If, like me, you live to eat rather than eat to live … you are probably in search of some of the best edibles around the world to put on your food list while talking to you. Foodie tours are the best, aren’t they?
Does your travel planning revolve around which restaurants to eat in? Or in which delicious delicacies you can immerse yourself? Does your daily routine include more food than sightseeing?
Yes, yes, and yes?
Yes you are a foodie! I like you 🙂
After binge watching Netflix Somebody feeds Phil I just got a little more obsessed with food and how it fits so well with my passion for travel. Eating in foreign destinations is one of my favorite things to do. Some of my favorite food memories when traveling are a pulled pork sandwich in Edinburgh, seafood pad thai in Koh Phi Phi, butter chicken and garlic naan on a beach in Goa, and the most tender and delicious calamari in Ce Town.
Eating out is one of the best ways to get to know a travel destination. To immerse yourself in its culture, its people, its country and find out what drives it. No matter where you go, you will likely find something delicious. However, some places are better than others. And there are certain delicacies around the world that would shine on more pallets than others. Then there are the foods that are so damn delicious that you didn’t actually live until you tried them.
These foods are worth traveling for. The foods that are just so much better in their country of origin. The foods that leave you speechless.
So, for the foodie travelers out there. For the boys who dream of dining in distant destinations. Here is the ultimate food bucket list of things to eat all over the world.
Side note: you might want to have some snacks close by as you will definitely be drooling before the end of this post. I’ve already dived into my stash …
Let’s dig in!
Relatives read: The world’s best food tours
Foodie Travel: The Ultimate Food Bucket List
Pizza in Italy
Yes / Yes. It’s a bit of a cliché. But the best things are, aren’t they? That’s why everyone talks about them. The original pizza comes from Nles. So if you are the traditional type this is where you should go. You can still find delicious pizzas all over Italy, with Rome and Florence being other top spots.
Don’t expect all toppings. Pizza in Italy is kept simple as it should be, with the classic margherita being popular across the country.
While you are here you must of course enjoy every type of pasta, antipasto, ice cream (this is the best ice cream in Rome), cheese, Parma ham, desserts, limoncello and real Italian coffee.
Pastel de Nata in Portugal
Pastel de Natas are like little heavenly packages in the form of vanilla pudding. Nowhere else in the world can you get a vanilla pudding cake (Pastell de Natas) like in Portugal. These simple tarts are best served fresh, warm and sprinkled with a little sugar. And don’t make the mistake of ordering just one …
One of the most famous places to enjoy these heavenly goodies is Pasteis de Belém in Lisbon. There are often queues along the sidewalk, so get off early.
While in Lisbon, check out the seafood, piri piri chicken, bacalhau, and bifana (a beef sandwich) too.
You will want to combine your Pastel de Natas with a coffee – this is how you order a coffee in Portugal.
Sushi and sashimi in January
Visit the source for some of the freshest sushi and sashimi you will ever try. First, before you go, do your research on what the difference between sushi and sashimi is. Sushi is combined with other ingredients, namely rice, raw fish, seaweed, cucumber, soy paper and avocado. Sashimi, on the other hand, is thinly sliced raw fish, such as tuna or salmon.
In January, sushi and sashimi can be enjoyed anywhere from market stalls and simple takeaways to gourmet restaurants.
Other foods to try in January include tempura, sukiyaki, ramen, karaage, okonomiyaki, udon, and dumplings.
We love Janesian food so much that we have a few posts on what to eat in January.
Croissants in Paris
We all had daydreams … of sitting in a sidewalk cafe on a busy (if not too busy) side street in Paris, sipping an espresso and eating an endless amount of fresh croissants.
Yes this is the dream. It’s as simple as a fresh, flaky, buttery, and steamy croissant. We don’t ask much, do we? Just let them come.
If you manage to get away from this quaint cafe be sure to stop by a bakery and pick up some of the other delicious baked goods the French love to make (pop in a few macaroons while you are there). Add your pastry finds to a picnic basket of French wine, cheese, cold cuts, a baguette, some Le Beurre Bordier butter, and a couple of chocolates, and then head to the Eiffel Tower for a picnic. You can’t get any more bucket lists now, can you?
For more Parisian delicacies, check out our guide to eating out in Paris.
All the food in Mexico
It’s hard to decide which food to eat in Mexico. Tacos, tortillas, carnitas, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas and churros are the typical favorites. But then there is also pambazo (a Mexican sandwich with salsa), flautas, tlacoyos, tostados and beef barbacoa. Everywhere you look there will be something new and different.
It’s a definite food bucket list, that’s for sure. Even vegan travel in Mexico is possible!
Add in tequila, mezcal, margaritas, and a few local beers and you have a good time. And if you enjoy cooking then check out this culinary experience that will teach you how to make mole poblano sauce.
PS – How To Avoid Food Poisoning In Mexico!
Bagels in New York
A visit to New York is on many bucket lists. It is famous for its skyscrapers, Broadway theaters, cinemas and electronic billboards. It’s also famous for its bagels – you can find them everywhere from bagel shops and corner delis to street carts.
You also get all kinds of flavors, like poppy seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon raisins, garlic, dried onions, and salt. They can be eaten straight or smothered in butter and cream cheese. Some have fillings like smoked salmon, red onions, tomatoes, or meat.
Some other typical big ple foods include pizza, hot dogs, cheesecake, Manhattan clam soup, pastrami, corned beef, and baked pretzels.
Street food in Bangkok
Strolling the streets of Bangkok is an assault on your senses, for sure. The smells, sights, sounds and tastes that waft through the streets are a unique experience in themselves. From fragrant curries, satay skewers, stir-fries, pasta and fresh seafood to sweet desserts and a few surprises (tip: you have more than four legs!).
The best part is that it is cheery – so you can try a little bit of everything!
Some must-try foods in Bangkok are pad thai, anything that starts with crispy (chicken, pork, beef, duck), tom yam (soup), yum woon sen (spicy Thai salad) and sticky mango rice.
Chatuchak Market is one of the most popular markets in Bangkok – and you will find great food there!
Add Bangkok to your Food Bucket List Now!
High tea in London
Prepare your tea drinking little finger and the best high tea outfit. The scones are waiting! For lovers of the finer things in life, a typical London high tea is at the top of the list. It can be pricey, but there are some places in town that offer their own version of this tea time tradition that you will likely find within your price range.
London’s food scene is pulsating, every foodie will find themselves in the city’s gastronomic heaven. Here you will find some of the best restaurants in the world with food from around the world.
Tagine in Marrakech
As in Bangkok, strolling through the Marrakech markets is full of colorful sights, sounds, and smells. Experience the elaborately poured mint tea in the traditional riads and marvel at the colorful spice pyramids in the markets. Then, as the sun goes down, curl up and enjoy a traditional tagine in one of the local restaurants – saffron and lobster are popular choices.
Full Scottish Breakfast in Scotland
Start your day heartily with a traditional Scottish breakfast. Like a quintessentially British fry-up with eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, and toast, the Scots also add tatties (potato cones) and a slice of black pudding.
Not everyone is a big black pudding fan, but it’s just one of those things that you have to try at least once. Even if it’s just to confirm that you don’t like it :).
Check out these other regional British foods to try and these places to find vegan haggis in Edinburgh!