04 Oct How to Find the Best Places to Eat
Experiencing other parts of the world = eating all of the food. Food is a huge part of every culture, including how and when you eat it. To us, it is important to find the least ‘touristy’ spot and do as the locals do.
How To Pick A Local Spot To Eat
Here are a few tips we have learned along the way (and we have learned the hard way – AKA eating food that you know is not good). And keep in mind, this mainly applies to the ten countries we have visited thus far – but we feel pretty safe assuming that these tips are helpful everywhere.
- Ask a local for their favorite spot. Preferably ask them when you are not in a touristy spot. Airbnbs are also helpful for this reason – they typically give you personal recommendations they swear by.
- Waiters and waitresses who stand outside, trying to get you to come in, are typically a no-no. Delicious spots do not need to convince you to come in – they have enough business already and don’t cater to tourists.
- Do not eat close to the sights. For example, in Rome, you don’t want to eat next to the Colosseum. While it’s fun to sit and have a drink and look at all of the spots, don’t do more than that. The food is more expensive, not near as good, and super packed with people standing in front of you taking pictures.
- If you find a place that you know does not have an English menu, you know it’s good. Now, many delicious, local spots DO have menus in English, so this is a pretty loose rule. Don’t be afraid to ask the server for help in interpreting the menu.
- Make sure to look up the reviews for a spot. If a place has a TON of reviews (500, 1000, etc.) it is a spot that many tourists review. If a place has less reviews and are still positive, odds are that the locals review it more than the tourists.
- Ask the waiter or waitress to recommend their favorites or local dishes to you. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new – odds are, you’re going to love it!
No matter where you stay, you can always find delicious food.
Even if you’re staying in the city center, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle from visitors, you can still find authentic food. Just walk a few blocks out of the craziness and you are sure to find a local spot to eat!