Many places claim to be a culinary capital, but where are the top spots foodies really shouldn’t miss?

One thing almost all travelers have in common is that they’ll need to eat 3 times a day.

And if you’re stopping for food then it might as well be delicious!

From hearty breakfasts to sensational street food, we know that good food can make or break a vacation.

According to Timeout, these are the world’s 5 best cities for foodies:

5. Beijing 

People selling food on Wangfujing Snack Street in Dongcheng District of Beijing.

Beijing is a city where anything goes, culinary-wise. Meat is almost always on the menu here, but vegetarians won’t be disappointed either.

For a taste of the high life, head to one of the city’s many high-end restaurants selling dishes like Peking duck, soft parceled dumplings, and spicy gongbao chicken.

But don’t underestimate the delicious Beijing street food and market dishes.

I spent 12 months living in Beijing and eating Shou Zhua Bing (A spicy egg, tortilla-style wrap) from the corner next to my apartment for my breakfast most days.

Other street food dishes well worth grabbing when you see them are the sweet tanghulu, sugar-coated fruit kebabs, and grab-and-go baozi steamed buns with a myriad of fillings. It’s a great spot for foodies.

The deep-fried insects look fascinating but disgusting. And that’s how they taste too!

4. Ho Chi Minh City 

Street food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam is famous for its exceptional street food. And given that Vietnamese food is so flavorful and delicious, Ho Chi Minh City leaves you spoilt for choice.

Visiting one of Vietnam’s bustling food street markets is an experience like no other. Every sense will be stimulated, not least your taste buds.

Ho Chi Minh City is considered one of the most exciting dining destinations in Vietnam.

Try dishes such as broken rice, offal stew, and Vietnamese sandwiches. But if you only eat one thing in Ho Chi Minh City then make it a rich, spicy bowl of Pho.

Looking for something a little more upmarket? Visit Anan Siagnon which is the only restaurant in the city with a Michelin star.

3. Lima

Beautiful food presentation on dishes served at Kjolle restaurant in Lima, Peru

Lima is often referred to as South America’s culinary capital, and the Peruvian city is a great place to explore the fresh and tangy flavors that the country is best known for.

Central Restaurant in the city was named the world’s best restaurant earlier this year and is a great spot to visit if you want to splurge (or you like the kudos of fine dining in the best restaurants).

But you can find many of the dishes on the menu here on the streets of Lima for a fraction of the price.

Try citrus-full ceviche, Peruvian beef stir fry, and simple chicken and rice (arroz con Pollo), which are incredibly popular street foods with tourists and visitors alike.

2. Johannesburg

a restaurant Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng

If you’re looking for exceptional world cuisine in just one destination, then Johannesburg takes the crown.

Johannesburg shines brightly as a jewel in Africa’s crown and shows off the full spectrum of African cuisine.

You can enjoy Ethiopian, Nigerian, and West African eats in the country.

Or if you’re looking for something a little more familiar than French, Italian, and Chinese restaurants, you can also find it here.

Want to try something traditionally South African? The Sowetan kota sandwich and mala mogudu dishes are both delicious and well worth exploring.

1. Naples 

Pizza Overlooking Naples, Southern Italy, Southern Europe

It should come as no surprise that the best city in the world is Italy, the nation of food, and where is it better than Naples?

Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and the city is packed full of old-school pizzerias. In addition to being delicious, these are cheap eats. You can grab a quick folded slice from a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in Naples for just 1 euro. (around $1.10).

In the right part of town, $10 will get you a street food feast!

Neapolitan cuisine focuses on being simple, hearty, and delicious.

While there are plenty of exceptional and high-quality restaurants in the city, the best way to enjoy the best of Neapolitan cuisine is just to walk down the street and follow the crowds.

Delights such as Neapolitan Potato Croquettes, Frittatina di Pasta, and simple Cuoppo Napoletano (cups filled with deep-fried fish and vegetables) are easy to find and shouldn’t be missed!

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