These Foodie cities that will inspire your next trip
If you’re an insatiable foodie like me, you’re not satisfied until you can get your hands (really your mouth) on that mouthwatering plate of food you saw on Instagram. You need to know all of the foodie cities. Also, if you’re a foodie, you’re not afraid to try new dishes from different cultures around the world. Isn’t that the best part of exploring a new place and learning its culture? I’ve put together 10 foodie cities you’ll want to put at the top of your bucket list!
New York, New York
New York just had to be on my foodie cities list because how can you argue with the melting pot of cuisines that makes up New York? I can dine at Michelin-starred restaurants then grab the most delightful soup dumplings you’ve ever had. Every craving I have will be satisfied here. Like pizza? Covered. Like Italian? Covered. Like sushi? Covered. Obsessed with brunch? Covered. I guarantee there is something here to please everyone.
Related reading: 5 Go-To Brunch Spots in NYC
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is the center of culture in South Korea and that includes being a foodie hotspot that incorporates regional dishes onto its menus. You’ll find traditional dishes like bibimbap and Daegu-style short ribs with crazy concoctions. Hitting up a BBQ joint is a must. I assure you, you won’t leave hungry. If you’re up for a crazy concoction, try the whipped cream and beer drink — some bars will even add ice cream, sprinkles, and chocolate shavings!
Tokyo is crowned with the most Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. This is not a joke. Food in Tokyo is superb whether it’s omakase, noodle shops, street food, yakitori or conveyor belt sushi. The freshest seafood, courtesy of Tsukiji Fish Market, provides the freshest and best seafood out there. Japanese food isn’t the only thing you’ll find in Tokyo either. Koreatown, Chinatown, and France Town are also popular foodie destinations.
Mexico City, Mexico
It’s hard to walk down the street in Mexico City without smelling something delicious. Mexico City boasts foodie essentials like taco stands, Corona spots, fine dining, and trendy cocktail bars. Focus your food intake around comida, which refers to lunch — the largest meal of the day. Dinner is much lighter and usually doesn’t start until much later, so be sure to check restaurant times before you head out. Dorilocos aka Crazy Doritos is a must-try once in your life. Take Nacho Cheese Doritos and layer it with various ingredients like pickled pork rinds, cubed cucumbers, grated carrots, peanuts, gummy bears, lime juice, chili powder, salsa, hot sauce, and more.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town was named Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Food City in its Reader’s Choice awards this year, which makes it a must for this foodie cities list. The city serves up incredible local and fine dining options while delivering fantastic wines. It doesn’t hurt that Table Mountain is in the backdrop and the ocean is right there. Keep on the look out for artisanal honeys, beers, wines, bilton (dried cured meat), and oysters at the Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays.
Hong Kong, China
Dim sum isn’t the only thing you can get in Hong Kong. There’s a huge mixture of Michelin-starred restaurants and epic street foods available. Because of Hong Kong’s location, it isn’t just influenced by Cantonese cuisine. There’s a mixture of non-Cantonese Chinese, Western, Japanese, and Southeast Asian influence because of its past as a British colony. Make sure you eat as much seafood as you can and get some egg tarts.
San Diego, California
San Diego is at the forefront of Baja cuisine, which is a modern take on Mexican cuisine. This means tacos in San Diego are arguably the best in the US, and you won’t be able to go a week without eating an avocado here. If you love food trucks, you won’t want to skip over San Diego. You can find daily food truck locations here. Don’t miss the Great American Foodie Fest that happens in July!
Tel Aviv, Israel
You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like hummus in Tel Aviv. Trust me, hummus here is WAY better than the packaged type you get at the store. Hummus can be considered a meal by itself too. Tel Aviv is a city where cafe culture reigns supreme — just like falafel and shawarma! The stylish and hip city translates to the style of food created in it as well. Chefs are using the freshest ingredients to blend traditional with modern and different cuisines to create mouthwatering creations.
Toronto’s multicultural vibe makes it one of the best foodie cities out there. On one street you may find Cuban, Korean, Indian, pizza, BBQ, and more. Like San Diego, Toronto’s food truck scene is on the rise. Brunch is king in The 6 too. Skip the typical nachos and wings at the bar and opt for something different like pork buns, Korean fried chicken or grilled duck hearts with jalapeño oil. Now that’s a bar I can get behind.
While the Catalonian capital isn’t the most well-known Spanish city for tapas, it does boast many, many tapas spots. Because of that, not all places will give you free tapas with your drinks, though there are still places that do that. Make sure you order vermouth as it’s the most popular drink here, the second being gin and tonics! Paella is another Catalonian mouthwatering staple that is a must.Check back later for my Barcelona foodie adventure!
What are your favorite foodie cities? Let me know in the comments!