Best Places To Visit For Food Travel

 

Every time we meet people for the first time they always ask, “What’s your favorite place to visit?.” I have to admit that I really dislike that question. It’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is. You just can’t choose. My favorite answer to that question is typically the last place we’ve visited. The place the sounds and people are so vividly fresh in my mind’s eye and all the flavors are still on my taste buds.

When really pushed we start listing off the places that we love and would happily return to again and again. In an effort to highlight some of our recent discoveries we’ve compiled this “short’ list if you will for those of you looking to plan your next food travel getaway.

In no particular order…the Best Places To Visit For Food Travel

International

 

France

As I’ve written about so many times, France is a place that I started dreaming about since I was a little girl. I was beyond thrilled when European Waterways invited us to join them on a barge cruise on the Canal du Midi. It was a trip of a lifetime which we extended with a week-long road trip in the south of France. One of the highlights was seeing the Van Gogh exhibit at the Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux, France. Read all about our France exploration in the links below.

Van Gogh Carrieres de Lumieres Les Baux France Bst Places To Visit for Food Travel
Van Gogh Carrieres de Lumieres Les Baux France

Our Delicious Canal du Midi Cruise Aboard the Enchanté

Driving Tour of the South of France: 6 Destinations to Visit

Getting Around Europe

7 Reasons To Visit Beautiful Bourges, France

Discover The Magic of Van Gogh at This Immersive Exhibit

Enjoying European Waterways 

Railway Europe Review: Travel in Style

 

Portugal

We were thrilled to return to Portugal. It remains one of our favorite countries to visit. If you only add one destination to your must-visit list this year make it Portugal. We heartily recommend getting out of the bigger cities and experiencing the small towns. You’ll be in for a treat. Delicious local food, historical venues and of course the wonderful people of Portugal.

Barco Molicerios River Boats along the canal in Aveiro Portuga
arco Molicerios River Boats along the canal in Aveiro Portuga

Eating Local In Portugal: The Best Food & Drinks To Try

Driving Tour of Portugal: 8 Destinations To Visit 

Why Aveiro, The Venice of Portugal, And Costa Nova Are Must-Visit Destinations 

What To Do in Madeira

 

 

Quebec City

We’ve been to Quebec City several times and each time we discover something new and delicious. This year we had the pleasure of visiting Quebec City for a unique assignment. Why are there two languages spoken in the region? We did our research (ate a little along the way) and provided our thoughts on the North Americana Podcast. Take a listen, we think you’ll find it very interesting whether you’re from the U.S. or Canada.

Quebec City
Quebec City

From The Midwest to Rural Quebec Two American Storytellers Ask Les Quebecois: Why Two Official Languages?

 

Winnipeg

We love visiting our friends to the north and jumped at the chance to visit Winnipeg. There are so many wonderful things about this culinary forward Canadian town. We were not disappointed. This wonderful place is one everyone must experience. The food scene alone is worth the visit but don’t stop there. You’ll find trying to decide what to do will be tough so be sure to plan plenty of time to give this destination all attention it deserves.

Winnipeg Sign

16 Things To Do in Winnipeg Canada

 

United States

Boise, Idaho

This year was full of unexpected surprises and Boise, Idaho was certainly one of them. We checked another state off our list and discovered a foodie paradise in Boise, Idaho.

What to do in Boise Idaho

What To Do And East in Boise, Idaho

Discovering Basque Culture in Boise, Idaho

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You may think of Philadelphia as a city full of history and you’d be correct. You may not know that it’s also full of lots of tasty food. Sure there’s the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich but that is truly just the tip of the culinary iceberg in this east coast town.

Philly Food Philadelphia Love Sign Best Places To Visit For Food Travel

Philly Food Finds 

 

Plano, Texas

Without exception, everyone we told that we were going to Plano, Texas said, where? We have to thank our friend Nicole from EatLiveTravelDrink for turning us on to this culinary hot spot just outside of Dallas, Texas. It’s true what they say, everything is bigger in Texas so be sure to pack your appetite and stretchy pants to this unexpected foodie find. Which is why is made the list of Best Places To Visit For Food Travel.

Downtown Plano Arts District Texas Art
Downtown Plano Arts District Texas Art

8 Best Things To Do & See In Plano, Texas

Ultimate List of Tasty Restaurants in Plano, Texas

Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel

 

Ann Arbor

We really love to visit college towns in the United States. One, in particular, is Ann Arbor. This Midwestern town is home to a lot more than just the Big House. It’s a foodie destination and one that has a lot to do. If you’re looking for a great long weekend place put Ann Arbor on your list.

Zingerman's Deli Ann Arbor Storefront Best Places To Visit For Food Travel
Zingerman’s Deli Ann Arbor Storefront

The Best Things To Do & See in Ann Arbor, Michigan 

20 Reasons You Need To Taste Ann Arbor Food

 

 

Portland, Maine

We were so excited to visit Portland, Maine for WITS 2019 (Women in Travel Summit). It’s always a good time to see our female travel writing friends, learn more from experts and experience a new destination. We tasted our way around the town sampling probably too many lobster rolls (is there such a thing) and got outside of town to experience Harpswell, too.

