What could be more romantic than dining in a beautiful city serving world renowned cuisine?
Do something different this year and visit one of these top foodie destinations for a romantic getaway with your partner.
Bordeaux has undergone a transformation in recent years with much of the city centre being pedestrianised.
In the morning, take a stroll through Bordeaux’s charming squares. Sip wine and indulge on oysters at the legendary Marché Capuçins food market in the afternoon.
With the Atlantic Ocean a stone’s throw away, fish and shellfish abound, but Bordeaux is carnivore country and its most celebrated dish is entrecôte marchand de vin (steak in a Bordeaux wine sauce).
Bordeaux is renowned for its art de vivre, the art of enjoying the simple things in life. Enjoy an aperitif as you watch the sunset and sip a glass of the region’s finest wine.
For another perfect food and wine pairing, head to the Mendoza region of Argentina. Famed for Malbecs (incidentally one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine), many Mendoza bodegas offer tastings and tours.
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The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and smaller plazas surrounding Plaza Independencia.
Argentinian steak is world famous. The way to an Argentine’s heart is through asado, or barbecue. Spend a leisurely afternoon beside the warmth of a grill or open fire, and feast on some of the finest meats in the world.
Argentina also features on our inspirational list of top 2018 destinations where your money will travel further.
Just over the border from Mendoza is Santiago (Chile’s capital and largest city). Santiago sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.
Chile has a 6,000km Pacific Ocean coastline, making fish some of its best cuisine. Outside of simply prepared fish, dishes such as empanadas and porotos granados (a fresh bean stew made in summer with seasonal ingredients) are also very popular.
In the summer, Santiago experiences long hot days and refreshingly cool nights. The city centre has old colonial architecture and each neighbourhood has its own unique vibe to discover.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
New Orleans is a vibrant city, affectionately named ‘The Big Easy’. Its name is synonymous with Mardi Gras but it’s also home to jazz festivals and a melting pot of French, African and American cuisine.
Whether you’re roaming the streets enjoying the subtropical climate or tucked away in a jazz club enjoying a cocktail, the Deep South provides an array of foods to sample.
One of the most well-known dishes is probably gumbo, a stew that originated during the 18th century. It consists primarily of a strongly-flavoured stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, celery, bell peppers, and onions.
Or you could of course go the natural aphrodisiac route with chargrilled oysters. And for dessert, try a beignet, a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry.
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In this sun soaked North African city you could easily lose yourself amongst the narrow and twisting streets of the open-air markets. Quench your thirst with refreshing sips of mint tea.
When it comes to food, tagine is probably the go to dish for any western traveller but there are many other delightful treats to sample, such as fish chermoula and b’ssara.
Marrakesh is famed for its food markets but if you’re tempted to try them, you’re best heading to the stalls that you can see locals eating at. Or try one of the excellent restaurants serving local cuisine.
Morocco is also incidentally a fantastic place to tie the knot. The average wedding in the UK costs £20,500, whereas you can say “I do” in exotic Marrakesh for a fraction of the price. The average wedding in Morocco costs under £4,000.
This dainty sun-kissed city lives alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Jump aboard the century-old wooden trams that rumble their way up and down the steep hills the city is built upon. Or wander through the Baixa district – this is the heart of Lisbon and was completely rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The district comprises of magnificent plazas, which are connected by straight avenues lined with grand 18th-century architecture.
Portugal sits at the doorstep of western Europe and seafood caught fresh from the Atlantic tops the menu wherever you go. Indulge in delicious octopus, sardine, clam and tuna fish dishes at restaurants, taverns and market stalls.
Adventure to Mercado da Ribeira, where they have partly transformed the old marketplace into a foodie hangout with a wide range of regional specialities.
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