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Judging yourself for picking the next vacation destination only for the food & local cuisine? No need - an extraordinary gastronomical experience is coming your way.

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By Amir

Published: Jun 03, 20224 min read


It’s crystal clear that eating out takes one of the most significant parts of our trips, so we have to roll with it, and we’re certainly not complaining.

Here are some ideas for your next foodie journey depending on the continent you’re planning to visit:



Lamb shank, sea bass, tuna fish salad and a variety of wine

No French fries, folks. There’s a reason the word cuisine comes from the French language. French cuisine is known to have some of the most complicated food-making techniques. The main French gastronomical aspects - cheese & wine are the things not to miss.

The best city for foodies: Lyon.

Must-try dishes:

  • Cassoulet
  • Coq au vin
  • Soupe à l'oignon
  • Bœuf bourguignon
  • Chocolate souffléa


Fettuccine pasta Italian cuisine

Pasta, pizza, gelato, prosecco, pesto, parmesan… Did we miss something? The Italian secret is simplicity - it’s all about the quality & traditions. Little taverns full of people, food & laughter are what Italian cuisine is all about.

The best city for foodies: Bologna.

Must-try dishes:

  • Risotto
  • Gnocchi
  • Lasagne
  • Napoletana Pizza
  • Spaghetti carbonara


Spanish tapas and sangria on wooden table

Rich with seafood & sangria everywhere you go, Spain is the leader in the food world. If you’re used to going bar hopping - in Spain, you have to change it to tapas hopping. It’s what will allow you to get to know the city better by trying out the main dish at the same time.

The best city for foodies: Barcelona.

Must-try dishes:

  • Tapas
  • Paella
  • Gazpacho
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Gambas al ajillo



Tradition Northern Thai food on a wooden table

A spicy stir-in, the culinary capital of south-east Asia. Even though the main base product here is rice, Thailand dishes are internationally influenced, and the cuisine offers a whole variety of choices. Try it all in local street markets to feel the vibe.

The best city for foodies: Bangkok.

Must-try dishes:

  • Guay Teow (Noodle Soup) 
  • Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup) 
  • Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
  • Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
  • Yam Pla Dook Foo (Fried Catfish with Green Mango Salad)


Maki and rolls with tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab and avocado.

Yes, sushi, but people say it’s hard to count the other drinks & dishes it has to offer. While the locals have truly sweet teeth, expect to get some desserts you’ve never tried before. Just keep in mind - some of them might seem a tad unusual (or not so delicious, in other words) at first. But don’t rush to judge. It takes time to fall in love!

The best city for foodies: Osaka, but Tokyo goes just beside by having the most Michelin-rated restaurants worldwide.

Must-try dishes:

  • Sushi
  • Ramen
  • Sashimi
  • Tempura
  • Okonomiyaki


Indian food Curry butter chicken, Palak Paneer, Chiken Tikka, Biryani, Vegetable Curry, Papad, Dal, Palak Sabji, Jira Alu, Rice with Saffron

This one’s one of the favorites among vegetarians since there’s a whole range of meat-free offers to choose from. The secret here is not that complicated either, and it’s called spices. 7 layers of herbs, and you might find the chicken - that’s what makes it so different from others.

The best city for foodies: Delhi.

Must-try dishes:

  • Kebab 
  • Bhelpuri
  • Masala dosa
  • Dal makhani
  • Butter Chicken


Assorted Chinese food set. Chinese noodles, fried rice, dumplings, peking duck, dim sum, spring rolls. Famous Chinese cuisine dishes on table.

This one’s spicy, you can count on that, and rice is a major staple food here - it’s a real paradise for authentic Asian cuisine lovers. You can choose the vibe depending on the day here: whether you’re in a mood for street food or a fancy Michelin-star restaurant.

The best city for foodies: Chengdu (a UNESCO city of gastronomy)

Must-try dishes:

  • Hot Pot
  • Dumplings 
  • Kung Pao Chicken 
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Peking Roasted Duck



Mexican food mix colorful background Mexico and sombrero

Taco Tuesday is every day, imagine? All vibrant & colorful, Mexican food is one of the oldest food cultures in the world. The destination has earned a UNESCO World Heritage designation for its food, and we believe it is highly underrated. To explore the cuisine more closely, we recommend diving into some food & cooking tours.

The best city for foodies: Mexico City, closely followed by Oaxaca.

Must-try dishes:

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Mollettes
  • Chilaquiles
  • Huevos Rancheros



Traditional moroccan tajine of chicken with dried fruits and spices

Couscous being the key ingredient, it’s prepared at every family house & every week. Morocco shows up in most of the best food destinations & you can expect to get an unforgettable African taste. It’s also known for the variety of seasoning & innovative ingredient combinations.

The best city for foodies: Marrakech.

Must-try dishes:

  • Harira
  • B'ssara
  • Kefta tagine
  • Fish chermoula
  • Moroccan Chicken Bastilla



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It’s not only about the wine & stakes, but they indeed are an enormous reason Argentina is on this list. Influenced by European & South American flavors, Argentinian cuisine is heaven for meat lovers. They’re not really into spicing things up (at least in the kitchen), and their food is complete opposition to most Asian dishes.

The best city for foodies: Buenos Aires.

Must-try dishes:

  • Asado
  • Alfajores
  • Provoleta
  • Chimichurri
  • Dulce de leche


And if you already chose your foodie-dream destination, we don’t want you to splash on the hotel without the need to.

How much food could you order with $55 at a restaurant? We bet for at least a fancy steak! So do not waste money on hotels if you could waste it on food - RatePunk is there for you to show the cheapest option.

Hotel deal for NH City Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina
NH City Buenos Aires


NH City Buenos Aires

Argentina, Buenos Aires



⚡ A minute's walk from the nearest bus stop, this upscale hotel in an art deco–style building dating from the 1930s is a 5-minute walk from the Casa Rosada presidential palace and 2 km from live performances at the storied Teatro Colón.

⚡ Featuring bold, colorful touches or neutral, earthy tones, the modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Upgraded rooms and suites add sitting areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.

⚡ Parking is free, as is access to a gym and a seasonal rooftop pool with a furnished sundeck. There's also a 24-hour lobby bar and a chic Spanish/international restaurant.



1 swimming pool | Non-smoking rooms | Free Wi-Fi | Fitness center | Restaurant | Room service | Bar | Very good breakfast | Terrace 

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Jun 03, 2022

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