For most of us, especially foodies, experiencing other cuisines and trying out various dishes is one of the main reasons why we travel abroad. There are some national or regional cuisines that are more popular and more widespread than others, but we feel that literally every country and every region have something to offer when it comes to culinary specialties.
We live in an era when many foods and dishes are available globally, there are very few towns that don’t feature a McDonalds or Burger King restaurant, but there’s no point to eat at an international fast-food chain restaurant when you can experience unique and authentic local cuisine.
Experiencing Local Cuisine
Many people eat at familiar places when they travel abroad simply because they aren’t sure what should they eat, or where. The internet made things a lot simpler. You can now read reviews of restaurants located in places on the other side of the globe from you. Still, if you wish to experience a certain cuisine it is necessary to travel there, because no matter how authentic the Chinese restaurant in your town is, it is still not as good as the Chinese restaurants in China.
Food still needs to be experienced directly, whereas in other industries the internet made a lot more significant impact. For instance, when it comes to online casino gaming, it will soon overtake conventional, land-based gaming.
Go To Local Restaurants
The first mistake that most travellers make, especially those who stick to mainstream tourist locations, is visit only the touristy places which means that they usually go to restaurants that are typically frequented by tourists.
Firstly, these restaurants tend to be more expensive compared to standard restaurants in the respective neighbourhood or town. Secondly, they are not authentic. Most of the dishes that you can try at tourist restaurants are watered down versions of the dishes that you can find at the most authentic and representative restaurants.
When you are in a new town, try to explore the parts where locals live, not just the centre or the area where there are major tourist landmarks. Although these areas tend to look rougher and the restaurants that you will see there aren’t as upmarket as the ones that you can see in the more central parts of town, you will experience culinary delights and you will eat the food that the locals eat, cooked in the way that they are used to, with all the spices and herbs used in the local cuisine.
See Where Locals Eat
But how can you know which are the best restaurants, cafés, chippies, or whatever is the local word for a food venue? There’s one easy hint. Simply browse the area and see where you’ll see the longest queue of locals, or where all the tables are full. That place has to be good.
The same applies to drinks, don’t drink the same international beers or fizzy drinks that you can find everywhere. Try something local!