Pizza from Italy, duck from China, avocados from Mexico, mangoes from India…there is so much delicious food to sample all across the world. Traveling gives us the opportunity to try a wide variety of dishes with deep flavor, rich cultural history, and ingredients you won’t find anywhere else.
From North America to Australia, each place in the world has unique cuisine and dishes that speak to the region’s heritage. Even on a staycation, there are loads of foods that can expand your palette and open your eyes to the beauty of food.
So, whether you’re traveling across the globe or just down the street, let’s dig into the best foods from around the world worth traveling for!
The most important meal of the day! No matter where you’re from, we all need to kick off our day with something! Whether it’s a simple black coffee and bagel from New York City or something a bit more involved–like crepes from France–the first meal of the day is something we all look forward to in every corner of the world.
In this South American country, breakfast is no joke. A typical day in Venezuela starts with arepas (cornmeal pitas) filled with all things decadent: butter, salty cheese, meats, avocado, and eggs.
This is a meal guaranteed to keep you full until dinner time and frees up your lunch hour to enjoy the beautiful views of Venezuela.
Looking for something a little lighter? Try some muesli up in the Alps! Muesli is grain-like granola–that accompanies a whole spread of cheese, cold cuts, soft-boiled eggs, and fresh fruit.
Muesli is the perfect addition to any breakfast, especially ones with fruit! Typically, milk is poured over a bowl of muesli with fresh banana, raisins, and sometimes blueberries.
If you’re on the go in Switzerland, use a portable blender to blend that fresh fruit for a smoothie to take on your hike, and add some muesli for texture and extra nutrients!
It’s easy to derail your day with a heavy lunch or have a long afternoon because a bland salad left you unsatisfied. The good news is there are many healthy, satisfying, and tasty lunch options that will help get you to dinner without feeling ravenous.
A classic dish that started in Japan, a bento box is pretty much a lunch box with compartments. This centuries-old style of eating gets its meaning from the word convenient. While it’s been around for a long time, the bento box is enjoying a recent boom globally in the past 50 years.
It’s usually filled with typical Japanese cuisines like sushi, rice, egg, and furikake. The furikake alone is worth jet-setting for with its mix of dried fish, seaweed, sesame, sugar, and MSG.
Plus, you can put your own spin on it by adding whatever you want, whether it’s freshly-blended hummus or some fresh fruit to get you a healthy sugar fix.
Moroccan cuisine is known for its dynamic flavors and beautiful colors. One dish you’ll want to try along your travels is tagine. Tagine takes its name from the clay or ceramic dish it’s typically cooked in, but it’s an endless opportunity for a combination of flavors and textures.
There are loads of vegetables, meats, and spices packed into this dish, and you can make it your own by picking beef, lamb, or chicken as your meat. Plus, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, no worries! There are plenty of vegetable tagine options.
We’re headed to the outback for dinner! In the land where grilling is a common way to cook something, it should be no surprise that barbeque is on the list of things you have to try on your travels to Australia.
The signature dish is called barbeque snags, or sausages. The sausages are usually made of pork or beef, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even branch out into other animals like the kangaroo.
Throw a couple of these down on the “barbie,” wrap it in some bread, top it off with some fried onions, and add your favorite sauce for some extra flavor!
Spain is a beautiful and geographically diverse country, so you know it will have a lot to offer when it comes to cuisine. Perhaps the dish Spain is best-known for, paella is a rich and delicious meal that will stand out from other dining experiences.
In Spain, meals are something to be shared, with a beautiful bottle of wine. The traditional seafood paella is filled with mussels, shrimp, lobster, and cuttlefish. This is all combined with white rice, herbs, and fresh olive oil to create a special experience that you won’t get anywhere else.
We’re saving the best for last here! When it comes to topping off the night or satisfying your sweet tooth, there are plenty of dishes to choose from.
In the US, dessert is something everyone looks forward to at the end of a meal, but one place that really takes the cake is Georgia. The Peach State is known for…well, its peaches. This juicy and succulent fruit is a great addition to any pie or cobbler, or even on its own! Grilled peaches are a traditional dessert in the South, and there’s no better place to try it than right in Georgia.
Top it with some fresh whipped cream and fresh basil, and you’ll have the perfect end to a perfect meal.
No matter your craving, when traveling the globe in search of good eats, it’s most important to remember where it’s coming from and the people who made it. So, now that you have some tasty travel destinations, pack your bags, and start sampling!