While checking out the art, history, and architecture of a city are all valid reasons to travel, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in a country’s culture than through food. Experimenting with local specialties like foie gras in France, ceviche in Peru, or grilled squid in Thailand will expand your palate and sharpen your taste buds so you can take your foodie status up a notch or two.
Before you plan your next trip, be sure to find out which parts of the world offer the most diverse and delicious dishes, and the best foodie hotspots to hit once you’re there. From open-air markets to neighbourhoods packed with five-star restaurants, the world is full of culinary treasure troves just waiting to be devoured.
Follow the food and visit these 14 destinations to plan the foodie pilgrimage of your dreams: