Who doesn't love food? Travelling to the best food cities in the world is a fantastic way to experience a variety of culinary delights. After all, there's nothing better than eating a world-class dish in its homeland.
Digital nomads are always on the hunt for destinations with great food, cozy cafes, and cheap accommodation. Allow us to guide you on your next adventure towards the richest flavours, the cheapest street eats, and the finest coffee!
We've rounded up the best, so feast your eyes on this list of the top foodie cities in the world.
Italy's food capital has earned it's nickname 'the fat one.' This decadent city is renowned for handmade pasta, cured meats, and heavenly regional cheese.
Bring your appetite! Bologna is best known for culinary feats, so there's no shame in booking a food tour or wine tasting. Travellers can work off extra pounds exploring the city's stylish walkable streets and medieval architecture.
Savour slices of fragrant parmigiano reggiano drizzled in balsamic vinegar, nurse a chilled shakerato in a pretentious brick cafe, or treat yourself to an experimental gelato flavour.
Pasta dishes include:
Tagliatelle Al Ragù: known throughout world as 'spaghetti bolognese', this pasta is the real deal. Hand-cut ribbons meet a slow-cooked sauce of mince, tomato, and wine.
Tortellini in Brodo: parcels of pasta, meat, and cheese simmered in a clear chicken broth.
Side dishes include:
Tagliere: a regional charcuterie board featuring rich smoky Mortadella salami, locally cured cheese, and crispy fried crescentine fritte bread.
Friggione a vegetarian dish of sweet, slow-cooked onions and tomato.
Must try: Passatelli: rustic looking pasta noodles made with cheese, egg, and breadcrumbs, served in broth.
Fuel your zest for life in this energetic city. Lima's culinary scene is a colourful blend of indigenous favourites and fusion dishes.
Famous for the seafood dish, ceviche, Lima knows how to make local Peruvian ingredients shine. Tender clams, hearty potatoes and yuca, juicy corn, and fruity Amarillo peppers appear in abundance.
Through her fractured history, Lima has lovingly adopted and reinvented a diverse range of recipes. Spanish conquest introduced European-style dishes. Later, East Asian immigrants influenced the popular Chifa fusion.
Traditional dishes include:
Anticuchos: skewers of grilled marinated cow heart, this street-food snack is tastier than it sounds.
Causa Limeña: a layered salad of mashed potato, avocado, and chicken, flavoured with lime and spicy Amarillo paste.
Fusion dishes include:
Ají de Gallina: a comforting chilli made with shredded chicken, Amarillo, and creamy parmesan pecan sauce.
Arroz Chaufa: fried rice Lima style, adding eggs, meat, and vegetables, seasoned with ginger and scallions.
Must try: Conchas Negras: ceviche with a twist, made using black clams this variation gives a dark purple colouration to the mouthwatering marinade.
8. Tel Aviv-Yafo
The eclectic energy of Tel Aviv-Yafo can only be matched by the vibrance of its food. Street stalls dispense stuffed pitas to hungry hands, and crowded restaurants call out orders while plating aromatic Jerusalem mix.
Choose to get amongst the chaos and taste the freshest, inexpensive street foods, or spoil yourself with delicate fare at upmarket eateries. Whatever your budget, save some room for creative cocktails Tel Aviv-Yafo has a playful mixology scene.
Health-conscious nomads and ethical eaters can rejoice. Hailed as the world's 'vegan capital', Tel Aviv-Yafo provides travellers with over 400 vegan and vegetarian restaurants and an impressive range of nutritious veggie-based dishes.
Street foods include:
Shawarma: rotisserie cooked lamb or turkey nestled in a pita alongside salad, pickles, and french fries. Top it all off with hot sauce, tahini, and Amba.
Bourekas: a savoury pastry snack, flaky on the outside, oozing with cheese, spinach, and potato within.
Vegetarian dishes include:
Sabich: this famous sandwich is made from a soft pita filled with fried eggplant, boiled egg, hummus, salad, tahini, and tangy Amba sauce.
Hummus: this smooth chickpea and tahini blend is drizzled with olive oil and toppings of vegetables. Not just a dip but a whole meal, best enjoyed with tart slices of onion.
Must try: Falafel: Israel's national dish, these fragrant balls of fried chickpea, are enjoyed with salad, pita, and sauces.
Seoul is serious about food. Watch spicy pork feet prepared in front of you at a night market, eat sweet hotteok pancakes as you wander the neon streets, and tuck into Korean fried chicken after a night of noerabang. Enjoying delicious food is part of life in this trendy city.
South Korean cuisine is dominated by seafood, grilled meats, soups, and vegetable dishes, eaten with rice and many sides. Kimchi is served alongside every meal and esteemed for its medicinal qualities. Many dishes are also seasoned with chilli peppers making them a challenge for unaccustomed palettes.
