Food lovers, get your passports ready.
Jet-setting foodies in search of Japan’s tastiest yakitori and the best bowl of bolognese in Italy will devour this latest news.
Unsurprisingly, three Italian cities snagged primo spots on the list, with Rome the coveted No. 1 destination for food lovers. Florence and Venice also made the list. More and more, travellers are planning getaways with their bellies in mind.
Travellers are increasingly interested in getting local insight on their destination, and food tours and cooking classes are a great way to do that. Coming home with a local recipe or a new favourite restaurant is the best souvenir.
Unsurprisingly, food mecca Rome holds the No. 1 spot for jet-setting foodies. Whether you’re hoping to sample the cacio e pepe prepared tableside at Felice a Testaccio, or plan to play it by ear and instead tour the city one gelateria at a time, there’s plenty of nibbles to keep you coming back time and time again.
Also unsurpringly, another Italian city tops the list of foodie destinations. Mercato Centrale in Florence is an ultimate Italian shopping experience. Opened in 1874, it’s an open-air market that showcases a variety of food stalls and restaurants all in one place. It’s basically a food lover’s dream come true.
From croissants and espresso at a brasserie to cheese samples from a fromagerie, Paris is a non-negotiable destination for any traveling food lover. Whether you’re playing it loose and plan to eat where your adventures take you, or you’re a jet-setter with a plan (Crepes at Breizh Cafe, anyone?), there’s so much good food in this city you might need to bring a second stomach.
If you’re headed to Barcelona, you’ll most definitely be adding the famous Mercat de la Boqueria to your itinerary. Whether you sample helados at Sprimfruit or the red prawns from Ramblero, you won’t leave this market disappointed (and certainly not hungry).
5. New Orleans
Once you step foot in New Orleans, you see what all of the fuss is about. It’s a food city, if there ever was one. From chicory coffee and sugar-dusted beignets at Café Du Monde to the buffalo shrimp po’boy at Avery’s On Tulane, there’s plenty of over-the-top flavors and vibrant energy across this city to impress even the seasoned traveler.