I do get a lot of questions about which places I would recommend for certain types of activities. We recently started a series for Digital Nomads, but I soon felt we needed to expand on that to:
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Coffee
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Food
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for City Beaches
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Sightseeing
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Temples & Pyramids
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Honeymoon
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Nature
My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Food
Bangkok is the king of diverse and affordable food. $2 in hand, you can get a delicious meal at one of the thousands of street stalls across the city. Beyond that, there are so many sit-down places delivering all types of cuisine (not just Thai) that it is gonna blow your mind. Talk about sensory overload!
Hanoi lacks the depth and diversity of Bangkok, but it’s still an awesome place to dive into Vietnamese cuisine. There are so many options where you can eat delicious and fresh food for under $3 that you won’t want to leave.
Malaysia sometimes struggles with its population that’s divided by racial profiles. However, when food is in question this is all forgotten and the three major cuisines compete for customers on a level playing field. There is plenty of great Indian, Malaysian and Chinese dishes, topped off with a big number of other cuisines that local entrepreneurs offer.
The stereotype of American food is fast food and food that’s terrible for your health or soul. However, nothing could be further from the truth in New York, when you’re armed with Foursquare, a healthy appetite and a credit card. New York likely has the most diverse (and surprisingly also affordable) food anywhere in the world.
LA is hot on New York’s heels in terms of diversity. It has recently gotten more expensive and there is just so much driving involved, but due to the local populations of Afghanistanis, Iranians and Koreans, the options differ a bit from New York.
Italy (Naples and Florence)
If you asked me where to get the best Italian food, I would send you to Florence for pasta and Naples for pizza. There isn’t much more past those dishes, but they are so delicious you are set for a week of enjoyment.
If you like Mexican food, you will be in heaven for a week in Mexico City. There are not too many options, but the city is host to dozens of Mexican food temples you need to enjoy before you die.
Tokyo is all about Japanese food but has recently added more international options. Japan has gotten pretty affordable at one dollar : 100 or more yen. There is just so much more Japanese food than sushi (which itself can be rough sometimes) that you will be amazed.
I know, I know, most of you just go to New Delhi for their fancy airplanes, but India’s capital has some serious foodie options. The curries are out of this world and the marinated grilled chicken kebab will be like nothing else you ever had. You may get sick from it, but it is totally worth it!
Beirut won’t be on most people’s list; I included it since it offers the best that Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer in a compact city that’s easy to explore and that has friendly locals. It’s impossible to not fall in love with Lebanese food here.