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Gastro Traveling: 5 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

Delicious locations and tips to help you plan your next gastro-trip.


1. France

Ok, ok. I know you expected this one first. But I’m not talking about Paris. In fact, while Paris can be hit-or-miss, Lyon is known to be the gastronomic capital of the universe. With more than 1,500 eateries, more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere in the world, and organic food, bread and wine readily available, Lyon is packed with incredible places to eat.

Gastro Traveling: 5 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

Lyon is the foodie capital of the world.

Gastro Traveling: 5 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

Lyon has several massive daily food markets

So many famous chefs (think Paul Bocuse, Georges Blanc, Mathieu Viannay, Christian Têtedoie, Lacombe and Orsi) came out of Lyon’s culinary scene that it’d make your head spin thinking about all that Lyon’s top-notch culinary talents have contributed to the world. Lyon is the birthplace of nouvelle cuisine, and there’s a to-die-for-charming white-table-cloth restaurant with exposed stone and beams on nearly every corner. But, as is in true unpretentious Lyonnais fashion, some of my favorite memories are of grabbing fresh local food at the daily farmer’s markets and slurping oysters riverside.

Note: Although I’m otherwise vegan, I love oysters, scallops, and mussels because they’re absolutely packed with protein, B12, and iron, yet they don’t feel pain so I can devour them guilt-free.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 67 Comments

  1. I have been traveling to EU for quite some time now. the guide I’ve been following is the movie “euro trip” so far it took me to London and Paris which is stunning if I say so my self. I’ll be going to Amsterdam next march just to experience being there for my self.

  2. FOOD IS POWEEEERRRRFUL!!!!! Have you ever noticed how even the faint aroma of something you ate on a vacation instantly takes you back to the moment you experienced it? OOOOhhhhhhhh it always brings back the memories in every taste. 🙂

  3. Caroline Soloviev

    I’ve been to Spain. I loved the mood there and –of course– the foooood! I want to go back there. I was in Barcelona… any other city to recommend? Thanks!

  4. Dawn Katz

    I’m going to France this weekend, and I’m very excited to taste their finesse bread and wine. No wonder why France is the food capital of the universe! Great chefs are made in France.

    • Christen

      Hello, that’s great I really hope you’ll like your trip! Just be sure to find good bakeries and not chains, you could be disappointed! And for a very good experience with drinking wine, you can check for wine bars! In which city are you going?

  5. Steev Smith

    My wife is freaking right now. She wanted me to buy her sweets. Lol. She read this article, and cry like a baby. I’m going to buy her chip’s ahoy, and chocolates. Lol

  6. Luisa Rodriguez

    Thanks, Hilary for making articles like this. It’s very useful and entertaining. I am craving for wine right now, after reading this.

  7. Candis Melton

    Barcelona is not just rich in history, and beautiful sceneries, but it is also a place where you can get the best Tapas. I’ve read your article about Barcelona, and I already booked a flight going there.

  8. Kathryn Gibson

    Hmmm.. Eating too much can be dangerous to your health. You need proper exercise to lose the calories you gained from eating too much. Do some research about the ingredients of the food to know if it is good for you, or not.

    • Michelle Lee

      You don’t have to, as long as you’re not eating too much. Food bloggers just want to taste the food, not to eat all of them.

  9. Monique Malick

    I like #4!!! I like tofu!! OMG!!!! I will tell my husband about this place. We are planning to travel this year, trying my luck to ask him here.

  10. Sherry Manust

    Philippines! Have you tried there Adobo? My Filipino friend invites me to their house, and we had Adobo. It’s good, especially with rice! Must try!

    • Sarah Parker

      Sinigang is way better. My family is in the Philippines and for me, Sinigang is healthier and taste better than adobo. I also love adobo but I prefer Sinigang. I hope you tried it as well. 🙂

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