I travel widely. Every year I spend months in many wonderful countries. So why do I hold Innsbruck, Austria, so deeply in my heart? My recent visit to Innsbruck was my first back in the Tirolean capital in five years and it encapsulated much that I love about Austria. Many cities can morph into each other, but not so Innsbruck. Urban landscapes can be cold, grey, even drab, but not so Innsbruck. It’s a bright, colourful, even joyful city that brings an extra spring to my being and makes me long for the dawn so another day of discovery can begin.
When exploring a country for the first time, sampling local food is an excellent way to acquaint yourself with its culture and customs. Every country, and many regions, have their own popular ingredients and spin on dishes, creating new and unusual dining experiences everywhere you go. The beauty of travel is that it opens us up to a broad range of culinary experiences and can even be a reason to visit a place. Here are seven of the best food destinations to tempt you with great dishes and unique dining opportunities – they’re certainly places we’d travel to eat in!