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A Food-lover’s Guide to the Best European Towns!

From trying out a sliver from the prettiest chocolate gateau to sip on the sparkling bubbly, eating in Europe has always been a gourmet delight! In this blog, we handpick the best cities in Europe for a gourmand and suggest what to eat!

For a culinary adventure, very few places can come at par with Europe. May be India and South East Asia to a certain extent, albeit with a very different genre of cooking. European food, a lot like its culture, has been a wide medley of world canvas with the best of ingredients sourced from around the globe. If you know about ancient spice route, you know what I mean!

You may not always need an elaborate budget to try out diverse cuisine of Europe. As much as haute cuisine rules the gastronomic scene in Europe, rugged provincial dishes with more earthy tones easily make it to list, helping you plan an European adventure fueled by an affair with your taste buds!

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. -Ruth Reichl

Brno, Czech Republic

By Adriana Plotzerová from Czech The World

Brno is the second-largest city of the Czech Republic and presents a perfect combination of history and a modern city. It was voted as 6th most favorite student city in the world. (1) In Brno, you will find remarkable places, as well as delicious food, cozy cafes and world-famous beer, which isn’t just great but also very cheap!

Czech cuisine is quite heavy but delicious. Once you are there, you should try one of our national dishes:

–          Svíčková – a creamy vegetable sauce, served with dumplings, sirloin steak and a little bit of whipped cream and cranberry sauce.

–          Vepřo – knedlo – zelo – roasted pork with dumplings and sauerkraut.

–          Guláš – a stew from beef or pork prepared with onions, red peppers, and other spices, served with dumplings. It’s a bit different from Hungarian Goulash.

–          Ovocné knedlíky (veg. option) – sweet dumplings filled with seasonal fruit, usually blueberries, strawberries or plums.

–          You can also try fried cheese (smažený sýr), or smaller dishes like fried potato pancakes (bramboráky) or marinated cheese (nakládaný hermelín).

–          For a dessert, stop at some of the stalls with Trdelník. It’s a sweet pastry made from rolled dough, which is grilled (wrapped around a stick) and covered with sugar and cinnamon, nuts or cocoa.

Typical Czech restaurant, where to try national cuisine in Brno city center, are Stopkova Plzeňská PivniceU Všech čertů or Hostinec u Semináru, which is not far from city center.

If you want to enjoy Czech beer, head to Pegas Alehouse (it’s a popular place, so I recommend you make a reservation for an evening visit). For drink and cocktails is a famous Bar, který neexistuje, which is really cool place.

If you like markets, visit Zelný trh (Vegetable market), where you can see local farmers selling their products. There is also a building “Tržnice”, where you can buy cheese, meat, herbs, pastry, sweets and much more. Get more inspiration and check out also other things to do in Brno.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Rose from Where goes rose. Also read her guide on Prague food guide.

Prague is one of Europe’s best foodie cities, even if it doesn’t receive the same international acclaim as Italy or Paris. Czech food is typically hearty and flavoursome with some tasty main dishes, as well as delicious desserts and signature drinks. 

The national dish of Prague is svickova, made with braised beef, bread dumplings, parsnip sauce, a dollop of cranberry and weirdly, a squirt of cream. The combination of sweet and savoury is an acquired taste but one you should certainly experience will in Prague. The best place to try it is Cafe Louvre, an old haunt of Albert Einstein’s before communist rule. Another hearty Czech dish is goulash, best served in a bread bowl which you can eat afterwards.

You should also head to Sisters to try chlebicky, small open sandwiches topped with ingredients like chicken paprika. Denmark, Holland and the Czech Republic all claim to invent these; no one knows who’s telling the truth! 

Foods with a sweet tooth visiting Prague shouldn’t miss Perníčkův sen. This charming gingerbread shop sells traditional Czech biscuits flavoured with anise and cinnamon. You’ll be tempted to take a home decadent gingerbread house from the window display.  Don’t miss the pastries flavoured with poppy seed which are famous in Eastern Europe. Koláček means ‘little cake’ and these sweet treats are commonly served at weddings and parties.

Also read: Old Towns in Europe that tells about Intriguing History!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

By Kim from The Adventure to Me (Follow him on IG @theadventuretome)

When you think of Amsterdam, you may first not think about the food. However, the capital of the Netherlands has a fantastic food scene. Like every city, Amsterdam isn’t short of food tours, and the two with the best reviews are Hungry Birds and Eating Amsterdam. 

The most famous Dutch delicacy is the Stroopwafel, made up of two thin waffles sandwiched together with caramel syrup. Available all over the city, my recommendation would be Van Wonderen Stroopwafels. There are a few locations around the city, where you’ll be able to choose your own topping (Oreo crumbs were great!). 

Next is, Kroketten, or Dutch Croquettes which are readily available around the city, stop in FEBO, a fast food restaurant where you can pick up the snack from the vending walls!

After doing a free walking tour, we were recommended Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx which has been open since 1957, known as the best chips and sauce in Amsterdam. The hole-in-the-wall shop serves up fries in a paper cone and can be topped with a number of different sauces. 

