Food Bucket List: 101 Unique Travel Eats

Food bucket list

Food and travel often come hand in hand – for many of us digging into all the various local delicacies is a holiday highlight. Not to mention it’s also a tasty and rewarding way of gaining insight to the culture and history of the country you are visiting.

For all those gallivanting gastronomes out there dealchecker has put together the ‘ultimate food bucket list‘ featuring 101 of our foodie favourites. From must-visit restaurants around the world to bizarre and outlandish dishes that make the ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here‘ food challenges look a little tame… Have we missed any out that you think should be on the list?

Must Visit:

  1. Feel the heat at El Diablo Restaurant in Lanzarote, Spain, where you can watch in wonder as the chefs grill your food using heat from a live volcano.
  2. Eat fresh sushi Japanese-style with chopsticks in the bustling city of Tokyo. If you’re feeling brave, why not try the notorious yet celebrated fugu puffer fish? The fish can be lethal if its toxic parts aren’t removed properly… so remember to be extra nice to the chef!
  3. Soak up a mind-numbing hangover with a hearty English breakfast in London, black pudding included!
  4. Embrace the cold and snuggle up in Finland’s Snow Castle Restaurant, where you can dine on a festive bowl of Reindeer soup. The restaurant is always at least -5 degrees centigrade and the inside is filled with snow, so don’t forget those woollen mittens!
  5. Wake up to breakfast with a giraffe at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. The long limbed creatures living near this stately country manor stick their necks in through the windows so you can feed them a few leaves whilst you tuck into your cereal.
  6. Savour the taste of just-baked homemade pizza in the vibrant Italian city of Napoli – labelled by many as home of the best pizza in the world
  7. Pig out at a Mexican fiesta party with a meal of Molo Poblano, a traditional dish made up of a sauce containing hot chillies and rich chocolate. Bonus points if you get to break a piñata!
  8. Let loose drinking pints of full-bodied, creamy Guinness in a traditional Irish pub in Dublin. And if you have the time, why not take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse Brewery to learn how the much-loved beverage is made?

#2 Sushi in Tokyo

  1. Share a traditional Thanksgiving feast with family and friends in America, carved Turkey and pumpkin pie included. Try to break the wishbone and win so you can make a wish!
  2. Nibble a French crepe under the Eiffel Tower in the devastatingly romantic city of Paris, the most visited city in the world.
  3. Eat crispy battered fish ‘n chips out of paper on a windy day on Brighton beach, England.
  4. Try a dish you can’t pronounce the name of from a street stall in Southeast Asia, such as the yummy Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Thai green chicken curry).
  5. Sip an Earl Grey tea and indulge in rich cream cakes and scones at the ridiculously posh Ritz Hotel in London.
  6. Be spoilt for choice choosing a flavour of gelato at a parlour in Italy. Why not try a really unusual flavour, such as vodka and lobster ice cream at Fata Morgana Gelato in Rome?
  7. Munch on an authentic New York city bagel whilst walking through the scenic Central Park, New York.
  8. Explore Sydney Fish Market, picking up ingredients for a deliciously fishy seafood picnic on Australia’s famous Bondi Beach.
  9. Sit back and relax without the effort of choosing your next dish at Il Vino Restaurant, Paris. The chefs are trained to specially to suggest dishes to compliment the wine chosen – so you don’t have to strain your poor brain. Win!
  10. Tuck into a roast Guinea pig served up with a traditional side of rice and corn in the bustling capital city of Lima, Peru. Just try to avoid thinking about your childhood pet Squeak!
  11. Experience life as an Inuit and feast on dishes made from narwhal and beluga whales, seal soup, reindeer and ox at the Roklubben Restaurant situated in the culinary town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
  12. Sip smooth-tasting bottles of beer after exploring the Heineken experience museum in European hotspot Amsterdam.
  13. Snack on gooey jellied eels in the East end of London, a snack which historically were a common food source for the poor living in the capital city.
  14. Dine on breaded deep-fried ‘Wiener Schnitzel’, the national dish of Austria in the Stiftskeller St.Peter Restaurant in the fairy-tale city of Salzburg. The restaurant is the oldest in Europe and you can even enjoy a Mozart concert whilst dining – talk about sophistication!
  15. Lunch on backpacker favourite Pad Thai, a popular cheap-as-chips stir-fried noodle dish, on a gorgeous white-sand beach in Koh Lanta, thought by many to be home to the best beaches in Thailand.
  16. Feast on a slow-roasted kalua pig at a luau, (a traditional Hawaiian party) and celebrate with jovial Hawaiian music and hula dancing. Don’t forget your grass skirt!
  17. Order a colourful Greek salad with slabs of salty feta cheese whilst watching the sun set in one of Santorini’s charming white-washed villages.
  18. Cool down at the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines where you can dine on bamboo tables and dip your feet whilst you eat, just inches away from running water from the falls.

