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The World's Top 500 Food Experiences Revealed

The World's Top 500 Food Experiences Revealed


For many of us, discovering new cuisines is one of the most important and exciting aspects of travelling.

Trying local delicacies, experiencing different traditions and learning new ways to appreciate food and drink is one of the best ways to discover a foreign culture. Lonely Planet has ranked 500 culinary experiences from around the globe to help foodies decide where to travel next.

Pintxos in San Sebastián - the tapas of Spanish Basque country - have been named the world's top food experience by the tastemakers at travel guide Lonely Planet, part of a lofty list that ranks the top 500 gastronomic experiences from around the world.

In the brand's latest travel guide Ultimate Eatlist, editors, food and travel writers helped create a master list of 500 of the most authentic bucket-list culinary experiences across the globe.

The food experiences were then evaluated and ranked according to taste, cultural importance and the "atmosphere of the location."

 San Sebastián's culinary tradition of pintxos, bar foods that tops the list. 

From bite-sized open-faced sandwiches to more gastronomic creations like battered white asparagus, tuna and anchovy tarts and garlic-braised mushrooms, bar-hopping in San Sebastián is described as a unique experience for its epicurean offerings.


To experience pintxos like a local, LP recommends taking a leisurely siesta and heading out at 9pm, when the streets of San Sebastián come alive. 

Rounding out Lonely Planet's top three food experiences are curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and sushi in Tokyo, Japan.

"Ultimate Eatlist" also features contributions from top chef José Andrés and US food TV host Andrew Zimmern.

Here are the top 10 food experiences: 

1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain

2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan

4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA

5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand

6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark

7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand

8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea

9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy

10. Dim sum in Hong Kong 

"Ultimate Eatlist" is out August 15.

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