Top 10 European Destinations You Should Visit

Hello fellow explorers! Ready to embark on a culinary adventure through Europe? From the rolling vineyards of France to the historic streets of Spain, each destination is a treasure trove of flavors and stories. Let’s find out which cities you should visit in Europe!

1. Beaune, France: The Heart of Burgundy

Nestled in Bourgogne–Franche-Comté, Beaune is a picturesque walled city, renowned for its annual wine auction. Wander through Place Carnot’s vibrant Saturday market and explore the cobbled streets of this historic town. Don’t miss the Hospices de Beaune, with its iconic colored tiles and masterpieces like van der Weyden‘s “Last Judgement.”

Culinary Highlights:

  • Wines: Sample the renowned Cote de Beaune blanc and the exquisite Beaune 1er cru.
  • Local Delicacies: Indulge in pain d’épices, escargots de Bourgogne, truffe de Bourgogne, jambon persillé, bœuf bourguignon, and Charolais cheese.
  • Eateries to Check Out: Le Goret (Rue du Faubourg Madeleine, 21200 Beaune, France) and La Ciboulette (69 Rue de Lorraine, 21200 Beaune, France) offer authentic French meals to truly taste the heart and soul of French culture.

Where to Stay: Les Jardins de Lois (12 Rue des Jardins, 21200 Beaune, France) is a cozy B&B.

Did You Know?

The wine auction festival held in Beaune is a historic event, dating back to 1859 and includes races through prestigious vineyards.


2. Cádiz, Spain: Coastal Charm

Welcome to Andalusia’s gem, Cádiz. This city blends stunning coastlines with rich history, evident at the Cathedral de la Santa Cruz (Plaza de la Catedral, 11005 Cádiz, Spain).

Culinary Highlights:

  • Sherry: Discover the world-renowned Jerez sherry. Jerez de la Frontera is approximately 22.77 kilometers (about 14.15 miles) from Cádiz. This makes for a relatively short and convenient journey between the two cities, perfect for a day trip or a quick visit. If you’re not sure about where to go to get the best tasting experience, join us for a culinary tour, Let’s Eat Seville, which will include an excursion to Jerez for a deep dive into this amazing drink. Seville is just a 1.5 hour drive from Cadiz so you may wish to start on a culinary tour and then explore further to get the most out of Spain.
  • Foodie Spots: Savor tortillitas de camarones at La Punta del Sur (Esquina de San Félix con la calle de La Palma, Cádiz, Spain) and eclectic tapas at La Candela (Calle Feduchy 3, 11005 Cádiz, Spain).

Did You Know?

Cádiz, only 14 km from Africa, was Spain’s capital in the early 19th century.

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Cadiz

3. Seville, Spain: Andalusian Splendor

Seville, a city of history and culture, is famous for landmarks like the Cathedral & La Giralda and the Royal Alcazar.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Must-Eat At: La Bodega de Santa Cruz (Calle Rodrigo Caro, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain) and Bodega Dos de Mayo (Plaza de la Gavidia, 6, 41002 Sevilla, Spain). When you step into La Bodega de Santa Cruz, you’re entering a bustling, authentic Sevillian tapas bar. This place is known for its lively atmosphere and traditional decor, giving you a real taste of local life. Be sure to try their montaditos (little sandwiches) and tortilla española. Bodega Dos de Mayo offers a slightly different experience. It’s known for its more relaxed and spacious setting, ideal for a leisurely meal.

Did You Know?

NO8DO is Seville’s motto, symbolizing its enduring spirit. NO8DO is the official motto of Seville. It’s found on the city’s flag and municipal entities. The symbol is a rebus combining the Spanish words “No” (No), “8” (madeja, a skein of wool), and “Do” (do), translating to “No-madeja-do” or “No me ha dejado.” It’s popularly interpreted as “Seville has not abandoned me.” This phrase is believed to be a token of gratitude from King Alfonso X to the city for its support during a conflict in the 13th century.

Embark on a Flavorful Journey: Want more tips for exploring Seville? Delve deeper into Andalusian cuisine with our Let’s Eat Seville culinary tour. A journey filled with traditional flavors and modern culinary techniques awaits along with cultural excursions and many laughs along the way.

