top South America Food & Drink Destination by Frommer’s, Lima’s food scene is influenced by food brought by immigrants from Spain, Japan, China, and many other places. This eclectic mixture of cultures creates a unique food scene that’s absolutely incredible to explore. Some well known Lima dishes include ceviche and chicharones. You also must try a pisco sour, a delicious drink made with pisco, egg whites, lemon juice, and simple syrup.