Attention all food lovers! You know who you are. Those of you who never turn down a second helping, are the first to try new restaurants in town, and know where the best spot to grab an authentic taco is. Whereas adrenaline junkies base their next vacation on what adventure they want to try next, you look for a destination that has delicious cuisine!
Elote • jeffreyw Creative Commons
If you’re a true millennial, you have at least one Instagram post featuring an avocado. And if you’re not a millennial, odds are you still love guacamole! If you’re a fan of tacos, salsa, enchilada, and tequila, go straight to the source – Mexico! As the nation’s capital, Mexico City offers a wide array of everything. From authentic street food to fancy, upscale restaurants, you can experience it all! Be sure to try elote, churros, chiles en nogada, and mole.
Prosciutto • Kori Harrison Photography
No matter where you travel in Italy, you’re sure to have an incredible culinary experience. From pasta to pizza to cheese, Italians know how to please. Hot spots like Palermo, Bologna, Tuscany, Sicily, and Naples are known for their unique dishes, but Parma tops them all. Grab a slice of pizza or arancini – fried rice balls – to have lunch while you see the sights. Then taste prosciutto, risotto, or pasta for dinner, followed by tiramisu, gelato, or panna cotta for dessert.
P.S. – Take advantage of aperitivo! Because Italians eat dinner so late, they offer an appetizer buffet along with your cocktails around the typical American dinner time of 6 or 7pm.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Though it’s technically considered southern on a map, New Orleans’ food is in a category all its own. It’s the Cajun and Creole capital of the US, and probably the world! Nowhere else will you taste flavors like these, born from French, Spanish, Native American, and African influences and combined to create one unique flavor profile. Check out their world famous dishes like gumbo, muffuletta, jumbalaya, and beignets!
Thailand not only has some of the most gorgeous beaches and incredible adventures, but it also offers unique cuisine! Like the other cities listed in this article, you’ll find some of the best food sold on the street. Kanom Kai Nok Krata, or sweet potato balls, Kanom Krok Bai Toe, and steamed dumplings will be sold in street markets and are perfect snacks. If you’re stopping for a sit-down dinner, try the authentic pad thai and get adventurous with duck and rice or noodles. Don’t leave before tasting the refreshing coconut ice cream or roti gluay – essentially a fried banana pancake!
Hot Dog • Kārlis Dambrāns
New York, New York
As New York is the melting pot of thousands of cultures from around the world, you can imagine the food from all around the world that it has to offer. From their world renowned pizza to the handmade meatballs in Little Italy to the chow mein in Chinatown, New York is a food lover’s dream! We guarantee you won’t regret the calories in the New York cheesecake, too. Don’t forget get a hotdog from that food cart on the corner for the true NYC experience!
Some of the world’s best chefs studied in Paris to perfect their culinary skills. From crepes to eclairs, macarons to meringue, you may think of patisseries when you think of Paris. Or, baguettes, croissants, and crème puffs may come to mind. And if you thought of oysters, fondue, pralines, or escargot, you’re not alone! Paris offers the best of the best in every meal. Whether you want to try something new or stick with what you know, you’ll find something to love in France.
Seafood lovers, rejoice! The east coast is one of the best places to go for a delectable seafood experience. For a fresh fish dinner, you could visit Cape Cod, Boston, Baltimore, or Portland. Make a reservation for dinner on the waterfront and dive into the freshest lobster, crab, salmon, clams, scallops, oysters, mussels the sea has to offer. Their saltwater taffy is also a must, as is their syrup!
Food helps define a culture as much as language and history does. No matter where you travel, try to embrace the local food for a truly memorable and one-of-a-kind experience. If you consider yourself a foodie, the culinary masterpieces at these 7 destinations will blow your taste buds away.