#3 English cooked breakfast

  1. Line your stomach with a paprika-rich meaty meal of Hungarian Goulash in Budapest. Allow to settle before heading out to sample the city’s famous nightlife.
  2. Share a deluxe cheese board platter and a bottle of fine red wine with new friends at Baud et Millet, a cheese-speciality restaurant in historic Bordeaux. The French city is renowned for its wine which is considered by some as best in the world – now that’s a motive to travel!
  3. Tick two countries off your bucket list and literally finish a meal off in two different countries at the Kalin restaurant, situated bang on the border of Croatia and Slovenia. Have your lunch in Croatia, and enjoy desert in Slovenia!
  4. Dine under the ocean with the fishes, surrounded by breathtakingly stunning views from the underwater Ithaa Restaurant in the Maldives. If you’re lucky (or unlucky?) you might even catch sight of a couple of sharks wafting past your dinner table as you nibble on your luxury meal of Maldivian lobster.
  5. Munch on a crumbling pasty, stuffed full of a chunky filling of mince and vegetables along the stormy Cornish coast in England. Some of our favourite Cornish beaches are tucked in by the untouched St Agnes, a tiny but thriving village on the North Cornish coast.
  6. Scoff down a meaty hot-dog loaded with heaps of ketchup, mustard and a sizzling portion of onions at a baseball game in America whilst cheering on your favourite team at the top of your lungs.
  7. Catch a boat to the picturesque Rock Restaurant, situated just off the shore on the island of Zanzibar. Make sure to try the fresh seafood!
  8. Share a spread of fresh tapas and seafood paella on Benirrás hippy beach in Ibiza. The unspoilt bohemian beach is famous for its impromptu drumming concerts at sunset, so get practising your dance moves.
  9. Fill up with a meal of dim sum in China, eating your way through various bite-sized portions served in small steamer baskets. Some favourites include ‘Cha siu bao’ which are softly steamed barbeque pork-stuffed fluffy buns and ‘Har gau’ which are curiously translucent dumplings consisting of crispy shrimp.
  10. Share a bowl of homemade Italian spaghetti topped with hearty meatballs with someone special in the stunningly romantic city of Verona, à la Lady and the Tramp.
  11. Watch the world go by as you wake up with a wonderfully-flaky croissant and a café au Lait for breakfast in a tiny independent Café in France.
  12. Taste a deliciously refreshing caipirinha cocktail as you dance away at the spectacularly extravagant world-famous Rio Carnival in Brazil. Next year’s doesn’t start til February, so there’s plenty of time yet to plan your costume!
  13. Pig out without any regrets with a crispy battered deep-fried Mars bar from a local chip shop up in Scotland, where the super high-calorie treats were first introduced as a novelty snack.
  14. Feeling a bit poorly on your travels? The staff at the Imperial Herbal Restaurant in Singapore will diagnose your illness and will ‘prescribe’ you one of their nourishing meals, (hopefully) whizzing you back to health.

