Foodie and travel go hand in hand, and when I’m wandering the world, I love to enjoy every kind of delicious cuisine. Each place has its own unique dishes and different ways of experiencing it. From restaurants and markets to food tours, there is so much across the globe from which to choose. Here are my top five destinations for a foodie-lovers holiday:
Melbourne has a huge foodie culture where entire neighbourhoods are dedicated to certain ethnic cuisines. This city is deliciously diverse, with every global cuisine imaginable on offer from high end-restaurants to street foodies and inexpensive snacks.
Head to Richmond where you can expect an endless supply of restaurants, due to the ever-growing culinary explosion on the district’s main routes.
Melbourne CBD is a foodie paradise in the heart of Melbourne. Flinders Lane is a famous dining destination. Here you’ll find some of Melbourne’s most popular eateries with everything from all-day breakfast haunts to fabulous high-end restaurants, so there’s something for every budget and taste.
Enjoy small bites and cocktails after hours near Flinders Lane, at the State of Grace Speakeasy or Lustre Bar and let day sink into night.
Stay at the boutique style Hotel Lindrum Melbourne – MGallery in the heart of the CBD, for easy access to all the best Melbourne’s foodie scene, has to offer.
Hong Kong is a huge melting pot of different cuisines and food is often of very good value in Hong Kong. The city is actually home to the least expensive Two-Michelin-Star restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan. Aside from this simple venue, Dim Sum is the dish of Hong Kong and there are thousands of dim sum restaurants across the island to explore. Sam Hui Yat in Sheung Wan is one of my favourites.
Central is the beating heart of Hong Kong, where hundreds of restaurants line the streets, from cheap lunchtime spots to fine-dining venues offering every kind of cuisine imaginable.
Enjoy exquisite steaks at Wagyu, the trendy Aussie restaurant with views over the city, or try 22 Ship Street for a range of modern multi-regional tapas and Spanish wines.
Head to Wan Chai or Lang Kwai Fung after dinner where swish bars sit alongside happening nightclubs, so you can dance off your dinner! Or if you’re still hungry, Wan Chai’s noodle bars will keep you satiated into the small hours.
Stay in The Pottinger in Central, where affordable eats are only walking distance away, or enjoy dinner in their gourmet restaurant.
Argentina is known for its meat, and it doesn’t disappoint when it delivers, but the city of Buenos Aires is a diner’s delight and hosts a fantastic range of cuisines for every kind of taste.
Stroll through Feria de Mataderos on Sundays, where artisans sell local crafts and produce, and make your way down to the street food section where you’ll find typical north Argentinean treats such as empanadas, humita, and locro.
Buenos Aires has a huge Italian and German community and excellent Italian and German restaurants across the city. At night the street’s pizzerias come to life, giving a very new world vibe to this buzzing city.
Enjoy a thick slice of seriously cheesy pizza on Avenida Corrientes.
In the evening, head to the underground cocktail cave of Floreria Atlantico, or continue your taste testing at La Esperanza de Los Ascurra, serving simple aperitives and tapas.
Stay at the Palo Santo Hotel in Palermo, where you’ll be close to the best restaurants, lively bars, trendy cafes.
Alongside hundreds of high-end restaurants, Michelin Starred eateries, and prestigious bars, London has an amazing selection of affordable eating options.
Borough Market is the iconic location in Southeast London where you’ll find fresh produce and every kind of food you can imagine.
For curry lovers, head to classic Brick Lane, known as “Curry Mile”, where you can shop to your heart’s desire in the boutique and vintage stores, then fill your tummy in one of over twenty-five inexpensive Indian restaurants on that street! Or explore Edgeware Road and treat yourself to some Lebanese food at Maroush.
For an amazing selection of Asian cuisine, Chinatown in central London has over 100 restaurants from which to choose. My favourite is Wong Kei for Cantonese classics.
After dinner, you can step from China Town into the bars of Soho, where crowds of people gather to experience the heart of London’s nightlife.
Stay at the Citadines Trafalgar Square London, for affordable accommodation in the centre of the city.
LA’s food scene (just like its residents) has it all, with everything from ultra-exclusive restaurants in Beverly Hills and Malibu to a brilliant food-truck culture in Koreatown. LA is bursting with exciting new food concepts and sets the tone for culinary trends.
Eat your way through Grand Central Market where over forty food stalls showcase an array of global cuisine. Home to plenty of legacy vendors, including the now world-famous Eggslut and China Café, which has been serving customers on their 22-seat counter since 1959, you’re sure to stumble on something delicious.
Olvera Street is a Mexican marketplace that represents the oldest section of Los Angeles. Here you can enjoy marvellous Mexican food, history and culture all rolled into one.
For inexpensive Japanese food, LA sushi lovers know that some of the city’s best and freshest rolls are found in the ubiquitous strip malls!
LA also boasts a number of affordable and delicious 24-hour venues, so you’ll never go hungry, no matter what time of the night.
Stay in Ace Hotel in the heart of Downtown and experience LA cool in the middle of the action.
Nibble your way through any one of these wonderful destinations and you are sure to have an excellent time. Whether you’re a culinary connoisseur, testing your taste buds, or just simply in the mood for food, there’s something for every occasion. Your memories will be enhanced by the smells and tastes of these wonderful places!