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London Soho is home to a countless number of top quality live music venues. It’s hard to believe that this lively and bustling area stretches for a little over a square mile. With so much packed into a small space in Soho, it sometimes can be best to wander around and see where you end up. However, here are some must-visit live jazz music spots you shouldn’t miss!
1. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club
Starting with Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, this world-famous Jazz club is busy and thriving nearly every night of the week. On top of having an amazing atmosphere full of Jazz enthusiasts, the club has also hosted some of the biggest names in Jazz including Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Kurt Elling. Ronnie Scott’s has also been known to feature up and coming musicians who are said to be the next big thing. So if discovering new talent is what you want then this Soho hotspot is where you need to be.
You will need to book tickets in advance of your visit to Ronnie Scotts and with this booking, you will be allocated seats so no need to worry about struggling to get comfy! Once inside they have a delicious food and drinks menu and table service the whole way throughout the show. You’ll be well looked after during your visit to one of the oldest Jazz venues in the world!
Ronnie Scotts is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday from 6pm-3am and Sundays at 6:30 pm until 12 midnight.
You can check out their jam-packed upcoming schedule here.
Next on our list is the award-winning live music and comedy venue, Hideaway. Not only does this venue have amazing live music but they also serve to-die-for food from their seasonal menu. This laid-back club is definitely the perfect environment to experience new Jazz artists or one of your longtime favourites.
If you want to get in deeper and experience what its like to perform in a jazz band first hand, they also offer a weekly jazz workshop for all levels. These workshops focus on learning how to play and phrase the melodies and how to tackle improvising over the changes. Vocalists are welcome to attend so if it’s been your dream to perform in a jazz club then Hideaway has you covered.
Hideaway is open Thursday – Saturday, and doors open at 7 pm. Sunday Lunch is also available and doors open at 12 pm.
If whiskey is your drink of choice and jazz your music of choice, then Boisdale is the spot for you. Their whiskey bar, located on the second floor in their restaurant, is a 12-meter long glowing amber wall of liquid gold and holds over 1,000 bottles of malt whiskey and is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent whiskey bars in the world.
Boisdale also offers an experience of a lifetime where fantastic dining is matched with the very best in live entertainment. Boisdale’s superb British menu is met with an even better live performance of the very best in soul and jazz.
Boisdale is open 7 days a week at varying times.
You can learn more about their upcoming acts here.
If a quirky and delicious cocktail is your drink of choice while enjoying live jazz then the Nightjar should be top of your list. Their cocktail menu is not only extensive but also extremely creative. From the ‘Alchemists Brew’ drink, a whiskey and pineapple cocktail, to the ‘Hug a Wild Cat’ which includes tequila and kumquat, they have a drink to suit every taste bud.
Their beautiful decor paired with an incredible cocktail menu should be enough for a memorable night out but on top of this, they offer a delicious tapas menu until 11.30 pm.
They also have live Jazz acts every night until the end of November. To pick the perfect night for you check out their calendar here.
Last but not least on our list is Oriole. This speakeasy-themed cocktail and live jazz bar is an oasis of peace from the madness of the capital. With exceptional hospitality and an amazing drinks and food menu alike, this bar is what you need for a wonderful night of escape and jazz. Their live music ranges from early Jazz of New Orleans’ red district and early international Swing Jazz to Brazilian Jazz to 50’s Rhythm and Blues so you will be spoilt for choice at Oriole.
Oriole is open Tuesday — Sunday 6.00pm — Late and Monday 6.00pm — 11 pm.
To check out their Jazz schedule until the end of November click the link here.
The Czech kitchen is unique among those of Central Europe, with its own twist on regional favourites such as dumplings and goulash, fabulous sauces, and a close familiarity with the frying pan!
The kitchen has been a place of pride for Czech women, so that male cooks have had to fight their way in! But while many are passionate about continuing a delicious tradition of home-made food, young people are generally less likely to take time to learn their family’s recipes. As the culture modernises, traditional Czech cooking techniques are in danger of dying out.
So when you land in Prague, instead of merely trying Czech food, why not learn how to make it yourself?
Local favourites include dishes like svíčková (roast beef in cream sauce), zelo (pork, dumplings, and cabbage), guláš (goulash), and hearty soups like bramboračka (potato). Just about everything should be eaten with a healthy chunk of bread in hand, and you will not be frowned at for washing it down with a beer.
