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The Top Artisan Bread Destinations Around the World

Sink your teeth into the world’s tastiest varieties of bread on these small-group TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Joel Rabinowitz
22 Mar 2022
Wherever you travel, embracing local cuisine is an essential part of the experience. In most countries, bread is a staple of the national diet – and it comes in a vast array of delicious shapes and sizes, from geothermally baked loaves in Iceland to traditional Bedouin flatbread in Jordan. Taste them for yourself by joining one of these epic small-group adventures to some of the world’s top artisan bread destinations – all bookable with Culture Trip.
1 . Iceland, for geothermally baked bread

Fantastic bread might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Iceland, but it’s exactly what you’ll find at Laugarvatn Fontana spa, just over an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. Here, the speciality is rúgbrauð – a sweet, dense rye bread baked for 24 hours in a pot underground using only geothermal heat, and typically served with a slathering of freshly churned butter. Trying it is one of the highlights of Culture Trip’s five-day Iceland adventure, alongside snowmobiling, glacier hiking and soaking in hot springs.

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2 . Georgia, for traditional cheese-stuffed khachapuri

Ever heard of khachapuri? This hearty, boat-shaped bread is Georgia’s national dish, and even has its own annual day of celebration on 27 February – such is its importance to the country’s cultural heritage. Its texture varies by region, ranging from a pizza-like consistency to something closer to naan bread. Filled to the brim with creamy, gooey imeruli or sulguni cheese, topped with an egg and served warm from the oven, it’s comfort food at its finest. Expect to eat plenty of it on this nine-day trip.

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3 . Jordan, for freshly baked Arabic flatbread

Sure, you may have eaten Arabic flatbread before – but doing so in the lunar-esque wilderness of Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert valley is an experience like no other. Guided by your Bedouin hosts, you’ll learn the traditional process of making abud flatbread as part of Culture Trip’s nine-day journey through Jordan. After being baked in ash and hot coals to achieve a satisfyingly chewy consistency, it’s best enjoyed dipped into hummus or alongside mansaf (the national dish, consisting of lamb cooked in a fermented yoghurt sauce).

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4 . Southern Italy, for sweet and nutty altamura bread

Nutty, subtly sweet, soft on the inside and crisp on the outside: altamura bread is one of Italy’s most treasured culinary gems. It hails from its namesake town in Puglia, where it has been lovingly baked in wood-fired ovens since the 1400s. On this 10-day journey across southern Italy, you’ll stop by an artisan bakery in Altamura to discover how it’s made and learn all about its place in the town’s heritage. Trust us – it tastes just as good as it looks and smells.

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5 . Sri Lanka, for spicy kottu rotis

No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without digging into one of the country’s tastiest street food treats: kottu roti. This intensely flavoursome dish is made by combining chopped roti flatbread with chicken, vegetables, eggs and aromatic spices, and cooking them together on a large, flat griddle. Whether for a mid-afternoon snack, a satisfying meal or a much-needed morning hangover cure, there are no rules on when to eat kottu roti – as you’ll discover on this 12-day adventure around Sri Lanka.

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