So you are heading to an exciting new country and are interested to learn more about how the locals eat – but where do you start??
For us, there is nothing worse than spending a time in an incredible destination and realising that all you have eaten is food for the tourists. We are food lovers, and we want to find dishes we have never heard of an will remember for a lifetime!
Of course you can explore the local markets and food shops, but why not have a local show you around? This way you learn about the food culture, you discover great little places you would never have found yourself and you can have fun along the way, whats not to like?!
There are a range of incredible food tours available in just about every city in the world, booking the right one will help you to discover a whole new side to the city you visit, keeping you well away from the pesky tourist traps!
Here are 5 of our favourites from around the world!
The Roman Food Tour – Where? Rome, Italy
For many, Rome is a must for experiencing all that Italian food has to offer. Here, you can leave the stodgy pasta at home and experience proper coffee, pasta and pizza as you have never tasted it before. The Roman Food Tour run fantastic day trips, taking you around the city meal by meal starting of course with breakfast! They will then take you to famous restaurants such as ‘Pizzarium’ through to the fabulous markets selling a range of great produce. Along the way you can also enjoy wine tasting to help you really settle in.
Prices start from $80 for a day trip.*
Brewtown Tours – Where? York, England
If there is one thing we love about England, it is the real ale. This is the beer that has supported a nation for 2000 years and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the historic city of York. home to Vikings, Romans more pubs than there are days in the year! Surrounded by great breweries, you can take a day trip to sample some of the best of the local beers on offer. They also offer an additional tour for gin lovers…., what’s not to love?!
Prices start from £70 p/p*
Intrepid Travel – Where? All around the world!
Intrepid are well known for their group tours, but did you know that they also run a number of tours dedicated to food lovers? They have a range of tours including their 12 day ‘Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure’. Travelling from Negombo to Colombo the trip takes you deep into the heart of Sri Lankan cuisine. These are awesome trips for solo travellers who want to meet people with the same interests.
Prices start from as little as £859 for a 12 day trip*
Secret Food Tours – Where? Mexico City, Mexico
Mexicans are famed for their love of fresh and vibrant food. They also have an incredible street food culture, so where better to sample it than Mexico City itself? Secret Food Tours introduce you to the traditional recipes and ingredients on offer, plus they also have a signature ‘Secret Dish’ which you can enjoy at the end of the tour. If you are thinking of heading out to Mexico anytime soon, this will make a great introduction to real Mexican food!
Prices start from $74 p/p*
Saigon Street Eats – Where? Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Few places in the world have a food culture like Vietnam and even fewer have dishes as iconic and loved as the humble pho. It is so well loved in fact, that Saigon Street Eats have even dedicated an entire tours just to this one dish! During a morning tour, they will take you to taste the best pho in the city, washing it down with beautiful Vietnamese Coffee. This is a real foodies trip. No trip to Vietnam is complete without pho, so if you are going to do it, you may as well have the best, right?
Morning tours start from $55 p/p*
If these tours have whet your appetite for a food focused adventure, then check them out and let us know how you get on!
*All prices correct as of 14/06/2019