Eating isn’t just about having a meal; it’s an experience! And when you travel, you can take your eating experience to the next level. Trippy user Andrew asked:
What is the best city in the world when you’re hungry?
Of all the places in the world, where do you dream about being when you’re hungry. Give me details! I want to know where and what you ate, how it tasted, why you can’t get it anywhere else. From fine dining to street food, I don’t care. I want your dream destination for getting full!
He received 57 answers and from these answers, here are the 10 best food cities in the world according to Trippy users:
Tokyo is Justin’s top choice. He said:
Tokyo without a doubt. Japanese food is my absolute favorite food and could eat it for the rest of my life. If I was thrown into the electric chair and I had my last meal it would be without a doubt a big sushi dinner complete with a bottle of sake. Tokyo offers everything ( even whiskey is up and coming ) you can get sushi or ramen or sake, or go down to the fish markets for your ingredients to make your own. Tokyo is a fantastic city, and everyone should try to go there at least once in their lifetime. The street food such as grilled squid or udon is also delicious, healthy, and fresh. The Japanese take great care in preparing their food in terms of preparation and taste. I would be so big if I lived in Tokyo literally eating myself to death! I think I will get sushi for dinner tonight now!
Be prepared to be surprised if you like sushi and sashimi. In Tokyo, sushi and sashimi are created from fresh fish handled with care and combined with time-honored technique. Whether you are having fried, stewed or steamed food, your taste buds will be delighted by the flavorful and minimally processed ingredients used.
Trippy users Jacey and Scott preferred Paris. Here’s what Jacey wrote:
I’m a sucker for sweets! I would, without a doubt, go to Paris! I would walk, and eat, walk and eat-stop for a kir royal, walk and eat. I would start with a café au lait and pain au chocolate then peek in every patisserie window and pick one thing out at each. It might be a delightful fruit tart with the brightest strawberries and raspberries topping the creamiest custard or light and airy macarons. I would throw in a mini quiche or croquet madame to balance out the sweetness with some savory notes.
Since I’ll be walking the entire time, I don’t anticipate getting too full! Burning calories while eating-magnificent!
Besides sweets, Paris is known for its thousands of cafes. When the weather is nice, grab a seat outside at a sidewalk cafe, enjoy an espresso or wine and people watch. Here are four to put on your list:
- Cafe de Flore
- Les Deux Moulins
- Le Procope
- Les Deux Magots
3. New York City
Eddie from the Bronx included New York City. This was his comment:
The greatest city of them all is New York City. Many people think of NYC as just Manhattan. If you include all of the other boroughs, I can’t think of another city where there is so much diversity with so many ethnic foods to choose. NYC has thousands upon thousands of restaurants to choose from. You’ll never go hungry here.
You can practically eat your way around the world in New York City’s five boroughs – Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. New York City represents the most diverse potpourri of individual neighborhoods. According to the NYC Department of City Planning, there are over 200 languages spoken in New York City.
Follow the “food trail” of the number 7 subway train from Hudson Yards, Manhattan to Flushing, Queens and try these foods:
- Spanish at Mercado Little Spain, Hudson Yards
- Italian at Manducatis, Long Island City
- Romanian at Romanian Garden, Sunnyside
- Thai at Sripraphai, Woodside
- Indian at Jackson Diner, Jackson Heights
- Dominican at Los Mismos Amigos, Corona
- Korean at San Soo Kap San, Flushing
- All types of Chinese cuisine, Flushing
Janelle from Charleston loved Singapore’s food culture. She said:
It’s the best food city on the planet. They know how to eat! You can eat your way all across southeast Asia. Singapore is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian communities, and the food of all three regions and sub-regions is well represented across the island. It’s also the best place in the world to eat cheaply. You can stuff your face in a “hawker center” (outdoor food court) for no more than USD 10 per person, and the quality of the food is as good as any 5-star restaurant. The food is also excellent at the higher ends of the price range as well. The Golden Mile Food Centre hawker just north of the central business district is the best on the island (mostly Chinese), and other good spots are Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in the Maxwell Road hawker center (at the south end of Chinatown), the Old Airport Road Food Centre, the “No Name Seafood” chain with a few outlets around town, and for breakfast the “Kopitiam”
Alejandro from Singapore agreed:
Singapore hands down. They probably have the most restaurants per capita or per square kilometer. The hawker food stalls have cult-like followers. From Chilli crab to Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with toppings) the local food scene covers 5-6 cultures in it. All the celebrity chefs have a branch here too. There are so many local, international brunch, lunch, and dining options that it’s a full-time job to follow all the new places.
