For Fresh Catch: The iconic Pike Place Market is a must-stop for many visitors. Locals, however, increasingly go to Pioneer Square for their gourmet cravings–like the fresh oysters at Taylor Oyster Bar and the specialty market at London Plane, which offers warm biscuits, croissants and Caffe Umbria coffee in the morning, and a wine bar in the evening.
For Farmers Markets: With over 300 mercados spread across the different neighborhoods, in Mexico City you’re truly spoilt for choice. The crown jewel is La Central de Abasto, the largest wholesale market in the world, where you’ll find bright displays of fruit, vegetables, salty Oaxacan cheeses – piled dangerously high in hopes of attracting the buyers’ attention – and a seemingly endless supply of tostas, tamales and tortillas. Dig in.
For Slow Food: Head to the region’s capital, Florence, for all the prosciutto, pecorino and pappardelle you can handle, and don’t pass on the chance to dig into a juicy ‘Bistecca Fiorentina’ – a T-bone steak usually weighing in at around 1kg. You might want to bring a date.
For Sugar Rush: Jean-Paul Hévin is the master of all things chocolate and you really haven’t lived until you’ve tried Pierre Hermé’s pièce-de-resistance; the Ispahan croissant, an almond-raspberry-lychee affair sprinkled with candied rose petals that is bordering on obscene.
And don’t get us started on the boulangeries…
For The Unusual: If it’s stepping out of your culinary comfort zone you’re after, the borderline bizarre gastronomic experiences Tokyo has to offer might just be for you. When it comes to unusual snacks, Japan is the proud mastermind behind wasp crackers, seaweed sandwiches and octopus ice-cream. Would you like a curry lemonade with that?
For Vegans: Kermit said it first: it’s not easy being green. If you want nothing more than to feast on sustainably-grown produce, with no hint of animal products in sight, look no further than Germany’s gritty capital. Get your fast food fix with the legendary Sun Day vegan burgers, book a table at Lucky Leek for some vegan fine dining or cool down with a creamy scoop at Der Eisbärliner.
For Street Food: Among the dizzying traffic, quiet rooftops and noisy markets, you’ll find street hawkers, food carts and makeshift cafes at every turn – all dishing out some genuinely fresh specialty, ready to be devoured on the spot. Try the Ca pha trang at Café Giang, a traditional coffee made with egg whites – it’s like drinking creamy tiramisu out of a cup.