I travel for food and Mr. T Raf does too. Food and culinary experiences are such a huge element of our travels and we’re constantly on the hunt for top foodie destinations to visit. What’s the point in going to Thailand and not tasting their divine curries and pad Thai, or visiting Mexico for a Caesar salad? The hunt for local specialties and food tours makes traveling all the more enjoyable.
According to the Hotels.com® Tasty Travels report, two thirds of millennials in the UAE (about 74%) admitted that the country’s cuisine is one of the biggest deciding factors when choosing a destination. Around 67% travel merely to indulge in local specialties as opposed to just visiting landmarks (65%) and discovering the great outdoors (20%). As for choice of food, 32% of UAE millennials prefer street food as opposed to fine-dining experiences (17%).
Paris, Tokyo and Rome topped the list at 27%, 23% and 22%. Others on the list were London, New York, Barcelona and Madrid. As for imagery of food and sharing it on social media, around 73% admit they prefer snapping their food instead of their friends faces – we laughed too! Millennials also take an average of 134 photos, of which a quarter are of food.
Here’s our list of local specialties to try at the top foodie destinations:
Paris: Chocolate and strawberry or cheese and mushroom crepe, a plate of escargot, croquet monsieur, beef bourguignon and a cheese board.
Tokyo: Ramen, sushi and sashimi, yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes typically made with flour, cabbage, scallions, and pork belly slices) and cold soba noodles made from buckwheat flour.
Rome: Pasta – literally any type, but don’t miss carbonara and cacio e pepe (with cheese and pepper), pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), arancini (stuffed rice balls with mozzarella, coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried), and of course plenty of gelato.
Have we missed any local specialties? Comment below – we’d love to know.
A link to our fav. local specialities in Portugal – click here

Thoughts?