A couple of decades ago, this bohemian style of cooking would have seemed almost rural in approach, but today it fits seamlessly into an international trend towards natural, authentic cuisine.
Fresh ingredients are a must, and a trip to the market to source independently grown fruit and vegetables is a treat for the senses! It’s not just the ingredients that should be authentic. Microwave food is frowned upon, and you might even spot an older cook grilling their meat on the open flame of a stove.
Despite this fresh approach, little goes to waste. Many dishes can be left to stew and feed visitors over a long holiday at home. Czechs call this ‘hotovi’ or ‘finished food.’ Dumplings and sauce will always taste good with a few hours to brood – latecomers are sent to the kitchen to scoop up half-a-dozen ‘knedliky’ (dumplings) and a ladle of sauce. A stone soup laced with leftovers can become a magnificent thing in the hands of a well-seasoned ‘babička’ (grandma!)
Modern Czech dishes
Braver cooks might attempt a raw dish:, similar to beef tatare, is a patty of raw minced meat decorated with a raw egg and little mounds of diced onion, spices, and sauces. Meticulously presented, the tatarak is quickly mashed to a paste by the diner and spread upon deep-fried garlic bread. One for bold cooks and bolder foodies!
If the idea of minimal cooking appeals but you’re not ready for the leap to raw meat, you’ll be pleased to know that nearly anything can be wrapped in breadcrumbs and deep-fried!
A schnitzel such as the ‘smažený řízek’ (veal) is the classic, while leftovers are an excellent source of a quick and satisfying meal. Cheese, cauliflower, mushrooms, and potatoes, are all fair game as far as the deep fryer is concerned. Plenty of spices and a cool tartar sauce will keep things interesting, and you can kiss your hangover goodbye.
Mastering the Czech kitchen isn’t just a delicious experience, then – it’s incredibly practical! From cooking up an instant treat with whatever you find in your fridge to preparing a slow-burner that’ll impress your guests no matter what time they arrive, learning to cook in a new way can reshape the way you see the world, just like learning a new language.
Looking to diversify your techniques? The Prague Cooking Class, led by an expert local chef, will expand your repertoire as it tickles your taste-buds.
Everybody knows France for its cuisine – but nobody goes to Paris just for the food. Parisian culture is too rich for that! To know Paris, you have to walk Paris.
The city has long been considered heaven for the idle walker with a nibble in mind. There’s always somewhere new to discover, and coffee, pastries, or cheese to be found.
One hundred years ago, it was Boulevard St. Germain on the Left Bank that became the place to (slowly) be. The Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots fed and watered famous French thinkers and writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Today, these venues continue to serve loyal regulars and mysterious strangers. Meanwhile, the mirrored enclave of Brasserie Lipp, a favourite of Hemingway, remains a discreet spot to chill out while you work on a fish dish or sip coffee.
But don’t fall into the trap of rushing to take it all in. Parisian street life is about taking time to savour your surroundings and your snacks.
Slow food on the boulevard
As life gets faster and faster, it’s helpful to remember the culture of flâneurs – who deliberately tasted the city in as slow a manner as possible.
“Around 1840,” writes Walter Benjamin, “it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking. This gives us an idea of the tempo of flânerie.”
The flâneur’s Paris is not the Paris of haute cuisine but of everyday life and hidden gems. With its romantic architecture, romantic people, and unique café culture, wandering and people-watching like this was a natural development for the curious Parisian with time on his or her hands.
As the poet Charles Baudelaire put it, “the spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.”
L’Arbre à Cannelle is a particularly suitable spot to share a salad with your tortoise, or a homemade tart with your sweet one! This corner restaurant offers views back on the shopping arcade through which you walked to reach it; the very type of arcade which Benjamin wrote about in close connection with the migration patterns of the flâneurs.
A walk through authentic Paris
Wandering alone or with friends is a wonderful way to discover something just for yourself. But there’s always the chance you’ll miss out on one of the area’s best-kept secrets. The Hip Eats and Backstreets tour offers the best of both worlds.
The tour traces the thread that leads from Baudelaire’s flâneurs to the way Parisians walk around their authentic local neighbourhoods today. It will lead you to the places whose chefs observe, reflect, and compose fresh recipes inspired by tradition but with a step into the modern.
