Whether you’re hungry for travel, or just plain hungry we’ve rounded up 10 of the most delicious European cities to visit this autumn. There are hearty pastas, gourmet wonders and rich warming hot chocolates you’ll never want to end. They’re quite good for sightseeing too, if you’re looking for something to do between the feasting…
Bologna is affectionately called “the fat one” by Italians. With regional specialities including ragù bolognese, tortellini and mortadella sausage, we think that name is pretty self explanatory. You’ll also want to try the especially fine truffle oils, Parmesan cheese and artisan chocolates. Our advice? Don’t take a belt.
Whether it’s jewel-like pâtisserie or aged cheese, Paris excels in all things gourmet. But hold off on the Michelin-starred waiting list a moment. For a fraction of the cost dine on steak-frites cooked to perfection in the local brasserie, hit the boulangerie early for still-warm croissants and order delicate crêpes at food markets.
Food in Barcelona has a more Mediterranean flair, with plenty of olive oil and vegetables. The city’s seaside setting results in some creative paellas on the menu, as well as tasty fish stews. Try the Gothic Quarter for authentic Catalan cooking, and the back streets for small bars serving tapas.
The cuisine in Copenhagen is diverse and wholesome. Rub & Stub restaurant where the entire menu is made from would-be waste food, and award-winning organic hotdog stand Den Økologiske Pølsemand are just two prime examples. So grab a cup of gløgg (mulled wine with raisins and almonds) and get exploring.
5. Chania, Crete
Apparently the average Cretan gets through 25 litres of olive oil per year. It’s certainly a prominent ingredient in the typical dishes in Chania. Expect crumbly white cheeses, barley rusks rubbed with tangy tomatoes, slow-cooked pork and crisp cheese pastries.
The Eternal City is the place to feast on pizza slices and dither over mountains of gelato. Real foodies will want to explore bawdy Testaccio neighbourhood. It’s where Roman cuisine was born, and you can try the freshest mozzarella and buy homemade gnocchi at the covered Testaccio Market.
Vienna has several famous dishes that you should try in their native setting, from Wiener Schnitzel to apple strudel and rich chocolate Sachertorte. But Austria’s refined capital has even more delicious delicacies on the menu that you’ve probably never heard of.
Sardines are a speciality in Porto, but so too are rich hams and cheese. Try a bit of everything with a meal of petiscos, Portugal’s tapas. There’s a thriving cafe scene, serving strong coffee and creamy pasteis de nata. And you really can’t leave without trying the port!
9. San Sebastian
If Europe had just one foodies’ mecca, San Sebastian in northern Spain would be it. This is where tapas has been perfected, as the heaving bars testify, serving celebrated Basque country cuisine, rich in cured hams, salted cod and meats grilled over hot coals. Its reputation is sealed by the amount of Michelin-starred restaurants – nine in the city or nearby!
Sweet-toothed travellers have to make the trip to Brussels. Caramelising waffles scent the streets, occasionally interrupted by the aroma of melted chocolate. Warm over mugs of steaming hot chocolate and deliberate between delicate marzipan and cocoa-rich sweets. If you get sugared out turn your attention to Belgium’s other specialities: chips, mussels and beer.