A trip to Europe would not be complete without visiting its best “foodie cities.” If you are adding famous sceneries within the continent in your itinerary, you should also take note of the best food destinations therein especially when you are a foodie. Inspired by an article we read on this website, we decided to write our own article based on our own favourite travel destinations with the best restaurants and local food scene. Listed below are 10 of the most recommended food destinations in Europe.
Paella is probably the best known dish of Spanish cuisine and is best served in a restaurant in Girona. Located south of Spain, there is the famous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. It is popularly known as a family owned restaurant and is labeled as one of the top restaurants in the world with its 3 Michelin stars.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian is known as the Foodie Capital of Europe. It is often regarded as a food paradise. Hitting the 6th spot in the world’s best restaurant is San Sebastian’s very own Mugaritz. Other restaurants here include Akelarre, Arzak and Martín Berasategui.
Palermo is undeniably a foodie city. With its unhidden collage of culture from Roman to African and Arabic, Palermo is the home of a Michelin-starred restaurant. This goes by the name of Bye Bye Blues. It is located in Mondello. It features pastries and of course gelato.
St Ives in Cornwall, United Kingdom
Although not strictly a city, the beachside resort of St Ives in Cornwall holds the enviable reputation as one of the best foodie destinations in the UK. Cornwall is well known for its food produce and famous chefs, and St Ives is one of the most famous places to visit for eating out. This beautiful town is situated right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, so seafood features heavily on the menus at local restaurants. Top restaurants include the Porthminster Kitchen and The Black Rock, both superbly located with stunning sea views or beach side terraces. It really is a truly special place to visit if you’re on vacation in this part of the UK.
Berlin has been made notable by its currywurst, a snack food in Germany. Other than this, Berlin has been rising in the field of food or cuisine with its 2 Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant by the name of Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
Naples, the land of pizza, would really be hard to miss. However, Naples isn’t all about pizza. It has its own pastas and seafood dishes to brag about. Other than these, Naples is also known for its famous pastry called sfogliatella.
Paris, other than living up to its popular label “the City of Love,” also has its culinary excellence to be proud of. L’Ambroisie in Place des Vosges is one of the most recommended restaurants because while you are enjoying your meal, your eyes are also satisfied by its historic location. Paris has nine 3 Michelin-starred restaurants. All in all, about a hundred restaurants have Michelin stars in Paris.
Amsterdam is not just its famous Red Light District. It is also bountiful when it comes to coffee shops. You can enjoy its casual and luxurious cuisine while taking time to check out the museums and canals. Here lies a Michelin-starred restaurant named Lastage.
The home of the famous Ferrari is also a breeding spot for world class cuisine. On top of the list of the best restaurants here is the 3 Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. Modena is also known as the land of popular Parmigiano, a wide variety of ham, and of course, balsamic vinegar.
Rome has the famous “fifth quarter” menu which means the dishes are very rich in flavors. It has dishes from the countryside like cacio e pepe or amatriciana pasta. Armando al Pantheon is a well-known restaurant that is the home some of the best cucina romana.
London, United Kingdom
This is one of the places where your chances of finding deliciously prepared food is soaring high. Not only does London boast about its 65 Michelin-starred restaurants, it also houses top performing chefs like Clare Smyth.
We hope you find this list of top food destinations useful. We certainly enjoyed compiling this article and looking at all the sumptuous meals on offer in these world foodie locations. Have we missed any? If you have your own tips and suggestions for this list, please get in touch.