Best of all, all of them are so close by, and the longest journey to all your favorite foods is no more than 15 minutes away!
Tough question, but I’d have to say Singapore. Wide variety of food from all over the world, higher standards of food cleanliness and reasonable prices. Top notch in my opinion. My other answer is anywhere there is tasty food when you’re hungry!
Danielle from Canberra voted for Melbourne. Here’s what she said:
Melbourne, without a shadow of a doubt. It has a fantastic combination of both expensive, high-dining restaurants to quaint little cafes and out of the way, gems tucked into basements and every available nook and cranny.
I’m fond of Breizoz for a traditional French creperie, run and operated by French people, which frequently hosts French language dinners for those who want to brush up their skills. The galettes are delicious, with a specials board that changes daily, depending on what’s in season. I recommend a dessert crepe with a bottle of Breton cider and a game of Scrabble.
Lygon St is lined with Italian restaurants, all vying for your custom. You can’t go wrong with many of them, although my personal favorite is Il Gambero.
As for breakfast, you can’t go past Degraves St for the authentic Melbourne experience. Tiny cafes are packed into the small alleyway.
Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, has the most remarkable street art, coffee culture, and dining choices – from casual eats to gourmet fare prepared to please the eyes and taste buds. From the morning coffee when the sun rises to the cocktail as the sun sets, Melbourne has a place to welcome you.
6. Hong Kong
Leonid said Hong Kong is the best. He wrote:
Hong Kong- no contest! From fine dining (I’m thinking 8 1/2 Bombana 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, LKH at four seasons Lung King Heen) to modern international food at PMQ PMQ, to street food institutions like Kau Kee beef noodle Kau Kee Restaurant and The Square dim sum. Whatever your budget and preferences you will eat very well.
David had the same opinion as Leonid:
It has the most variety including European cuisines, high standards (normally) and by far the best Asian cuisine of most types available. Open all night as well.
Fantastically crispy pig skin on pork roll in Zen at Pacific Place for Dim Sum. Incredibly international offering for huge buffet lunch at the Island Shangri-La – Hong Kong or the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel, both in Pacific Place. Not to mention the dim sum palaces in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Sweaty hot authentic Thai and well done Italian!! Japanese!!!! Drunken Shrimp!! Garupa!!
Hong Kong is a fantastic food destination, especially if you’re hungry!!
Adina from Bucharest wrote a lengthy recommendation about food in her city:
For me, Bucharest is an excellent destination for an authentic culinary experience, mainly in the last 2-3 years.
If you want to eat traditional food, Caru’ cu Bere is one of the best options. For a traditional lunch, to get the feeling that you belong to this big Romanian family, I recommend La Copac. From the vessels, up to design, spoons, the way food is cooked using the old inherited recipe, everything is memorable here.
Get the feeling of old forgotten times at Hanul lui Manuc live music evenings, delicious traditional food, a great selection of wines.
For a French morning where you can enjoy croissants made using natural ingredients, cakes, bread, coffee, omelet one of the best options would be Rue du Pain – Boulangerie Artisanale.
Keeping the French atmosphere, for amazing exquisite eclair, then the French Revolution is a must try, high-quality standards and next to Romanian Athenaeum.
For a bistro/bar with Scandinavian influences perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, a drinking evening, then M60 should be on your list. Really friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, You feel like trying authentic Turkish cuisine? Then, Califis one top place to try it. Is has express service in the old town, on Selari street, but you can also find it in Militari and Piata Iancului. I recommend Peymacun, Falafel. They have veggie options, prices are decent, and of course, the famous Turkish tea and Aryan can be enjoyed here.
8. New Orleans
Polly recommended New Orleans. Here’s her comment:
My pick is New Orleans! Beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde, Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine’s, muffeletas at Central Grocery, Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens (on the drink side). Commander’s Palace, Arnaud’s, and Court of the Two Sisters are other great places to eat. Gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, and so much good food everywhere.
