Europe is a dream destination for a food-lover, but choosing exactly where to go can be a challenge, especially when there are so many places and cultures to choose from. Continue reading to discover the six most foodie-friendly destinations in Europe.
As the birthplace of Haute Cuisine, The City of Lights is world-renowned for its amazing food. With 70 Michelin-star restaurants in the city centre, you can hardly walk down a street without bumping into one of the most highly rated dining experiences on the planet. Of course, you can indulge in specialities such as escargot, frog’s legs and French fries, but France is perhaps best known for two types of delicacy – alcohol and cheese. With hundreds of cheeses to choose from and champagne to make sure you never get thirsty, what are you waiting for?
The Italians take their food very seriously. Whether it is a pizza, calzone or tramezzini you are looking for, you will be spoilt for choice in Rome. If you prefer something a little bit fancier, Rome also has many fine-dining restaurants to choose from. But many people enjoy taking advantage of the huge variety of family-run traditional cafes and eateries – that serve Bolognese the authentic way, these affordable places can give you a slice of authentic Roman life.
A gold mine of tapas and sangria, the Catalan city of Barcelona offers so much more than just tourist traps. While you can get paella (originally from Valencia) at pretty much every restaurant in the city, why not try something that is a little bit more local? Barcelona is full of places serving traditional Catalan dishes, such as Bomba (potato croquette), Pa amb Tomàquet (tomato bread) and Calçots (green onion with dip).
When talking about great food destinations, Amsterdam does not typically come to mind. However, you shouldn’t rule out the capital of the Netherlands for your next travel adventure, especially if you are a foodie. Dutch food is pretty down to earth and homely, but you can find trendy ‘hipster’ restaurants in the De Pijp area of Amsterdam, or you could just pop into a bakery and grab a Stroopwaffel whilst walking around the intricate labyrinth of streets and canals.
The birthplace of Franz Kafka, Prague is bohemian, whimsical and charming. In summer, tourists and locals alike dine on cute street terraces, and in winter cosy pubs and bars with log fires are the best place to relax. If you love beer, you can even go one of the many beer spas in the area; where you can bathe in a tub of beer while drinking beer (from a separate keg). Find more Europe travel tips from 1Cover’s Secret Traveller blog series, which include making sure that you indulge in as much local cuisine as you possibly can!
With nearly 40,000 restaurants, covering almost every type of cuisine, London is a foodie’s heaven. The only problem will be choosing which restaurants to visit! If you fancy the idea of 360-degree views over London while you are chomping down on something nutritious, be sure to check out the Sky Garden. Remember to book well in advance, though, as access is extremely limited.
So which one is your favorite? 6 most foodie-friendly destinations in Europe to choose or even try them all!