16 destinations for a culinary roadtrip in Europe

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Ready to embark on a culinary roadtrip through Europe? We’ll take you on a journey of flavors across the old continent!

Travel and taste the flavors of different countries, explore capital cities in search of the most innovative restaurants, follow the imagination of the greatest chefs… A culinary roadtrip in Europe leads to intense gustatory pleasures! Here’s our selection of 16 European destinations where it’s good to eat!

1. Milan, Italy

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The capital of Lombardy is a land of gastronomy. Indeed, Italy owes it some of its culinary treasures! Milan is a must for any culinary roadtrip in Europe. In this modern city, you’ll enjoy creative and sophisticated dishes. But if you prefer to try traditional specialties, the small family-run trattorias and osterias promise healthy, rustic dishes. Milan is the perfect place to try Italian dishes. Risotto alla milanese, cotoletta alla milanese and ossobuco are just some of the city’s delights.

2. Bruges, Belgium

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Europe’s best chocolate comes from Belgium! In Bruges, chocolate is everywhere. As you stroll through the city’s narrow streets, it’s impossible not to stop in front of the gourmet shop windows. Craftsmen redouble their imagination to attract visitors. Chocolate often takes on original, sometimes very daring forms. You can try « fruits de mer » with 3 chocolates, or pralines filled with cream. As far as restaurants are concerned, as soon as you step out of the tourist traps, you’re in for a treat with refined Franco-Belgian cuisine. Waterzooi and Flemish carbonade are among the Belgian specialties not to be missed!

3. Berlin, Germany

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Traditional German cuisine is delicious. It’s even more delicious with a pint of craft beer! To discover new horizons on your culinary roadtrip through Europe, head to Berlin. Berlin’s gastronomic scene is dynamic and constantly renewing itself. Parks and markets offer dishes from every corner of the globe. Berlin’s culinary diversity is exceptional. In this temple of street food, you can try the best Turkish/German doner at Mustafa’s kebab.

4. Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is home to a new generation of chefs, who have made a major contribution to the international renaissance of Portuguese cuisine. Even the traditional Porto dish francesinha is being revisited in sophisticated versions, much to our delight. At the very top, chefs such as José Avillez and João Rodrigues boast Michelin stars. Last but not least, the Time Out Market project in the Cais do Sodre district has energized the street food movement.

5. Seville, Spain

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A culinary roadtrip in Europe would be incomplete without enjoying the art of eating and drinking the Spanish way. Whether you’re sitting down to go from one tapas bar to another, or sharing a delicious paella with friends, the nightlife is generous. Seville is a city we really recommend for sampling the specialties of the region and the country. At tapas time, enjoy small plates of clams with artichokes, or the famous jamon iberico. Crab tacos and tuna ceviche are not bad either. On the go, enjoy croquettes on every street corner.

6. Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Danish capital is best known for its sculpted Little Mermaid. But it has also gradually become an essential gastronomic destination. Its 12 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Noma, have made Copenhagen internationally renowned. The A O C and Geranium restaurants are also a gourmet’s paradise. In Copenhagen, you’ll taste the best oysters in the country. For a delicious lunch, try the traditional Smørrebröd, an open-faced sandwich filled with squash and shrimp. Finally, your taste buds will be satisfied, while your eyes feast on the magnificent architecture of the buildings housing the restaurants.

7. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is certainly the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in Great Britain. The culinary scene is thriving, from inexpensive cafés to sophisticated modern establishments. Enjoy macaroni and Orkney lobster, or the local fish and chip cone. No doubt the Scottish capital will satisfy your hunger, however great it may be!

8. Cornwall, United Kingdom

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In Cornwall, local culinary art and production are the order of the day. Cornwall’s lush green pastures, coastline and unique climate are conducive to the cultivation of quality produce. The seaside resort popular with Londoners has succeeded in federating a network of independent farmers, craftsmen and chefs. From craft beer and cider to charcuterie, cheese and ice cream, the region’s specialities are sure to please. Celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver have helped to raise the profile of the local gastronomic scene.

9. Budapest, Hungary

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You’ve certainly heard of goulash, the famous traditional Hungarian stew? In Budapest, you’ll have the opportunity to taste it at the Halaszbastya restaurant, with a breathtaking view of Budapest. Filled with meat, spices and vegetables, this dish is a Hungarian favorite. Looking for a sweet touch? Opt for the Hungarian pancakepalacsinta. The capital has restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The menus are imaginative and the service professional. There are even a few Michelin-starred establishments. Finally, even vegetarian options go beyond mushrooms and fried cheese.

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Once in Reykjavik, the culinary roadtrip through Europe becomes cosmopolitan. A multitude of restaurants offer refined Icelandic cuisine, mixed with Nordic and French influences, as well as South American and Asian cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan offerings have increased in recent years, as have the number of establishments offering local menus and seasonal produce. Don’t leave Iceland without trying the lobster soup at the Saegreifinn seafood shack near Reykjavik harbor.

11. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Located at the southernmost tip of the country, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the city of Dubrovnik surprises with its Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. The best of Croatian cuisine awaits your taste buds: aromatic olive oil from the Istria region, black truffles from the Motovun forest, seafood from the coast… Discover another side of Croatia, far from the beaches and huge parties.

12. Prague, Czech Republic

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The charm of Prague’s gastronomic scene blends a strong respect for history and culture with a touch of innovation. Of course, you must try the traditional dish svíčková, which includes sirloin and vegetables as well as bread dumplings. On the way up to Prague Castle, grab atrdelnik, the sweet specialty you can buy on the street. The famous butcher Naše Maso will delight meat lovers, while Sisters revisits chlebíčky, another traditional dish. Many other places offer the best smažený sýr (a kind of beer-fried cheese) or more refined cuisine.

13. Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin Bay is the place to be for seafood! The trendy restaurants of the Irish capital serve the best traditional Irish flavors, such as smoked Irish trout or melting beef. The coffee is delicious, as are the desserts.

14. Sibiu, Romania

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Escape to Transylvania for a culinary voyage of discovery. As well as being immersed in a marvellous landscape of hills and typical villages, Sibiu celebrates local producers. The aim? To showcase the region’s gastronomic expertise. In this fortified medieval town, numerous gastronomic festivals and events take place throughout the year. Cheeses, Romanian soups and wines are a feast for the taste buds.

15. Tbilissi, Georgia

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The Georgian capital is renowned for its traditional dishes and fine wines. Although it has long been poorly regarded, the country’s gastronomy is now renewing itself in innovative places. The quality of Tbilisi’s produce is well worth a place in our selection of culinary cities in Europe. The national dishes are khatchapouri and khinkalis. Khatchapouri consists of a bread cake topped with cheese or egg. Khinkalis are the famous ravioli filled with meat, vegetables, mashed potatoes or cheese.

16. Lyon, France

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It would be unthinkable to end this article without mentioning Lyon, renowned as the capital of French gastronomy. The capital of the Gauls even bears the nickname of  » world capital of gastronomy« . A reputation built up by the famous « Mères », excellent cooks who fed the workers with regional dishes, which some would consider to be roborative today. The Michelin-starred restaurant La Mère Brazier, in the 1st arrondissement, is a kind of reflection of this.

However, Lyon wouldn’t have become France’s favorite city without their influence, which can still be felt today in the dozens of Bouchons dotted around the city. While you’re discovering Lyon’s gastronomy, take the opportunity to discover the Fête des Lumières, which takes place every year around December 8. In 2019, La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie opened its doors to the general public, within the magnificent Hôtel-Dieu, restored after years of renovation.