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Seville

4. Uzès, France: Medieval Charm

In Occitanie, the quaint town of Uzès is known for its stone arcades and the lively Place aux Herbes. Visit the Fenestrelle Tower for stunning views. Uzès is a town where every meal is an opportunity to indulge in the region’s rich culinary heritage, and every stroll through its ancient streets is a step back in time.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Where to Eat: Check out Ten (5 Place aux Herbes, 30700 Uzès, France) nestled right in the heart of Uzès, Ten offers a delightful dining experience. Les Terrains (1 Rue Saint-Théodorit, 30700 Uzès, France) is another culinary jewel in Uzès. It offers a slightly different but equally enchanting dining experience, The menu here leans towards traditional French cuisine, offering classic dishes that highlight the region’s culinary heritage.
  • Markets: Located in the scenic Place aux Herbes, the central square of Uzès, the market is a kaleidoscope of colors, aromas, and sounds. It’s a paradise for food lovers. From freshly baked bread and pastries to local cheeses and cured meats, the market is a showcase of regional gastronomy. Don’t miss trying the olives, tapenades, and the region’s renowned truffles.

Discover the Culinary Art of Uzès: In the midst of exploring Uzès, enhance your experience with our Let’s Eat Uzès culinary tour. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the region’s rich culinary heritage with a wealth of knowledge both about the region, cooking techniques and local delicacies.

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Uzès

5. Bordeaux, France: Wine Capital

Bordeaux, nestled between La Garonne and La Gironde rivers, is a city steeped in history and famous for its wine. Be sure to visit the Place de la Bourse and taste the local canelés.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Where to Eat: Gordon Ramsey’s Silver Pressoir (2-5 Place de la Comédie, 33000
  • Wine: La Cité du Vin (134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux, France) This unique cultural facility is dedicated to the universal heritage of wine. It offers interactive exhibits, tasting sessions, and workshops, making it a must-visit for wine enthusiasts.

Did You Know?

Transatlantic Grapevine: Did you know that Bordeaux has a historical connection to American wine? In the 19th century, when Bordeaux vineyards were devastated by the phylloxera pest, American rootstocks were used to save the vines. This transatlantic exchange not only saved Bordeaux’s wine industry but also strengthened the wine relationship between France and the USA.

While exploring Bordeaux, consider extending your culinary journey to Paris with our Let’s Eat Paris culinary tour, where French gastronomy comes alive.


Bilbao, Spain: Basque Beauty

Famous for the Guggenheim Museum (Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain) and Pintxos, Bilbao is a cultural delight.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Restaurants: Mercado de la Ribera, Bar Santamaria, and Bar La Taska de Isozaki are top choices.
  • Pastry: Pasteleria Martina zuricalday is a local favorite.
  • Where to Eat : Mercado de la Ribera (Erribera Kalea, s/n, 48005 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain) and Bar La Taska de Isozaki (Bizkidetasun Plaza, s/n, 48001 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain).

Explore Seville’s Gastronomy: While in Spain, take the opportunity to explore Andalusian cuisine further with our Let’s Eat Seville culinary tour, blending tradition with culinary innovation.


6. Lisbon, Portugal: Coastal Capital

Lisbon’s rich history and vibrant culinary scene make it a must-visit. Explore the hilly streets and savor local wines. Lisbon is a city where every meal is an adventure and every street corner tells a story. The city’s hilly landscape offers some stunning viewpoints, or “miradouros,” where you can gaze over the tiled rooftops and the Tagus River.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Restaurants: Manteigaria (Rua do Loreto, 2, 1200-108 Lisboa, Portugal) for pastels de nata, Velho Macedo (R. do Salvador 83, 1100-466 Lisboa, Portugal) for traditional dishes, and Tapa Bucho for modern tapas.
  • Wine: Enjoy tastings at local spots like By the Glass (Rua das Flores, 41-43, 1200-193 Lisboa, Portugal). This spot is well-known for its impressive selection of Portuguese wines, making it a great destination for wine enthusiasts visiting Lisbon

Did You Know?

Often compared to San Francisco, Lisbon is famously known as the city of seven hills – each offering a unique perspective and a different slice of the city’s history and culture.


