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This Is the No. 1 Food Experience in the World Right Now

August 20, 2018

Travel website Lonely Planet knows a thing or two (or three) about where to grab a great bite to eat. And lucky for us, they’ve decided to share some of their know-how in their Ultimate Eats list, a compilation of the best dining experiences our world has to offer.

The list coincides with the arrival of their newest book, Ultimate Eats, a ranking of 500 places across the world that have exceptional, extraordinary, make-your-mouth-water-and-book-yourself-a-ticket-across-the-world-kind-of-food. The site understands just how much a good meal can inform travel. Here’s how they describe the basis of their research:

"When we travel, the food we eat tells a story, unlocking social customs and revealing ancient traditions, all while offering us a chance to connect with the locals in an organic way. The inextricable link between food and travel is so fascinating (not to mention, delicious!) that we set our community of bloggers, writers and staff the task of trawling the planet for epic foodie adventures."

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Sounds about right!

Rounding out the top of the list are pintxos, or Basque-style tapas, in San Sebastián, Spain. They recommend pairing the small plates with a drink and a night out on the town as you bop to bars around the city. Pintxos, at their essence, are small open-faced sandwiches that can be topped with anything from anchovies to mushrooms. Lonely Planet recommends a lazy San Sebastián day followed by a hectic evening of pintxos against the backdrop of this Basque city, where Hemingway's characters spend their summer in The Sun Also Rises.

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Top Comment:
“Well I think they did get the pintxos in San Sebastián right, that’s absolutely destination worthy. Bibimbap in korea is awesome- but i feel like there was a lot of much more interesting food i would rather have- especially all the various jeon and pajeon”
— Ttrockwood
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As for the rest of the list, the selection runs the gamut.


THE OTHER 9 TOP FOOD EXPERIENCES

  • A curry laksa stall in Kuala Lumpur

  • A sushi masterclass in Tokyo

  • Texas-style barbecue beef brisket

  • Som tum salad from a street vendor in Bangkok

  • Smørrebød in Copenhagen

  • Crayfish from the coast of New Zealand

  • Bibimbap: the South Korean classic

  • A classic (and original) Naples-style pizza

  • Hong Kong dimsum


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Which of these would you book a ticket for? Let us know in the comments below.

10 Comments

Ronald A. August 26, 2018
Interesting, but no value to me to have read it. <br />La de da.
 
BerryBaby August 27, 2018
Me as well. I don't travel, no desire to.
 
Frances August 26, 2018
Where is:<br />Som tum salad from a street vendor in Bangkok and A sushi masterclass in Tokyo
 
Katherine M. August 22, 2018
Where is sitting at a bistro in Paris for a whole afternoon?!
 
Ttrockwood August 21, 2018
Well I think they did get the pintxos in San Sebastián right, that’s absolutely destination worthy. <br />Bibimbap in korea is awesome- but i feel like there was a lot of much more interesting food i would rather have- especially all the various jeon and pajeon
 
Panfusine August 20, 2018
Pav bhaji & vada Pao in Mumbai, Daulat ki chaat and coal roasted spiced sweet potatoes from Delhi, Rosogollas & Mishti Doi from Kolkata & green pea sundal & fronds of thinly sliced green totapyri mango with a salt & chilli powder mix from Marina beach in Chennai.
 
ChefJune August 20, 2018
Clearly the "best" of anything is a purely subjective decision. those were interesting, but not overwhelmingly appealing to me. But that's okay.
 
HalfPint August 20, 2018
I would buy a ticket for any of those food experiences in Asia :)
 
K W. August 20, 2018
Hot Dog and fries at Gene & Judes Chicago Baby!
 
BerryBaby August 27, 2018
Ha! Love it! Good ol' Chicago dog can't be beat!