Culinary Hotspots Around Europe

by Peter Sacco on October 9, 2014

Moeders in Amsterdam

Moeders in Amsterdam

Honest Burger, London.

Honest Burger, London.

Europe is home to many amazing restaurants which offer great quality at reasonable prices, but the trick is knowing where to find them.  With different cultural aspects, you can be sure to experience some culinary treats on your travels.

You may want to experience what it is like to have a traditional croissant for your breakfast in Paris, or try an appetizer of Gazpacho in Spain. Most European cities are known for certain aspects of their food and it is worth trying to find some local restaurants so you can whole-heartedly experience this.  Below is a list of some of the most popular European travel destinations and some of their most well-loved eateries.

Amsterdam

When it comes to looking for somewhere to eat in Amsterdam, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After a day at the Rijksmuseum or wandering the canal ways, why not try Moeders for some elegant Dutch fare, or Loetje for an incredible steak and chips dinner.

Amsterdam is a city made for walking (or cycling) and after a strenuous day, there’s nothing better than having a good steak for dinner before you relax for the evening in a locally owned apartment.

Berlin

Berlin is as dramatic, artistic and individual as a city can get.The architecture is a beautiful mix and the eateries are endless, presenting us with an enviable but slightly arduous choice of food. There’s a lot of Turkish influence here, but don’t expect the same kind of kebabs you’d find in the UK.

Visit Gel Gör or TadimLahmacun for lamb based dishes which exude both heartiness and finesse in equal quantity.

Le Bistro des Dames, Paris.

Le Bistro des Dames, Paris.

Paris

Paris needs little introduction when it comes to fine cuisine, but finding somewhere affordable and which is of a high standard is a different matter. The Right Bank towards the Bastille is reasonably priced and good quality, but you’ll find many other delights just off the beaten track.

Le Bistro des Dames exudes a lovely atmosphere and remains genuinely Parisian, and there’s good reason for the queues at Chez Omar (just make sure you get there early).

Barcelona

Barcelona is a popular tourist destination and after spending the day wandering around looking at the amazing Gaudi architecture or experiencing the many museums Barcelona has to offer, food may be high on the agenda.People often forget that Barcelona is near the sea, so seafood is a real speciality here.

Find culinary comfort in the authenticity of El Racó del Mariner or splash out at the Michelin Starred Moments restaurant.

London

London has a vibe more akin to New York and this is often reflected in the food.For anyone who has never been to Honest Burger, you’re missing a treat – they are renowned across London.Growing to six locations in the capital and sourcing all their produce locally, they have made a real splash in the capital.

Alternatively, head for Pizza Pilgrims in the heart of Soho, where you’ll find another staple dish – pizza – which has been made into an art form by two brothers.

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Here are some statistics compiled by Rail Europe about the most popular routes and destinations this summer

  • Top destinations by train (in order): FranceItalyUnited Kingdom
  • Traffic between Paris and Barcelona increased by a whopping 86% due to the introduction of the new high-speed line via the TGV Train. Passengers can now transport between France and Spain, from city-center to city-center, in just over 6 hours.
  • With more high speed lines and tickets available at lower costs, Italy sales saw a 35% increase this year. Italian hotspots include: RomeMilan and Venice – also known as the Golden Triangle.
  • Spain and Switzerland are also among the leading European destinations, with an increase of roughly 30% in sales from the same time last year. North Americans are flocking to Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Lucerne, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Cordova.
  • Top 5 city-center to city-center journeys this summer:
    • Rome to Milan (via the high-speed Italo train)
    • Rome to Venice (via the high-speed Italo train)
    • Paris to London (via the high-speed Eurostar train)
    • Paris to Avignon (via the high-speed TGV train )
    • Paris to Amsterdam (via the high-speed Thalys train)

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products for North American travelers. A one-stop shop for rail travel planning and booking, the company offers a wide range of rail passes, premier high-speed train tickets, local and regional tickets (from over 50 European train companies), and e-ticketing options for many top destinations. Bookings can be made by visiting raileurope.com.

 

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