7 Cities In The World That Are Worth Travelling To Just For Food. 

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There are some people who might think traveling all the way around the world just to eat is crazy. But listen up, guys, there exists food so unique, so rich and utterly delicious, it’s worth flying anywhere!

Seasoned travellers vouch that you cannot experience the real, authentic side of a culture without experiencing the food.

So, while we always explore a new destination through monuments and museums, this time around why not do it through the food too?

Statutory Warning: Mouth-watering visuals ahead. Proceed on an empty stomach at your own risk.

“Thai spicy” is an entirely different level of spicy! And one can only learn this the hard way. Vegetarian or not, you can easily get intimidated by some of the street-stalls of Bangkok. However, this city serves some unique and delicious dishes, which are definitely worth trying.

While you can try some heavenly dishes at the Thai capital, a lot of times you may not be aware of the ingredients that are added to even simple-looking food-items, hence it’s best to either explore the food scene with a local or do plenty of research and do not shy away from asking questions. The people are friendly and they’ll try their best to break it down to you.

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Must Try:

1.) Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai is like the national noodles of Thailand because it is available on almost every street corner and restaurant. A street food dish made from stir-fried rice noodles with beansprouts, peanuts, shallots, tofu, prawns and tamarind juice, with its sweet, spicy and tangy combination it has a delicious vegetarian variant too.

Where: Street food market at Sukhumvit Soi 38.

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2.) Kanom Bueang

They look like Tacos and come in sweet or savoury fillings such as shredded coconut, chopped scallions or fried eggs.

3.) Sweet Potato Balls

Kanom Kai Nok Krata is deep-fried spheres containing sweet potato, sugar, and tapioca. It is lightly crisp on the outside and airily soft on the inside.

4.) Banana Fried Pancakes

Also known as Banana Prata, this dish is topped with condensed milk. If you don’t like condensed milk, they also have options such as honey, Nutella, chocolate, coconut,

Where: The traditional street food havens of Pratunam and Sukhumvit Soi 38.

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5.) Khao soi

What we call Khow Sey here, is arguably the quintessential northern Thai dish. Khao soi is a Burmese-inspired coconut curry noodle soup. Available in chicken, beef, pork, and vegetarian options.

6.) Mango Sticky Rice

This refreshing treat consists of sticky rice, coconut milk, and mango, Especially during mango season from March to July, you’re sure to see a couple of carts or stalls selling one of the most famous Thai dessert dishes, sticky rice mango on the streets.

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Other yummy deserts are Coconut Ice Creams at Chatuchak served in a coconut husk, and Thai Iced tea (without fail)!

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Italian food has travelled so widely and becomes intertwined with other cultures around the world that tasting the original is a revelation! Owing to its position in the fertile region of Emilia Romagna, Bologna’s food culture is renowned in the whole country and in the whole world! Sampling food and discovering the best in Bologna is an activity in itself and often seeking out these hidden taverns and hole-in-the-wall pizza places are super fun.

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Must Try:

1.) Tagliatelle al Ragu

The original spaghetti alla Bolognese is actually not spaghetti but tagliatelle.

2.) The authentic Parmesan Cheese

The region on Emilia Romagna is probably most famous as the home of Parmigiano Reggiano or what we call Parmesan Cheese. In Modena, you can also see how it’s made and buy a big chunk of cheese right from the producers.

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3) Lasagna

You will also discover that Lasagna pasta is originally green thanks to spinach!

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4.) Handmade Gelato

There are so many gelateria’s in Bologna that it would be a crime to visit just one. Everyone you talk to, both locals and tourists, have their favourite flavours and favourite gelateria’s so you might as well try them all. There’s even an official Gelato Tour that takes you around. You can book it here.

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5.) Pizza

In the land of Pizzas, how can you not try one!

Where: The most popular place is PizzArtist right in the city center.

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6.) Risotto

Risotto is another firm favourite originating from Northern Italy. Once they add some onion, Parmesan, and scoops of butter, they transform a bowl of rice into one of the tastiest dishes you’ll ever have the chance to relish.

With its long culinary history, brilliant chefs, and infallible reputation, Paris is a food lover’s dream come true (read: dessert lover’s). This city is home to the world’s best baguettes, eclairs, macarons, and chocolate stores, many of which so tastefully done up that you can easily mistake them for a luxury brand store!

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Must Try:

1. ) Salted butter caramels

Words do not describe how good the caramels are in Paris. Amazing in texture, rich in buttery flavor, these little treats will forever change your life.

Where: Patrick Roger and Jacques Genin.

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2.) Macarons

French Macaroons are like eating rainbow cookies on a cloud while riding on a unicorn! Delicate, sweet, graceful, meringue-like shell sandwiches with sort of ganache, buttercream, or jam filling. One trip to Paris is never enough to load up on Macarons (unless your boyfriend is Chuck Bass).

Where: Ladurée and Pierre Herme

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3.) Éclairs

Not the toffee that we ate as kids! Please. An authentic éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with chocolate icing.

The most common éclair flavours are chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, which are offered at most French bakeries.

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Where: L’éclair de Génie knocks it out of the park – their pastries are works of art. They have distinctive flavors, topped with colourful icing and garnished with dainty ornamentation that'll definitely get your Instagram follower going crazy.