Centuries-old cheese-making processes alternate with exotic twists from Paris’s increasingly diverse culture. A plate of cured meats and a glass of wine is excellent fuel for the body and inspiration for the mind as you prepare to wander to your next destination. Perhaps it will be Le Haut Marais, the current hot-spot of Paris.
While the pace of Parisian life has, in some quarters, kept up with that of the rest of the world, the soul of Paris remains that of the idle scholar of everyday life. Have you been neglecting your inner flâneur? Slow down and enjoy Paris as it’s meant to be enjoyed!
If food markets are an interest of yours then London needs to be next on your travel list. London’s bustling food market scene is ever growing and the food options for a great price are endless. In this post, we’re sharing ten of our favourites along with their times and locations and why they should be next on your street food hit list.
Of course, when making a list of London’s street food markets, we have to begin with Borough Market. Not only is Borough Market one of the largest food heavens in the city but also, one of the oldest. Borough has grown to be a market that is rich in history and full of variations of food in the last 1000 years its existed.
1. Borough Market
With over 100 stalls under Borough’s open-roof structure, this market not only provides great produce but also the biggest variation of foods. So whatever you’re in the mood for, Borough Market can provide it – from vegan eats to Lebanese choices, the list is endless!
When: Monday-Saturday, Various times
8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL, boroughmarket.org.uk
If you’re in the Shoreditch area and looking for grub and an exciting atmosphere then Dinerama is the place to be. This former bullion trunk yard is the spot for fantastic eating and partying in summer or winter. It had to be at the top of the October Street Food List in London because of their dedication to keeping the party going in the colder months. Dinerama will have a roof over your heads during these cold months so you can continue to enjoy their endless options of top quality street food, cocktails, wine and beer.
When: Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm-Late
19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ, streetfeast.com
3. Camden Market
Next on our list is Camden Market. Another gem on the street food scene. With over 25 stalls of delicious food, once again you won’t be stuck for choice here. Some of our highlights include Only Jerkin’ for all your ‘Chicken and chips with a Carribean twist’ needs and to finish off for dessert you can’t miss La Churreria. Not only are their churros some of the best we have ever tasted but you can also choose your toppings that include melted Belgian chocolate before deliberating over sprinkles including pistachios, almonds and popping candy – every foodie’s dream.
The next street food oasis we have to mention is KERB. KERB has not one, but eight lunchtime food markets to choose from. This makes them the ultimate food gurus because not only are you spoilt for choice but also they can cater to ALL your street food cravings. They even have their ‘Meatless Market’ which hosts a huge variety of vegan and vegetarian options which is not to be missed.
The Maltby Street Market may be slim but due to its popularity, it definitely earns a spot on our list of 10 best street food markets in London. But be warned! You may feel slightly claustrophobic if you take a visit here during the weekend. Take a trip to Beef Steak for some of the best beef steak dishes you can find in London (and at a reasonable price). If cheese toasties (aka grilled cheese) are more up your alley then stop by The Cheese Truck for the most delicious and Instagram-worthy sandwiches!
For visitors looking for a vegan-friendly street food option, of course, London has what you need. Head to the Broadway Vegan Market on Saturdays to get your fill of delicious vegan food and experience tastes from across the world. Choose from cuisines across the world including Moroccan, Indian, and Vietnamese dishes. Our favourite pick for October has to be Dees Table. Make sure to visit this delicacy for some sunshine in the autumn months.
For lunchtime in Soho, Street Food Union is a must. Come rain or shine, Street Food Union will be serving delicious eats from London’s up and coming street food talent Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm so make sure to stop by for the best lunch choices. On top of this, the location also turns completely animal product free every Saturday for the newly launched Soho Vegan Market.
8. Southbank Centre Food Market
Right beside the River Thames, the South Bank is a dynamic area at the heart of London’s cultural scene. It is also home to the Southbank Centre Food Market. This market offers a great range of cocktails, wines and beers, artisan coffee, tea, and sweet treats. And don’t forget about their unbelievable street food inspired by Europe, Africa, Asia and American cuisines. They also feature guest traders each week, creating a new delicious surprise for you each week!
Leather Lane Stars Market is next on our list of paradises for food lovers. Leather Lane Stars mixes the best of traditional London with the new. This 400-year-old market is one of the best in the capital and is constantly evolving. There are new vendors appearing all the time, giving you all the choices you need in cuisine, coffee and beers.
