Europe's 2015 Foodie Destinations

If you’re gallivanting around Europe, you probably have your eyes peeled for wondrous castles, world-class art museums and beautiful, unfamiliar landscapes. Have you forgotten to seek out some of the world’s most incredible dining? Don’t fall for a tourist trap when you are looking for somewhere to eat; make plans for three or four truly special meals and then relish in them. While you can find an incredible meal in nearly every European city, here are the food cities to watch in 2015: 

Spanish pinchos made with chorizos and Padron peppers [Barcelona, Spain]

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7. Barcelona, Spain | Over the past 10 years Barcelona has taken the food world by storm. Suddenly the world’s best chefs are living and working in the vibrant downtown core and tourists are arriving specifically to eat. Start your food tour in La Boqueria – Barcelona’s main market. Push through the crowds to buy local vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, spices and bread. All these beautiful ingredients find their way into meals all over the city. Dinner isn’t usually served until 9-10 p.m., so do as the Spanish do and order some tapas. Creative bites of fish, red pepper, bread or meat tide you over until the main meal. If you want internationally recognized cuisine, stick to the downtown core. For a sample of homey Catalan cooking, head to the outer barrios. Meat, fish and stews all show influences of Catalan, Spanish, French and North African heritage.
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Carmen Fifield

The delight of finding an unknown park, a captivating history museum or a fantastic desert means exploration is never far from Carmen Fifield’s mind. Carmen’s favorite travel memories include biking to historic sites on the island of Guernsey, huffing and puffing up the stairs to the Great Wall of China and eating the most delicious crab cake ever in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Carmen’s Favorite Travel Tip: Say goodbye to airplane food and tuck some fruit and your favorite sandwich into your carry-on.