Tbilisi, Georgia: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, is a vibrant city where ancient architecture meets contemporary culture. Its unique charm lies in its diverse influences, from Eastern and Western civilizations.

Must-Visit Places:

  • Dezerter Bazaar: A bustling market offering a glimpse into Georgian daily life. Here, you can find everything from fresh produce to local crafts.
  • Khasheria: A traditional Georgian restaurant, perfect for trying khash, a hearty broth famous in local cuisine.
  • Vino Underground: An ideal spot for wine enthusiasts, showcasing Georgia’s rich winemaking heritage with a focus on natural wines.
  • Poliphonia Restaurant: This restaurant stands out for its fusion of traditional Georgian flavors with modern culinary techniques.
  • Udabno Cafe: A cozy cafe known for its artistic ambiance and delicious, locally-sourced food.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Georgian Cuisine: Dive into dishes like khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), khinkali (dumplings), and a variety of grilled meats.
  • Wines: Georgia’s wine history spans over 8000 years, offering a vast array of indigenous grape varieties.

Did You Know?

Tbilisi is home to diverse architectural styles, reflecting its long history of invasions and cultural exchanges.

Embark on a Georgian Culinary Adventure: To fully experience Georgian cuisine, join our Let’s Eat Georgia culinary tour, where traditional flavors meet modern culinary art.

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Tbilisi

7. Parma, Italy: A Gastronomic Gem in Emilia-Romagna

Parma, a captivating city in the Emilia-Romagna region, is a treasure trove of Italian culinary and cultural wonders. While it might not be as widely toured as other Italian cities, Parma’s culinary fame is world-renowned.

Must-Visit places

  • Torrechiara Castle: A stunning medieval castle, offering breathtaking views and a peek into Italy’s history.
  • Teatro Regio di Parma: An opera house that showcases the rich musical heritage of Parma, the birthplace of composer Giuseppe Verdi.
  • Parma Cathedral: A Romanesque masterpiece, known for its frescoes and architectural beauty.

Culinary highlights

  • Visit local producers to see the making of Parma’s famous ham and cheese.
  • Indulge in wine tasting sessions, sampling the exquisite wines of the region.

Did You Know?

Parma was appointed a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, reflecting its significant contribution to the culinary arts. It’s a city where food is not just nourishment but a piece of cultural identity.

Experience Authentic Italian Cuisine: Enhance your Italian adventure with our Let’s Eat Parma culinary tour, a journey into the heart of Italy’s gastronomic culture.

 

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Parma

Giverny, France: A Serene Haven of Impressionism

Giverny, nestled in the heart of Normandy and just 75 kilometers northwest of Paris, is the perfect serene escape from the city. This village, draped in natural beauty and tranquility, is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Must-Visit Places:

  • Monet’s House and Gardens (Fondation Monet, 84 Rue Claude Monet): Immerse yourself in the world of Claude Monet. The vibrant flower beds and the iconic Japanese bridge are sights to behold.
  • Musée des Impressionnismes (99 Rue Claude Monet): Explore the artistic legacy of Impressionism in-depth.

Culinary Highlights:

  • Restaurant Les Nymphéas (109 Rue Claude Monet): Known for its exquisite local dishes, this restaurant offers a gastronomic delight amidst the beauty of Giverny.
  • Terra Café (73 Rue Claude Monet): For a more casual setting, enjoy a lovely sip of wine or a comforting coffee in this friendly and cozy café.

Did You Know?

  • Claude Monet’s profound obsession with water lilies led him to hire a gardener specifically to paddle out every morning and clean the dust off the lilies in his pond. This little fact not only highlights Monet’s dedication to his art but also adds to the charm of Giverny.

Get inspired in Giverney and take that inspiration into your cooking class in Paris! Just a short train ride away from this pictureque location.

These cities aren’t just about savoring food and wine, it’s a journey through time, tradition, and the art of gastronomy. Each stop has been a step into a world where meals are more than just sustenance; they are stories told on a plate, flavored with centuries of heritage. So, whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a culinary enthusiast, these European cities beckon with open arms, promising experiences that will delight your palate and enrich your soul. Let’s carry the tastes, sights, and stories we’ve gathered along the way and look forward to the next delicious adventure that awaits! 🍷🍽️🌍


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