Last but not least we have to give a mention to the Brockley Market as it has to be the most exciting car park in London! This weekly food market serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. Apart from serving delicious dishes they also feature local produce and traders so you can bring all the tastes home to your kitchen.
If all of this sounds delicious to you and gets you excited, then why not take part in Eating Europes East End Food Tour in London? Not only will you sample eight delicious tastings in markets, grocers, bakeries, pubs, and restaurants but you will also be led by an expert guide who can answer all your foodie questions.
For all their beauty, a Parisian pâtisserie can be a daunting place. With so many sparkling confections laid before you, how do you know where to start? While a classic croissant is always a good order, there are many delights to discover if you’re willing to branch out and butcher a few words.
We’ve listed the essential French pastries here so you know what to order and how to pronounce it. Now go forth and eat pastries!
Pain au Chocolat
A true classic, the pain au chocolat is one of the most popular viennoiseries for breakfast. These pocket-sized pastries are made with buttery croissant dough wrapped around a piece of dark chocolate.
Pronunciation: “pan oh shock-o-lah”
This doughnut-shaped delight was inspired by a bicycle race between Paris and the western city of Brest. The ring of pastry – or bicycle wheel, if you will – is sliced horizontally and stuffed with swirls of praline-flavoured cream.
Pronunciation: “pa-ree breast”
If you see a line down the block, odds are good that the shop is selling macarons. These colourful confections (which feature on our list of delicious dishes to try in Paris) are a sandwich of crunchy-yet-airy cookies filled with a cream or ganache. They come in all sorts of flavours, from raspberry to rose.
This light and colourful cake is made of sponge, cream and fresh strawberries. Rather than an artificial fruity flavour, a good fraisier is fresh, moist and bursting with real fruit. A fraisier can be found as an individual slice or as a larger cake. There’s a raspberry version called a framboisier, too.
This delicate pastry, often called a “Napoleon” in English, is known as a mille-feuille in France. This means “thousand leaves,” which perfectly describes the delicate flaky layers. In between the layers of puff pastry is a rich pastry cream. The dessert is often topped with powdered sugar or a layer of marbled icing.
These delicious gâteaux are made with thin layers of almond sponge soaked in coffee. The sponge is then layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and topped with a shiny layer of chocolate glaze. These can be found as a large cake or in individual slices.
This little cup-shaped treat comes in a compelling golden-brown shade. A Parisian favourite by way of Bordeaux, the pastry is so delightful for its blend of textures. The outside is caramelised and crunchy, while the custardy centre is rich and creamy.
Often found as a dessert on restaurant menus, this delicious tart is made with apple, butter, sugar and pastry dough. A tarte tatin is baked with the pastry side up and then flipped, so the caramelised sauce slides down to coat the apples.
Pronunciation: “tart tah-tuh”
These decadent pastries come to Paris by way of Brittany. Recently revived by celebrity baker Dominique Ansel, a kouign amann is made with croissant dough that is layered with sugar. As it bakes, the entire pastry becomes crunchy and caramelised. They’re often topped with a dusting of sugar.
Pronunciation: “queen ah-mon”
Are you plotting your Parisian culinary adventure? Paris is one of the foodiest cities in Europe, after all. Skip the tourist traps and join our Hip Eats & Backstreets tour of Paris. This tour takes you into authentic local neighbourhoods to discover true culinary gems. You’ll never see Paris the same way.
When dreaming of an Amsterdam adventure, you may be wondering what types of foods you can try in this amazing city. There are many foods to eat—from street foods and tasty snacks to full sit-down meals. The interesting thing about Amsterdam is it has a rich mix of culture intertwined in the city’s roots. When you taste creations here, you’re not just getting a taste of the Netherlands. You also get to experience other cultures and cuisines. Keep reading to learn more about the culinary history of Amsterdam and the availability of International food in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has a strong connection to global food and has for a long time. Part of this reason is due to its trading history. For years, the Netherlands has been a leader in the trading world. It was able to bring many products in and out of the country through neighbouring European nations. One example of this is the creation of the Dutch East India Company. This company was founded in 1602 and brought items like spices and tea into the Netherlands.
Other Cultures Helped Shape Amsterdam’s Food Scene
The Netherlands is surrounded by many neighbouring countries, and their influence has crept over into the city’s cuisine. Additionally, many immigrants have settled in The Netherlands over the years and they’ve shared their culture and food with locals. This has shaped the scene of international food in Amsterdam. As a visitor, you get to experience all of these multicultural cuisines.