If you’re looking for a food market, Albert Cupmarkt is the most well-known market, open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM until 5 PM. While at the market, why not pop into a cheese shop? Amsterdam is full of them, and the perfect pairing with cheese is chutney. Pop into a shop, such as Henri Willig, and try the wide range on offer, before taking some back to your accommodation.

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Chania, Greek Island of Crete

Gastronomic writer Gabi Ancarola from The Tiny Book talks about Crete in her Facebook Group and hosts gastronomic tours in Chania.

Everyone has heard about Greek food and the healthy traits of the Mediterranean diet, and there’s probably no better place where both combine than on the Greek Island of Crete, home to some of the most authentic gastronomy in the country.

The Cretan diet is an array of simple ingredients, rigorously seasonal, cooked with abundant extra virgin olive oil, fragrant local herbs, some lemon drops and sea salt to flavor. In the western town of Chania, the Municipal Market has always been the place where locals source the freshest ingredients. 

Tourists add the market to their Chania itinerary to spend a morning sampling locally made yogurt, bread, thyme honey, olives, spices, herbs, olive oil, and Cretan pies with greens and goat cheese. The market is also a fantastic place to try homemade Cretan dishes at very accessible prices, including snails, goat stew with artichokes, Cretan salad, and dakos, made with fresh tomatoes, myzithra cheese (from goat and sheep), and local oregano.

When in Chania, don’t miss the taste of boureki, a typical dish in West Crete that includes potatoes, courgette, fresh mint, olive oil and cheese, all baked and sometimes served with a layer of phyllo pastry crust on top.

Over twelve varieties of native grapes give life to fantastic wines in different regions of Crete too, so the island is not just a foodie paradise, but a great place to taste the excellence of Greek wines.

Those looking for a taste of Greece’s fast food, will be happy to know that the best gyros in town is served in Oasis Souvlaki, which has been making these delicious wraps for over 50 ears, just a few steps from the center of the old town. For a more refined dining experience, check Serenissima restaurant, in the Venetian quarter, or Tamam restaurant to sample authentic middle eastern flavors cooked with local ingredients and a Cretan twist.

Gothenburg, Sweden

By Roshni from The Wanderlust Within (Follow her on IG @thewanderlustwithin)

Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg is fairly underrated compared to its big sister, Stockholm. However, as the world’s most sustainable destination four times in a row, and a secret foodie paradise, it’s one destination in Europe that shouldn’t be missed. Food in Gothenburg encompasses the same high quality ingredients and flair that Stockholm is famous for but for a much more affordable price. On top of that, portions in Gothenburg are just the right size, so you never feel like you’ve over done it.

Gothenburg has plenty of places to eat, and caters for everything from Swedish fika to three course meals. The best places for fika in Gothenburg are Da Matteo, and Cafe Husaren – which is home to the largest Cinnamon buns in the whole of Sweden. The best place to sample local Swedish delicacies is at the Saluhullen market hall, which is great for an affordable lunch spot. For dinner, I recommend Restaurant Gården, which is popular for it’s ever changing menu that focuses on using local ingredients that are in season. 

The best time of year to visit is December during the Gothenburg Christmas Markets, when the whole city turns into a festive winter wonderland. At this time you can enjoy all the usual Gothenburg foodie spots but also try the festive food options such as the Swedish Christmas buffet dinner at Liseberg theme park, the sweet Swedish mulled wine, called glögg and the pepparkaka gingerbread biscuits that Swedes can’t get enough of.

Toulouse, France

By Pauline from Bee loved city

When it comes to food, France sets the standard! We always think of French cuisine as a very chic cuisine, but if you want to discover a more rustic and traditional french cuisine, Toulouse will be your ideal destination. 
South West France is known for its amazing, tasty and rustic cuisine.


In Toulouse, food is very important and it’s everywhere! 
Just head to Rue du Taur or Esquirol,that’s where you’ll find a nice place to eat! No tourist traps in sight, just little cute french restaurants. 


You will get to try some foie gras, aligot, gesiers and of course, Toulouse’s typical dish: the cassoulet! This slow cooked casserole is made with meat, sausage, beans, carrots and onions. There are many versions of this famous dish. Several cities fight over it but the singularity of Toulouse’s cassoulet is that it uses sausages from Toulouse instead of duck for example.


If you love going to local markets, Toulouse will be your paradise. The most famous one is the covered Victor Hugo market. Located 5 mins walk from the capitole, Victor Hugo market is the biggest market in Toulouse and has been running for almost 200 years! You will find all kinds of food there. Vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and of course cheese! There are also restaurants inside. It’s a very good place to grab a meal, they only use products from the market. Victor Hugo market is open every day except monday. 


If you are looking for an outdoor market, St Aubin markets will be ideal. It takes place every sunday on St Aubin square near Jean Jaures. You will find many local producers, cute cafes and amazing food!

Kiev, Ukraine

By Derek and Mike from Robe-trotting

Kiev (Kyiv) is a city full of history, architecture and amazing sightseeing attractions. The thing most people don’t realize when deciding what to do in Kiev is that it’s a great foodie city. Food lovers will find so much to do in Kiev besides the beautiful buildings and fascinating history. It’s a vibrant city in an emerging country that is just starting to redefine and re-establish its culture after years of Soviet occupation.

