Best Food Cities In The World
More and more travelers are going beyond traditional dining in their destinations to book local food experiences. And whether you’re making a pizza in Rome or sampling beignets in New Orleans, exploring the local cuisine is always a major travel highlight. Here are the world’s best food cities and most popular food experience in each, according to TripAdvisor booking data.
|City||Most Booked Food Experience|
|1.||Rome||Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District|
|2.||Florence||Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence|
|3.||Paris||Paris Food Tour: Taste of Montmartre|
|4.||Barcelona||Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona|
|5.||New Orleans||New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter|
|6.||New York City||Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour|
|7.||Venice||Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine|
|8.||Madrid||Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour|
|9.||Tokyo||Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour|
|10.||Bangkok||Bangkok Food Tour|
Fast (Food) Facts
- Globally, food tour bookings jumped 57% last year, with massive traveler interest around the world
- Italian cities, unsurprisingly, have received much traveler fanfare
- Travelers from Canada (594%), the UK (583%), and Australia (489%) are leading the way with food experience booking growth
- Food tour bookings in the US grew 59% in 2017
“Travelers are increasingly interested in getting local insight on their destination, and food tours and cooking classes a great way to do that,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix. “Guides can be a great resource for finding hidden gems or local favorite spots, and can create an unforgettable part of your trip. Coming home with a local recipe or a new favorite restaurant is the best souvenir.”
Traveler Favorites: Top Individual Food Experiences
To take it a step further, we’ve used an algorithm to identify the world’s best individual food experiences and tours. From pizza and gelato in Rome, to tapas and wine in Madrid, travelers will taste the best the world has to offer during these food activities.
Stray from the beaten path and visit eateries favored by Romans on a food-and-walking tour of the Prati neighborhood. You’ll try unique local delicacies from one of the world’s best food cities.
Escape the city to a remote farmhouse on a relaxing Tuscan estate where you’ll master the basics of Italian pizza and gelato.
Embark on a culinary tour of Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood, one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods.
Stray from the tourist trail, and visit five of Venice’s most popular cichetti bars, famed for Venetian-style tapas and wine.
Street food helps you understand a city’s culture unlike anything else, and this Rome food tour gives you an inside scoop on local specialties with a bit of sightseeing along the way.
Explore Madrid’s culture through its tapas and wine on this guided tour, limited to a small group of 12 people for an intimate atmosphere.
Let a guide reveal the best food spots in Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Jewish quarter.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Exploring New Orleans food with a guide means you get a behind-the-scenes look into local kitchens, with plenty of tips on where to eat, drink, and visit while discovering New Orleans—bring an appetite for everything from beignets to brisket.
During your pre-dinner outing you’ll explore some of the city’s most famous tapas bars around La Rambla, La Boqueria food market and the Gothic Quarter with an expert food guide, learning how to order these iconic bar snacks like a local.
Learn to make Spanish tapas, traditional paella, and sangria with a Barcelona chef, then share a hearty dinner of classic local cuisine that you’ve made yourself.
Foodie Destinations To Watch
Already checked off some—or all!—of the world’s best food cities? For the food expert that’s already experienced Rome, New York City, and the like, we’ve identified 10 cities where food tour bookings are on the rise. Savannah, Miami, and Charleston’s bustling restaurant scenes are spilling over into the food tour world, taking three of the top 10 spots. Plan your visit to one of these up-and-coming best food cities before the rest of the world takes notice.
|City||Most Booked Food Experience|
|1.||Quebec City, Canada||Small group Quebec City food tour|
|2.||Savannah, USA||Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour|
|3.||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining|
|4.||Queenstown, New Zealand||Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant|
|5.||San Juan, Puerto Rico||Old San Juan Food Tour|
|6.||Miami, USA||Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami|
|7.||Cabo San Lucas, Mexico||Juan More Taco – Cabo San Lucas Downtown Food Tasting Walking Tour|
|8.||Vienna, Austria||Schönbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert|
|9.||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise|
|10.||Charleston, USA||Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour|
Methodology: Category growth figures are based on food experience bookings on TripAdvisor. The best food experiences are ranked using a proprietary algorithm which considers bookings, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings. Best food cities are based on booking volume, while up-and-coming cities are based on the number of food experience bookings per number of available food tours in that destination.
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