#16 Sydney Fish Market

  1. Devour a meal of Turkish mezze which is a selection of hot and cold appetizers, on a tiny paved street in the enchanting capital city of Istanbul.
  2. Experience a mouth-watering meal in one of the Michelin starred restaurants dotted around the world. If you’re strapped for cash, why not try a meal of dim sum at Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong, the world’s most affordable Michelin starred restaurant?
  3. Dare to try an Indian vindaloo curry in Goa, famous for its extremely fiery taste.
  4. Take in the spectacular view of the impressive man-made city-state of Dubai whilst dining at the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere, towering up to a whopping 1,450 feet!
  5. Sip on glühwein (mulled wine) and nibble on stollen, the traditional German fruitcake as you wander along festive German markets during the Christmas season.
  6. Enjoy some very traditional ‘fast food’ at Hirobun restaurant in the cooling northern mountains of Kyoto, Japan. Diners are served bite-sized portions of noodles through a bamboo half-pipe carrying a stream of ice-cold water – you’ll need to be nifty with your chopsticks to catch it.
  7. Attempt Acme Oyster house’s 15 dozen club challenge in Texas, USA – where you try to choke down a total of 180 oysters in one sitting. Just be sure to keep the sick bucket close!
  8. Order the biggest steak off the menu from a steakhouse in Argentina.
  9. Dip bread into bubbling cheese fondue in the delightfully quaint Aescher Restaurant, built in solitude high up within the stunning Swiss Appenzell mountains.
  10. Munch on a meal of Caribbean jerk chicken, plantain and rice and peas on Reggae beach, one of Jamaica’s hidden gems.
  11. Feast on Moroccan tagine and couscous as you absorb the colourful surroundings of Marrakech.
  12. Partake in a food fight, such as La Tomatina festival in Spain in which participants pelt each other with tomatoes and get very messy!
  13. Sip on a variety of deliciously flavoured mojitos as you sit back and enjoy an eccentric cabaret show at the world famous Tropicana club in the capital city of Havana in Cuba
  14. Want to try your hand at fishing, but don’t have the patience wait around for hours? Visit Por Kung Pao restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand where customers are required to fish for their supper from a giant pool of prawns. But be warned – if you’re shrimp-less you go hungry!
  15. Guzzle pints of beer at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Must Do:

  1. Learn how to crack open and drain a coconut, and eat up the juice and flesh inside. Coconut water is extremely hydrating so it is the perfect go-to hangover cure after a night on the tiles!
  2. Attempt to bake your own colourful rainbow cake – just be careful not to mix up all the food colouring!
  3. Learn how to brew your own beer, but you have to finish off at least a pint of it, even if it doesn’t taste just quite right.

#57 Rainbow Cake

  1. Plan a traditional picnic for a warm summer’s day, complete with finger sandwiches, fresh strawberries and a classic red-checked woven picnic basket.
  2. Collect a variety of different types of berries on a long country walk and use them to bake up some delicious cakes and muffins. But remember – unless you’re an expert, it’s always best to stick to picking the `berries you recognise, such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, wild cherries and wild strawberries.
  3. Get back to basics and go mushroom hunting in the woods – again, like the berry-picking just try be aware which are safe to collect.
  4. Go on a fishing trip and if you’re successful take your prized catch home to cook for dinner. To make the trip more exciting, why not turn it into a competition as to who can catch the biggest win?
  5. Explore a city of your choice a with a different perspective and go on a food walking tour, soaking up the sights whilst stopping off for food tastings in various different eateries.
  6. Arrange a fun day out to a bee farm and savour the taste of fresh honey. Try eating the honeycomb wax too if you fancy it, as it’s known to have some great health benefits.
  7. Put together your own personal cookbook, full of your favourite recipes as well as any you’ve created yourself and gift a copy to a fellow foodie.
  8. Knead and bake your own fresh loaf of bread, filling your home with the delicious wafting smell.
  9. Throw a formal dinner party for a group of friends, complete with a starter, main and desert (and not forgetting lots of wine!). Try to cook everything from scratch, and no cheating!
  10. Learn how to order your favourite meal in its native language. Good luck if it’s Chinese dim sum that tickles your tastebuds!
  11. Literally dine in the sky, suspended at an eye-watering height of 50 metres in various locations across the globe with quirky company ‘Dinner in the sky‘.
  12. Create your own soup from scratch and give it its own name – and remember to keep and pass along the recipe if it’s tasty!
  13. Plan an all-you-can-eat meaty barbeque with friends in your back garden, and go ahead with it rain or shine.
  14. Mix up a bowl of pancake batter and learn how to flip one in a frying pan, just like they do in the movies. Keep practising until you can perfect it and become a master pancake-flipper!
  15. Attend a cooking class and learn how to serve up dishes of your favourite type of cuisine. This is even more interesting in a foreign country, as you’ll get the chance to learn different types of cooking skills you may not be aware of. Give it a try!

