Hey Foodies! These Are The 15 Best Food Cities In The World

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Spending a week testing out the best local restaurants and trying traditional cuisine sounds like a great holiday. Here are 15 of the best food cities in the world that travelers agree are worth the hype.

1. Hanoi, Vietnam

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One traveler said no Michelin-star restaurant could compete with homemade noodles, pho, and broth cooked all day. French baguettes are delicious when dipped in the soup bowl.

2. Mexico City, Mexico

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The street food in Mexico City is flavorful, spicy, and hearty. It’s the perfect place to walk around while sipping mezcal, eating tacos, and enjoying the music, art, dancing, and culture.

3. Penang, Malaysia

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Malaysia has a diverse culture consisting of Malays, Indians, and Chinese, who have brought over their traditional cuisine. The food has fused into rich and spicy meals that travelers dream of once they’ve left Malaysia. 

4. Taipei, Taiwan

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Taiwanese food isn’t very spicy; people can enjoy noodles made from rice flour or wheat, thin soups, and many beef dishes. One traveler said they ate so often in Taiwan because the food was so good. 

5. Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong’s reputation precedes it when it comes to delicious food. With 15,000 restaurants, the city has the world’s highest density of restaurants. Beef noodle soup is one of the most popular yet inexpensive meals in Hong Kong. 

6. Rome, Italy

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You will find pizza, pasta, ratatouille, and all other Italian foods in one city. Italy has a significant amount of world-class restaurants that serve delicious meals.

7. Mumbai, India

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For filling, spicy food that warms your heart and belly, you need to hit the streets of Mumbai. Their national food and most famous snack is vada pav, a deep-fried potato within a bread roll sliced through the middle and flavored with green chutney, sweet chutney, and dry garlic chutney. 

8. Lima, Peru

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If you haven’t tasted cuisine from Lima, you’ve missed out. This country boasts spectacular seafood dishes and meals made from a fusion of different cultures. 

9. Cartagena, Colombia

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Fish is a cuisine staple in Cartagena, which is no surprise as it is a coastal city. Fish used include pargo, robalo, mojarro, or sierra, and are fried, grilled, or cooked in coconut milk or curry.

10. New Orleans, USA

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Creole, Cajun, Mexican, and French cultures contribute to New Orleans’ cuisine. Gumbo is a richly-flavored stew that represents this fusion of cultures. 

11. Santorini, Greece

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For fresh and light meals, Santorini is your place. Greece is renowned for its Mediterranean cuisine. Its ingredients include lamb chops, seafood, and fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. 

12. Extremadura, Spain

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The Manteca Colorá dish is a butter that’s cooked with minced meat and seasoned with oregano, paprika, and bay leaf and eaten by spreading it on bread. Extremadura cuisine is made from ingredients grown in the area, like peppers and paprika, and meat, like pork. 

13. Montreal, Canada

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Montreal, Canada, is known for its culinary scene, teeming with innovative and creative meals. The gastronomy experience comprises pop-up restaurants, cafes, and casual eateries. 

14. Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne has a world-renowned reputation for its food scene. The city offers exotic, traditional, and homespun flavors from cafes, bars, restaurants, and bistros. There’s seafood, chicken dishes, Asian cuisine, and baked goods that you can indulge in. 

15. Ghana, Africa

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All the other suggestions are from Reddit, but I needed to add an African country to the mix. Over the past few years, Ghana has built a reputation for its delectable street food, including Kelewele (spicy fried plantains), Shito (a hot pepper sauce), and Banku and Tilapia (a combination of fermented corn and cassava dough).

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Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.