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 PlanetUltimate 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 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:

  1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain

    San Sebastian beach, Spain. Photo Credit: ©Alexander Demyanenko/Shutterstock

    Tapas. Photo credit:©Justin Folkes/Lonely Planet

  2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Laksa. Photo Credit:©Alex Ortega / EyeEm/Getty Images

    Kuala Lumpur Skyline Photo credit: ©SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images

  3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan

    Sushi Photo Credit: ©Aisha Yusaf/500px

  4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA

    Lunch Tray pork ribs, smoked turkey, sausage, brisket & pulled pork. Photo credit: ©Wyatt McSpadden / Courtesy of Franklin’s

  5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand

    Vegetables for sale. Photo Credit: ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet




  6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark

    Smørrebrød can have a huge variety of toppings. ©[email protected]

  7.   Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand

    Kaikoura township with clearing morning fog. Photo credit: ©PhotoImage/Alamy Stock Photo

    Crayfish meal served on the road side from Kaikoura Seafood BBQ Kiosk, Kaikoura. South Island New Zealand. Photo credit: © Gary Blake / Alamy Stock Photo

 8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea

Bibimbap Korean fast food. Photo credit: ©norikko/Shutterstock

9.) Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy

Naples city. Photo Credit: ©Susan Wright/Lonely Planet

Pizza Margherita. Photo Credit: ©Montegia/Getty Images/iStockphoto

10.) Dim sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum steamers at a Chinese restaurant, Hong Kong. Photo Credit: ©Stripped Pixel/Shutterstock

Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong. Photo Credit: ©Hobbyman/500px

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

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