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Top 5 Foodie Locations in the World to Take the Kids
Who said being a foodie is a privileged reserved for just the adults? Kids enjoy food just as much as we do, so a foodie holiday is pretty interesting to them. So if you’re wondering where you can actually take them so you’ll enjoy a fun family time, as well as some mouth-watering food, read our top 5 world destinations for foodie families.
1. Manchester, UK
This city is great for families since you’ll have plenty of options to eat out with your kids. One of the most famous establishments that make mouth-watering meals for the whole family is Rudy’s Pizza where you can taste a true Neapolitan pizza with puffy doughs baked in an actual clay oven. Besides, what kid doesn’t like pizza? And since this is such a well-reputed location, you might want to avoid the rush hours and head there earlier.
But there are plenty of other places to take your kids, like the Spinningfields street food market that’s actual indoors. With plenty of inexpensive meals to try from Malaysian dishes to Chinese food, you’ll only have to find your way to the Market House next, so you can enjoy a delicious ice-cream.
And if you head to the suburban Sale, you can enjoy a quiet day, with plenty of interesting walks and bike rides, so don’t forget to get the best toddler bike helmet for the money. Once you’ve worked out an appetite, head on over to Fat Loaf, a family-friendly restaurant with the most delicious cheese pie to replace those lost calories.
2. Budapest, Hungary
With affordable prices and a rich medieval history, as well as a fascinating landscape, Hungary can offer everything in terms of hikes, walks, sightseeing, and, of course, taste bud-thrilling food. Take the Seventh District in Budapest for instance, a neighborhood that has everything from food stalls with the delicious langos that come in many flavors. This flatbread can be filled with grated cheese, chocolate or homemade jam so the kids will definitely have a treat.
Or you can move on to the Castle District with tons of medieval sites and buzzing streets that have the best restaurants in Europe. Here, you can get a kid’s meal for your little ones and enjoy some fine Russian caviar yourself.
There are always the Ninth District markets if you want to roam around the city and explore it through the magic of taste and aromas. The Great Market Hall is indeed great, with three stories worth of goodies and spices.
3. Thessaloniki, Greece
How can you miss this incredible city with its rich Antic history and its sublime spirituality that seems to go hand in hand with a very tumultuous lifestyle? There are tons of activities your children will simply adore here, even walking the city streets is very intriguing since they’re buzzing with entertainment and with flea markets.
There are quaint kiosks at almost every corner where you can enjoy some delicious, spicy, greasy Greek food, like the aromatic souflaki, the famous cheese-pie tiropita or the sweet baklavas, a dessert with origins in the Ottoman Empire. Or you can take your kids to the seaside where you can all enjoy some amazing seafood with the salty sea aroma caressing your nostrils.
There’s also an Aqua park located on the city outskirts where you can enjoy tons of adventures as well as some amazing traditional food. And don’t forget all the quaint taverns with friendly owners and fun-loving customers, where you can eat some of the freshest, homemade-resembling meals you have ever had.
4. Santiago, Chile
Chile has an intricate cuisine with many different influences, European and indigenous alike. It’s also a great country to take your kids because they have lots of hikes to enjoy as well as a good time on the beach. Barrio Lastarria in Santiago is a neighborhood filled with a plethora of shops and cafes, restaurants, and museums. So you can basically combine sightseeing with eating great breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The fresh ingredients used to prepare these meals are easy to find if you want to spend a few hours walking through the markets. The Central Market is an amazing place where you’ll find the most diverse seafood in town, but you can also wine and dine at a quaint restaurant. And just like Manchester, Santiago also boasts a huge indoor market filled with everything from spices and herbs to meat and cheese.
And if you want to taste some original indigenous food, the Bellavista is the perfect destination for you, as well as for the kids who will enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the city that seems to step out of a fairy tale.
5. Dakar, Senegal
Finding your way to the mystic continent of Africa, you’ll find that Senegal is a perfect mix of ancient history, tribal mysticism, and modern culture. This multi-cultural city has always been a junction point between different cultures, which is very obvious in the local cuisine with its French, Lebanese and indigenous influences. Shawarma and falafel are just a few of the plentiful examples.
The Medina with its imposing mosques and outdoor markets is swarming with street vendors and shops where you can get a bargain. The open-air kitchens have a unique vibe that will transport you to a culture that values community and closeness above anything else. The dibi is one of the traditional meals you can’t miss, roasted mutton with different spices that’s eaten of a brown paper.
There’s also the amazing fresh seafood which you can enjoy from the food stalls or at a restaurant on the beach, though the best idea would be to enjoy this right on the water if you take a boat tour. And don’t forget about the neighborhood of Plateau which is filled with patisseries with the sweetest desserts that will satisfy both yours and your kids’ cravings.
So with so many foodie locations to visit, which one will you pick? We’re curious to know what your family enjoys most and how that influenced your destination, so leave us a comment and tell us all about that.
Rebecca lives in the USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, the company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for hikingmastery.com.