In Europe, enjoy home-cooked, farm-fresh local delicacies, browse local food markets, gorge on street food, tour vineyards, and taste the finest wines. In addition to being blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, Europe boasts a variety of cuisines, making it ideal for foodie holidays.
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Foodie Holidays: Top Destinations
The best destinations for foodie travel
Browse through Porto's fresh markets, sample seafood like never before in Southern France, be a part of the World Pasty Championships in Cornwall, tour the vineyards of Tuscany, and discover the melting pot of cuisines in London – Europe's diverse food scene will keep you delectably engaged.
Porto’s food scene is dominated by street food markets, Michelin-starred restaurants, and 100-year-old port wine cellars. Sample bacalhau (salt cod) at Pedro Lemos, the city’s iconic meat and cheese sandwich, francesinha, at Café Santiago, and the finest port wines at Portologia.
2. South of France
In Provence, taste tender, slow-cooked lamb with anchovy purée, and petit farcis (stuffed aubergines, peppers, or courgettes). Along the coast, the Cote d’Azur awaits with a plethora of seafood delicacies – make sure to try bouillabaisse, a seafood dish with tomatoes, garlic, and saffron.
Organic meat, artisanal beer, pasties and cream teas are the highlights of Cornwall cuisine. Whereas almost every month brings a food festival, March is a particularly fun time to visit as it's when the World Pasty Championships are held.
Head to medieval San Miniato between Florence and Pisa to dig into formaggio di capra delle colline (a tangy goat cheese) and melt-in-your-mouth Chianina beef. Oenophiles will be drawn to Chianti to learn about the region's ancient and innovative winemaking.
Explore the culinary treasures of East End during your London foodie holidays and dig into fish and chips, bread-and-butter pudding, salt beef bagels, and Indian curries. SoHo, another must-see, houses vibrant bars, Spanish tapas, and Chinatown – it's a gastronome’s paradise.