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"It Was So Inexpensive And Delicious I Decided To Stay For A Month": Food Lovers Are Sharing The Best Culinary Travel Destinations They've Ever Visited

"Let me tell you: it has one of the best low-key, world class food scenes I've found so far in all my travels — and it's very reasonably priced by Western standards."

If you're anything like me, the success of a trip is determined by the number of delicious meals consumed there. So Redditor u/HappyStrawberry4 asked, "Which country's food did you enjoy the most?" Here are some of the most delicious food destinations in the world, according to people who travel to eat well.

1. "The food culture in Mexico City in particular is just wild. It's so creative and innovative, even beyond Mexican food. I had what was probably the best pizza of my life in CDMX of all places in addition to such good cocktails, desserts, breakfasts, and everything from fantastic, dirt cheap tacos to upscale dining."

Street taco stand

2. "Malaysia. This country stands out for me the most when it comes to food destinations. There are amazing hawker centers and street food, which is an interesting blend of Southeast Asian cuisine, Chinese, and Indian cuisine."

Assortment of Chinese food in night market

3. "Georgia. This country boasts such little-known cuisine, but if you're familiar with it you know it's amazing. Eating acharuli khachapuri, dear god it's like going to heaven: It's a bread boat filled with molten egg, cheese, and butter. There's imeruli khachapuri (amazing bread filled with salty cheese), khinkhali (soup-filled dumplings served with sour cream), chakapuli (lamb with tarragon and sour plums), and those were just a few of my favorites. I'm drooling at the memory."

Georgian food, including acharuli khachapuli, on a table

4. "Copenhagen. This city is famous for the super high-end, molecular-gastronomy type restaurants, but there are also incredible mid-range eateries, fabulous street food, and outdoor markets (like Torvehallerne, where weirdly enough I had some of the best tacos of my life).

Open-faced sandwiches on a ceramic plate in Copenhagen

5. "Romania. Let me tell you, Romania has one of the best low-key, world class food scenes I've found so far in all my travels. The city of Brasov, in particular, is a haven for dining. My friend and I visited on a whim for a week and we were blown away. It's a small town but you walk around and find tons and tons of outstanding white tablecloth restaurants with quaint tasteful decor, thoughtful menus, and tons of local wines and liqueurs. And the food is very reasonably priced by Western standards."

Stuffed cabbage with ground beef

6. "Indonesia. The food is divine. I’m pretty good with spicy food so I absolutely loved their sambal (which pairs perfectly with Indonesian fried chicken). Once you have tried beef rendang from a Padang chef, you will be in heaven. Sate and gado-gado were two of the best dishes I tried, as were some of the snack foods like rissoles, martabak, and pastels, which you can get from street vendors."

A plate of Nasi Goreng, Indonesian food

7. "Bangkok. Not only do you have delicious, fresh Thai food on every street block, but Bangkok also has incredible international cuisine and world-class chefs. I spent a year there, and I still seriously miss the food. 🤤"

A woman cooking on a boat at a floating food market in Bangkok

8. "Italy is my favorite country for food, but more specifically Florence. Every single meal we had was dreamy. The steak, the pasta, the cheese, the bread, the wine!"

Two pizzas on a table in a restaurant in Italy

9. "Singapore. I just got back, and the food was incredible, especially the nice affordable street food and hawker stalls. I loved trying sambal stingray, laksa soup, curry puffs, and all of the Indonesian and Malaysian-influenced desserts. Even foods I had my doubts about (like crispy salted-egg fish skins, which I am currently munching on) turned out to be delicious."

Singaporean hawker fare

10. "New Orleans. NOLA may be famous for its party scene, but the city is also terrific for those who are craving serious Cajun seafood and Southern cuisine. Even a corner grocery store here serves po'boy sandwiches that are simply heavenly! And it's a place where you will find delicious food at every single price point."

Hands holding a po'boy sandwich

11. "Cambodia. So lovely, so inexpensive, and so delicious that I decided to stay for a full month. I ate mostly noodle dishes and veggie stir-fry served fresh from street carts, and I picked up loads of fruit (I was lucky to visit during mango season 🥭), but the cost of delicious food in general was wildly affordable."

A fruit market in Cambodia

12. "Krakow, Poland. Everything that I ate in this cit was to die for. My most memorable meal of all was a duck dinner with pierogies and mulled cherry wine. Thinking about it makes me hungry."

Plate of Polish food including kielbasa, pierogi, and cabbage

13. "Greece. I absolutely loved the cuisine in Athens and on each of the four islands I visited. I didn't eat anywhere fancy — mostly just seaside restaurants and family-run tavernas, but every single meal I ate was amazing in its own way. The seafood especially was out of this world, and every whole fish tasted as if it had been swimming in the Aegean hours ago. Usually when I return from a trip I am ready to take a break from that country's cuisine, but I found myself craving Greek food immediately upon returning to the States."

Fresh octopus hanging on a fishing harbor

14. "Japan, and it wasn't even the nice restaurants that stand out in my memory. Even the cheaper chain restaurants and grab-and-go convenience store meals were great. And there was so much variety in terms of cuisine."

A person eating a bowl of ramen

15. "Croatia, mostly because of the focus on hyper-local, seasonal ingredients. For example, I had the best, most simple salad: Nothing more than lettuce, tomato, red onion, and olives, but it was all grown at a farm adjacent to the restaurant and served with freshly pressed olive oil to dip my homemade bread in. Every bite tasted so real, so fresh, and so earthy."

Buying vegetables at outdoors market in Croatia

16. "Turkey. I loved all the fresh, bright Mediterranean flavors, and the fact that the food manages to be both delicious and ostensibly healthy."

Turkish doner kebab

17. "Vietnam. Waking up every morning I spent in Vietnam to a big bowl of pho with a condensed milk iced coffee was the highlight of each day. And all for like $3. Also the French restaurants in Vietnam rivaled anywhere I've eaten in Paris, and for a fraction of the cost."

Eating traditional Vietnamese Pho soup in a restaurant

18. "Peru! All the seafood ceviche, pisco sours, churros, and local quinoa was *chef's kiss.* I want to go back just to eat."

Peruvian ceviche

19. "New Haven, Connecticut. All aboard the New Haven pizza train. I happen to find the thin charred crust with piping hot fresh ingredients style of pizza irresistible. It takes a classic New York style pie a step further (and into a realm that's a bit more gourmet), while maintaining the fun finger-food quality of pizza. In New Haven, presentation is nothing (expect a sloppy, irregularly shaped pizza, haphazardly cut into thin, weird pieces) but the flavor, texture, and quality are everything."

New Haven pizza

20. "Basque Country, Spain. Everything from the restaurants that boast three Michelin stars to the little Pintxos bars, the food in Sebastián was just out of this world. They seem to have an obsession with only using the absolute best possible ingredients and it really shows."

Mini sandwich-style Pintxos on a plate in San Sebastián

21. Portugal. I ate like a damn queen here. The wine was cheaper than water, and the Portuguese made some of best meats I have ever tasted. I really miss that cuisine."

Eating pastel de nata pastry with espresso coffee at a bakery in Lisbon

22. "Oaxaca, Mexico. Every meal I've had in Oaxaca knocked it out of the park. The tlayudas, the quesillo, the moles, the tetelas, the best tacos I've had anywhere...even the corn smut was delicious."

Tlayuda, traditional mexican food from the state of Oaxaca.

What's your absolute favorite food destination that you've visited? Tell us in the comments!