Delicious meals are often what you remember most when returning from a trip, so why not make food the main focus of your next vacation?
Here are some of the best cities in Europe for foodies to explore. These foodie destinations are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and tickle your taste.
Italy: Dolce Vita in Rome
Discover Rome’s amazing food, staying at the only resort in the heart of the Eternal City, the 5-star Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, located just minutes from the Vatican City and the historic centre. The hotel is the perfect base to explore Rome’s must-tastes including fiori di zucca (fried courgette flowers), pecorino cheese made from sheep’s milk and delicious ricotta cake made with candied fruits, pine nuts and raisins. For private walking tours of the city’s most delicious neighborhoods, check out the Twilght Trastevere Tour and the Taste of Testaccio Food Tour.
France: Michelin Blowout in Paris
France is the perfect destination for the seeker of regional dishes and Paris a beautiful showcase of French cuisine. Here you can either enjoy a picnic in the grass in a local park with fresh baguettes and cheese from the market or treat yourself to Michelin starred dining. Choose a 7-day package at the beautiful 5-star historic boutique hotel La Maison Favart, a short walk from the Paris Opera, the foodie paradise of Rue Montorgueil and upscale department stores on Boulevard Haussmann.
Spain: Discover the gems hidden in the backstreets of Barcelona
From tapas to crema Catalana, the foods of this Mediterranean city reflect history and culture in every bite. Wander through the historic centre and sample some tasty tapas. Make sure you visit one of Europe’s best food markets, the famous La Boqueria. A 7-day stay at the 5-star Ohla Barcelona luxury hotel is the perfect opportunity to discover the city’s amazing food. Cocktails and city views await by the rooftop pool, the place to be at sunset. Guests can savor local cuisine, and for something lighter, the hotel bars offer light fares. For a foodie walking tour, check out the Barcelona Walking Food Tour or the Barcelona Food Tour through Garcia.
Portugal: Wine and Tapas in Lisbon
Europe’s westernmost capital city, Lisbon is perhaps lesser known as a tourist foodie destination, but this is a really interesting region gastronomically. As you might expect, fish and seafood are widely enjoyed, both fresh and canned. Stay at the 5-star luxury Epic Sana hotel in Avenidas Novas, near Gulbenkian Museum. If you want to navigate the city like a local, try the Lisbon Food and Wine Walking Tour and the Lisbon Sunset, Fado and Tapas Tour.
Croatia: Dubrovnik, the Truffle Heaven
Discover this stunning city and its amazing Old Town which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. If you like dining al fresco with the buzz of happy tourist, then Dubrovnik is for you. Do not forget that Croatia is renowned for its truffles and Dubrovnik is truffle heaven! You can enjoy a luxury getaway at the 5-star Radisson BLU Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, just steps from the beach on the Dalmatian Coast, overlooking the Adriatic, and only a 15-minute drive from Dubrovnik Old Town and a similarly brief boat trip from the Elaphiti Islands. For a great food tour, check out the Dubrovnik Food and Wine Walking Tour.