What are the best food cities in the world?
If you’re a foodie, a world traveler or both, you’ll want to start saving up the airfare money for these 15 cities.
At Mizlala, the swanky eatery run by famed chef Meir Adoni near Tel Aviv's Carmel Market, the talent and ingenuity of the chef resonates through every dish. Dishes like the Seafood Pan – a sautee of crabs, calamari, mussels, roasted fennel, tomatoes, grilled onions, sage butter and white wine sauce – have quickly turned the 4-year-old restaurant into a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and it's one of many reasons that this Israeli metropolis has landed at No. 5 on Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Survey for top food cities around the world.
But that's not the only spot that makes Tel Aviv one of the world's food capitals. There's the Imperial bar, an homage to the craft cocktail with cleverly inspired creations like the Polynesian Firefly and the Gold Fashioned (complete with actual flecks of gold!). There's the Village Green, a vegan cafe that's helped Israel's Tel Aviv elevate its vegan-friendly reputation. And there's Mezze, a gluten-free ode to Mediterranean cuisine. Just about every corner of this city houses a culinary gem, from the underground diamonds-in-the-rough to the sparkling trendsetters.
Elsewhere on Conde Nast Traveler's ranking lie a few surprises – at least for those who consider cities like Rome, Paris and Barcelona to be unshakeable in today's culinary zeitgeist. Asia made an impressive showing, with Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo coming in at No. 3, 7, 8 and 10, respectively.
So which city conquered all in food capitals? That title went to Cape Town, South Africa, which boasts a "breezy simplicity" that makes its world-famous seafood a culinary icon. Not to be missed is the lively fishing village of Kalk Bay, where you'll find melt-in-your-mouth beer-battered hake, snoek, kingklip and legendary slap chips (soft French fries) that exude a true South African food experience.
What's your personal "food capital?" Let us know in the comments.
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