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20 Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Immediately

If your travel plans are mainly revolve around food, this is for you. H/T Quora

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1. San Sebastian, Spain

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"There is an extraordinary culinary movement in San Sebastian that goes beyond its impressive trio of 3-Michelin-star restaurants. This is a city that takes food very seriously and a place where a meal can be turned into an event. The best experience is visiting the La Brecha market in the morning and ending the day at any restaurant serving Basque-style tapas accompanied by local wines." —Abhineet Swain

2. Lyon, France

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"Lyon, is home to 14 Michelin-starred restaurants, yummy traditional Lyonnais food in bouchons, and legendary chef Paul Bocuse. Its main market Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, is in itself a food heaven. This is where top restaurants in Lyon buy their ingredients, so everything is fresh and top quality! Macarons, desserts, oysters, cheese, meat, bread, you name it. Most cities that boast great food are capitals or big cities, but for Lyon, it seems like food is their first and main attraction and pride." —Veni Johanna

3. Melbourne, Australia

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"Given Australia's proximity to Asia, there are many authentic and Australian-fusion Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese restaurants. Australians are obsessed with Australian-made food products and ingredients. They really pride themselves in top-notch meats too." —Hao Tran

4. Portland, United States

"I've been to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and of course they all have great food. But the best restaurants I've been too are the food trucks all over Portland, Oregon. They also have many farm-to-table hole-in-the-wall places there. No pomp, no sizzle — just really excellent, natural, organic, and creative dishes. ." —Robert Richard

5. Singapore

"There are not many places in the world where you can get good Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Peranakan, and Indian food all in one place. Because Singapore is a really multicultural place, you have a lot crazy fusion dishes that you wouldn't find anywhere else in the world. Also, the fact that everyone speaks decent English means that its really easy to just sit down at a hole in wall that the locals go to and order something that the locals usually order." —Jay Kim

6. Tokyo, Japan

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"The Tsukiji Fish Market alone would be enough to make Tokyo a foodie destination. That's where five million pounds of fish are sold every day, mostly to be served as sushi. But this is also the city with the most Michelin stars in the world and with some of the best casual dining." —Abhineet Swain

7. Los Angeles, United States

"I can't imagine another city with quite as much variety and authenticity when it comes to international cuisines. I can get multiple regional varieties of everything from ramen to tacos. In terms of food that is distinctly Angeleno, many people point to Jose Centeno of Baco Mercat, who takes Spanish, Japanese, and Mexican culinary influences and puts them together to make some very LA food. Eating here just kind of rules." —Jarret Leong

8. Barcelona, Spain

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"Barcelona became the world-class city it is mainly due to its innovative contemporary Catalan cuisine. It offers a wealth of fine restaurants where food is science, and chefs like Ferran Adrià, are also artists and scientists. While for the more conservative, there are superb classic establishments serving the more traditional dishes. On top of that there's one of the world's best food markets, the Boqueria, not to mention the impressive Mercat de Santa Caterina." —Abhineet Swain

9. Paris, France

"Go to a supermarket and buy bread, pastries, various sorts of cheese, wine, crackers, macarons. Next step: pick a nearby park and go people watch for a couple hours. You can also stop by a brasserie in the evening and order a set menu —most have a dress code, some don’t. It's best to place a reservation beforehand. If the place you go to has outdoor seating, the weather is good, and it's in a well-lit area —take it. Avoid the ones on the main streets, as those are tourist traps and are usually way overpriced. There are also plenty of outdoor markets in Paris —go in the morning to get the freshest ingredients." —Hao Tran

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

"You could argue that the Danish capital became a food capital thanks to just one restauran: Noma, often praised as the world's best. But that assessment would not be fair. Noma exists because Copenhagen is a city that has refined its taste buds and offers an impressive range of restaurants catering to every taste. It's also the center of the Nordic food resurgence and there's a thriving café culture." —Abhineet Swain

