Top 5 Destinations For Foodies Around The World
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Top 5 Destinations For Foodies Around The World

I wrote a post about my favorite places around the world and figured I’d do the same for my favorite destinations for foodies throughout the world. The two are closely mixed since food is such a huge part of traveling and experiencing a culture. However, there are some places where it’s less about the destination and all about the food.

 

For me, my world, including my trips revolves around my meals. There is a lot of research; many hours spent watching Anthony Bourdain eat at roadside shacks and vetting when I choose restaurants abroad.

 

Here are my favorite foodie destinations around the world, again, in no particular order.

 

New Orleans

Commander's Palace Strawberry Shortcake
Commander’s Palace Strawberry Shortcake

It’s hard to imagine going to New Orleans and not stuffing my face with gumbo, crawfish, fried chicken, beignets, croquettes and jambalaya all on the same damn day. When I think of the best thing I’ve ever eaten, my brain goes to New Orleans every time. In particular swine fries from Bevi Seafood Co. (french fries topped with pulled pork, brown sugar, banana peppers and cracklins) a taste so good I wish I could ingest intravenously. There are dozens of “must eat” meals in New Orleans and I could go on and on and on about them. For any specific advice, hit me up and I’ll give you all the good spots.

 

Bali

Delicious duck from Mama San in Seminyak, Bali
Delicious duck from Mama San in Seminyak, Bali

This one was pretty unexpected for me. I knew it would be a tropical paradise full of drunken Aussies and motorbikes but I had no idea about the scene for foodies. I’m pretty sure this is where great chefs and European restaurateurs go to open lavish restaurants and die. Some of the trendiest and swankiest spots from Sarong to Mama San to Mosaic Beach Club could have been in New York or Miami but were instead surrounded by tiny huts and mega hotels in Bali. One of my favorite experiences on the island was a two and half hour 13-course meal at Locavore in Ubud. Forget the beaches; just eat your way through Bali!

 

New York

French Louie Classic Burger
French Louie Classic Burger

I’ve got to give some love to the city I’m lucky enough to live in. New York has long been a foodies dream with the newest, hottest restaurant opening weekly. The cultural melting pot in the five boroughs means that there are so many different foods to try and they’ll probably always be good. Forget the dirty water dog and the street meat, sit down for a pie at Sottocasa, my favorite pizza in town or go to Katz’s Deli, you can’t get a bigger, better sandwich. One of my favorite lines from Anthony Bourdain, my dream-scenario husband and mentor, is when a kid shouted to him on the streets of New York, “Where’s the best food under $10 in New York City.” He responded, “Shake Shack”. I agree.

 

Italy

Di Fara's Sicilian slice is the closest thing to Italy you can find in Brooklyn
Di Fara’s Sicilian slice is the closest thing to Italy you can find in Brooklyn

This one seems pretty obvious, right? I mean what better food in the world is there than pasta and pizza? I can still remember the Neapolitan pie I ate in a tiny restaurant in Pompeii, it was the moment I finally understood what good pizza tasted like. From all the different regions, flavors and practices no two meals or pasta sauces will be the same. For me, a charcuterie board with fresh mozzarella and salumi will always be my happy plate.

 

Thailand

Glass noodles prepared under the the Saphan Taksin metro stairs
Glass noodles prepared under the the Saphan Taksin metro stairs

Asia is the street food capital of the world and I think Bangkok is its mecca. From a bowl of glass noodles under a subway station to pounds and pounds of the tiniest chicken wings I couldn’t stop eating. It was the best of both worlds. I ate an entire fish with the freshest chili sauce for $3 USD then had a 5-course mind-blowing meal at Nahm for a number I refuse to write down. A lot of research and planning went into street food markets and reservations at certain restaurants but I’ll guarantee you can pretty much eat anywhere in Thailand and not have a bad meal.
The list was a tough one to make and now I’m drooling over my keyboard. When abroad don’t settle for chains or mediocre hotel food; find out what the locals eat, it will make your experience so much better.

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13 Comments

  1. Olivia

    Oh my! All of these look so good!! Especially New Orleans shortcake and New York!!! Great read! 🙂

    January 24, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      Thank you! I definitely recommend, both are amazing cities besides the food!

      January 26, 2017 Reply
  2. Danielle

    Wow! All those choices look delicious! Food is a big part of my traveling experiences! My husband and I want to travel the world and taste all different types of foods❤

    January 24, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      That is my goal too. I want to eat at all the best restaurants and try all the street food around the world.

      January 26, 2017 Reply
  3. Tereza

    Oh my god these look amazing! I love eating in foreign countries – although I have to say when I lived in Greece for a while I put on so much weight it was ridiculous haha! Italian pizza is the best though – no pizza is just like the one you get in Italy, it’s just ah!x

    January 24, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      Yes, totally understandable, I’d gain weight too. Italian pizza is soooo good, but Brooklyn pizza rivals it!

      January 26, 2017 Reply
  4. Nosh & Breks

    Love this list! So far I’ve ticked off Bali & Thailand – the food in Indonesia was definitely some of the best I’ve had whilst travelling! I love that from the food you can get for a couple of dollars to the top restaurants, everything is delicious! 2 down, 3 to go…

    January 24, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      Awesome! I think Asia has the best food in the world for sure. Thats what I loved about Bali too, so much incredible high end food to eat.

      January 26, 2017 Reply
  5. Style & Life by Susana

    These all look DELICIOUS!!! whenever I’m in Portugal, I seriously eat like there won’t be any more left in the country!!! Travelling food always seems like it tastes better x

    January 25, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      True, I think any food you don’t cook yourself tastes better! I’d love to get some tasty food in Portugal.

      January 26, 2017 Reply
  6. chloe

    checking this blog post after the other didn’t make it any better hahaha as I sit on my desk and work. Mouth watering and tummy rumbling but definitely love this post.

    January 25, 2017 Reply
  7. Lea

    These places sound amazing and now I’m really hungry and longing for a good lunch!
    Lea, xx
    asnippetoflife.com

    March 13, 2017 Reply

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