#64 Fresh honey

  1. Go on a camping trip in the woods and rely solely on cooking up your own food on a back-to-basics camp stove. A big pot of chilli is a classic camping favourite!
  2. Attend a food festival of your choice and fill yourself up with lots of small dishes of different cuisines round the world, tapas-style.
  3. Bake a cake for someone special’s birthday, and ice and decorate it as elaborately as you can.
  4. Splash out on an lobster dinner on the coast whilst breathing in the fresh salty sea air. If you happen to be in the Caribbean visit local restaurants where lobster is both delicious and affordable!
  5. Go on a Sabrage course to learn how to open a Champagne bottle in spectacular style – slicing through the neck with a saber.
  6. Build up a fabulous wine collection from your travels, and save the best bottles for special occasions (or the odd Friday night in!)
  7. The next time you’re served an outstanding meal at a restaurant, ask to compliment the chef and leave a generous tip. You’ll leave them grinning ear-to-ear!
  8. Attend a cocktail making master class with an expert mixologist. Add to your repertoire on your travels; perfect your caipirinha in Brazil and get recipe for a Singapore Sling from Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where it was invented.
  9. Visit a vineyard and get grape stomping. Remember to clean your feet first!
  10. Go to an ‘all you can eat’ buffet serving cuisines from all around the globe and fill up until your body can’t physically take anymore. Where else can you have an Italian pizza with a super-spicy Indian curry on the same plate?
  11. Spoil yourself to a luxury weekend away and enjoy a champagne breakfast of to start each day off before a pampering session.
  12. Learn how to make a beautifully-decorated gingerbread house, and gift it to someone special at Christmas. Visit a German Christmas market to see how the experts do it.

Try if you Dare:

  1. Crunch on a couple of fried grasshoppers along the busy back-packer hotspot of Khao San Road in Bangkok.

#88 Witchetty grub

  1. Prepare to be spoilt for choice at Guo Li Zhuang restaurant in Bejing, China which specialises in serving up different types of animal penis. Take your pick from horse, ox, deer, goat, sheep or even snake.
  2. Pretend you’re starring in ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ and nosh down a wriggling witchetty grub in Australia.
  3. Nibble on Escamoles, the eggs of giant black ants dished up in Mexico, dubbed by some as ‘insect caviar’.
  4. Dare to eat a century egg, otherwise known as the ‘thousand-year egg’ in China. These are eggs that have been preserved for a couple of months and are left with dark green and brown colouring… yum!
  5. Yet another insect delicacy, this time why not enjoy munching on the crispy legs of fried tarantulas in Cambodia?
  6. Use your nose to find a durian fruit, commonly sold throughout Southeast Asia. It’s said to be the world’s smelliest fruit, so bad that it’s been banned on public transport. The taste has been compared to rotten onions by some, but is described as rich custard by its fans.
  7. ‘Tong zi dan’, also known as ‘virgin boy egg’ is perhaps one of the most bizarre foods in the world. In Dongyang, China, eggs are cooked in the urine of young boys and are believed to give positive health benefits to those eating them – lovely!
  8. Another dish which is suited to a more, ahem, acquired taste is Hakarl, which is rotten, decomposed shark served up in Iceland. The smell is known to be very pungent, so remember to hold your nose!
  9. Here’s one to really make you gag. ‘Casu Marzu’, also known as ‘rotten cheese’ is a traditional sheep’s cheese originating from Sardinia, Italy that is packed full of larvae that ferment and decompose the cheese ready for eating. Many are known to wolf down the insects too!
  10. Brave trying the Scottish dish of Haggis, a savoury pudding made up of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, in a bed and breakfast in Glasgow.
  11. Remember that fleshy rubbery-looking bit of red skin on top of a cockerels head? Well in some European countries it’s cooked up in sauces and used as a garnish – must be chewy!

#100 Carolina Reaper pepper

  1. Another dish of the rotten nature is Surströmming, originating from Sweden. The herring fish is fermented and kept in a tin and the smell is meant to be so strong that it often has to be eaten outside.
  2. Don’t be fooled by the name, Rocky mountain oysters may sound curiously appetising but they are in fact deep-fried bull testicles commonly served up at festivals and eateries in North America.
  3. Work your way up the Scoville heat scale trying a variety of different chillies. The Carolina Reaper pepper grown in South Carolina, America has been rated as the hottest pepper in the world and has the chemical composition similar to pepper spray. Ouch!
  4. We all love a good cup of coffee to perk us up in the morning, but would you ever consider sipping a nice steaming cup of elephant dung? Well that’s exactly what Black ivory coffee from Thailand is – coffee beans are consumed by elephants and are then plucked from their faeces. Talk about a pick-me-up!


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