Seoul's food scene shines brightest in the flavourful treats offered by night markets. Travellers can spend an evening shopping the streets of Myeongdong while sampling a morsel from every stall.
Night market treats include:
Tteokbokki: chewy rice cakes in a sweet-spicy gochujang sauce.
Gamja-Hotdog: this decadent take on a corn dog is crispy coated and covered in generous chunks of French fry.
Korean sweets include:
Hotteok: one of the best winter warmers, this sugary pancake resembles a caramel-filled doughnut. Oozing a hot filling of cinnamon, brown sugar, and crunchy peanuts.
Gyeongdan: these soft sweets are shaped from pounded rice and sprinkled with colourful black sesame, mugwort, or soybean powder.
Must try: Korean Fried Chicken: it's hard to say no to this perfectly fried goodness, coated in sticky red sauce and served with a cold beer and refreshing pickled radish.
6. Buenos Aires
If you can never have enough grilled beef, then fear not carnivores, Buenos Aires is the city for you. This passionate place is eager to indulge a craving for arts, dancing, and succulent steaks.
Start your work-day Argentine Style with a hot cup of Yerba mate, fuel up on empanadas before a sensual tango class, or recover from football fever at La Bombonera Stadium with a greasy choripán sandwich.
Nomads with a sweet tooth will be pleased to find Buenos Aires is a city of sugar. Alongside many biscuit varieties, the city is home to moreish dulce de Leche. This caramel cream is spread over morning toast, drizzled on dessert churros, or enjoyed by the spoonful, straight from the jar!
Meat dishes include:
Milanesa de Carne: a decadent deep-fried and breadcrumbed steak, often sprinkled with mozzarella and topped with fried eggs.
Matambre Relleno: in this gaucho meal, a roll of roast beef is stuffed with herbs, vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs, then given a crispy skin on the grill before serving.
Arroz con Leche: a traditional rice pudding slow-cooked in milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Alfajores: a biscuit sandwich constructed from 2-3 buttery wafers, layered with thick dulce de leche or jam, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Must try: Asado: a barbeque feast of tender beef, salted and sizzling. Enjoy a starter course of chorizo and sweet breadss while you wait for the juicy cuts of sirloin and ribs to cook. Pile your plate, but save room for a refreshing side salad and hearty steak fries.
This chaotic city might be overwhelming, but if you can brave the traffic, there's no better place to find cheap, authentic meals with vibrant Vietnamese flavours.
Hanoi's cuisine blends traditional meats, rice, and sauces, with French influences such as baguettes and omelettes. Herbs and aromatics appear in every aspect of cooking, some of the most popular being lemongrass, mint, and chilli.
Nomads will be impressed by Hanoi's selection of inexpensive working cafes and free WIFI. Set down your laptop, enjoy the respite of air-conditioning, and try a cup of Ca Phe Trung, you might be pleasantly surprised!
French style dishes include:
Bánh mì: this satisfying baguette sandwich is stuffed with ham, smooth pate, mayo, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and chilli.
Bò lúc lắc: a hearty dish of cubed and sautéed steak, served with rice and fresh vegetables.
Traditional local dishes:
Bún Chả: chunks of barbecued pork, fried tofu, vermicelli noodles, and fresh citrusy herbs make up this tasty selection. Dip each morsel into tangy fish sauce before devouring.
Pho: this comforting combination of broth, noodles, tender meat, and herbs can cure any hangover.
Must try: Chả Cá Lã Vọng: simple yet spectacular, this Hanoi delicacy consists of buttery grilled mudfish cooked with fragrant dill and turmeric.
Lisbon is taking off as a digital nomad hotspot, but networking, and cheap accommodation, aren't all this charming city has to offer. Discover Portuguese cuisine, from the heights of Michelin-star seafood to the simple pleasures of local pastelarias.
Much of coastal Lisbon's food comes fresh from the seas in the form of clams, octopus, and sardines, but hearty stews of meat and vegetables also feature prominently. The city is known for its rich flavours, blessed with an abundance of spices, olive oil, and sugary wine.
Finding quality cafes for work won't be a problem in Lisbon, but being distracted by good food might! Expand your palette or hone your hipster side when you tap into this city's specialty coffee culture, enjoy a healthy lunch of grilled sardines, or treat your sweet tooth to an alluring egg tart.
Seafood dishes include:
Polvo à Lagareiro: delicate boiled octopus legs dressed in silky olive oil and garlic sauce and paired with roast potatoes.
Bacalhau: salted codfish shredded and laid on a base of onion and diced potatoes, then mixed in with soft-scrambled eggs and garnished with parsley and olives.
