Eating your way around this tropical paradise is the greatest way to experience everything the earth has to offer. You’ll discover luscious seafood, mouthwatering curries, and a plethora of other delectable meals. The best part is that you’ll be able to dine with your toes on the sand and the sun overhead, your palate pleased. If you’re wondering where you can travel to when you love food and flavours so much, we hear you. These are the top 10 island destinations you need to visit if you’re a foodie.
When it comes to Caribbean food, Jamaican dishes are among the most well-known, having gained popularity in North America in recent years. Blue Mahoe on the beach in Negril serves a combination of traditional Jamaican fare and freshly caught fish. A visit to Mom’s in Ocho Rios delivers on the promise of homestyle cuisine, as the restaurant’s name indicates.
Warungs, the island’s cafés and informal eateries, are as relaxed as the surf culture, but very serious about babi guling, Bali’s famous suckling pig seasoned with spices and roasted over a spit. Ibu Oka is a babi guling institution in Ubud, located across from the palace.
Volcanic Pantelleria rises from the Mediterranean closer to Tunisia than Sicily, making it one of Italy’s most isolated extremities. Regulars come to soak in the waters of the Lago di Venere, which has medicinal mud, or to swim off the coast, which has indented rocky pools and inaccessible coves surrounded by sparkling blue sea. And, of course, to eat; Pantelleria’s Phoenician, Roman, Arab, and Moorish past pervades its modern-day food culture, with must-try local favorites like ricotta-like Tumma cheese, capers, rustic fish couscous, and Passito di Pantelleria, a dessert wine produced from Zibibbo grapes.
Visitors to Puerto Rico, one of the greatest island destinations we know of, will quickly discover that the island, particularly its capital, San Juan, is one of the greatest holiday destinations for foodies. This is mostly due to Puerto Rico’s own unique culinary tradition. Puerto Rico is also a culinary innovation hotspot. Visit the San Juan Smokehouse in the capital for a meaty cuisine that combines the grilling methods of this island paradise with the smokey tastes of Tennessee barbecue.
Some of Asia’s greatest street cuisine comes from the capital city of George Town’s hawker stalls and shop houses. Mee goreng (big-flavored fried noodles) and the rice-based nasi lemak, which may be considered the national cuisine, show Malay culture and its intervening influences from India, China, and Thailand.
Anguilla’s culinary traditions encapsulate everything that is great about Caribbean cuisine. However, Anguilla’s approach to “traditional” regional food is linked with the way its spectacular beaches, such as Rendezvous Bay, stand head and shoulders above those on neighboring islands. Restaurants like Tasty’s in South Hill and the posh Falcon Nest in Island Harbor give guests great twists on Caribbean seafood and comfort cuisine with an elegance that suits the scenery.
Because Bermuda has a 500-year colonial history, its cuisine is a mash-up of British, French, Caribbean, Portuguese, and early American influences—a confluence reflected in local delicacies like fiery red fish soup. That same colonial past has resulted in a plethora of rum cocktails, including the bracing, gingery dark and stormy. There’s also great eating on pink sand beaches.
On Hvar, an island off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, the scents of lavender and pine are never far away. Its pine-shaded beaches are tempered by the waterside beauty of Hvar town, whose picturesque tangle of ice cream-colored townhouses harkens back to the island’s days as a wintering station for the Venetian fleet.
Another allure is the food. You won’t have to go far to locate a beach eatery offering gregada, the island’s trademark fish and potato stew prepared in a clay pot using the catch of the day. Grilled octopus and locally produced goats’ cheese drizzled with olive oil and herbs are two more typical Dalmatian meals to try.
Despite its reputation as a playground for the affluent and famous, Capri’s cuisine is basic and rustic; restaurants such as the long-running Ristorante Aurora serve Neapolitan pizza and seafood-laden spaghetti. Take heed, vegetarians: the Caprese salad—that vibrant mix of tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella—was born here.
Sifnos, a small Cycladic Island, has some significant culinary credentials. Sifnos, a three-hour ferry journey from Athens, has become a popular destination for foodies seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. Spend days exploring traditional sugar-cube towns, must-see attractions like the Chrysopigi Monastery and the magnificently located Church of the Seven Martyrs in Kastro, and postcard-perfect beaches like Kamares and Platys Gialos. Then feast your eyes on its numerous beach bars, contemporary eateries, and traditional tavernas.
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