11. Beirut, Lebanon

"The most edible city in the world is, without a doubt, Beirut, Lebanon. This is made possible by the proximity of good farms, Omar's Lebanese tomatoes (a cultivar which I've only found in Lebanon) are stupendously good, the Armenian community brings a tasty twist to the Lebanese capital, and being on the Mediterranean also helps!" —Abdulhadi W. Ayyad

12. New Delhi, India

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"The capital city can also be safely termed the food capital of India. A plethora of dishes — from chaats, cholebature torajma chawal and parathe — make it an ideal destination for an outstanding gastronomic treat. A good mix of popular Punjabi dishes and street food, Delhi offers innumerable goodies. One should not miss the variety of delights at Chandni Chawk and Bengali market." —Nirali Mankad

13. Bangkok, Thailand

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"Flavors and aromas are an integral part of Bangkok life, and even the most picky foreigner ends up surrendering to the tempting street food. That's Thai food at its best and most authentic, and you haven't eaten until you've eaten on a Bangkok street. Spicy, sweet, salty, or sour, you can taste it all in one single meal, and with immigration adding other flavors of the world, the city has become the most relaxed and one of the best dining destinations in the world." —Abhineet Swain

14. Tel Aviv, Israel

"It's a place where East meets West and one can get their hands on any delicacy they desire. Heaven for any foodie:

1) Middle Eastern Cuisine

Of course right? Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel and boasts some of the finest Middle Eastern food in the region.

2) Seafood

Tel Aviv is on the Mediterranean coast, meaning that some of the highest quality fish is available.

3) Breakfast/Brunch

Tel Avivi's love a good brunch. You can find things ranging from French style to American style to even Israeli style. All delicious.

4) Shuk HaCarmel

The "Shuk" is an open-air marketplace where one can purchase groceries, clothing, souvenirs, toys, and of course, some of the best food in the city." —Carina Reilich

15. São Paulo, Brazil

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"The world's largest Latin metropolis is a serious foodie city. It's long been the center of outstanding cuisine(s), but its reputation is growing and gone international. It was the mass immigration of the late 1800s that provided all the ingredients for the fusion of flavors (Italian, Japanese, Lebanese) that created the diverse, high-quality cuisine in the city today." —Abhineet Swain

16. New Orleans, United States

"I love eating in New Orleans. There are many recognized great restaurants there, but even the reasonably priced, unknown restaurants often serve wonderful meals. I think it is because the level of competition is so high." —Tim Cuthbertson

17. Taipei, Taiwan

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"Night markets, walking down streets lined with different varieties of snacks, from sweet to savory to the wtf-weird. You'll see everything from candied fruit on a stick, to sausages stuffed in a casing with rice and paired with pickled vegetables. Don't knock it until you've tried it. There's just as much healthy, delicious food as deep-fried stuff. I love being able to walk about and get fresh smoothies from the variety of beverage shops lining the streets and the fruit here is awesome. There's a lot of variety, too." —Ekaterine Chen

18. Florence, Italy

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"The food there in the surrounding Tuscan countryside is, in my opinion, second to none. It's a small city, so it's easy to get around. Find any restaurant on a back street away from the big touristy areas, walk in with a smile on your face, and enjoy the dining experience of a lifetime." —Anthony Wittemann

19. Penang or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Singapore seems to be on many people's list but I would say if you are in the vicinity, go to Malaysia. Not only the food is cheaper than Singapore, many of the Singaporean dishes originated from Malaysia and are the real deal. I lived in both countries. I wept inside after I realized how pathetic Penang Assam Laksa or curry laksa served in Singapore tasted. Penang and Kuala Lumpur are my top choices because one can find food inspired by the Malays, Chinese, Indian, Straits/Peranakan, indigenous tribes, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Philippines, Javanese/Indonesian, English, Portugese, Dutch...and Malaysian royalty." —Joanne Lee

20. New York, U.S.A.

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"New York is a city of superlatives and that obviously also applies to its food scene. It has over 10,000 restaurants where you find every kind of cuisine imaginable, and for every budget. It's the world's true food mecca allowing you to go on a gastronomic trip around the world without leaving the city." —Abhineet Swain

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