One of our favourite aspects of a city break is sampling the local cuisine. Whether you’re chowing down on bratwurst in Berlin, risotto in Rome or baklava in Budapest, nothing beats eating out abroad.
Take a look at what’s on the menu in some of Europe’s best foodie spots.
Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Munich)
Germany is renowned for its hearty grub, from frankfurters and bratwurst to currywurst, accompanied by sauerkraut and a stein of beer.
If you’re planning a city break to Munich, you can’t leave Bavaria without trying schweinshaxe (pork knuckle, roast dumplings and red cabbage) at one of the area’s famous beer halls: trust us, it’s beyond delicious.
Italy (Rome, Venice, Naples)
The country that gave us pizza, pasta and prosecco ranks highly amongst foodies as the perfect city break.
There are plenty of regional delights across Italy that are well worth sampling, including spaghetti carbonara in Rome, ravioli in Venice and pasta with sardines in Sicily.
Spain (Marbella, Valencia)
Spanish cuisine is extremely versatile, and always delicious.
If you want to try a good mix of dishes, head to Marbella where you’ll find heaped dishes of fresh fish and tapas in sea-facing cafes. However, if you want to sample some authentic paella – arguably Spain’s most famous dish – then we recommend travelling to Venice, where the dish originated from.
For dessert, it has to be churros. These strips of deep-fried batter pair well with hot chocolate or dulce de leche.
Portugal (Lisbon, Algarve)
Portuguese food has skyrocketed in popularity these last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. Head to Lisbon where you can try authentic peri peri chicken and pastel de nata, traditional custard tarts which form the perfect dessert.
If platters of fresh fish, including grilled swordfish, is more your style, then you’ll feel right at home in the Algarve, which is famous for its delicious seafood.
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France is packed with all manner of exquisite dishes, from pâté to quiche, escargot to croque monsieur. However, we recommend keeping it classic by sampling the many fine cheeses on offer, including brie and roquefort, and washing them down with a glass (or three) of Bordeaux.