Europe has plenty to offer the keen traveler, from stunning beaches to historic landmarks, wonderful architecture, and of course, plenty of amazing food. With so many wonderful places to choose from it can be difficult to make a decision.
First things first, when you’re planning a trip to Europe you’ll want to do plenty of research. You’ll need to figure out where you want to go, and from here you can start searching for the best accommodation and flights within your budget. Planning well in advance can help you to make savings, figure out your itinerary, and get your documents ready. Due to new regulations you’ll soon need an ETIAS to visit Europe. (To learn more visit the Europe Visa website).
If you’re a real foodie you’ll be keen to check out the best places in Europe for food lovers. To kick start your research process, here are seven top picks.
Prague, Czech Republic
There’s so much to see in Prague, whether it’s exploring Prague Castle, the beauty of Old Town, or The National Museum.
Prague is a top place for foodies, with plenty of mouth-watering cuisines to try. One of the most famous dishes is Koleno, it’s pork knuckle which is roasted with dark beer and herbs, after being roasted for several hours the meat is deliciously tender. Another popular traditional dish is Czech roast duck, the quarter of a duck is usually served with potato and cabbage dumplings, and a tantalizing creamy sauce.
Vegetarians needn’t be left out in Prague, be sure to try the tasty bramborak, (aka the potato pancake), you’ll be blown away by the delicious spice blend! Fancy a unique appetizer to go with your Czech beer? You’ll certainly want to sample the Naklandany hermelin, a delectable blend of pickled cheese, peppers, spices, garlic, and olive oil.
Italy is a beautiful country, rich with historic cities and brimming with idyllic beaches. If you’re seeking a delightful Italian escape, Parma certainly won’t disappoint.
Parma is a real haven for food lovers, with plenty of exquisite dishes to try. When in Parma be sure to sample the Bollito Ripieno, this dish is created by mixing together ginger, nutmeg, cheese, broth, eggs, and cloves. Next, you take either a capon or a hen, stuff it, and boil until cooked, (this one is a real treat for your tastebuds)!
Spalla Cotta is another beautiful cuisine, it’s prepared using pork shoulder, and is seasoned with garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and garlic. The meat is encased inside beef or pork bladder, and aged for several months. Once the meat is cured it’s simmered with wine, bay leaves, and water.
To get your pasta fix you’ll certainly want to try the Tortelli d’erbetta. It’s a type of tortelli that’s filled with eggs, ricotta, parmigiano-reggiano, and spinach. And of course, a trip to Italy wouldn’t feel right without sampling some famous Italian pizza.
If Berlin isn’t on your bucket list it might be time to make a few adjustments! This enchanting city has so much to offer from art to music and of course, tasty foods to try.
Tim Raue is one of the highest-rated restaurants in Berlin, it even made number 37 on a ‘the world’s best restaurants list. Expect an informal setting, and some seriously unique dishes, including prawn sashimi, lobster, and ‘Australian winter truffle and tofu,’ (Time Out 2021).
To grab some yummy street food, head to Konnopke’s sausage stand. Here you’ll get to sample the best currywurst you’ve ever tasted! Konnopke’s has been managed by the same family since back in the 1930s, (so they certainly know a thing or two about traditional German food). What are you waiting for? Brave the queues and get involved!
While you’re in Berlin you’ll also want to try Königsberger Klopse, these meatballs are made with ingredients such as pork, beef, or veal, mixed with anchovies, onions, eggs, and flour. The meatballs are cooked in a broth and then served with a creamy sauce of capers and lemon.
Seville Spain is a beautiful choice for a European holiday, exploring stunning cathedrals and museums, and soak up the delightful atmosphere.
Serranito is well known as the signature sandwich in Seville, it’s made with pork loin, serrano ham, green pepper, and tomato served in a crusty baguette. It’s a simple but absolutely delicious lunch that you won’t want to miss out on.
If you’re looking for tasty veggie delights in Seville be sure to sample the espinacas con garbanzos, a mixture of spinach, chickpeas, and spices served with an oversized crouton. For an unforgettable seafood dish try the Cazón en adobo, its sand shark marinated in lemon, vinegar, oregano, cumin, and vinegar.
Eslava is one of many amazing places to eat in Seville, you’ll find this restaurant on Plaza San Lorenzo. Be sure to tuck into the award-winning pork and honey ribs, and the tasty scallops topped with a tantalizing seaweed puree.
Bordeaux has a whole lot to offer foodie types, there are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, including Symboise. Expect Michelin-star standards (but without the price tags), Symboise offers a range of delicious local seafood, meat and vegetable dishes, changing frequently, depending on the season.
If you’re a steak lover head to La Brasserie Bordelaise, here you’ll get to sample the finest steaks and delicious charcuterie boards- served with capers, terrine, cured meats, bread, and pickles.
No trip to France can be complete without sampling some French sweet pastries. The Dunes blanches du Cap-Ferret are just about as delicious as pastries get. These bite-sized treats are filled with cream, including a range of different flavors from white chocolate and raspberry to Nutella, salted caramel, and vanilla.
Ljubljana is fast gaining popularity as a foodie hotspot in Europe, the cuisine near shares similarities with its surrounding countries, including Hungary, Croatia, Italy, and Austria. Here you’ll find plenty of tasty pasta dishes, seafood dishes, and mouth-watering meat broths.
If you’re a fan of sweet treats, definitely check out the Slovenian cream cake, a delectable combination of puff pastry, whipped cream, and custard cream.
One of the stand-out restaurants in Ljubljana is Strelec, where you’ll find some beautiful views across the city and a romantic atmosphere. The menu has a range of delightful foods to sample, including noodle dough and cuttlefish, and sea urchin purée.
Looking for the trendiest place to visit in Europe right now? Croatia is one of the best-hidden gems you’ll find. Croatia has a rich food culture, and Dubrovnik is certainly one of the best places to find it. Crni Rizot (or black risotto) is a must-try dish when in Dubrovnik. The risotto is made with squid ink, which explains the color. Usually, the dish is also served with clams and mussels.
If you’re looking for some comfort food be sure to try the Pašticada, it’s a braised beef dish that’s slow-cooked for several hours, along with nutmeg, parsley, carrots, prunes, and bacon. Pašticada is often served with gnocchi or fresh pasta.
Looking for a high-end treat in Dubrovnik? Then head on down to the Bistro Tavulin, a Michelin star restaurant with an inventive menu. Be sure to sample the octopus ragout and the irresistible mussels in white sauce.
Traveling to Europe
As you’ve probably gathered, there are so many different foodie spots in Europe! These are just a few of the best places on offer. When you’re travelling to Europe, it’s best to start planning well in advance. With a little bit of preparation you’ll find the dream foodie holiday for you.