101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine, #72 and #71

101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine, #72 and #71

This is part of AWT’s list of the 101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine here we have a look at the great food from New Delhi and Chengdu.

#72. New Delhi, India

From vibrant street food to fine dining experiences, the city offers something for every palate.

When it comes to restaurants, Bukhara is an iconic eatery known for its delectable North Indian cuisine. Renowned for its succulent kebabs and rich curries, this restaurant provides a sumptuous journey into the heart of Indian flavors. Additionally, Indian Accent is a must-visit, offering an innovative fusion of Indian and international ingredients, creating a contemporary and unforgettable dining experience.

For a taste of Delhi’s street food culture, head to Chandni Chowk, a bustling market where vendors serve mouthwatering delicacies like chaat, golgappas, and parathas. The Paranthe Wali Gali, in particular, is famous for its scrumptious stuffed parathas that have been satisfying appetites for generations.

In terms of bars, the nightlife scene in Delhi has grown exponentially. New Delhi has some great rooftop bars, offering a stunning view of the city along with an extensive selection of cocktails and spirits, making it a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

The city’s markets are a paradise for food enthusiasts and shopaholics. The Spice Market, also known as Khari Baoli, is the largest spice market in Asia, where aromatic spices, herbs, and teas beckon visitors with their alluring scents. The bustling INA Market is a great place to discover fresh produce, meats, and unique ingredients.

No visit to New Delhi is complete without savoring traditional dishes like butter chicken, chole bhature, and biryani. Indulging in a traditional thali, a platter filled with an assortment of regional dishes, is an excellent way to experience the diverse flavors of India.

Photo Credit to Delhi, Shreyak Singh, and Reubx

#71. Chengdu, China

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in China, is a city renowned for its spicy and flavorful cuisine. 

When it comes to restaurants, one cannot miss the opportunity to indulge in a Sichuan hotpot. Places like Huangchenglaoma and Shujiuxiang are famous for their authentic hotpot experience, where diners can cook a variety of meats, vegetables, and noodles in a fiery broth of chili and Sichuan peppercorns.

For a more sophisticated dining experience, Jinli Ancient Street is a must-visit. This historical area is home to many traditional Sichuan restaurants that serve classic dishes like Mapo Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, and Sichuan Twice-Cooked Pork, which are bursting with bold and complex flavors.

Chengdu’s bar scene has also flourished in recent years, offering a vibrant nightlife experience. Jellyfish and Lan Kwai Fong are popular areas with a plethora of bars and clubs, where visitors can enjoy everything from craft cocktails to local beers while immersing themselves in the city’s lively atmosphere.

Another must-visit market is the Sichuan Cuisine Museum, where visitors can learn about the history and culture of Sichuan cuisine, and even participate in cooking classes to learn how to prepare traditional dishes.

Photo Credit to Shu Qian, Kev1n, Luna Wang, Peijia Li

And make sure to see our other MegaList, the 151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World.

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