Where to vacation based on your dietary needs
Travelling with a dietary need can make eating out a whole lot more difficult if you haven’t done your research. Luckily, we’ll delved into the details so you don’t have to! From gluten-free and vegan hotspots, through to cheap eats and luxury dining, it’s time to discover the best cities to visit based on your food preferences.
Best cities for gluten intolerants
Venice, San Francisco, and Amsterdam take the top three spots with the most number of gluten-free restaurants per 100,00 people; but Washington DC, Wellington, and Dublin score highly too.
New Zealanders love their lamb, so if you’re visiting Wellington, make sure you order it at least once; followed by a classic pavlova for dessert. Alternatively, if Dublin’s drawing you in, then sample some traditional Irish soda bread, washed down with a cheeky Irish coffee.
At the other end of the spectrum, Osaka, Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai have the least number of gluten-free restaurants – so if you do decide to travel to these places, you’ll just need to make sure you do your research in advance, so you know exactly where to go.
Best cities for veggies
When it comes to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Venice, Amsterdam, and San Francisco come out on top. However, it turns out Germany, home of the bratwurst, does it pretty well too, with Frankfurt and Munich in fourth and fifth places, at 102.58 and 89.06 restaurants per 100,000 people respectively.
Käsespätzle is a delicious dish to try, and once you’ve had one mouthful of this cheese-topped German pasta, you’ll be begging for more!
Rome and Vienna have also scored highly for their vegetarian offerings; whereas Osako, Tokyo and Shanghai once again sit at the bottom of the list.
Best cities for fine dining
If your idea of the perfect holiday is dining out on the finest of delicacies at the poshest restaurants in the world, then you can’t beat Tokyo – after all, it has 199 Michelin restaurants, more than any other city.
In second place is Paris, at 130, followed by Osaka (93), Hong Kong (77), and London (74). If you’re vacationing in Japan, then you’ll have so many options to pick from, from sushi to sashimi, udon to soba and more.
Alternatively, if it’s classic French dishes you want to dine on in Paris (and you’re feeling a bit too squeamish for escargots!), sample coq au vin, steak tartare, or ratatouille.
Best cities for cheap eats
Alternatively, if you’re dining on a budget and want to sample some truly amazing dishes at the best prices, then head to Asia.
Ho Chi Minh City offers the cheapest dining options, with the average three-course meal for two people totalling just AUD$37.73. Kuala Lumpur sits in second place, at AUD$40.26, and Beijing in third place.
All of these cities are known for their sprawling street food markets, so if you’re looking for authentic cuisine at cheap prices, head to one of those.
Istanbul is the cheapest European city for food, sitting in fourth place. Split into Old and New Cities, dine on traditional Turkish cuisine in the Old City, or choose from a range of international options in the New City.
Adrian Taylor, General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market states: “Food plays such a huge part in any holiday, whether you’ve travelled to a specific country for its cuisine or not. From street food eats to fine dining, hearty main courses to sweet desserts, the food really can make or break a destination; which is why we’re so delighted to uncover the top foodie destinations across the world.
“What’s great to see is that countries from all over the world have made it on the list; so whether you’re dreaming of an Asian adventure, city hopping around Europe, or an American road trip; rest assured you’ll get to dine on some great dishes wherever you choose!”
So, if you’ve decided where you want to go on your next holiday, as soon as you’ve booked your flights and accommodation, don’t forget to organise some travel insurance. After all, it’s there to protect your holiday should the unexpected happen, whether it’s a lost suitcase, cancelled tour or a nasty case of food poisoning.
And if you choose to staycation in Australia, make sure you take out domestic travel insurance, which could cover you for cancelled hotels, diverted flights, and more. Whichever type of insurance you’re looking to buy, make sure to check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before purchasing for any limits, exclusions or restrictions that you may be subject to.