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The Best European Countries for Food Lovers

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For lovers of good food and good wine, there’s no better place to go than Europe. This diverse continent has everything keen gastronomists need to enjoy an unforgettable trip away tasting every traditional plate on offer.

But in a place so big, where do you begin?

Well, get your knives and forks ready, and keep reading for our favorite picks of the best European countries for food lovers.

Europe Countries and their food

When you think about the best places to eat in Europe, the first places that probably spring to mind are Italy and France. And rightly so! But there is also so much more to the European gastro scene than just these two countries.

A great way to experience all the plates that Europe has to offer is by going on a European tour and tasting a bit of everything from every country. That way, you can make sure that your palette is well and truly getting a good workout, and most importantly, not missing any last crumb! Along your way, make sure you visit the following dining destinations:

Italy

There’s a reason Italy always springs to mind when you think about the best places for food in Europe. While Venice is primarily known as one of the most famous cities in the world chock-a-block with things to do, many aren’t aware that the city is also a bit of a foodie hotspot.

You can dine in the Michelin-star restaurants in town, or else think like a true Venetian and head to one of the bacaro spread out all around the city. More like a bar than a restaurant, the bacaro is a small place for food where you can indulge in typical Venetian osteria and a selection of heavenly wines by the glass!  

France

Much like its Italian counterpart, France is known for its food. And where’s best to go? Well, Paris, of course! In a city with 125 Michelin stars spread across 94 restaurants, it’s not hard to find somewhere worth dining in.

If you want something a bit more casual, take a walk along Saint Germain (particularly the road rue de Buci) for bistros, restaurants, cafés, and of course, boulangeries.

For those that think the capital is a little overrated, Lyon is also a fantastic gastronomic town. And it’s here where you can find perhaps the world’s most famous chef of French cuisine, Paul Bocuse… 

Spain

It wouldn’t be a list of the best European countries for food without Spain. Home of tapas, paella, and Basque pintxos, this country truly is a gastro paradise.

For the ultimate dining experience, head to San Sebastian – also known as the Foodie Capital of Europe. Why? Because it boosts more Michelin stars per square meter than almost anywhere else in the world. Impressive? We certainly think so. 

Denmark

Not many would put Denmark on their list of places to visit in Europe for delicious food and it seems only the true gastro fans know just how great this destination is.

In particular, Copenhagen… One of the several Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, Noma, has been named one of the best places in the world to eat – and has a staff of 65 people for just 12 tables!

You don’t have to go far to find great food in Europe. It’s ridiculously easy to enjoy delicious plates right on your doorstep. The hardest part is knowing where to begin!

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