Europe is a diverse continent and so is its cuisine. We’ve found the 10 Best Foodie Destinations and want to share them with you!
Gastronomy says a lot about the local history. and you can learn a lot! Would there be so much pasta in Italy if Marco Polo hadn’t brought it to Italy from China? Would there be crêpes, filloas, and frixuelos in Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias if the Celts hadn’t populated those coasts? To discover Europe well you need to discover its cuisine, and that’s why this article will help you explore that!
1. Provence, France
If there’s one place to eat really well in this country, it’s the south. Provence has made its place in European cuisine by its own merit, and although we all know the famous herbes de Provence, only they know how to use them well. In Provence, you must try the Tapénade, or olive pâté, in both green and black. Another thing you have to try is Socca bread, which is made from chickpeas, pepper, and herbes de Provence! If you want to complete the picnic, do it with the salade niçoise and a loaf of olive bread. Provençal cuisine is most enjoyable in summer, especially with a good wine from the region!
2. Brittany, France
The Celtic region of Brittany has much to offer Foodie travellers. The most famous food here is crêpes, and galettes, which are salty crêpes usually served with a good French cheese and ham. In addition, Brittany is also known for the famous Palets brétons, which are similar to biscuits in Scotland. Could it be all the Celtic soul that’s influenced the food?
3. Asturias, Spain
In Spain, good food with Celtic soul is found in Asturias. Dishes such as fabada ou cachopo are quite famous, but Asturias is home to many varieties of cheeses. They also have delicious desserts such as marañueles, casadielles, frixuelos (the local version of crêpes), moscovitas, e carajitos del profesor. Our recommendation: a Cabrales-style pork chop!
4. Liguria, Italy
Known for the Cinque Terre natural park, Liguria has contributed incredible products and recipes to global cuisine. The two most famous are undoubtedly pesto and focaccia, which are typical here. But there is so much more! In Liguria we enjoy a white wine with ciuppin soup, made with fish carcass. A staple dish in this coastal city!
Catalonia is famous for its food, and you have to try the Catalan cream and sausages like fuet, butifarra, e calçotadas. The well-known pan amb tomaquet is truly the delight of any breakfast. Catalonia is also the place where several international restaurants have their headquarters, so you know you’re going to dine well! It’s also famous for its many excellent wines such as those from Priorat.
Mediterranean cuisine is very inexpensive, and it tastes incredible. Moussaka is undoubtedly its star dish, but the Greek kitchen offers so much more! They’re famous for salads, feta cheese, dolma (grape leaves stuffed with rice) gyros with pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. Lovers of a healthy diet will find Greece an ideal place to eat!
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
While Danish cuisine is good, it’s not the most famous in the world. Yet, Copenhagen is on this list. Why? This Danish city is currently home to the most Michelin Stars in the world, with 17 stars distributed among 15 restaurants. What an ideal foodie destination!
Sweden is much more than Ikea meatballs. This Scandinavian country has some of the best recipes, and is especially true when it comes to desserts like the delicious Swedish cinnamon buns.
The island of Sicily has much to offer, such as the arancini, and delicious fish, such as tuna or swordfish, that will delight even the most demanding palates. However, if the island is well-known for anything, it’s for its high quality gelato.
10. Istanbul, Turkey
Although it’s only partially European, Istanbul offers us several delicious drinks and meals. O salep stands out among the first – a drink made from orchid bulbs, thick milk, and cinnamon sprinkled on top will delight the sweet tooth. As for the food, we can highlight kebab, köfte, and sweets like baklava e lokum.
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