New Orleans beignets continue to win hearts. Amanda shared her experience:
Ok, so I know it’s not the sexy answer, but for me, it’s New Orleans. Hands down. In fact, I have traveled to New Orleans to EAT. No joke. Where do I begin…beignets at Cafe du Monde? I know it’s cliche…but it’s THAT GOOD. Muffulettas…too many good spots to narrow down. Just eat one! The “divier” the better. Brennan’s….ah, Brennan’s. I have literally shed tears of joy over the many delectable offerings at Brennan’s. Bread pudding is ruined for me. Ruined!!! It’s not the same if not from Brennan’s. Turtle soup, bananas foster…ah, I digress. And then there’s El Gato Negro. I’m from Dallas, Texas. The Mecca of Tex-Mex. So to say that I’ve never had a better margarita is a big deal! So, so good. And the food? Delicioso! I could go on and on and on. But just know that of all the places I have traveled…Nola is where I go when I want to eat!!
Judy is another Trippy user that raved about New Orleans:
New Orleans has got to be the best place to eat in the USA! This is where great seafood dishes are invented. If you haven’t had chargrilled oysters at Drago’s, creole food at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, or eaten at Commander’s Palace Restaurant.
Tiffany is another Trippy user who wrote a long comment with useful tips on eating in Valencia. Here’s her opinion on Valencia:
My foodie heart is in Valencia because I know it well enough to know where to eat which is quite phenomenal because when I first moved there, I thought Spanish food was boring.
For hot meals… I could eat at La Lola daily and never be bored. The portions and flavors are phenomenal. I love the rack of lamb served over chocolate couscous. For truly amazing Spanish food with a unique twist, I love Seu Xerea, L’Hamadríada (try the beef cheeks), and A Tu Gusto.
For tapas, Vuelve Carolina is the masterpiece of Quique Dacosta, a well known Spanish chef. Everything is amazing. The flavors and presentation are unique and do not miss the mark. Restaurante El Pito 2 just north in Meliana is another tapas delight. Try the tellinas, the foi gras twice baked potato, the artichokes, and mushrooms… they may sound basic, but every bite is heavenly.
For pinxos, I like Sagardi Valencia Centro. It’s near the cathedral and serves up delicious pinchos when traditional Spanish restaurants are closed.
If I want Italian (better than anything I ate in Italy), I go to Carlo at Trattoría Da Carlo Restaurant and let him bring what he wants. On Mondays, he makes pizza himself. The rest of the week, his wife cooks. Try the octopus salad and fresh mozzarella, or, on Monday, the pizza Napoli. He’s from Naples and nails it.
For Japanese, I love Ao Yama where I can get all you can eat food from tempura to teriyaki, sushi to green tea ice cream. It’s all fresh, delicious, and in tapas-sized portions, so I can try a lot of flavors without stuffing myself.
For dessert, there’s nothing quite like the traditional churros and hot drinking chocolate at Chocolateria Valor Valencia on the corner of the Plaza de la Reina, but La Lola and Burdeos in Love make delicious desserts. Oh… and el coulán at Rincón del Faro haunts my dreams. Seriously indescribably toe curling goodness.
When I’m in a hurry, I like to grab a calamari sandwich at Casa Mundo. Coffee is good everywhere.
I know I’m missing something, but you get the idea. There’s Argentinan, a quirky food nouveau place called SAMSHA, and so many more restaurants that offer unique things. It isn’t just paella. If you know where to eat, you’ll never be bored in Valencia.
For an unforgettable sensory experience, take Sarah’s advice, especially if you like pulled pork and fried chicken:
Without a doubt – Memphis, TN. No, it’s not the place to go if you’re on a diet, but if you love food cooked with a little soul, this is the place to be.
For starters, barbecue. There’s Central BBQ – $5 pulled pork sandwich and mac & cheese.
Corky’s Ribs and BBQ — hands down the best dry ribs you’ll ever have in your life. The best fried chicken in the entire world can be found at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. At the Cheesecake Corner, I once had a man from New York tell me it was better than New York cheesecake. And to round it all out, Jerry’s Sno Cones, get the supreme version which has vanilla soft serve layered with the snow cone.