TOP food(ie) CITIES

GEORGE Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food”, and the latest figures released by TripAdvisor certainly reflect this. In fact, the food tours category increased by a massive 61% in 2017, compared to 2016 based on traveller spend, showing just how much travellers are seeking foodie experiences.

TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix says the figures show that travellers are consistently seeking local insight on their destinations, and food tours and cooking classes were a great way to tick that box.

“Guides can be a great resource for finding hidden gems, and can create an unforgettable part of your trip,” she said. “Coming home with a local recipe or new favourite restaurant is the best kind of souvenir.”

TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top food city destinations is as varied as the food each city offers. Rome was a crowd favourite, coming in at number one, closely followed by Florence, Paris, and Barcelona. New Orleans’ unique French spin came in at number five, while New York, Venice, Madrid, Tokyo and Bangkok also rated.

Sydney and Brisbane are touted as up-and-coming hot spots in the South Pacific, along with Queenstown — so watch this space.