It’s no secret that one of the best parts of travelling is trying the food. I mean what’s even the point of going abroad if you’re not going to stuff your face with local cuisine? There’s so much amazing food out there that you just can’t get at home.
If you’re anything like me, you’re committed to finding the best places to chow down in each destination. Well, it’s time to dust off your passport and get travelling, because TripAdvisor have put together a list of their 2018 ten best food experiences around the world. And trust me, you’re gonna want to get on this.
1. Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise. Porto, Portugal
The Douro Valley has more wineries than you can count, so this tour will make sure you’re only sipping the best of the best. You’ll be filling up on the finest Douro cuisine (in a celebrated villa no less) and sipping on award winning vino at two estates. Looking for something a little extra? Upgrade to a river cruise on a traditional Rabelo boat and float past the vineyards lining the Douro River.
2. Montserrat Tour from Barcelona, including lunch and wine tasting in Oller del Mas. Barcelona, Spain
Looking to add a little something extra on your trip in Barcelona? Head out to Oller del Mas, a 10th century castle, where you’ll be treated to a traditional Catalan lunch, complete with wine and cheese tasting. Then skip over to the monastery and basilica of Montserrat. There you’ll be able to wander the grounds and explore the cellars and vineyards. Honestly, is there a better way to spend an afternoon in Spain?
3. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence. Florence, Italy
Real talk. Who doesn’t love Italian food? Next time you’re in Florence, jump onto this pizza and gelato cooking class. Out on a remote Tuscan estate, learn the basics of real Italian pizza and gelato making. And of course you’ll devour everything at the end. Don’t forget to take notes so you can bring home your new skills and impress your mates. Plus now you can make authentic Italian pizza on tap whenever you want.
4. Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret Show. Tokyo, Japan
Robots? Tick. Food? Tick. Cabaret? Tick. Set in one of Tokyo’s most popular venues, tickets to Robot Restaurant often sell out way in advance, so hop to it my hungry little travellers. You’re in for some real robots in some pretty wild costumes and plenty of high energy dance moves. There’s three shows a day, so there’s really no excuse.
5. New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter. New Orleans, USA
New Orleans is so full of amazing food, it’s hard to know where to start. Jumping onto this tour will ensure you’ll hit all the best places and get the full taste sensation of the city. Hit up all the quintessential foods NOLA has to offer, and go behind-the-scenes in local kitchens and hotspots. You’ll be brimming with tips on the best places for food, drink and local culture. Just… maybe don’t eat the beforehand. You’ll need the stomach space.
6. Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District. Rome, Italy
Rome can be a tricky one to find great food away from the tourist traps. This tour will take you to the local faves in the Prati district. You’ll feast on around 20 local delicacies and get to explore the city at sunset. Trust us when we say that you wont want to miss some of these tasty little morsels that you may not have found yourself.
7. Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet. Sydney, Australia
Looking for something a little more local? The Sydney Tower’s 360-degree revolving restaurant offers buffet dining and the best views of the city. And you don’t have to be jealous of the people on the “good side” of the restaurant. You’ll get to see all of Sydney’s iconic vistas and the restaurant slowly revolves while you eat. Head up there for a lunch or dinner experience you won’t forget.
8. Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour. Madrid, Spain
Who doesn’t love a bit of tapas? Heading out on an authentic tapas and wine tour in Madrid is the perfect addition to your Spanish trip. Be guided into some of the local hotspots and taste some of Spain’s lesser known specialities. And in a group of just 12 you’ll be able to try all the flavours, whether you’re heading out for lunch or dinner.
9. Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant. Queenstown, New Zealand
Hop across to pond to our old mates in NZ. Head up to Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, on Bob’s Peakat Skyline for lunch or dinner. Dine while overlooking the The Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu. Up above the clouds, you’ll be treated to a four-course buffet lunch or six-course buffet dinner full of local delicacies. You’ll get the views wherever you sit, and finish up with some FOMO inspiring Insty posts.
10. Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour. Savannah, USA
Found your way to Georgia, USA? Head out of Atlanta and to the East Coast for some time in Savannah and you won’t be disappointed. This culture and cuisine tour will have you eating your way through real Southern cooking. You’ll visit local restaurants and food stores that’ll have you picking up some good nosh and a bit of history along the way.