4.) Baguettes and Croissants

There’s nothing better than crunching on a baguette fresh out of the oven! Wandering the streets of Paris with a baguette in hand is when you will feel that you’ve arrived. Any boulangerie or patisserie in town will have “pain au chocolat,” especially in the morning.

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5.) Crépes

The best part is that you can find them literally at every nook and cranny! They’re soft, mouth-watering and portable, so you can eat while you explore. Classic ones are Banana Nutella or a savory ham and cheese crepe

Where: There are many stalls near the Eiffel tower.

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Other things to try are Créme Brûlée, Parisian Hot Chocolate and of-course a wide variety of French Cheese with wine.

Mexico isn’t just about tropical white-sand beaches, historic sites and vibrant party scenes. It is a hotbed of scrumptious gastronomic creations and a treasure trove for food lovers.

Must-Try:

1.) Tacos

You could have eaten Tacos anywhere in the world, but this traditional Mexican dish tastes the best in its homeland. There’s a vegetarian version with a variety of spicy salsas, guacamole, and fresh onion and cilantro toppings and also plenty of non-vegetarian variants.

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One of the most famous taco variety is tacos al pastor (featuring spit-roasted pork paired with onions, cilantro, pineapple, and salsa).

Where: The best place to experience real Mexican culinary is at the street vendors who serve unpretentious, yet incredible tacos.

2.) Churros

Churros were brought from Spain but Mexicans took to them readily. And the glory of the Mexican churros is invincible! Fluted, ridged, deep-fried dough that’s well-dusted in sugar while hot, they are crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, and best dunked into a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

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3.) Quesadillas

Quesadilla generally means a folded tortilla with melted cheese inside. They can be made with a variety of different cheeses, but one of the most popular is Oaxaca cheese, in Oaxaca called quesillo, a mild string cheese that is similar to mozzarella. Deep fried quesadillas come topped with guacamole or bean paste, and the salsa is usually put on the outside of the tortilla.

Where: You’ll find the best quesadillas at street vendors such as Ricas Quesadillas in Mexico City’s Roma Norte.

4.) Tostadas

Literally meaning toasted, Tostadas are fried tortillas topped with anything you want. Popular toppings include frijoles (refried beans), beef, pork, or fish, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and lots of cheese.

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Did you know that a whopping forty-five percent of people in Vancouver are foreign? That makes this incredibly cosmopolitan city a food mecca. You can find remarkable restaurants, with Asian, African, European, and South American cuisines all over the city with ample vegetarian choices.

Must Try:

1.) Poutine

A delicious Canadian invention which combines piping hot french fries smothered in gravy and squeaky cheese curds.

Where: Belgian Fries on Commercial Drive, Fritz European Fry House.

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2.) Nanaimo bar

Named after the city of Nanaimo, this is a Canadian dessert bar with three layers: a crumble-wafer bottom, custard-flavor butter icing middle, chocolate top. Of course, there are also endless flavor variations--peanut butter Nanaimo bars, mint Nanaimo bars, even gluten- and dairy-free Nanaimo bars.

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3.) Salmon Candy

Smoked salmon glazed with maple syrup is smokey, salty, sweet, and impossible to stop eating at one.

If you want to save some as a gift for family back home, make sure you get a little extra for yourself – more than you thought you needed even, It is seriously addictive!

New York City can be called the unofficial culinary capital of the world. Since, here you’ll find incredible food everywhere, from street vendors to Michelin-starred restaurants and a lot of outrageous food items that you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Must Try:

1.) Hot Dog

True New York hot dogs are crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside.

Where: Gray’s Papaya that is open 24 hours, for “when you’re hungry or broke, or just in a hurry.” If you miss Grey's Papaya you haven't been to NYC!

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2.) Pizza

NYC is home to some of the best pizzas. You eat a New York slice by picking it up, folding it in half while supporting the bottom and taking a bite. You don’t want to tilt it too much so that the cheese and oil don’t drip off.

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3.) Bagel

A New York staple, the hand-rolled bagels are huge, perfectly dense, and just fluffy enough. One of the city’s defining foods, a bagel is a deeply personal item with varying chew, size, flavor, topping, and toasting preferences that date back to a person’s first version

Where: Ess-A-Bagel, Russ & Daughters.

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4.) NYC style sandwiches

Unlike our all-vegetarian grilled and toast sandwiches which are made with rectangular thin bread slices, chutney, and raw veggies, Sandwiches in NYC are totally different! They are more like subway sandwiches. (Remember, Joey’s favourite meat-ball sandwich?)

From the classic pastrami on rye and old-school Italian heroes to fusion sandwiches hailing from Cambodia and Korea, the New York sandwich spectrum is both broad and delicious.

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5.) Cheesecake

Cheesecake has practically its own food group in New York. New Yorkers love it so much that they have entire restaurants dedicated only to this creamy confection (and almost an entire Friends episode). This lighter than air cake has a whipped cream cheese base and a sweetened sour cream icing surrounded by a cinnamon graham cracker crust. So be prepared to try some melt-in-the-mouth, heavenly cheesecakes when in the Big Apple.

Where: Veniero’s- 342 E. 11th Street, Lady M’s Cake Boutique- 41 E. 78th Street.

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