If you’re out to find the best spots for the city’s local culinary delights, here are the top 7 cities that will surely meet every foodie’s great expectations.

Lyon, France

The French’s influence is evident in every part of the globe and what better way to enjoy authentic French cuisine than going to the country itself. France is all about good food but the best of palates are not limited to Paris. Lyon is next to Paris in term of land size and here, you can savor the authentic French cuisine that has made the rest of the world take notice. Fresh local sausages and Bresse poultry are served everyday at various bistros and restaurants that are found in Lyon. La Tassée is famous for the best of the city’s cuisine with its best sellers veal kidney and pike served in matelote sauce. L’Alexandrin is not only famous for its Bresse served in a rich and sinful cream sauce but also for the warm and friendly greetings by the wait staff. If you want to whip up your own French dishes, head to any of the 40 plus food markets in the city for the freshest finds.


Barcelona

When you think of Barcelona, you think of Mediterranean cuisine that showcases the best of olive oils, seafood, and fresh local ingredients. For Barcelonans, food is an important part of life and should be enjoyed whole-heartedly and shared with family and friends. That’s the reason for their heavy and extended lunch hours that usually starts at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and ends around 4 o’clock. Dinner is usually eaten around 9 o’clock in the evening and is often lighter compared to the food eaten at lunch. If you’re itching for some tapas-style snacks, there are several restaurants you can visit: Cal Pep is popular in Barcelona because of its fresh and delicious seafood menu plus the fun experience you get. Passadis del Pep and Ca l’Isidre are also crowd pleasers. If you’re looking for fresh Barcelonan ingredients to take home, drop by La Boqueria food market for the freshest finds.

Las Vegas

For foodies wanting to have a taste of the globe, head to Las Vegas! You want some French food, go to Paris Las Vegas. Italian? Go to Venetian. There’s really no stopping you from getting all your cravings right here in Sin City with its back-to-back restaurants featuring world famous cuisines. With celebrities and high rollers flying in from different parts of the globe, Las Vegas sure knows how to step up. Today, Bellagio’s Picasso seem to be making waves with its French-Mediterranean menu by Chef Julian Serrano. Nobu Matsuhisa at the Hard Rock Hotel is also popular for its Peruvian-slash-Japanese menu that boasts of the best sushi in Las Vegas. For those of you who are fans of the legendary Wolfgang Puck, the Postrio in Grand Canal Shoppe is the best choice for some fine dining experience.

Lima, Peru

Do you know that in Lima’s coast alone, there are about 2,000 types of soups to choose from? Well, why not? It’s strategic location enables it to have a shining reputation for the best seafood. Lima’s menu is also influenced by that of Spain and France for starters. Peruvian specialties like “picarones”, which are donuts made from potatoes and then seasoned with sugar, are sold by street vendors as well as some small family-style restaurants. The famous Astrid y Gaston, which is located in the Miraflores district, is a must-try for first time visitors as well as Costanera 700 where you shouldn’t pass a chance to sample their divine fruit sorbet. For those who want to get a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine, go to La Huaca Pucllana what features a fried guinea pig dish.


Hanoi, Vietnam

Ever wonder why noodle-lovers head to Vietnam? The noodle dishes here are divine! Whether you eat it dry or wet, the combination of the freshest ingredients like meat, fish, veggies, and an array of spices make for a gastronomic, authentic experience. Vietnam delicacies like roasted pigeon, dog and snake are also served here paired with alcohol. Exotic food lovers would find their match in the Snake Village, locally known as Let Mat, where a seven-course meal featuring snake is being served. There are also a handful of French-inspired restaurants in Hanoi for those of you who long for some comfort food. Vietnam’s rice balls are also a must-have.

Rome

Who could ever forget the flavors of this Italian capital? With its list of impressive historic sites, the food is simply divine. The locals are very fond of their coffee and you might as well find the perfect cup at Bar Sant’Eustachio. For truffles and pesto fanatics, northern Italy is the best place to savor rich dishes that features both. For the best olive oil, head to Tuscany and for the best seafood and spices, go to southern Italy. A trip to Rome is not complete without a slice of authentic Italian pizza. Dine at Pizzeria Remo for some marinara pizza that will surely titillate your taste buds. With these marvelous food finds plus the picturesque and laid-back lifestyle in Rome, you will surely have a great time exploring this marvelous city.

New York City, USA

You just can’t have a list of the top foodie cities without mentioning the Big Apple. From its famous staple, the NY hotdog, to the pretzels and beer, to the fusion of western and eastern flavors in the numerous bistros, restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall food establishments, New York City is, really, every foodie’s wonderland. Le Bernardin, which first opened in 1986, is still an award-winning restaurant that features the best of French seafood in the Big Apple. For the Panini-loving foodies out there, Henry Public offers the best turkey sandwiches in the city. Pizza in NY? Nothing tops Joe’s Pizza which is located in Greenwich Village. For anyone who’s visiting NY for the first time, don’t forget to visit the greenmarkets for some organic produce and partake in a cozy weekend brunch menu like the one in The Breslin Bar & Dining Room for some Full English breakfast.

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