One of the best things about the food scene in Kiev is that you can eat like royalty for very little money compared to most European destinations. The lower cost doesn’t mean a discounted experience though. The level of service was stellar and the food quality in Kiev is on par with any European capital.

One dish you’ll want to try is familiar – Chicken Kiev. It may be duplicated on menus around the world, but eating the dish in Kiev makes you realize how delicious the original is. One of the best restaurants to try the dish is Ostannya Barykada (Last Brigade). The artistic décor is incredible, but you’ll need a password to enter – don’t worry, it’s found easily on their website. For an after dinner drink try the national shot, vodka with a horseradish additive. It’s surprisingly tasty.

One other cuisine you have to try is Georgian. There is a large Georgian community in Kiev and their mark is left on the culinary scene. The foods are rich and hearty and if you like cheese, you will love Georgian foods. The best Georgian restaurant in Kiev is called Shoti and it won’t let you down.

San Sebastián, Spain

By Ariana Jasuta from Trvlcollective (Follow her on IG @arianajasuta)

With the most Michelin stars per capita in the world, San Sebastián, Spain is a gastronomic mecca.  However, you don’t need to find yourself at a fancy dinner to enjoy some of the best foods the Spanish Basque region has to offer.  

A pintxo, pronounced peen-cho, is the Basque version of a Spanish tapa.  Pintxos are traditionally smaller bites served with a piece of bread.  You are meant to have one or two pintxos at a bar and then move on to the next.  Four to Six bars is a good starting point for one evening. You will be happily full on some of the most delicious and diverse Basque foods.  

Some of the best pintxo bars are in the old part of the city, Parte Vieja.  There will be throngs of people spilling out of each bar, some larger than others, and overflowing out onto the streets.  Don’t be intimidated!  Make your way up to the bar of your choice to order your first pintxo or pick from the pintxos displayed on top of the bar.  Don’t forget to try the local spirit called Txakoli (cha-ko-lee) a slightly sparkling, dry white wine.

If you want muscles & Sangria – La Mejillonera 

If you want cool vibes and the smallest burger you’ve ever seen – A Fuego Negro

If you want more upscale and traditional bar – Gandarias

If you want dessert  – La Vina (famous for their cheese cake!)

Moscow, Russia

By Lindsey Puls of Have Clothes, Will Travel (Follow her on IG @have_clothes_will_travel)

Moscow is filled with unique dining options, ranging from the traditional Russian fare to contemporary vegan and sushi options. It may seem an unlikely city to visit for a food-lover. However, I can promise, after living in Moscow for a year and doing my best to sample as many foods and restaurants as possible, it is a city that absolutely deserves to be on this list!

The best Russian food and drinks to sample on your visit here, are:

·        Pelmeni – this is a Russian dumpling filled with meat and usually topped with sour cream.

·        Borscht – is a traditional Russian soup that’s main ingredient is beetroot.

·        Beef stroganoff – is a Russian dish made with sautéed beef in a sauce with smetana.

·        Syrniki – this is my FAVORITE Russian food. It’s essentially a cottage cheese pancake topped with jam or sour cream. SO good!

·        Kvass – is a fermented beverage made from rye bread. It’s a unique drink! The only thing I have had that’s comparable is kombucha.

·        Caviar and Vodka – alas, you can’t come to Russia and not try caviar and vodka! I don’t like either, but when in Russia…it’s a must!

There are so many amazing restaurants in Moscow to try! A few of that are truly unique dining experiences to have in Moscow are:

·        Mari Vanna
·        Café Pushkin
·        Turandot
·        The White Rabbit
·        LavkaLavka
·       Винотека Grape

·        Beluga
·        Grand Café Zhivago
·        Bar Strelka

Many of these dining experiences are also close to the famous sites of Moscow, such as the Red Square, Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin and the Cathedral of the Christ the Saviour. 

Madrid, Spain

By Caroline Keyzor from CKTravels

Madrid is a foodies paradise and one of the best cities in Spain for delicious cuisine. The capital is most famous for Jamón Ibérico – a ham that must be dry cured for at least 12 months. There are several places in the city dedicated to this Jamon but we recommend you visit Mercado Jamón Ibérico or Don Jamón to sample their high-quality cured meats with a glass of vermouth.

Madrid is one of the best places in Spain to go tapas bar hopping, and there are heaps of wonderful historic bars that serve these delicious small appetizers or snacks to accompany your alcoholic drink. Try Bodega de la Ardosa – a charming old bar that is famous for serving the best tortilla de patatas (spanish omelette) in the city! If you are visiting Madrid on a budget or just looking for a more filling lunchtime meal then scope out some of the menu del día’s that restaurants offer. They are a cheap 2 or 3 course fixed-price menu which are very popular with the locals (lunchtime in Spain is usually between 2 pm and 4 pm).

Vibrant food markets are aplenty in Madrid but the most iconic one is Mercado San Miguel – a historic iron-and-glass covered market located next to the Plaza Major. This market sells delicious and high quality seafood, tapas and banderillas (toothpicks skewered with olives, jamón, cheese, and sardines). It can get super busy in there so visit first thing in the morning or later at night.

