CHICAGO, Ill. — iExplore announced today their list of Top Ten Culinary Destinations as determined by their Adventure Travel Consultants. #1. New Orleans, Louisiana: Food in New Orleans is a way of life and a big part of the city’s charm. Any visit here will mean getting your mouth around dishes such as catfish, jambalaya, gumbo and more. #2. Trastevere, Rome: Trastevere’s quiet alleyways, traditional restaurants and picturesque quarters are some of the most desirable areas to eat in Rome.
The remaining destinations include:
3. Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
The nightly open-air market that takes place here after dusk is possibly the greatest in the world. Stalls set up under gaslights and the air becomes hazy with the scent of barbecuing meats and seafood.
4. Donguwa Bazaar, Kashgar, Xinjiang, China
These impressive daily markets offer an incredible array of nuts, dried fruits and spices and a popular milky ice drink.
5. Brunswick Street, Melbourne
Brunswick Street best reflects Melbourne’s multi cultural, artistic and tolerant soul. Cafes serve up tasty food and organic vegetable shops and flowers line the footpaths.
6. Oaxaca, Mexico
The markets of Oaxaca are famous for their chocolate and unusual local delicacies such as fried grasshoppers and toasted worms.
7. Spice Market, Istanbul, Turkey
No visit to Istanbul is complete without a visit to the spice markets with their piles of heaped saffron, cumin, sumac, apple tea and Turkish delights.
8. San Sebastian, Spain
For a true Hemingway experience of the Basque region you can’t go past San Sebastian. Wander the streets of the old town for tapas and down it with local beer and wine.
9. Newtown, Sydney
Newtown is a Bohemian suburb well known for its numerous bars, Thai eateries and Indian takeaways. Nepalese, Maltese and Japanese are just some of the gamut of cuisine on offer.
10. San Francisco
San Francisco is the restaurant capital of the country and awash in culinary riches.
iExplore offers guided tours to most of the above destinations. Call 1-800-IEXPLORE (1-800-439-7567) for details and pricing.
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