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Local food : the essential ingredient for an unforgettable foodie trip

Eating local food is the essential ingredient for an unforgettable foodie adventure.

Picture of floating markets in Bangkok, Thaïland


 Picture of local asian food, in Bangkok, Thaïland


Picture of culinary japanese specialties, Tokyo, Japan

  • Food is a major consideration when picking a destination. 

  • -More than six in ten travellers (61%) say they pick a destination for its great food or drink;

  • -Over half of global travellers (51%) are likely to seek out local street food markets;

  • - Countries of the southern Asia (like Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and Thaïland) are among the top places to discover local food.


According to Booking.com data from over 50,000 global travellers, more than six in ten travellers (61%) say they pick a destination for its great food or drink. 


There’s no denying the significance of culinary travel, with more than a third (34%) of global travellers - rising to 40% of millennials - planning to take a dedicated food tourism trip sometime in 2018.


Almost half (49%) of global travellers are still looking to be more adventurous with the type of cuisine they eat while travelling, rising to 60% of millennials. One way to achieve this is to sample the local delicacy whilst travelling. In fact, almost two thirds (64%) of global travellers will try to eat more local food in 2018.


Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, reveals the top destinations around the world to sample local gastronomy, as discovered by the millions of Booking.com traveller reviews.


Asian food : some of the best places to try the local cuisine are in Southeast Asia, with regional delicacies like dim sum, noodles and pho.