Madrid top tip – book onto one of the many food tours available in the city to enjoy some regional cuisine in hidden local gems.

Chisinau, Moldova

By Ellis from Backpack Adventures

Chisinau in Moldova is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. It’s true that Chisinau lacks any major tourist attractions, but this is well compensated by its easy going atmosphere, quirky Soviet architecture, beautiful countryside and delicious local cuisine and wine.

If you are a foodie, Chisinau has lots to offer. First of all, Chisinau is famous for its wine and during the time of the Soviet Union it was one of the major producers. Still you can find some of the largest wine cellars in the world on a stone’s throw away from Chisinau.

While Milesti Miici is in the Guinness book of records for being the largest, Cricova claims to have the private collection of Putin. The wine cellars make for a fun day trip from Moldova’s capital and you will be able to try some different varieties of Moldovan wine.

However, you don’t even need to leave Chisinau for a good glass of wine. All restaurants can give you their own recommendations. And it’s not just the wine that will positively surprise you. The food is just as good. With influences from neighbouring Romania and Ukraine, the cuisine of Moldova is rich in hearty and tasty dishes.

One of the best traditonal restaurants in Chisinau serving Moldovan food is Las taifas. A cheaper alternative is the chain restaurant La Placinte serving a mix of Romanian, Moldovan or Ukrainian dishes. It is not as good as Las Taifas, but the extensive menu gives you lots to choose.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

By Mal Hellyer from Rawmal Roams

Ljubljana has so much to offer from great architecture, Ljubljana Castle with some beautiful city views to buzzing nightlife at former Yugoslav army barracks. However, the best way to experience this cute European capital is to eat your way through the city! 


You will find all sorts of cuisines from European, Indian, Mexican, healthy and organic to traditional Slovenian dishes. Being a relatively small city, Ljubljana is packed with restaurants and cafes serving delicious food at very affordable prices. 


Sample some Slovenian sausage accompanied with horseradish at Klobasarna and wash it down with a local beer. Indulge in cheesy dumplings with mushroom sauce followed by a delicious apple strudel or creamy Bled cake at Julija Restaurant. 


Are you vegetarian or vegan? No problem, Ljubljana has a great selection of cafes and restaurants serving good, plant-based options. My favourite was Organic Garden that serves mouth-watering and healthy veggie burgers and smoothies in a cute, outdoor sitting arrangement right in the heart of the city. And Barbarella Arkade Bistro that makes the best acai bowls in town! 


The best way to experience Slovenia’s food is to take part in Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna) that takes place every Friday from March to October weather permitting. It’s a street food open market that is located in Ljubljana’s Central Market. The Open Kitchen is a heaven for all foodies. It congregates best chefs from around Slovenia and best Ljubljana’s restaurants. They serve high quality and creative dishes at affordable prices. 

Sardinia, Italy

By Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World (Follow her on IG @myadventuresacrosstheworld)

Culurgiones is one of the most famous dishes in Sardinian cuisine. This stuffed pasta is typical of Ogliastra, in the center – east of Sardinia. The recipe varies from village to village, and in fact from family to family. Generally speaking, the pasta, which is made with semolina, is stuffed with potatoes, a hint of garlic, mint and cheese (which varies depending on the village). In Seui, where the best version is produced, culurgiones are served boiled with just a sprinkle of pecorino cheese on top, to retain all the delicious flavor of the filling. 


Needless to say, while the dish is consumed in the most traditional way at home and in villages, restaurants in town have come up with the most unique versions of the dish. The best one is that of Le Segrete, one of the best restaurants in Cagliari. They serve a black version of culurgiones where the pasta dough is prepared with squid ink, the stuffing has potatoes and shrimps and a shrimp bisque and culurgiones are served with a sauce made of burrata cheese. 

Needless to say, both the traditional version and the modern one are delicious. 

Bologna, Italy

By Lori Sorrentino of Italy Foodies

Bologna, Italy is one of the most under-visited cities in Italy, caught between (and just an hour from) two of the most popular and most visited cities in the world — Venice and Florence.

Surprisingly, Bologna has been overlooked for so long but that’s changing. In the past several years more tourists are visiting this city — so much so that Bologna is arguably considered the culinary capital of Italy and a hotspot for foodies.

Its Italian nickname “La Dotta, La Grassa e La Rossa” — “The Educated, The Fat, and The Red” — sums up the very best of what this central Italian city has to offer: La Dotta honors its University, the oldest in the Western world, La Grassa for its renowned cuisine, and La Rossa for the stunning red clay rooftops that crown the city. This part of Italy is also home to “Motor Valley”, where brands like Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini create the world’s high end performance automobiles.

When it comes to the food, Bologna and nearby cities of Modena and Parma produce some of Italy’s most significant and typical Italian foods including the salty and sublime Prosciutto ham, traditional balsamic vinegar, and Parmigiano Reggiano, the King of Cheese. Come local restaurants tout their culinary treasures in unique and innovative ways, while others proudly serve up traditional fare. 