If you’re looking for great international food in Amsterdam, here are our top picks:
Originally a Dutch colony during the early trading days of the 19th century, Indonesia still has a strong food focus in Amsterdam. If you want to sample Indonesian-focused cuisine while in Amsterdam, you must give rijsttafel a try. The name translates to “rice table.” When you visit a restaurant with Rijsttafel, prepare to eat a mix of smaller sweet and spicy dishes with rice. The colonial Dutch originally created this dish in order to mix as many Indonesian sauces and meats into one dish as possible. This was a great way to sample several Indonesian dishes alongside rice. Today, this can be found all throughout Amsterdam. It’s just one of many popular Indonesian finds.
Turkish cuisine can also be easily found in Amsterdam. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, many people from Turkey came to work in the city and in neighbouring Dutch cities. Amsterdam’s economy was booming, and there was a shortage of workers, so they signed an agreement with Turkey to encourage foreign workers to live and work in cities throughout the Netherlands. Hummus is a Turkish item that is very popular in Amsterdam and you can find many varieties! If you like hummus, you must try it while in Amsterdam.
Surinamese food can also be enjoyed while in Amsterdam. This cuisine has a mix of influences, including African, Asian, and European. It can be considered fusion food and it features a lot of spices—yet the dishes are not too complex. Roti is a popular and delicious Surinamese food. It’s a type of flatbread that is enjoyed with meat and/or veggies. You then roll it all up together to make for a tasty treat. In Amsterdam, many restaurants serve roti rolls.
While Czech beer has garnered some well-deserved international fame recently, the multi-faceted cuisine of this central European nation still remains off the radar to many. But as the former capital of Bohemia and a historic crossroads between east and west, Prague is actually one of the top foodie cities in Europe.
So come along with us as we dig deep into everything from the best street food in Prague to the top white tablecloth dishes in this Czechlist wrap-up par excellence.
Kulajda – Soups are a staple of the traditional Czech diet and no guide to eating in Prague would be complete without highlighting Kuladjda. A potato and mushroom cream soup flavoured with dill or caraway seeds and sometimes topped with a poached egg, kulajda is served in both down-home traditional eateries as well as some of Prague’s top restaurants – where chefs compete fiercely over who has come up with the new greatest recipe. In fact, there are as many versions of Kuladjda as there are chefs in Prague, so make sure you try it more than once!
Pho – Visitors are often surprised at how popular Vietnamese food is in Prague, but immigrants from this South East Asian country actually make up the third largest ethnic group in the city. Some of the best street food in Prague can be found at the Sapa Market, a bit of Hanoi in the middle of Central Europe.
But you don’t have to leave the historic city centre to grab a bowl of excellent authentic pho, this noodle soup is extremely popular in Prague and can be found all over.
Doughnut Ice Cream Cones AKA Turtleneck – You’d think that someone would have thought to combine two of the world’s favourite desserts before, but this trend that is now sweeping the city of Prague. Based on the traditional Czech pastry called Trdelník, a fried sweet bread topped with sugar, cinnamon, and nuts, but filled with ice cream to boot. These doughnut ice cream cones are now topping many visitors lists of the best food in Prague and should be on your must-try agenda too!
Palačinky – Similar to French crêpes, these light and sweet delights are served both as street food in Prague and in cafes. A popular option for couples on a romantic evening out in Prague, palačinky is stuffed with fruit, jam, cream and nuts and goes down great with a nice Czech coffee. Savoury palačinkies are also sometimes on the menu, with spinach, meats and cheese topping the offerings available.
Guláś – A close relative of the Hungarian goulash, this hearty meal is also an essential experience when eating in Prague. The Czech version of this gravy based beef stew is even thicker than its Hungarian counterpart, contains fewer vegetables and is served with yummy bread dumplings. When it’s time to get your fill on, gulàš is like heaven on earth.
Eating in Prague Like a Pro
Many of the best foods in Prague, including street foods, are made to go just perfectly with a nice cold Czech beer. Check out our 3.5 hour Czech Beer and Food tour for an in-depth intro into this deeply satisfying scene. Want to head straight to the heart of Prague’s dynamic food scene? Sign up for our 4 hour Prague Food Tour (you’ll still get to drink beer!) and prepare to be pleasantly overwhelmed by all the choices!
British food, eh? Two words that go together like “Norwegian wine” or “Russian cars,” you say? Think again!
