5 Under-discovered Foodie Destinations

To help you find some undiscovered culinary adventures, Booking.com has created a list of some of the top up and coming foodie destinations to ignite your appetite.

1. Take High Tea in Bath, UK
The quintessentially English tradition of taking afternoon tea is still as popular today as it was in Georgian times and Bath is the top place to enjoy this tradition. Where better to enjoy this traditional meal of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and sweet cakes – which originated in the 1840s as a mini meal to ward off hunger ahead of the evening meal – than The Pump Room, which was regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries and featured in many Jane Austen novels.

2. Sample Sushi in Düsseldorf, Germany
People are becoming more adventurous with the type of cuisine they eat while traveling, why not try a classic cuisine in alternative setting? Düsseldorf, known for its fashion and art industry, might not be the first place you’d expect to have a thriving sushi scene. However with the third largest Japanese community in Europe, it has many options of Japanese restaurants and sushi bars scattered around the city making it a top place to visit if you’re keen on this traditional Japanese cuisine.

3. Go Meat Free in Koyasan, Japan
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the mountain of Koyasan (Mount Koya) is on the beautiful forested Kii Peninsula, more than 800 meters above sea level. It was traditionally considered sacred, and is a major pilgrimage site for followers of the Shingon school of Buddhism. A special vegetarian (often vegan) diet is followed by monks and believers in Buddhism. It is called Shojin Ryori in Japanese, which can be translated as “Food of Devotion”. Enjoy some monastic succulence as some of the century old restaurants. With a tenth of global travelers worrying about dietary requirements not being met, Koyasan is a perfect location for vegetarians where they’re guaranteed to have a wide choice of dishes.

4. Go All-out Gourmet in Franschhoek, South Africa
The village of Franschhoek (French Corner), tucked into the Cape Winelands of South Africa, is known as the country’s gourmet capital. It lures international tourists and locals alike to its vineyards, celebrated restaurants and historic houses. With 23% of travelers seeking out more Michelin restaurants, Franschhoek is perfect for those looking for gourmet meals created by award winning chefs.

5. Enjoy a Fresh Catch in Donggang, Taiwan
Located on Taiwan’s western coastline, along the Taiwan Strait, Donggang has one of Taiwan’s largest fishing harbors. As a result, it has a thriving seafood industry – with fresh off-the-boat cuisine filling its restaurants. Visit the Dong Gang Seafood Market, full of stalls selling fresh fish, dried seafood, vegetables, and sashimi that rivals Japan. Visitors can eat a great seafood meal overlooking the river that flows into the Taiwan Strait. You can’t get much fresher than that!

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