Whichever way you prefer, whether you’re a food lover, car lover, or just in search of a more authentic Italian city, the fact that Bologna is still underrated is precisely the reason foodies should go!

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Emily from Wander-Lush. Follow her on Facebook here.

When it comes to foodie destinations in Europe, the Balkans region rarely gets a mention. But you’d be surprised how rich and diverse the cuisine in this part of Europe really is. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, culinary traditions are tied-in with history, ethnic identity and religion. You can learn a lot about the region (and the tumultuous events of its recent history) through the food.

Sarajevo, BiH’s capital city, is a heaven for foodies, with enough Kafanas (local bistros), Buregdžinicas (pie shops), coffee shops and tea houses to last you a lifetime. Most are family-owned and have been operating for generations. A terrific way to experience the city’s food scene is to join a Sarajevo food tour and have a local show you around.

Your first stop in Sarajevo should be a traditional Aščinica, a canteen-style restaurant that serves fresh-cooked Bosnian meals. Here, you can try Begova čorbaDolmeBosanki Lonac, and other local specialties. ASDŽ Aščinica behind the Sarajevo Museum is a local favourite.

Ćevapi

Two dishes you can’t leave Sarajevo without trying are Burek or Pita (oven-baked filo pastry filled with meat, cheese, potato or spinach) and Ćevapi. The latter, Bosnia’s national dish, is influenced by the region’s Ottoman history. It consists of minced meat patties grilled and served with flatbread, with chopped raw onion and Kajmak cream cheese on the side.

Buregdžinica Bosna near the Old Bazaar is always packed to the rafters and a great place to try it.For something fresh, head for the City Market Place of Healthy Food, an undercover market specializing in farmhouse cheeses and cured meats, and Pijaca Markale, the main open-air green market where fruit, veg and nuts are sold.

Freiburg, Germany

By Hannah Golton from Hannahs Happy Adventures. Follow her on Instagram

Freiburg is by far my favourite city in Europe. I spent a year living here and came to love the city. One of the main reasons for this was the food! From stunning ice creams to beautiful patisseries and schnitzel to KaseSpaetzle. I would like to share with you some of the best foods to eat in this city.

schnitzel

One of the locals favourites that I mentioned above is KaseSpaetzle. This dish is similar to pasta shaped into fat short noodles, served with as much cheese as you can put onto it. It’s also occasionally served with bacon. This was the perfect comfort food. The other savoury dish I would like to recommend is schnitzel. While this is not unique to Freiburg, I can’t miss it off due to the tastiness of it. Martins Brau does the perfect schnitzel dish served with bacon potatoes and a mushroom sauce. It’s to die for! It also makes KaseSpaetzle.

Freiburg is also located on the edge of the black forest which is where black forest gateau first came from. This stunning chocolate and cherry cake makes a visit to Freiburg worth it in its own right. The best place to try this local delicacy is Café Schmidt.

The last dish I would like to recommend to you is also sweet – Spaghetti Eis (ice cream). This dish has a base of whipped cream, topped with ice cream shaped as spaghetti, strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings. The appearance is amazing! Head to EisCafe Portofino to sample this dish.

Belfast Food, Northern Ireland

By Allan Wilson from Bangorni. Follow her on Instagram

Like tourism in Belfast, the local food scene has only really flourished in the past decade or so, not only with an emerging foodie and gourmand scene, but also with successful homegrown chain brands including Boojum Burritos and Little Wing Pizzeria… But I will stick to the local/regional foods of Northern Ireland in this quick intro to Belfast eats and to locations found in-and-around the central streets.   

Deanes EIPIC: When it comes to consistency in excellence in Belfast’s food scene it is hard to look past Michael Deane and his newest Michel Star is EIPIC headed by female Michelin Star Chef Danni Barry. It is the top choice when it comes to fine dining in Belfast and it connects to more casual alternatives with Deanes Meat Locker and Deanes Love Fish on Howards Street.

Mourne Seafood Bar: We’re surrounded by sea on this small island, meaning fresh seafood is a must for any visit to Belfast, where the Mourne Seafood Bar is your best bet in the city centre. As expected they specialise in celebrating shellfish, fresh, locally sourced, and surprisingly affordable. Regular recommendations include fresh oysters, and, my own favourite, the local Scampi (Langoustines). They also offer beer pairings.

Harlem Cafe: The traditional breakfast of Northern Ireland is undoubtedly the Ulster Fry, and in Belfast, it will be found at most cafes and greasy spoons in the city. But when it comes to the best Ulster Fry in Belfast it is hard to see past the Harlem Café which is also famous for some fantastic local wheaten bread.

Saint George’s Market: This Victorian market is not only one of Belfast’s oldest attractions, but it is gold when it comes to exploring local produce, up-and -coming Belfast brands (e.g. Rock-a-Doodle Do Hot Sauce), as well as pop-ups of both new and established restaurants in the city. Unfortunately it does only open weekends (Friday-Sunday) so it’s best to plan ahead.

