I must confess that I’m one of those travellers who, even run-down by an all-day excursion, could become suddenly enthusiastic when knowing the next activity on the schedule is ‘eating’. So I felt grateful when I first saw this list of top 10 food destinations around the world from Booking.com, which satisfied me with a global culinary adventure. From the freshest sushi in Tokyo, to the legendary steak of Buenos Aires, waffles in Brussels and tasty Spanish tapas to the mouth-watering fusion of cuisines and cultures in Malaysia, there really is something for everyone. Let’s be inspired with a round-up of the best local foods on offer – the perfect way to complete our foodie bucket list!
1# Hong Kong
Taking the top spot is Hong Kong, famous for its vibrant urban centre, skyscraper-studded skyline and of course the variety of foods on offer. Travellers will be in awe of the variety of dishes available, we recommend having a taste of dim sum, kau kee beef brisket, wonton noodles and poon choi (Chinese casserole). For more luxury choice, head to the stunning JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong at the prestigious Pacific Place Complex and dine at the award-winning Man Ho Restaurant which serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, or the Flint Grill & Bar, JW Café, Dolce 88 or the Fish Bar which serves the fresh catch of the day.
2# Sao Paulo, Brazil
The city of Sao Paulo is a world-renowned foodie haven, from smart bistros to gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone. Sample the nation’s signature dish, the Brazilian feijoada (black bean and meat stew) and take a trip through Itaim Bibi, which was acclaimed as the top foodie neighbourhood in Sao Paulo.
3# Tokyo, Japan
The fusion of ultramodern meets traditional is widely regarded as Tokyo’s focal point; take in the neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples and sample the nation’s diverse offering of foods. Its top restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than both Paris and New York combined and its signature cuisine of sushi continues to take the world by storm. Be sure to visit Chiyoda Ward, which was renowned as the top foodie neighbourhood in Tokyo.
4# Athens, Greece
Discover Greece’s culinary revolution of Athens’ street food and stop by Plaka, which was the top foodie neighbourhood. Be sure to sample the capital’s signature dishes, Souvlaki (grilled meat and vegetable skewers) and Koulouri (tasty sesame bread rings).
5# Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is best known for its modern skylines, glass and steel-clad skyscrapers, sandy white beaches, lush rainforests and colourful food-stall-lined streets. Travellers will love the fusion of contemporary meets traditional and the beautiful mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures and cuisines. Go to Mid Valley which seems like a heaven for food lovers in Kuala Lumpur.
6# Melbourne, Australia
Known for its gorgeous beaches, sun-kissed city centre and vibrant bars and restaurants along the Yarra River, Melbourne is the place to be. Embrace the true Aussie lifestyle and tuck into delicious barbeque dishes with friends and family while watching the timeless sunsets pass by. Take a trip to South Yarra and you won’t be disappointed.
7# Bangkok, Thailand
Go on an adventure and sample the exotic street food stalls of Bangkok. Take a culinary exploration and try the capitals signature dishes of chicken satay, sukiyaki (sliced beef soup), khao gang (curried rice) or gai yang (grilled chicken). Along your travels make sure to take a trip to Siam Square, which has lots of guaranteed restaurants to serve you the best of them. You can move to another popular foodie destination, Khao San Road, where an array of nightlife hotspots, bars, music and dining venues can be found. Be sure to check out Max’s Magical Thai Food, Susie Wong’s Beer and Buns and Brick Bar.
8# Granada, Spain
For any foodie fan, a trip to Granada is a must. Sample the city’s staple dishes of piononos (small sweet pastries glazed with syrup and filled with cream) or try the olla de san antón (a typical stew containing beans, rice and sausage) or jamón de trevelez (ham that is cured naturally). During your stay make sure you pass through Centro and dine at the a la carte restaurant serving the very best of Andalusian food.
9# Las Vegas, United States
Arguably one of the most famous, if not the most famous party hotspot in the world, Las Vegas has a lot more to offer than vibrant nightclubs and 24 hour casinos. The boulevard is home to the widest choice of restaurants and cuisines, from swanky rooftop bars, to lavish restaurants, to intimate and budget diners; Sin City has it all. Especially on the West of the Las Vegas Strip.
10# Buenos Aires, Argentina
A trip to Argentina is the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses, from the sight of the stunning mountainous views to the taste of the mouth-watering foods. Treat yourself to the country’s legendary steak and the dulce de leche sweet treats. During your travels, pass through Palermo and try the best of Argentinian cuisine.