Now You Know: This Is Where Every Food-Obsessed Traveler Will Go in 2017
Some people travel to seek thrill and adventure. Some jet off somewhere warm to relax. Some like to immerse themselves in foreign cultures and experiences or shop their heart out. For others, the motivation to travel the world is fueled by their taste buds and the promise to experience food unlike any other. There's a reason the Michelin Guide—originally intended to guide road travelers in France—was invented and why foodies eagerly await the World's 50 Best Restaurants list each year (the latest one released just last week).
If you're the type to binge-watch Parts Unknown or Chef's Table, you'll want to follow the Instagram accounts of these chefs, food photographers, and travel bloggers. These globe-trotting foodies are relentlessly chasing the latest restaurants or the next big food trend. To find out where we should jet off to next, we turned to their feeds to see where they had been lately. Pack your bags and start making reservations—you'll want to eat your way through these foodie-approved cities.
Whoever said that the Brits have no food culture clearly hasn't touched down in London lately. Sure, the UK may have once been the land of curries and fish and chips, but the English capital is quickly becoming one of the world's greatest food hubs.
Where to eat: Treat yourself to a meal at The Clove Club, voted 26th in this year's World's Best Restaurants. Brush shoulders with celebs at the exclusive Chiltern Firehouse, and recover with more indulgent eating at London Grind for brunch. Ottolenghi is also not to be missed.
Noma may no longer hold the title of World's Best Restaurant, but that doesn't mean that Scandinavian food isn't still having a major moment. Just like in their deisgn, the Danes are known for their meticulous and minimal cooking—often using locally sourced or foraged ingredients in innovative ways.
Where to eat: Start the day with brunch at Wulff & Konstali. Then delight in Copenhagen's best food offerings: Noma aside (which is sadly temporarily closed), Geranium, Relae, and Michelin-starred Kadeau are also not to be missed.
You know you're a true foodie when you'll travel halfway around the world for a restaurant. If this is your case, Melbourne is your must-hit spot this year. The Australian metropolis has been making wavse on the culinary scene (not to mention it's a fantastic vibrant city to visit).
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In the wonderful world of Italian cuisine, Milan is merely a stopover (but one's that not short of Michelin-starred restaurants). Everyone says the best food in Italy is hidden in small trattorias and even smaller villages, but that doesn't mean to show up without a plan.
Where to eat: After checking out the Wes Anderson–designed Bar Luce (we're equally fond of design as we are of food), head south to experience the world famous Osteria Francescana in Modena—also the second best restaurant in the world. Or head west to Piazza Duomo in Alba for their pink interiors and innovative cuisine.
One shouldn't need one more reason to visit Lisbon, Portugal's stunning coastal capital. But with the local food scene making waves on the international food scene, we're ready to book our flights. If Anthony Bourdain's love for the city is any indication, you'll be in for a treat.
Where to eat: During the day, explore the Time Out Market—an editorially run street-food bazaar put together by journalists and critics from all over the world. Treat yourself to dinner at Belcanto, sample some tapas at Peixaria da Esquina, or try the various cervejarias around the city.
While Belgium is widely known for waffles, chocolate, and fries (the holy grail of food), there is much more to this European country than meets the eye (or in this case, the taste buds).
Where to eat: Ethiopian food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Belgium, but food photographer Joann Pai swears that Toukoul is worth the detour. In neighboring cities, Hof van Cleve one of the best tables in the country, while Hertog Jan puts Bruges on the map.
Next up: Start packing—these six destinations come alive in April.