10 Destinations Where You Can’t Beat the Eats

Let your inner-foodie guide you on where your travels take you next.

For the love of food, book your flight, pack your bags and get ready to whet your appetite with Lonely Planet’s “definitive foodie bucket-list”. Unabashedly called, Ultimate Eats, the list is a smorgasbord of food experiences to suit every traveller’s taste.

“Whether it's baozi in Shanghai, steak tartare in Paris or clam chowder in Boston - food and place are inextricably connected. Whenever we eat while travelling, we don’t just taste the dish itself but experience the whirl of people, languages, aromas and sounds that are unique to that destination,” says Lonely Planet. “That’s what makes each dish memorable, and why the food experience is always so much more than what’s in the plate, bowl or glass in front of you.”

Lonely Planet’s top 10 food experiences

If your appetite to travel is as big as your love for food, then Lonely Planet's Utlimate Eats and the destinations where you can find them should be on the menu.

1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain

Small bites for the evening bar-hopping crowd.


2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A bowl full of flavours that will defy your taste buds.

Curry laksa

3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan

Roll up your sleeves for an authentic sushi experience.


4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA

If it’s barbequed meat you crave, it’s Texas where you should go.

Beef brisket

5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand

Is there a tastier salad to be had?

Som tum

6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark

An open-faced sandwich that is anything but boring.


7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand

It must be good if the town is named after it.


8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea

A full meal in a bowl to satisfy your whole body.


9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy

Pizza done to perfection.

Pizza margherita

10. Dim sum in Hong Kong

Steamy little morsels of goodness.

Dim sum

Where in the world will your taste buds take you?

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