Food is a big part of travel – it’s a great way of understanding the culture, people and their traditions. These places below are worth visiting for more reasons than just the food, BUT what makes them different is that food alone is a good enough reason to visit – enjoy!
Thessaloniki is known for its great food; ”Queen of exquisite cuisine”, ”Food capital of Greece”, ”Dessert capital of Greece”, the city has many names praising their food.
The only downside of visiting Thessaloniki will be your increasing waistline! 😛
Try the bougatsa, a breakfast pastry famous for this city, filled with Greek custard or cheese.
Thessaloniki’s specialty however, is Greek Mezethes. These assorted plates of Greek tidbits are so good you would think they were made up by the Greek gods.
They are found everywhere, and are always served at parties in Greece.
This culinary custom derives from the ancient Greeks, who believed that no guest should be welcomed and no drinks should be served without a nibble.
Get your mezethes in an Ouzeri downtown, and wash it down with a glass of the famous Ouzo.
London is the perfect place for the food lover to go if you don’t have time to travel to all the countries in the world just to try their food – it can all be found here in London.
London is the most culturally diverse city I have ever been to, walking the streets you will encounter people from all corners of the world, and when it comes to food, it’s in fact easier finding Chinese, French, Italian, Indian – pretty much any type of food, than it is to find British cuisine.
But then of course there is always the good old fish n chip places around the corners, which should not be forgotten during a visit to London.
Indian food in particular, has a good reputation in London. Some even say that they have had better curries in London than they have in India!
You probably thought I would include some city in Italy, didn’t you? Well, I won’t.
Italian food is great, but I’m not a big fan of pasta, and believe it or not, but the best pizza in Europe is not found in Italy, but in Romania and Sweden.
It’s true, you HAVE to try the pizzas in these two countries, they’re crazy good!
Brussels, on the other hand, has three things that you simply won’t find better anywhere else than in Brussels. This is the city for everyone with a sweet tooth.
Belgian chocolate is so delicious your knees will tremble a little when you have your first bite of a praline, and you can get these chocolate orgasms whenever you want, the streets have more chocolate shops than anything else!
Belgian waffles are like no other waffles, freshly made the crunchy waffles are topped with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi fruit and melted chocolate… I mean, can it get better than this?
Brussels also has the best hangover food in Europe – Frites Freiten. Buy yourself a paper cone of these frites, and you will never mistake Belgian frites for french fries again!
It would almost be a crime not to include this place in the list – French cuisine is perhaps the number one cuisine which has spread to all corners of the world.
Although their rather odd food habits like eating snails and frog legs hasn’t really caught on with the rest of the world, their scrumptious baguettes and croissants are now on everyone’s breakfast plates.
Walking down the streets of France you realize just how important food is for the French people.
In the afternoon every second person you see walking down the street carries two baguettes in their hands, one to munch on while they’re walking home, and another one for dinner!
I can see why so many decide to simply stay in one of the Paris apartments, unbuckle their belts and dive into the jungle of French food, not leaving until they have tried every single thing worth trying.
Turkish cuisine has had a huge influence on all Balkan countries, and there is a reason to that – it’s simply irresistible!
While you won’t find much good food in typical tourist beach cities like Marmaris and Alanya, Istanbul has it all; Mezes, Pide, Dolmas, Kisir, Baklava – the list goes on.
But best of all is perhaps to sit down at a small cafe in one of the backstreets, order a cup of Turkish coffee and a plate of traditional turkish delights.
The only difficulty would be to avoid the tourist traps which serve boring food at very high prices – Doy Doy is a place I would recommend, they serve great, filling food with a load of extra bread for cheap prices.
Hungry yet? Which cities would YOU add to this list?