Istanbul

By Clemens Sehi from Travellers Archive. Follow her on Instagram

Istanbul in Turkey is a true mecca for anyone who is into food.  Whether it’s a stroll through the large Egyptian Bazaar in the morning, when the first vendors and locals head to their stalls and the halls quickly fill with the smell of spices or a simple walk over the Galata bridge which is packed with fishermen 24/7 – there is food everywhere in Istanbul and chances are low that you’re not falling in love with the cuisine here.


For us, one of the best places to eat in Istanbul are definitely the numerous fish restaurants right below Galata bridge. This is definitely not the fanciest place in Istanbul to have food, but it’s the perfect spot to get hold of the city. Sitting here, you can watch the ferries come in from the Asian side of the city and the small fishingboats manoeuvring their way over the shaky Bosphorus – it’s simply beautiful. Make sure to order one ‘balik ekmek’, which is grilled fish in a bread roll, as well as ‘mercimek’ as a starter, which is typical Turkish lentil soup and wash it all down with cold ayran, a salty joghurt drink. 


Apart from that Istanbul is, as well as lots of other Turkish cities, famous for its kebabs. You’ll find them anywhere in the city and they are all really yummy and fresh. Make sure to head to Taksim square once in the evening or maybe even at night after a couple of beers and head to one of the many kebab stores here – it really can’t get any more authentic.


If you want to get a deeper inside into Istanbuls food culture, you should definitely not forget to visit the spice bazaar and also to head over to the Asian side where one of the best ‘boreks’ is being served right next to the ferry terminal.

London, United Kingdom

Since I am a Kolkata girl, I can not help but notice the incredible ways British food has influenced Indian food. Indian food is a rather blanket term. I am specifically talking about Anglo Indian food, starting from railway curries and Cutlets!

While in London, you should look for fish and chips once you have filled yourself with enough Tikka masala. That is not authentic Indian BTW. But it is still popular! Well then!

Besides try out the classic beef shanks, duck roast, donuts, macaroni, pork ribs. But do not forget to feast on some classic egg Benedict for breakfast!

Also check out this amazing post on traditional British food from London!

Vienna, Austria

Marie Gizelle from Vienna 101 Facets. Follow her on Facebook

In the middle of Vienna are a lot of places for a foodie to explore. With its diverse culture, food coming from as far as Southeast Asia to a nearer city as Budapest can be found in the many restaurants catering to tourists. But to get a taste of authentic Austrian cuisine, head to the taverns at the city outskirts.

Locally known as Heuriger, these are local winemakers with restaurants where their own wine are served. It is not uncommon that they can be found in front of vineyards, thus most are at the edges of the city mostly the districts of Grinzing, Sievering, Neustift, Liesing. While, there are Heuriger within the inner city, their wines are of course delivered to them from other taverns.

Taverns are also known for their homemade dishes and the atmosphere of warmth, friendliness, and good food. One we recommend is zum Martin Sepp at the 19th district.

The usual dishes are of course Wiener Schnitzel (veal in breadcrumbs) and fries, Tafelspitz and cream spinach, home sausages, roasted chicken and coleslaw, and spare ribs with potato salad. Each will of course be different as each house have their own marinades, own sauces. And you are free to choose which sides to go with your dish. Sometimes, the dishes can be differently presented depending from which region the taverns identify with.

For dessert, Vienna’s apfelstrudel is the most popular.

apfelstrudel

In Vienna’s first district, the city’s innermost is the Naschmarkt, a Market where food from all-over the world can also be enjoyed. Restaurants of different cuisines abound, and it’s also possible to get your ingredients for your Austrian cooking easily

Nuremberg 

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Nuremberg is a rather big city and, therefore, there are many places to eat and drink for any budget. Most cafes and restaurants offer traditional German food including typical Bavarian cuisine, as well as regional Franconian cuisine. 

Here is the list of foods you should definitely try while visiting Nuremberg.

Nuremberg sausages – Bratwürst

Many travelers associate Nuremberg with traditional Bavarian sausages – Bratwürst. You will find them on every corner, from a local market on the Market Square to an upscale restaurant. The sausages are usually served with sauerkraut, mustard, sometimes with bread.

Where to try Bratwürste?

In street food stalls and cafes, especially those that contain “Bratwürst” in their name.

For example, the restaurant Bratwursthäusle bei St. Sebald, located right next to the Market Square, has a good rating and affordable pricing.

Lebkuchen – Nuremberg gingerbread

Since the Middle Ages traditional Lebkuchen gingerbread cookies were made only in Nuremberg. A distinctive feature of these gingerbread cookies is that they are made mainly from nut flour with a low percentage of white flour.

Elisenlebkuchen is a type of Nuremberg gingerbread of the highest quality, which contains a minimum of 25% almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts and a maximum of 10% white flour.

Where to try Lebkuchen?

Nuremberg gingerbread can be found in squares and fairs, especially before the Christmas holidays, and in branded stores from the manufacturer. For example, Gingerbread-Schmidt at Plobenhofstraße 6.

Flammkuchen – tarte flambee

Tarte flambee is a popular dish typical of South German cuisine. The traditional toppings include white cheese, pieces of onion and bacon but today restaurants offer a variety of other flavors: chicken, fish, sausage, and mushrooms.

Where to try Flammkuchen?

