The world is full of incredible cuisine, but here are some cities that stand out from the crowd simply by their food culture. We are by no means saying these are the best cities in the world for food, but they are a very good start! To find out more about each destination, you can also visit our Travel Guides page here. Enjoy!
Valencia – Spain
Valencia is Spain’s 3rd largest city and whilst many people head to Barcelona to get their Catalan kicks, Valencia quietly gets on with being one of the best food cities in the world, without the major city price tag.
Valencia is the birth place of paella, and you can sample the traditional Valencian paella in the restaurants along La Malvarrosa, the main beach in the city. Whilst exploring the city, pop into some of Spain’s most famous food markets, Mercado de Colon and Mercado Central, famed not only for their gastronomic delights but also for their architecture. Here you will be able to try other Valencian classics such as hochata, made from milk and tiger nut, this drink is the perfect accompaniment to the long summer days in the city.
You cannot visit Valencia without of course sampling some of the local tapas, head into one of the largest medieval city centres in Europe and take your pick of top eateries, and enjoy with a glass of Tinto de Verano (‘Red Wine of Summer’, similar to Sangria) or Agua de Valencia (‘Valencian Water’, made from cava, orange juice, vodka and gin), whilst soaking up the historic and lively atmosphere of what has to be one of the best cities in the world!
When to visit?
We recommend heading in June/July to avoid the tourism of August and enjoy the best weather Valencia has to offer. This time of year you will be able to grab a great deal on flights and hotel and you will have the run of the beach.
If you are there on the 23rd June, you will also be able to party on the beach with the locals, at Fiesta de San Juan and the coming of summer!
Want to visit? Check out our Valencia Travel Guide!
Bangkok – Thailand
Bangkok is a food lovers paradise. A major street food capital, you are never too far from a classic Thai dish as you have never tasted it before. The joy of street food is that you can see where the food is coming from and see it being cooked, making it one of the safest foods to eat whilst travelling.
As you explore the city, you will be amazed by the shear number of food stalls around you. Many tend to specialise on one dish, such as the superb Pad Thai, and they do it exceptionally well. The key to finding great street food is to go to the stall that the locals are queuing at!
Top Thai dishes to try are Pad Thai, Tom Yum and Green Curry. Don’t be afraid to push out of your comfort zone and try some of the local delicacy crab dishes such as Kai Kon Pu and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable dish!
When to visit?
We recommend middle to the end of November or early December. It is cooler this time of year and it is the end of the rainy season, although there may still be the odd shower, you will be thankful for the drop in humidity plus you will beat the main tourist season.
Want to visit? Check out our Bangkok Travel Guide!
Orlando – Florida, USA
Orlando is famed for it’s theme parks, but you probably never associated it with great food. American food is a melting pot of food cultures, especially in Florida where you will see a large Mexican influence on the food.
Americans in Orlando are big on hospitality, so you will never be disappointed by your dish. Besides the fast food and excellent family food chains (breakfast at Denny’s is hard to beat!), you can also find local delicacies, namely sea food, amongst the wide range of eateries. Some of the most popular are the snow crab, lobster and grouper which are prepared by some of the best chefs in the region.
Head to Disney’s Disney Springs (open to all) and enjoy high end dining or traditional American cuisine. Theme Parks such as Disney’s Epcot also provide exceptional dining experiences, visit during the annual Food and Wine Festival (runs August – November), to enjoy fabulous food from around the world, cooked to the highest standard.
When to visit?
If you plan on visiting the theme parks (and why wouldn’t you?!) then avoid high season, namely UK and US holidays. We recommend November/December, when the weather is great but not unbearably hot, the kids are back at school and you will be able to get a table any restaurant you wish.
Want to visit? Check out our Orlando Travel Guide!
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures, with the population predominantly being a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian. This results in Malaysia having a unique food culture with distinct flavours.
Kuala Lumpur is famed for it’s street food culture, and you will rarely find that locals cook and eat at home as we do in the UK. Eating out is simply a way of life for Malaysians be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.
To see this for yourself, head to Jalan Alor in the Bukit Bintang area in the centre of the city. The best time to go will be when the sun goes down and the food stalls open for business, expect no frills dining and expect some of the best food you have ever tasted!
Some of the best dishes to enjoy are Assam Laksa and Nasi Lemak (for breakfast!), but get stuck in to as much as possible and you will always leave having discovered something new.
When to Visit?
Head out between May and July for the most stable weather but be prepared for the steamy tropical temperatures! You will be rewarded however by one of the most fascinating cities on the planet, guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Want to visit? Check out our Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide!
Copenhagen – Denmark
Denmark’s capital city is also a capital of food. From the traditional Danish cuisine to the New Nordic culture taking the food world by storm, there is something for everyone.
Head to ‘Paper Island’ (Papirøen) across the water from from the famous Nyhavn harbour for a wide range of food stalls offering traditional Danish dishes alongside other delicacies. Here you will be able to sample the famous Rød Pølse (similar to a hot dog, made with a boiled red pork sausage with plenty of toppings!), the Danish love their sausages, and this national treasure will be sure to leave you wanting more.
Another dish you to try is Smorrebrod, an open sandwich on rye bread usually topped with fish or meat and vegetables. Restaurants across Copenhagen bring a blend of traditional dishes and exceptional New Nordic cooking, you will certainly have a unique food experience in the Danish Capital!
When to visit?
Copenhagen is a year round destination, although be prepared for it to be a bit chilly in the winter! The best times to go to avoid the crowds will be May – July and then September, this way you should also enjoy some comfortable temperatures for exploring the city.
Want to visit? Check out our Copenhagen Travel Guide!