Soup dishes include:
Caldo Verde: a celebration stew of hearty potatoes, kale, and chorizo. Served with crusty hunks of broa for dipping.
Açorda: a filling traditional bread soup made from broth-soaked rustic bread, seasoned with garlic and coriander, topped with olive oil and a freshly poached egg.
Must try: Francesinha: dangerously good, this hedonistic sandwich is stuffed with sausage, ham, and steak, poured with melted cheese, topped with fried egg, and drowned in beer and tomato sauce.
The 'Gastronomic Capital' is a Mecca for foodies. Blooming at the heart of the produce region, this peaceful city has perfected cheese, wine, and chocolate.
Lyon is an old city with unique culture, perfectly demonstrated by its local dishes. Combine history and gastronomy as you enjoy the rustic medieval dish Pâté en croute, savour a bottle of Cote du Py from 100-year-old vines, or bite into a sweet Coussin de Lyon shaped like a holy cushion.
It would be amiss to visit Lyon and not frequent the city's army of restaurants. Though elevated in style, many local dishes were adapted from labourers' meals, creating hearty fuel from humble ingredients. Don't skip the wine pairing!
Light meals include:
Salade lyonnaise: a green salad topped with crisp bacon, croutons, poached eggs, and tart mustard dressing.
Cervelle de Canuts: a creamy blend of fromage frais, shallots, herbs, and olive oil.
Main courses include:
Coq au Vin: this soothing chicken stew is made from exquisite Bresse birds, slow-cooked with mushrooms in wine sauce.
Tablier de Sapeur: a type of schnitzel made from beef tripe. The flavourful tripe is boiled in bullion, marinated in white wine, breaded, and pan-fried till crisp.
Must try: La Quenelle: smooth oval dumplings stuffed with creamed pike and served with vegetables in a rich sauce.
2. Mexico City
Culinary treasures and colourful cocktails await in this lively nomad hotspot. Mexico City is an ideal place to experience traditional arts, Aztec history, and of course, a very important aspect of Mexican culture - delicious food!
Mexico's cuisine is a flavourful blend of indigenous dishes, rich in meat, corn, beans, and chilli peppers, and the influence of Spanish cooking, bringing rice, dairy, olive oil and spices.
Fuel up for a day of exploring with a loaded breakfast of chilaquiles, snack on cheesy corn elote while you watch a Lucha Libre match, or take an adventurous sip of pulque, an ancient alcoholic beverage.
Traditional meals include:
Tamales: delicious parcels of corn dough mixed with fillings like meat, beans, herbs, and seeds, all wrapped together in a corn husk or banana leaf.
Chiles en Nogada: this striking national dish consists of a poblano pepper stuffed with picadillo mince, covered in creamy nogata sauce, and scattered with pomegranate seeds.
Chapulines: crispy fried grasshoppers may look intimidating but these protein-rich snacks are very palatable seasoned in chilli and lime.
Camotes: a decadent street-food treat of piping hot sweet potatoes, topped with jam and condensed milk.
Must try: Tacos Al Pastor: this classic tortilla dish combines sumptuous spit-grilled pork, sweet pineapple, a refreshing garnish of cilantro, crisp onion, and a dollop of spicy salsa.
When it comes to inexpensive and irresistible street food, Bangkok is king.
For the Thai, every meal is an adventure, a social occasion, or a celebration. Sweet, salty, sour, and spicy flavours are skilfully combined to ensure each mouthful is exciting.
Try mouthwatering bundles of Pad Thai, fiery tom yum goon soup, or fragrant pineapple fried rice washed down with a Thai iced coffee or sweet pink milk.
Street foods include:
Pad Thai: this comforting classic of fried noodles, prawns, and crunchy peanuts, is like a hug for your stomach.
Thai Green Curry: a fragrant spicy blend of green eggplant, green chilli, sweet basil, and lime leaf.
Fried Banana Pancakes: this crispy delight can be enjoyed hot from the pan or smothered in a topping of honey or Nutella.
Sticky Mango Rice: a pudding of sticky glutinous rice, creamy coconut milk and slices of plump mango.
Must try: Green Papaya Salad: tangy and fresh, this is not your regular bland salad. An explosion of garlic, fish sauce, sugar, lime, and tamarind bring the party to a bed of crisp green papaya, carrot, chillies, peanuts, and sticky rice.
If variety is the spice of life, digital nomads don't skimp on the seasoning. We thrill at experiencing the new: seeing new places, trying new activities, and immersing ourselves in new cultures.
If you're looking to taste the world, then ready your appetite, pack stretchy pants, and allow Nomadr to guide you towards more delicious culinary destinations!