Delicious Lobster Roll at High Roller Portland Maine Best Places To Visit For Food Travel
Delicious Lobster Roll at High Roller Portland Maine

 Unique Things to Do in Portland, Maine

How To Do A Lobster Crawl in Portland, Maine

 

Central Missouri

We had a chance to return to a childhood vacation place this summer which brought back fun family flashbacks as well as learn a lot more about the history of the central part of Missouri. Check out our recap below.

National Churchill Museum Fulton Missouri
National Churchill Museum Fulton Missouri

Central Missouri Food and Fun 

 

Missoula, Montana

Missoula Mountain RIver View Food Travelist

Discovering the Basque Culture in Boise, Idaho

Magical Missoula

 

Wisconsin

We’ve been in Wisconsin for just over a year and in one word we can describe our new home state – beautiful! We’ve just begun to explore this very green state and look forward to more exploration.  Our sights are on Janesville, Door County and “up north” as it’s affectionately called by locals in 2020.

Summer Buzz: 6 New Events Coming to Wisconsin

 

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Places to Visit for Food Travel KenoshaBest Places To Visit For Food Travel

We just love this town on Lake Michigan located between Milwaukee and Chicago. It’s a wonderful local visit for folks in the Midwest but particularly for the Chicagoland area. Just over an hour away you’ll get a quiet lakefront experience with big-town amenities. Here’s why we think its a place to visit for food travel:

The Best Ever Kenosha Food 

Catching More Than Fish in Kenosha

Beyond The Plate 

 

Madison, Wisconsin

Our hometown continues to surprise us. Our biggest regret is not spending more time here. We’re always on the road so coming home is always a time for us to get out and learn more about the place we call home. 2020 will be the year we do much more of that.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Madison WI Best Places To Visit For Food Travel
Olbrich Botanical Gardens Madison, WI

Best Ever What to Do and See in Madison

Marvelous Madison

America the Beautiful and Tasty! Top Culinary Destinations in the USA

Best Destinations for Foodies 

Best Places To See Fall Colors in the Midwest 

15 Things to Do On A Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin

 

More Best Places To Visit For Food Travel to Discover in 2020

We can’t wait to get started writing more stories and experiencing more places that feature local and delicious food. We hope you visit these destinations and let us know what other places we need to visit. We’d love to visit your hometown to see your favorite local food vendors and purveyors.

This roundup contains articles that we’ve written for Food Travelist, Travel Awaits, Getting On Travel and collaboration pieces on various travel websites.

 

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23 thoughts on “Best Places To Visit For Food Travel

  1. So many great tasty travels here. I’m glad I finally got to connect in person and share a slice of decent pizza with you both in Portland! Discovering a new destination through its food is my favorite way to travel too!

  2. I’m a huge foodie myself and I love trying out the local food whenever we travel. These places are perfect, can’t really go wrong with anywhere in Europe or the US/Canada.

  3. I am going to visit these places one by one soon! With my family,of course! I’m gonna try all their foods. I’m sure they taste wonderful.

  4. These all sound like absolutely amazing places to go and visit, not just for food but it spend time and explore as well. Paris is definitely a must!

  5. Love these out of the norm spots. One of my favorite places to chow down in New Orleans. We were just there last week and I indulged in so much shrimp and soul food. Yummy!

  6. I agree that Quebec City is a foodie’s dream! You can walk into the most humble restaurant in Quebec City and almost be guaranteed that the food will be superb!

  7. I am definitely going to add these places on my bucket list for 2020. I really love to try their foods and know more about their cultures.

  8. I went to Portland, Maine last summer and loved it. I appreciate that you included so many North American destinations. My chances of visiting them are greatly increased!

  9. These all sound like wonderful places. I’d love to go to any of them. I have never traveled to any of these places before.

  10. Happy to see Quebec City has made it on the list, my province 🙂 Italy should definitely be in there too!

  11. Great suggestions for those who travel a lot! We don’t travel outside the US so it’s good to see some “stateside” places!

  12. Looks like you covered all of the bases for food when traveling. I do love to eat at new places whenever we venture someone new. I’ll be taking your ideas and trying some.

  13. Since I do not go out of the US too often i was happy to hear there are places to see in the US that have great food.My daughter is in wisconsin so I might try that Madison and Kenosha first.

  14. We’ve had an opportunity to sample a few of these destinations, and agree that they offer some good dining options. This past fall, we had the chance to sample Quebec City cuisine and fell head over heels in love with the city. Thanks for the happy reminder of our time there.

  15. Yum! I’ve been to a few of these places, more on the international side. But I do find that there is fabulous food in smaller US cities too, and sometimes I overlook these destinations.Willhave to check out some of your suggestions in the US. Of course Italy is my favorite foodie country!

  16. Some great foodie choices here! It’s fantastic to see my hometown of Winnipeg make your list of best places to visit for culinary travellers. I agree completely ….for such a small city it’s got a wide range of fantastic food and drink to sample.

  17. I live in Europe and very little of my travel is to the USA, except for visiting family in Washington DC. So I loved discovering all these US cities, many of which I’d never heard of and now tempted to visit on my trip to the USA… If you ever have a chance to visit Southwest France, the food there is outstanding (I kept wishing my trip would never end). It has many of the same culinary traditions as the rest of the Basque country over the border into Spain…

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