14 Best Countries to Visit for the Food Alone

Have you ever travelled primarily to enjoy the food and beverages of a particular country?

It can be easy to forget when you’re busy touring ancient sites, partying or relaxing by the beach, among other things. Always remember though, one of the best things to do when in a foreign culture is to try their food and beverages.

Cuisine often tastes so much better in its homeland for some reason, so don’t forget to sample as many delicious treats as you can while travelling around a particular country. Who wouldn’t want to taste a gyros in Greece, pizza in Italy, or Tom Yam soup in Thailand?

Some of the best memories ever come from what you’ve tasted.

I still remember visiting Egypt where I ate a McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger for lunch one day. Reflecting on it now I have to say, I very much regret eating it. I was stupid, stupid!

One night, I remember having a very delicious local chicken meal, so I have to assume that if I’d tried a bit harder I would’ve found something way better than a Big Mac for lunch on that particular day. I have to say though, at the time I desperately hungered for a Big Mac and when I saw the big M sign, it had a magnetic power that drew me in and many others like flies.

This is why you have to be on guard around meal times when travelling. You’re often only in a country for a very short period of time, sometimes only for a few days, so make sure you make the most of it. Give your tastebuds as many memorable moments as you can.

One of my strongest memories is having the best coffee I’ve ever tasted in my life in Portugal, and no it wasn’t from a well known coffee chain. I never knew coffee could taste so good. I now believe that Portugal has the best coffee in the world because of that great cup of coffee and a few others I tasted during my travels around the beautiful country. I personally think they’re getting the best coffee beans in the world because of their strong connections with Brazil. It’s kept very hush-hush, so that other countries can be content with their inferior low quality coffee. It’s either that or they just know how to put together a great cup of coffee to my liking. With the first sip it felt like an immediate awakening of the senses from a deep slumber. If I had settled for coffee chain coffee I never would’ve known.

Here are 14 best countries to visit for food, with meals and treats so delicious you’ll be in foodie heaven if you ever visit. My top recommendation on what to eat appears just below the name of the country. Yum.

1. Argentina


Other treats:

  • Sweet treats filled with delicious caramel sauce, known as Dulce de leche.

2. China

Beef Hot Pot

Here’s what to expect.

Other treats:

  • Peking duck
  • Dumplings
  • Dim Sum
  • Peanut chicken, known as Gong bao ji ding.

3. France

Fine dining desert

Other treats:

  • Champagne, at the Ritz or when watching a show at the Moulin Rouge.
  • Crepes
  • Macarons
  • Tarte Tatin, an upside down apple pie.
  • Creme brûlée
  • Snails or frog legs for the adventurous.

4. Germany

Pork knuckle

Other treats:

  • Black Forrest cake
  • Grilled sausage known as Bratwurst.

5. Greece

Stewed Cretan Mountain Goat

Other treats:

  • Souvlaki
  • Chicken and pork Gyros
  • Grilled octopus
  • Ouzo

6. India

Tandoori chicken

Other treats:

  • Spicy hot curries
  • Dahl
  • Roti

7. Italy


Other treats:

  • Gelato
  • Arancini
  • Risotto
  • Tortellini
  • Pesto alla genovese
  • Pasta with shavings of black truffle
  • Tiramisu
  • And the list could go on and on. Italy is definitely number 1 for food lovers.

8. Japan

Fatty Tuna

Other treats:

  • Hakata ramen
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Fresh succulent Sushi
  • Kushimono, which is dinner on a stick.
  • Shabu-shabu
  • Sake
  • Tea at a tea ceremony (Chanoyu).

9. Mexico


Other treats:

  • Tamales
  • Elotes
  • Tequila

10. Morocco

Spicy Tagine

Other treats:

  • Khoobz
  • Mint Tea, known as Moroccan whiskey.
  • B’stilla

11. New Zealand


12. Thailand

Khao soi Gai (Northern Noodle Curry Soup with chicken)

Other treats:

  • Tom Yam
  • As much street food that looks delicious as you can eat.

13. Turkey


Other treats:

  • Ayran, a refreshing drink.
  • Turkish coffee
  • Turkish delight
  • Kebabs
  • Baklava
  • Meze

14. USA

White Castle hamburgers

Looked very tasty in the movie Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Other treats:

  • Barbecue ribs
  • Hotdogs
  • Apple pie
  • Cheesecake

There you have it. This is a great reminder for everyone to always think about the food and beverages available in a particular country. The food could turn out to be the number one travel experience you come back with, if you do it right.

Make sure you’re aware of the dishes in every country so you can choose your favourite dishes when you’re looking around for something to eat. Also do some research and find out if there are some highly recommended places that serve what you’re after. You might as well taste the best if you can and that often means knowing where to go. If you can combine food and drink with an awesome view or great surroundings, the overall experience will be even better.

Enjoy as much foreign food and drink as you can in your home country. Then if you ever do visit some of these delicious foodie paradises you’ll be able to taste the differences immediately. When you taste the real deal you’ll know about it immediately. Your taste buds will go into overdrive and your stomach will sincerely thank you for it. Even if something is not to your liking, at least you gave it a shot. Anyone for French snails or frog legs?

Bon appetit!