When you travel to a new country, you open yourself up to a whole plethora of sights, sounds and experiences. And in spite of the how many “old building” pictures get snapped every trip, the most striking and memorable experiences are often not ones you can just see – but those you have to taste. Exotic foods are truly one of the great joys of travelling abroad, with some cities building their whole reputation around their culinary delights. We’ve got 7 cities (one from each inhabited continent and one more for good measure!) for you that would satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning foodie. Bon appétit!
World renowned for the cuisine served up by “bouchon” restaurants, Lyonnaise food is not designed to be fancy, but to fulfill your deep desire for a delicious and hearty home-cooked style meal. This isn’t the haute cuisine of Paris but no one is complaining – Lyon has a universal reputation as a must-visit destination for food lovers.
It’s all about street food in this bustling Thai metropolis. Food stalls are everywhere, especially in the busier parts of the city, offering an overwhelming assortment of dishes. If you can’t find anything on the menu that scratches your particular itch, get something of your own devising from a made-to-order stall. It’s noisy, chaotic, beautiful and very tasty.
São Paulo, Brazil
Brazil’s rich multicultural heritage is nowhere more evident than in São Paulo’s cuisine. An exciting blend of European, Indian and African ingredients lend this city’s food a flavour that is unique worldwide. While many praise the pork and bean dishes, a lesser known treasure is the savoury seafood soups incorporating octopus, shrimp and mollusks.
San Francisco, U.S.A
Perhaps most well known for seafood chowder in sourdough bowls, San Fran is so much more than that. Fromn Zuni Cafe’s world famous roast chicken, to super sized “mission burritos”, to cioppino – a time honoured seafood soup with tomatoes, wine and herbs. A must try: the Hangtown Fry. This signature bacon and oyster omlette has been on the Tadich Grill menu for 160 years.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is another one of those cities to benefits from a diverse cultural background, with dishes like bobotie (spiced mince baked with an egg based topping) bredies (a meat and vegetable stew), and pickled fish arriving with South East Asian slaves in the 19th century. Then of course there’s Afrikaner version of jerky, a delicious spicy cured meat called biltong.
When most Kiwis think of ethnic food, Chinese and Indian and Japanese might spring to mind, but usually not a whole lot else. Sydney, on the other hand, is famous for its ‘international food hub’ vibe, offering authentic choices for Colombian, Burmese, Jamaican, Swedish and Ethiopian cuisines among many, many others.
While we’re all familiar with Spaghetti Bolognese, Bologna isn’t just the birthplae of a pasta sauce. To experience the food of this city, you have to hit the markets, some of which have been standing in the same spot since Roman times. Sample tortellini like you’ve never experienced before or Tagliatelle al ragù, the city’s mouth watering signature dish.