Top Destinations to Indulge in Global Delicacies

Booking.com wants to help you eat your way around the world

Published: 05 July 2017

With three quarters (75%) of global travellers saying that they would likely travel somewhere renowned for its great food and drink when choosing their next travel destination, culinary travel is a trend on the rise. The joy of trying and eating delicious new dishes while travelling can make a trip to remember.

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, uncovers the top food destinations around the world, as endorsed by Booking.com travellers. Now you can discover these gastronomic hot spots on your next getaway.

Among the over 120 million real traveller reviews on Booking.com, food stands out as a clear passion for many, representing a central theme in countless reviews. The data reveals Asian and South American flavours feature highly in the top ten foodie favourite destinations with Greece, Australia and Spain also included. Hong Kong, with its famous dim sum, Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbeque and Tokyo, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined, top the list.

Granada, Spain made it to the top eight of the list, photo © Booking.com
Granada, Spain made it to the top eight of the list, photo © Booking.com

“Culinary travel is an ever-growing trend, with travellers planning trips centred on taste-inspired exploration and seeking to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, of which food plays a huge part,” explains Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com.

“Not only are people looking for luxury gastronomic experiences, but also sampling local and street food.”

According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process

To find the top 25 destinations, Booking.com looked at destinations that had the most endorsements for 'food' by global Booking.com travellers, which needed to have over 300 endorsements or more for 'food' between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 to be considered.

Here are the top ten cities that made the list:

1 Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2 Sao Paulo, Brazil

3 Tokyo, Japan

4 Athens, Greece

5 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6 Melbourne, Australia

7 Bangkok, Thailand

8 Granada, Spain

9 Las Vegas, USA

10 Buenos Aires, Argentina

11 Singapore, Singapore

12 Warsaw, Poland

13 Porto, Portugal

14 Valencia, Spain

15 Florence, Italy

16 Milan, Italy

17 Sydney, Australia

18 Krakow, Poland

19 Istanbul, Turkey

20 Lisbon, Portugal

21 Munich, Germany

22 Copenhagen, Denmark

23 Seville, Spain

24 Brussels, Belgium

25 Rome, Italy

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