10 Hyperlocal Food Experiences Around the World

Sushi is just one of the delights you can enjoy on a bespoke tour
Sushi is just one of the delights you can enjoy on a bespoke tour

Meet a food-loving local and lift the lid on the most original gastronomic experiences these culinary capitals have to offer – savouring local specialities along the way.

For many, the most exciting thing about travel is the cuisine. And for the best experience, let a local be your guide. Whether it’s visiting a lively market packed with artisan traders, relaxing in a family home, or attending a cookery class led by award-winning chefs, now you can fill your belly while learning all about the intricate culinary traditions of the country you’re visiting.

ActivitiesAdventurous Japanese Food Tour, Tokyo
From $111 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
5 (4)

Japan is renowned as a foodie paradise, but there’s so much more to it than ramen and sushi. Meet an expert and be guided through the backstreets of Ginza. Go off the beaten path and taste Japanese delicacies that you’ll only ever find in family-run eateries. From horse sashimi to fresh fugu (blowfish), this experience is for the more adventurous foodie, intent on discovering a world beyond the classic bowl of udon noodles. Groups are limited to 15 people to guarantee a more personal experience and the chance to ask your expert food guide any questions you may have.

ActivitiesTraditional Jewish Shabbat Dinner, Tel Aviv
From $93 per person
2 hours 30 minutes

Shabbat is a fundamental part of Jewish culture and where better to learn about it than by enjoying the traditional dinner in a Jewish family home. Inspired by centuries-old traditions, your delicious kosher dinner will consist of classic Jewish dishes – from freshly baked challah bread to tabouleh salad served with sweet Israeli wine. Drinks are included, but you can bring a bottle of your own to share with like-minded travellers as you tuck in.

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ToursSecret London Bridge & Borough Market Food Tour, London
From $79 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.8 (139)

When it comes to food, the UK has a lot of stiff competition from Europe – but there’s no doubt London is rising to the challenge. This secret food tour will introduce you to the classics. Who would want to miss the chance to chow down on traditional fish and chips, snack on local street food, and indulge in iconic British desserts? All washed down with fruity London cider or a cup of English breakfast tea in quintessential style. Here, you’ll discover the city’s hidden foodie spots, meet local market traders, and learn all about London’s latest food trends.

ToursChocolatier Experience, Vienna
From $36 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.4 (15)

Chocoholics, rejoice. In Vienna, they take chocolate very seriously and the cocoa bean is widely revered. Become a chocolatier for the day and make your own tasty bars from scratch. Learn all about the history of the bean and the seven steps of chocolate consumption on what promises to be a truly sensory experience. There’ll also be a lesson on the science behind chocolate making; then round off your tour with a trip to the chocolate museum for more sweet treats and facts.

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