Food is a huge part of why people travel and many travellers often build their trips around when and where they’re going to eat.
And we’re not just talking about eating gelato and pasta in Italy—even though that’s pretty good, too! From truffle hunting in Croatia to the most expensive sushi places in Japan, Travel and Style magazine’s Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington dishes on the most travel destinations for those who fill up their Instagram feeds with food photos.
Guadalajara is the new Mexico City
There’s more to Mexico than just beaches! Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city and rivals Mexico City when it comes to coolness and an incredible food scene (seriously, some restaurants look like they could be in New York). From Hueso (a restaurant designed all in white and bones) that serves up farm-to-table family-style dishes, to Lula Bistro where chef Darren Walsh has taken traditional Mexican food and given it a trendy molecular twist. You can also stay at the boutique Love It Hotel (chef Darren Walsh also creates magical dishes here), eat as many tacos as possible, and don’t forget: you’re just a two hour boozy train ride away from the town of Tequila.
The most expensive sushi in Tokyo
Aside from the fact that Tokyo is a feast for the eyes with it’s bustling streets and bright lights, Tokyo holds the title of having the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world -- a whopping 220! You can truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture with some of the most expensive sushi in the world at the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro (where 15 pieces of sushi can run you over $200). But if breaking your bank account isn’t up your alley, you can still soak up incredible culinary in this massive city on a cheaper budget. Street food noodles, to egg omelets on a stick, and matcha gelato, there’s no shortage of items to put your food adventure to the test.
Go vegetarian… in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec City… they may be what you think of for foodie cities in Canada, and rightly so, they’re all incredible. But with a slew of high end and vegetarian restaurants popping up in Halifax, this east coast city is riding a food wave that’s beyond lobster and fish and chips (although you can never go wrong with those two options!). The best thing about the Halifax food scene is that it’s not pretentious, affordable and most places are casual. The Wooden Monkey is a vegetarian delight with local ingredients that tempt even meat lovers to the table. En Vie is also a top spot for vegans with colourful dishes that are definitely Instagram-worthy (think Jackfruit poutine), to Field Guide, a spot for all kinds of foodies, with fresh seafood, local ingredients and a twist on that famous east coast favourite, donairs.
A world of flavours in Washington, DC
Something a bit closer to home, but the perfect spot to go for a weekend of non-stop eating is Washington, DC. Being such a political hub, you can find pretty much any kind of food here, from any part of the world and it’s legitimately good. Hit up the Logan Circle area for a mix of eating and drinking. The tucked away restaurant Compass Rose has a small menu, but serves up those international flavours (each dish coming from a different region). Lapis Afghan Bistro is that shareable, Instagram-worthy spot for authentic, modern Afghan food. And brunch at Le Diplomate is a must (headed by a James Beard Award-winning chef), it’s like dining in the heart of Paris. If you want something more rustic, head to Ben’s Chili Bowl, literally where every celebrity (including Obama) makes a visit and takes a picture for the wall of famous faces.
Get adventurous in Lima
Peruvian food might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to fine dining, or what will draw you to a destination, but Lima is one multicultural city, rich with Asian influence (thanks to a strong Chinese immigrant population). Lima also boasts 4 of the world’s top restaurants (one of only a few cities to hold that many). Nabbing a table at Central, Maido, and Astrid y Gastón will give you major foodie cred. Dive into local delicacies like ceviche (there’s really not much prettier than ceviche to take a picture of!), and feast on the hundreds of varieties of potatoes that the country grows and corn dishes. The adventurous can eat a local favourite cuy (or guinea pig), alpaca and even llama. Or stick to the sweet side of things and indulge in lucuma (a fruit shaped like mango with a custardy taste) in pretty much every desert form.
A Yorkshire pub… that just happens to be the best in the world
Want to know what has been voted the best restaurant in the world? A good old English pub in the heart of Yorkshire. London If you’re already visiting London and you want bragging rights of eating at the world’s best restaurant add the Black Swan in the hamlet of Oldstead to your list. The pub gets its “best in the world” honors from Trip Advisor, who based the notable award on an algorithm of internet posts by everyday customers. Food is classic British with a Michelin-star twist -- all the ingredients are locally sourced, mostly from the family farm. You’re looking at a 3-month wait to even book a table, so plan in advance, and make sure to take in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire while you’re there.