How To Eat Like A Local While Travelling

We all have our favourite restaurants at home, but choosing where to eat while travelling can be an overwhelming experience. To help you find the best and most interesting food, we’ve put together a list of local eating tips to keep handy when hunger strikes. 

Location is everything

When choosing where to stay, try finding accommodation in a neighbourhood with plenty of independent dining options nearby. Before your trip, explore the area on Google Maps – if there are many recognizable restaurant chains, keep clear of it. Doing your preliminary research will save you a lot of time and aggravation. 

Ask the locals 

Online research is a great start, but nothing beats the tried-and-tested knowledge of those living in a place. If you’re lucky enough to know people in your destination, get them to share their restaurant suggestions before you go. Don’t be afraid to ask strangers – if you come across a shop or bar that you like the look of, ask the owners for their local eating tips. Chances are that they will have good taste in food, too. 

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Get tips from the pros  

There are a number of useful tools to steer you to memorable dining spots. The Where Chefs Eat book and phone app shares recommendations from 650 of the world’s best chefs in more than 70 countries. Websites like Eater, Bon Appétit and Culture Trip also frequently update their top restaurant lists. Online reviews are also good for guidance, as well as crowd-sourcing by asking for recommendations on social media. 

Join a food tour 

Let a local foodie take you to their must-eat places by signing up for a food tour. From legendary diners to old-school bakeries, you can discover eateries that may not be found in the guide books. Check online for the most highly-rated tours (AirBnB Experiences is a good place to start), or ask the staff at your accommodations for ideas. 

Try the street food 

Markets, food trucks and hole-in-the wall eateries are great for sampling traditional and innovative dishes bursting with flavour. A good rule of thumb: the longer the line, the better the food. Join in with the locals and get valuable insight into the food culture of your destination – it doesn’t get more authentic, and affordable.