France and Italy are celebrated for their sophisticated kitchens, while Poland and the Balkans are stirring taste buds as word of their culinary specialities get around. Meanwhile, UK food has been forever branded as bland or uninventive. A day wandering through London will soon set you straight on that!
The UK has long been a hotspot for migration, and British cuisine has evolved with its international culture. London is a hub of diversity and experimentation, so a trip around the city gives a delicious taste of what’s really cooking in kitchens from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Fresh ideas from around the world
British people love to eat more than they love to cook. They’ve happily tried, enjoyed, and adopted recipes from all over the world. Often these inventions are transformed into anglicised fusion dishes, while you can still taste the real thing in one of the many authentic foreign-food restaurants run by ex-pats from Turkey, India, Cameroon, the Caribbean…
Just look at the traditional Asian curry – it’s become an adopted national dish! Yes, despite their reputation for preferring mild-tasting meals, many British people like their food spicy, and handling a spicier curry than the next person is a point of pride. In Manchester there’s even a ‘Curry Mile‘ – a high street made up of restaurants, shisha
bars, and food markets, which evolved with the arrival of textile mill and factory workers from the Asian subcontinent in the 1950s and ‘60s.
By the 1990s, curry had become so mainstream that the England football team’s song was named “Vindaloo.” That’s because chicken tikka masala was the most popular dish in the UK, but ‘tikka masala’ doesn’t rhyme with much.
Funnily enough, although vindaloo is a Goan dish, it actually originated in Portugal. And the Portuguese have introduced plenty of new flavours to the British pallet. For a start, the Vauxhall area just south of London’s River Thames has one of the largest Portuguese populations north of Porto. And Londoners love their custard, so you can be sure you’re never far from a sweet and delicate pastéis de nata, if rhubarb and custard doesn’t float your boat!
The first waves of Portuguese migration to the UK long predate their membership of the European Union, but EU
rights have ensured Britain’s culture has become even richer in recent years. Polish pierogi takeaway shops and Romanian family-run grocers are among those who’ve livened up UK high streets.
It’s a great mix. And if you’re ready to take it to the next level, you can even experience how a Polish-Indian dumpling, the Canton-Portuguese pork chop bun, or a Japanese-style full-English breakfast tastes!
Traditional British food comes of age
But in case you think that the British import all their good ideas, let’s not forget who makes the best craft beer, the most satisfying fish and chips, and the most comforting roast beef and veggies in the world.
Food and drink like these British classics aren’t always subtle, but they complement the culture and climate perfectly – and it’s come of age in the 21st century. Depending which pub or chippie you choose, you’ll find these dishes are now available in ‘hearty and authentic’ (cheap and cheerful) or ‘modern gourmet’ (posh) versions!
Can it be true that in the UK, there’s almost too much good food to choose from? Yes! So why not begin with Eating Europe’s four hour East End Food Tour in London? You’ll sample eight delicious tastings in markets, grocers, bakeries, pubs, and restaurants as you discover the history and vibrant present of a country – and its kitchen – in transition.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Europe and plan to check several countries off your list, you may be wondering when is a good time to visit. While many people plan a European getaway in the spring or summer, we strongly recommend you take a trip during the fall. There are so many benefits to visiting during the autumn months and it makes for a unique experience. Here are the top 5 reasons fall is the perfect time to plan a European getaway.
It Can Be a Lot Less Crowded
When you’re travelling throughout Europe, you’ll want to avoid the crowds. More crowds mean more waiting in lines. It can also make it a challenge to enjoy the best attractions and activities because there are too many people around. Summer months tend to be the busiest throughout Europe as many travellers around the world have vacation time then. Be smart and visit when there are fewer people.
Enjoy Beautiful, Cool Weather
In certain cities like Paris, Prague, and Amsterdam, winter can be very cold and windy! This kind of weather can make it harder to enjoy spending time walking around. In addition, summer months can be hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. Fall is the perfect time to visit due to the cooler, crisp weather. This makes for a more enjoyable situation for long walks and you’ll get the added benefit of beautiful fall views. There’s just something special about all those orange, red, and yellow leaves!
When there are fewer travellers visiting an area, prices tend to be lower. You may be able to book a cheaper flight and get better pricing on your accommodation when visiting Europe in autumn! This can make your whole trip much cheaper, meaning you can spend more on experiences like taking a food tour or taking part in a recreational activity.