You can try Flammkuchen in Finyas Taverne restaurant located in the Old Town of Nuremberg.

Paris

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French people are notoriously snobby about their food and it’s no wonder really when they’ve got so many restaurants, cafes and boulangeries serving up delicious plates. Budding chefs come from all over the world to train to cook in Paris and it’s clearly where many of the world’s culinary masters reside as it comes second on the list of cities with the most Michelin stars.


Paris is known for its baguettes and pastries so you have to make a pit stop at Stohrer. It’s the oldest patisserie in the city and if you go early in the morning you can pick up a bag of fresh pastry to start the day. For sweet treats, you should head to the iconic Laduree store where you can pick up their famous macarons to go or head to Angelina’s for a beautiful cafe experience and molten hot chocolate.


No piece about Paris and food would be complete without mention of steak! Medium rare, of course. If you’re after a traditional steak frites then head to Relais de L’entrecote who offer you a choice of steak or steak at very reasonable prices. 


It’s not just about the food at some of these restaurants, but the history and ambiance. For stereotypical “French” vibes, you should head to St Germain and wander down Rue du Buci. You’ll dine on the streets facing outwards as you traditionally do in France. If you want to dine like some of your favourite authors including Hemingway and Sartre then Les Deux Magots nearby should also be on your list as many books set in Paris were inspired right here!   


Oh and be prepared to queue for your food in Paris, it’s just that good.  

Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe but also convinces its visitors and residents with its absolutely delicious cuisine. While you can eat your weight in tapas anywhere in the city, as in the rest of Spain, it is above all the typical Catalan dishes that make the food in Barcelona so unique.


One of the most famous dishes is Butifarra. This yummy dish is a spiced sausage that you should definitely have tried if you want to get to know Catalan cuisine. Probably the most Catalan thing you can eat during your time in Barcelona is Pa amb Tomaquet (Spanish name: Pan con Tomate). As the name suggests, it is toasted bread with garlic, tomato, and olive oil. Now only a little Alioli is missing, and you have tried the most important Catalan dishes.


The only thing you need to complete the perfect menu in Barcelona is a full-bodied Catalan wine from the region and a Crema Catalana, the Catalan version of the crème brulée, as your dessert.


Just like the famous Sagrada Família, also seafood belongs to the Catalan capital. Why not try Paella directly at the port? Our favorite restaurant for this is La Barca del Salamanca.


Moreover, Catalonia is also famous for its delicious dried meat and cheese. My absolute favorite dried sausage is Fuet. While you can find them in every supermarket, I recommend looking for better quality at a local market. Probably the most popular market in the city is the so-called Mercat de la Boqueria, which can be found on Las Ramblas.

Krakow, Poland

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Krakow is one of the largest cities in Europe and is also home to the largest town square in all of Europe.  As such, it is no surprise that the square is dotted with hundreds of restaurants inside as well as the surrounding streets.  

Some restaurants are well known, as they are heavily advertised in the media.  Some lesser known restaurants have amazing food including Krakowiacy i Gorale, a highly rated restaurant that has amazing food.  Miod Malina, a more expensive restaurant, is another local restaurant that specializes in great traditional food. Reservations for this restaurant are highly encouraged.  Czarna Kaczka and Winiarnia are two more worthy restaurants to pick from, with the latter being a wine bar with a great vibe.

One of the best ways to explore food in Krakow is to do a food tour.  Many reputable companies do food tours in the city and introduce travelers to some of the best foods that Poland has to offer.  These foods include pierogi which is a well known Polish food, and typically also referred to as a dumpling. Pierogies are usually filled with an assortment of ingredients inside such as sauerkraut, blueberries, potato, meat, cherries, cheese and so much more.

Another really great dish is lazanki z kapusta, which is a dish with cabbage, pork, vegetables and noodles all mixed into one dish.  The additional blend of butter and salt makes this dish heavy in calories, but incredibly tasty.

For dessert, try the infamous nalesniki which are also crepes, typically stuffed with jams, fruits or meats and vegetables.  They are a popular and easy dish to make at home as well.

Stary Kleparz is a local food market in Krakow that has an abundance of stalls selling different foods for locals and tourists.  Located Close to the main square, the local food market is open daily.

Bordeaux, France

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You might know Bordeaux, France for its world-renowned wines, but Bordeaux is much more than the World Capital of Wine. Food and wine go together hand-in-hand, and Bordeaux is naturally a foodie paradise with its own gastronomic delights unique to the South West of France.

Bordeaux is at the heart of the region, known as the Nouvelle Aquitaine, where arguably some of the best products in all of France come from. If you visit Bordeaux, you certainly won’t lack for delicious places to eat. Young, innovative chefs have upped the ante when it comes to gastronomy in Bordeaux. Many restaurants serve the most classic of Bordelais dishes like magret de canard (duck breast), and Bordeaux locals Jennifer and Tim recommend heading to Le Chien de Pavlov for both the charming setting and delectable cuisine loved by locals.

Tucked away on a residential street steps away from one of Bordeaux’s most popular attractions, not many visitors find themselves stumbling upon this local gem. You also won’t want to miss a visit to the Marché des Capucins.

