Top culinary tourism destinations
Where to travel for great food
Are you a foodie? Do you love to eat? Do your travels revolve around meals and restaurants? Well that makes you a food tourist! Enjoy culinary tourism with this short guide to top travel destinations by cuisine.
Cuisine is an important part of culture, so much so, that you can identify most cultures by their typical meals or dishes. Haggis makes you think of Scotland, paella of Spain, pizza of Italy and pierogis of Poland.
While food was always our source of energy and a motor for life, it has now become something much more than that. What we eat tells people who we are. Food has simply become yet another way to express ourselves. That trend could not have escaped tourism.
Check out our list of top travel destinations by cuisine including the most popular attractions and cities.
See: Athens, Rome, Milan, Tuscany, Pompei, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como and Garda, Cinque Terre, Roman Forum, Colloseum, Pantheon, Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, Duomo, Sardinia.
Food: Here you can enjoy a pizza with mozzarella di bufala, homemade pasta with pesto, risotto alla Milanese with saffron, Fontina cheese, different kinds of ravioli (stuffed dumplings) and more. Each region has it’s typical dishes. Take a winery trip and enjoy different kinds of wines with cheeses and hams. You will not be disappointed.
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See: Palacio Real in Madrid, Sagrada Familia, Alcazar, Prado Museum, Alhambra, Casa Batllo, Park Guell, Mosque Cordoba, El Escorial, La Concha, Costa Del Sol, Aqueduct of Segovia, Alicante, Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral, Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Gran Canaria, Ibiza.
Food: Spanish cuisine is popular for its tapas, which is a variety of snacks or appetizers, cold or hot, made up of olives, cheeses, hams. Popular foods and dishes include Jamón Ibérico (ham), gazpacho (cold tomato based soup), paella (a dish which has different varieties in each region, but is based on rice, vegetables and a mixture of meats and seafood), flan (a custard like dessert).
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See: Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddah), Full Moon Party at Haad Rin, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Erawan Falls, Ao Phra Nang (beach), Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Phimai Historical Park, Kha Yai National Park, Sukhothai Historical Park, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Phuket (province), Koh Phi Phi, Bangkok, Krabi.
Food: Thai cuisine is light, aromatic and spicy, it’s all about balance and harmony. Popular dishes include Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Tom Kha Kai (chicken in coconut soup), Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles ), Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (green chicken curry). Ingredients, which are often used are fresh spices and herbs, rice noodles, fish sauce, peanuts, kaffir lime leaves, Thai basil and tamarind.
See: Taj Mahal, Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Amer Fort, Akshardham Hindu temple, Ganges river, Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh House of Worship), Mehrangarh Fort, Lotus Temple, Gateway of India, Lodi Gardens, City Palace in Jaipur, Vaishno Devi temple, Lake Pichola and Lake Palace, Virupaksha Temple, Palolem beach, Kanha National Park, Ajanta Caves.
Food: Indian cuisine is all about the spices, most popular is chili pepper, cardamom, black mustard seed, cumin, turmeric, ginger, coriander and garlic. Garam masala is the most popular spice mix including cardamom, clove and cinnamon Indian cuisine has a lot of vegetarian dishes. Famous dishes are Biryani (aromatic rice dish), Tandoori chicken (chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices and then roasted), Chole bhature (curry-like chickpea dish with fried flour bread), Momos (dimsu-like dumplings with red chutney), Rajma (kidney beans in a thick gravy), Gulab jaamun (dessert – small balls of dried milk boiled in sugar syrup).
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