Spend Time at Special Festivals and Events
Autumn is a great time for festivals and events, especially in Europe. If you’re looking to take part in memorable experiences, you’ll want to visit during this time. Here are some examples of fun fall festivals and events found in Europe’s biggest cities:
Paris Nuit Blanche or White Night: Special parades, concerts and activities are planned for this eventful night. In addition, museums, galleries and cinemas open up free of charge late into the night for a fun celebration.
Amsterdam Dance Event: Known as the largest electronic music event in Europe, top musicians and DJs entertain visitors with live music during this October event.
Erdinger Oktoberfest London: Head to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and sample German beers. This month-long celebration features Germany’s best foods and drinks.
Fall Foods Are Delicious
What better way to explore the many cuisines throughout Europe than by trying cosy comfort foods in the fall. We dare you to try pumpkin risotto or pumpkin ravioli while in Rome, enjoy a warm goulash alongside a mulled wine while in Prague, or have a bowl of chestnut soup as you make your way through Paris.
These are just some of the best reasons to plan an autumn European getaway. You’re sure to enjoy Europe in autumn as you create memorable moments with your friends or family. If you’re looking to experience the best foods and drinks in each city, be sure to book a food tour with Eating Europe. It’s a great way to learn about the culture and cuisine as you explore new places.
If you’re planning an Italian getaway, you’re likely getting very excited for your adventure. This city is full of fun and exciting activities and attractions, but its food might be most notable. One of the best parts about a trip to any Italian city is getting to taste all of the delicious local foods. When in Florence, you want to make sure that you taste the best foods so that you really get a feel for the local area’s specialities. Here are the top 8 must-try Italian dishes and drinks in Florence:
Zuppa di Fagioli
Zuppa di Fagioli is a delicious white bean soup. This hearty dish is typically enjoyed during the colder weather. It’s full of vegetables, pasta and beans. This soup was traditionally considered a poor man’s dish as it’s made with inexpensive ingredients. Today, it’s enjoyed all over Italy, but especially in the Tuscan region.
Cantucci, also referred to as biscotti, are almond biscuits that are especially popular in the Prato and Florence areas of Italy. These simple creations are twice-baked. While you may be used to dipping them in coffee, the Italians actually dip them in Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine.
Schiacciata is a classic Tuscan flatbread found throughout Florence and its name means “squished.” Most Tuscan-inspired schiacciata features only olive oil and salt, for a simple but delicious taste. Many Italians enjoy snacking on this plain or alongside cold cuts!
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
When considering the best dishes and drinks in Florence, you also need to try the popular entree, Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
This T-bone cut steak is delicious and flavourful. Prepare to enjoy a thick piece of meat that has been cooked over a wood fire. You should know that it’s huge—so come hungry!
Meat and Cheese Plate
It’s common to enjoy plates of meat and cheeses while in Florence! A popular cheese of choice is pecorino, which is a hard cheese made from whole sheep’s milk. Popular meats include Prosciutto del Casentino, an aged ham, and pancetta, peppered bacon made from pork belly. Go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine as you enjoy a mix of meat and cheeses!
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you’re going to love the gelato in Florence. This Italian ice cream speciality can be found all over the city. What makes gelato different and better than traditional ice creams? It’s slow churned, which helps to make it denser. It also has a lower percentage of fat and the taste is one that many people think of as the best in the world. Once you have gelato, you won’t want to eat boring, regular ice cream again.
Crostini Neri or black crostini is toasted bread served with chicken liver pâté on it! In Florence, this is an appetizer often enjoyed before the entree. At celebrations and on holidays, you can also find this on the table. This is a flavourful and tasty dish.
Wine is a popular drink found in Italy and in Florence especially, it’s essential that you try a variety of red wines. If you’re not sure what to try first, order a glass of Chianti, which is a deep red wine with rich flavours. Another amazing wine found here is Brunello di Montalcino. This expensive wine is made from Brunello grapes and has a long ageing process. Wine is the perfect complement to Italian dishes.
These are some of the most notable dishes and drinks in Florence. Here at Eating Europe, we can introduce you to these tasty creations. Whether you choose to book our Florence Artisan Food Tour, Authentic Florence Home-Cooking Class, or another completely different experience, we’re ready to help you taste and explore the best local cuisine while in Italy! Connect with the local culture and food by booking with us today!