This covered market has been a fixture of Bordeaux for hundreds of years, and locals – including chefs – delight in doing their shopping from local farmers and vendors along with grabbing a bite to eat from one of the market restaurants serving up fresh oysters from the Bassin of Arcachon, some of the best moules frites in town or planchas of Basque pintxos.

Vipava Valley, Slovenia

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Vipava Valley in Slovenia is an unforgettable destination with incredible food and wine experiences. Set in an idyllic picture perfect setting, Vipava is known for its farm-to-table food, incredible local wines, and unbeatable Slovenian hospitality.

The Burja, a harsh wind which consistently blows through the area, is what the locals credit for the quality of wine produced in this region. In their words, the persistent gusts keep the grapes free of insects, eliminating the need for pesticide use in their winemaking process.

We visited many of the underground cellars while in the area and Cejkotova Domacija proved to be one of our favourites. In a candlelit setting, we sampled a few varieties of reserve wines from the late 2000s while listening to the owners tales of harsh winters and Burja winds.

We dined upstairs at their restaurant as well and every course was perfectly paired with local Zelen, Pinela, and Klarnica wines straight from the cellar. It was a postcard-perfect setting which continued to prove to us the contagious passion that the Vipava Valley locals have for their homemade food and drink.

Positano, Italy

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Positano is a true gem in Italy for so many reasons, but its food scene is second to none. Located in Italy’s Campania region, one of the best for seafood lovers, you can expect to get the lighter side of traditional Italian fare. Think bright, light flavors, which originate from the use of local lemons, grown right up the hill in Ravello. The region is also known for making its own mozzarella, in addition to crisp white wines.

Your first culinary stop in Positano is right on the beach at Chez Black. A local staple for years, the beachfront restaurant is famous for its fish soup and views. The menu also includes a wealth of pasta dishes, local mozzarella, and divine desserts. It’s a must-do dining experience in Positano. Venture a little further up the hill, and you’ll pass local vendors serving lemon crushed Italian ice, made with the local lemons. Stop at any of the street carts and enjoy a refreshing, cool treat on a warm day. If it’s happy hour you’re after, look not further than La Zagara, which serves wine, coffee drinks, gelato, and pastries, all beneath a grape leaf terrace overlooking the sea.  

If you crave something more upscale, La Sponda Restaurant at Le Sirenuse Hotel offers an elegant way to sample some of the regions best cuisine. Located up in the hills, the views from the hotel are some of the best in Positano. If you want to catch that view but are on a budget, the Aperol Spritz at Franco’s Bar can’t be beat.

Athens, Greece

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Athens is the perfect city for foodies as Greeks are known for their hearty appetites, their sharing nature and their fantastic produce which is crafted into delicious, fresh dishes that all travellers will want to try!

While you could easily enjoy food from all over the world while staying in the capital, the joy of Athens is that you can get a taste for local culture by trying some real Greek food.

Breakfast is not really a sit-down affair in the city so I’d suggest starting your day with a spanakopita (spinach and feta pie) from a bakery or market, before cracking on with your day. You can spend longer enjoying in lunch and dinner, so don’t worry about missing out!

Later, you’ll want to find somewhere to sit down for a long lunch where you’ll be able to tuck into a variety of mezze dishes. Fillipou in Kolonaki has been running for almost a century, so they certainly know a thing or two about traditional Greek dishes. Try a few of the slow-cooked dishes such as fasolakia lathera (green beans) or kotopoulo kokkinisto (chicken in tomato sauce), as well as horiatiki (Greek salad), soutzoukakia (meatballs) and saganaki (deep-fried cheese).

For those who want to dine on seafood, you’re best off heading out to the Athenian Riviera where you’ll be able to enjoy fresh fish with a view of the sea!

Last but by no means least is the Athens Central Market. This is a must for foodies as not only can you try a sumptuous selection of treats but you can also purchase things to take home as souvenirs!

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15 thoughts on “A Food-lover’s Guide to the Best European Towns!”

  1. OMG I am so happy to see Brno and Prague on here at the very top! I lived in the Czech Republic for a year and I enjoyed many a plate of smažený sýr 🙂 I agree with your recommendations for them!

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  2. What an amazing list! You made me hungry only by reading these posts! I have been to many of these locations and I will admit that I have tasted a lot of these dishes! And it was all amazing. Thankfully, I will have this list to check out for my next destination!

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  3. Omg, this is mouthwatering! If the borders wouldn’t be closed, I’d be probably already packing my suitcase and heading to an “all you can eat” Euro road trip 😀

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  4. Ohh how great! I love eating out and tryin local specialities everywhere I go. It´s always a huge part of my travel experinec. Loved this post and the fact you included my hometown, Ljubljana 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, x

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  5. What a great post and food journey through Europe! If I could travel right now, I think I would go straight to Positano;)

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  6. As a foodie, I love this! Unfortunately, I’ve only visited three of these cities! Hope to knock a couple more off the list when I visit Slovenia later this year. Oh, and I would add Naples to the list. Great food city!

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  7. Great post! I love the pictures!! This post has inspired me to have an international food night while my kids are home. Thank you!

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