Travel and Leisure just released its list of The Best Food Cities in the World
One of our favourite quarantine hobbies has been dreaming about all the places we’re going to visit once this is all over. We’ve already packed our bags and are just counting down the days until a vaccine is found, the world reopens, and travel is back in business. And to figure out what places we’re gonna hit first, we’ve been spending a lot of time on travel websites learning about cities around the world.
And lucky for us, Travel and Leisure has just released the results for their World’s Best Awards 2020. This is an annual survey they do to find out people’s favourite spots to travel. And one of the lists from that is the ranking of best cities for food around the world. After all, what’s better than travelling the world? Trying out all the best eats while you do it.
So without further adieu…Here are Travel and Leisure’s rankings for the best food cities in the world.
1. OAXACA, MEXICO
Coming in hot at number one is the city of Oaxaca! If you like Mexican food from restaurants in your city, you’ll love the authentic flavours found in this delicious food hotspot. They’re known for fresh, soulful flavours and modern Mexican dishes.
2. BEIRUT, LEBANON
This second selection is a little further from home. When you travel to Beirut, you’ll be visiting the capital city of Lebanon. They’ve got some delicious traditional dishes from some incredible chefs. We recommend sampling the country’s national dish, Kibbeh, while you’re there.
3. NEW ORLEANS, USA
And we’re visiting our neighbours in the South for this next selection. This Louisiana city is known for dishes like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Red Beans and Rice. This type of cuisine is rooted in the history of Cajun and Creole flavours, as well as in soul food. Historians have defined Cajuns as the ethic group of Acadian, or French settler, descent. While Creole is largely thought of as African, Caribbean or Hispanic descent. And soul food originated in the cooking done by enslaved Africans in the Southern United States. They would use the modest rations they were allowed and enrich them with flavours inspired by traditional African cuisine. So while you enjoy these delicious flavours, reflect on their extensive history in the country.
4. SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN
This next choice is a city known for its beautiful beaches. And where there’s water there’s gotta be…seafood! Yup, you can taste some of the best seafood in the world when you travel to this Spanish spot. They’re known for their tapas-style dishes like Anchovies and the Gilda Pintxo. And you won’t wanna miss their delicious fish dishes like Kokotxas de Merluza (Hake fish cheeks) or Roasted Sole.
5. FLORENCE, ITALY
And it was only a matter of time before an Italian city showed up on this list! Fun fact about Florence, it’s where garlic bread originated. When you’re there make sure to try a dish called fettunta. It’s grilled bread, rubbed with raw garlic, and drizzled with high-quality olive oil. And if O.G. garlic bread doesn’t keep you full, you can also indulge in some of their other famous dishes like Ravioli Nudi (ravioli filling without the pasta shell) Pappardelle Sulla Lepre (a flat pasta served with hare sauce).
Now, these are only the top five on Travel and Leisure’s list. If you wanna check out the full 25 selections, just head on over to their website here.
Sadly, no Canadian cities nab a spot. But with all this extra cooking we’ve been doing while stuck at home, we could definitely open a restaurant and make next year’s list once this is all over!
So pack those bags and hover your mouse over the “Book Now” button on Airbnb. These delicious cities are calling your name.