101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine, #80 and #79

101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine, #80 and #79

101 Best Food Cities Around the World and 151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World are part of AWT’s new MegaLists series where we bring the best info about the best places in the world for all the heart’s pleasures.

80. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland, is a culinary haven with a wide array of options to delight food enthusiasts. When it comes to restaurants, one standout is Chapter One, a Michelin-starred establishment known for its innovative Irish cuisine and elegant setting. The Winding Stair offers a delightful combination of literature and food, serving delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients with a stunning view of the River Liffey. For seafood lovers, Fish Shop in Smithfield is a must-visit, serving fresh and flavorsome seafood in a casual atmosphere.

To experience the vibrant food scene in Dublin, a visit to the markets is essential. The Temple Bar Food Market, held every Saturday, showcases the best of Irish artisanal produce, including cheeses, bread, pastries, and organic fruits and vegetables. The Dublin Flea Market, held on the last Sunday of every month, is a treasure trove of vintage clothing, antiques, and eclectic food stalls offering diverse cuisines from around the world.

When it comes to bars, Dublin boasts a rich pub culture. The iconic Guinness Storehouse is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts, offering a fascinating tour of the brewery and a chance to enjoy a pint of the famous stout in the Gravity Bar, with panoramic views of the city. For a traditional pub experience, visit The Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest pub dating back to 1198, where you can enjoy live Irish music and hearty pub fare.

No exploration of Dublin’s food scene is complete without indulging in traditional Irish dishes. Start with a Full Irish breakfast, consisting of bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, white pudding, tomatoes, and toast. For lunch or dinner, savor a hearty plate of traditional Irish stew, made with tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Don’t forget to try colcannon, a comforting dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale, and soda bread, a dense and delicious bread made with buttermilk.

79. Prague, Czechia

Prague, the capital city of Czechia, is renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and delectable cuisine. When it comes to restaurants, one standout is La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, a Michelin-starred establishment that offers a unique fine dining experience with a focus on traditional Czech recipes and ingredients. Café Savoy is another gem, known for its elegant ambiance and mouthwatering Czech pastries and breakfast dishes. Lokál Dlouhááá is a popular choice for those seeking traditional Czech pub fare, serving delicious classics such as goulash, svíčková (marinated beef with creamy sauce), and crispy pork knuckle.

To experience the vibrant food scene in Prague, a visit to the markets is a must. The Havelský Market, located in the heart of the city, offers a wide range of fresh produce, local honey, artisanal cheeses, and traditional Czech snacks like trdelník (a sweet pastry) and langos (fried dough). The Vinohrady Farmer’s Market is another great option, showcasing organic fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, and regional specialties.

Prague is also known for its vibrant bar scene. Hemingway Bar is a popular choice, specializing in creative and expertly crafted cocktails in a stylish setting. If you’re a beer enthusiast, a visit to U Fleků, one of Prague’s oldest breweries, is a must. This historic establishment offers a unique atmosphere and serves its famous dark beer, accompanied by hearty Czech cuisine.

When it comes to traditional Czech food, don’t miss out on trying some iconic dishes. Start with a plate of smažený sýr (fried cheese) or vepřo-knedlo-zelo (roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut). For dessert, indulge in trdelník, a sweet pastry sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, or štrúdl, a delicious apple strudel.

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