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64. Provence, France
Provence is a paradise for food lovers.
When it comes to restaurants, L’Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence is a standout Michelin-starred establishment. With its refined Provençal cuisine, using the freshest local ingredients, this restaurant offers a memorable dining experience in a beautiful setting.
For a taste of traditional Provencal dishes, La Mère Germaine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a must-visit. Specializing in seafood and classic Provençal fare, this restaurant has been serving up culinary delights since 1902.
Provence’s bars exude a laid-back and convivial atmosphere. Le Zinc in Aix-en-Provence is a popular spot to enjoy a glass of local wine, while Le Soleil on the charming Place des Cardeurs in Marseille offers great cocktails and people-watching opportunities.
Exploring the local markets is a must to truly experience the essence of Provencal life. The colorful markets of Aix-en-Provence, such as the Marché d’Aix-en-Provence and the Marché des Prêcheurs, offer an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and artisanal products that showcase the region’s gastronomic treasures.
As for traditional dishes, Bouillabaisse is a quintessential Provencal seafood stew, with its origins in Marseille. Made with an assortment of fish, shellfish, and flavored with saffron and other spices, this dish embodies the flavors of the Mediterranean.
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63. Melbourne, Australia
Getting started on where to dine… Attica stands out as a world-renowned dining destination. Led by chef Ben Shewry, the restaurant showcases a unique blend of native Australian ingredients and innovative techniques, creating an unforgettable and artistic dining experience.
For a taste of traditional Australian dishes, head to the city’s iconic pubs and try a classic meat pie or a hearty “parma” (chicken parmigiana). The Royal Mail Hotel, located in Dunkeld, offers a more upscale experience with a focus on local produce and flavors.
Melbourne’s bar scene is thriving, with hidden laneway bars and rooftop establishments providing a diverse range of drinks. Eau De Vie is a speakeasy-style bar known for its impressive cocktail selection, while Naked for Satan offers stunning views of the city skyline from its rooftop bar, along with a great range of infused vodkas.
Exploring the local markets is a must-do for food enthusiasts. Queen Victoria Market is an iconic destination, offering an abundance of fresh produce, gourmet delights, and international street food.
For coffee aficionados, Melbourne’s coffee culture is second to none, with specialty cafes and skilled baristas found on almost every corner.
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