Grab your passports and pack your bags! Booking.com, a website that connects travelers with places to stay on their trip, uncovered the top 15 food destinations across the globe based on endorsements from Booking.com reviewers. From souvlaki in Athens to sukiyaki in Bangkok, the food in these cities is sure to leave your mouth watering. If you’re interested in exploring more global cuisine, visiting these hot spots is the best way to get started.
1. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
What to try: Dim sum, or bite-sized dishes served in steamer baskets. Options range from steamed buns to dumplings—and don’t forget to sample poon choi, a one-pot meal often comprised of beef, crab, dried mushrooms and bean curd. You also can’t go wrong with a hot kau kee beef brisket and wonton noodles.
2. São Paulo, Brazil
What to try: Coxinha de Frango. It’s a traditional Brazilian dish consisting of chopped or shredded chicken, wrapped in a blanket of dough and fried to perfection.
3. Tokyo, Japan
What to try: Sushi, ramen, udon and tempura. In Tokyo, sushi is usually served at a bar, and the chef recommends what’s in season. No Philadelphia rolls in Japan!
4. Athens, Greece
What to try: Souvlaki, a skewer filled with grilled meat and vegetables, often wrapped in a pita. You’ll also want to indulge in koulouri, a doughy bread ring generously sprinkled with sesame seeds.
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
What to try: Be sure to try the street food, often served on skewers. Also scope out nasi lemak, a traditional rice dish cooked in creamy coconut milk. It’s made with pandan leaf, a fragrant plant that lends itself well to both sweet and savory dishes.
6. Melbourne, Australia
What to try: This city is known for their meat—from burgers to barbecue. Be sure to try a meat pie—hand-sized, flaky pastries filled with minced meat and gravy.
7. Bangkok, Thailand
What to try: Don’t leave Thailand without experiencing their seafood. You’ll also want to try sukiyaki, a slow-cooked beef soup served with a side of veggies. Keep an eye out for kai yang, or grilled chicken, at street markets while you’re exploring the streets of Thailand.
8. Granada, Spain
What to try: Small plates are a big part of the cuisine in Granada. Also look for olla de San Antón, a traditional Spanish stew filled with beans, rice, black pudding and sausage. For dessert, try piononos: small, sweet pastries glazed with syrup and filled with cream.
9. Las Vegas, USA
What to try: There’s not one food that defines Las Vegas. Rather, it’s the wide variety of foods that make it so special. From swanky rooftop bars to enormous buffets, Sin City has it all.
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
What to try: You can’t leave Buenos Aires without trying their famous empanadas. These crescent-shaped pastries are stuffed with cheese and meats, then wrapped in dough and fried to crispy perfection.
11. Singapore, Singapore
What to try: Expect to find a fusion of cultural cuisines, combining dishes from China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Everyone will find something they love in this tropical city.
12. Warsaw, Poland
What to try: For dinner, order the blood-red kielbasa sausage. Finish the night off with makowiec, a sweet yeast bread filled with poppy seed paste.
13. Porto, Portugal
What to try: Experience the intense flavors of Portugal’s smoked meats and tangy cheeses, often served within the same dish. Case in point: francesinha, bread stuffed with ham, Portuguese sausage, steak, and cheese, then smothered in a rich beer and tomato sauce.
14. Valencia, Spain
What to try: Sip on fruit-infused sangria while sharing tapas—small plates or appetizers—with friends. Also seek out paella, a popular Spanish rice dish.