As the leading online provider of bookable experiences, TripAdvisor offers hundreds of thousands of in-destination tours, activities, tickets, and more across multiple categories. We've analyzed recent trends to identify which activity type is most popular among travelers. The result? Foodie experiences are dominating traveler booking growth. Food tours are the fastest-growing experiences category on our site based on traveler spend, which increased a whopping 61% last year versus 2016. As travelers continue to seek fun, unique things to do when visiting a new place, it's clear that just seeing isn't enough—they want to taste! Below you'll find the top food tours in the world according to our data, making these destinations some the best food cities you can visit.


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.

1. Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District

Rome, Italy

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.

2. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence

Florence, Italy

Escape the city to a remote farmhouse on a relaxing Tuscan estate where you’ll master the basics of Italian pizza and gelato.

3. Paris Food Tour: Taste of Montmartre

Paris, France

Embark on a culinary tour of Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood, one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods.

4. Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

Venice, Italy

Stray from the tourist trail, and visit five of Venice’s most popular cichetti bars, famed for Venetian-style tapas and wine.

5. Street Food Tour in Rome

Rome, Italy

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.

6. Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Madrid, Spain

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.

7. Small-Group Rome Food Walking Tour: Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori and Jewish Ghetto

Rome, Italy

Let a guide reveal the best food spots in Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Jewish quarter.

8. New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French 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.

9. Tapas Evening Walking Tours of Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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.

10. Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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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