Sampling delicious pintxos along the grid of narrow streets in San Sebastián’s old town has been named the #1 best food experience in the world, according to global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eats (Lonely Planet), available to purchase August 21.
In the much-anticipated follow-up to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel (Lonely Planet) Ultimate Eats: The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences…Ranked travels the world with an insatiable appetite to present the definitive foodie bucket-list of the world’s top 500 food experiences – ranked.
Whether it’s baozi in Shanghai, steak tartare in Paris or clam chowder in Boston – food and place are inextricably connected. Whenever we eat while traveling, we don’t just taste the dish itself but experience the whirl of people, languages, aromas and sounds that are unique to that destination. That’s what makes each dish memorable, and why the food experience is always so much more than what’s in the plate, bowl or glass in front of you.
Ultimate Eats is Lonely Planet’s collection of the planet’s most thrilling and famous culinary experiences; each entry in the list details an experience, the culture behind it, and what makes it so special. It also includes favorite food experiences as nominated by 20 of the world’s top chefs and food writers – from José Andrés to Andrew Zimmern.
Visitors to lonelyplanet.com/ultimate-eats have the opportunity to enter a competition for a chance to win the ultimate eating experience for two courtesy of Intrepid Travel’s Northern Spain Real Food Adventure. Terms and conditions apply.
The Top 10 ranked experiences are:
- Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
- Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
- Beef brisket in Texas, USA
- Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
- Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
9.) Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
10.) Dim sum in Hong Kong
How did Lonely Planet rank the 500 best food experiences in the world?
Lonely Planet asked its food-obsessed writers, bloggers and staffers to name their favorite, most authentic gastronomic encounters. With this long list to hand, we sought to rank the entries: where should you go for the world’s must-have food experiences? Our team of expert food editors were aided by a panel – made up of chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim – that evaluated the entries according to the taste of the dish, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location. The result is Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eats – 500 delicious dishes around the world that will put you in thrilling touch with a place, its people and their way of life.
Reproduced with permission from Ultimate Eats, © 2018 Lonely Planet