Six Unique Stays for an Alternative Foodie Vacation
With more than six in 10 travellers (61%) saying they pick a destination for its great food or drink* and more than half of travellers (54%) wanting to experience more unique dining experiences while travelling,** it’s no surprise that foodie holidays are rising in popularity, with more destinations offering unique and alternative cuisines. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 28 million reported listings in over 130,000 destinations around the globe to compile a list of one of a kind stays around the world so you can sample delectable delights in alternative foodie locations. Sample Canguu’s vibrant salads and healthy food options, Lviv’s creamy chocolates or Koyasan’s never-ending offering of vegetarian dishes - there’s a mix of dishes for every taste bud.
64% of travellers say they will sample more local food** and if you’re looking for healthy dishes then look no further than Canggu in Indonesia. With its streets lined with vegan restaurants and smoothie bowl cafes, it’s a haven for those looking to taste healthier food options. Echo Beach Townhouses offer an idyllic stay a short walk from the beach with its own outdoor pool and pampering treatments available on request. Guests can also enjoy a Continental or full English/Irish Breakfast each morning, or venture out to the street at dine at one of the many cafes. Canggu is the top endorsed destination for Healthy Food by travellers on Booking.com, with Ubud, Indonesia, in second place and Tel Aviv, Israel, in third place.
Bubble waffles are the newest Instagram craze and with nearly a third of travellers planning to take more food pictures on holiday**, Miedzyzdroje in Poland makes for the perfect social media friendly destination with instagrammable food around every corner. The town is the second most endorsed destination in the world for waffles by Booking.com customers, with Brussels, Belgium, taking the top spot and Bruges, Belgium, taking third place. Apartmenty Horyzont Perla is the perfect location for checking out local delicacies and soaking up the sun at the beachfront. The apartments are a stone’s throw away from the town centre with the beach and Międzyzdroje Pier is also a short walk away.
With a tenth of global travellers worrying about whether dietary requirements will be met when on holiday*, vegetarians need to look no further than Koyasan, Japan. Eat like monks and the villagers at one of the local vegetarian and vegan eateries offering a wide selection of meat free options. Koyasan Zofukuin is in Mount Koya and offers traditional Japanese style accommodation housed within a Buddhist temple. Sample the amazing Buddhist vegetarian cuisine on offer at the property or enjoy the selection of local restaurants nearby. Koyasan is the top endorsed destination for vegetarian cuisine by Booking.com customers, with Chennai, India, and Mumbai, India, in second and third place.
Dusseldorf has the third largest Japanese community in Europe making it one of the best destination for indulging in Sushi outside of Japan. Along with Otaru and Toyama in Japan, Dusseldorf makes the top 20 list for sushi endorsements in the world by Booking.com customers. Deluxe Downtown Apartment is in Dusseldorf and is fully equipped with all the necessities for a comfortable stay. It is centrally located near local landmarks including Castle Square and City Gate to make for a cultural visit.
Home to an annual Chocolate Festival, chocolate factory, museum of chocolate, chocolate tours and chocolate shops, Lviv in Ukraine has something for every chocaholic and visitor with a sweet tooth wanting a chocolate filled holidays. Lviv Loft Apartments is an affordable option for a city break in Lviv. The apartments are set in the old town which combines architectural styles including Baroque and neoclassical with medieval buildings. The apartments are close to local landmarks and galleries including the Armenian Cathedral and the Bandinelli Palace. Lviv the tenth most endorsed location for chocolate by Booking.com customers, with Brussels, Belgium, and Penedo, Brazil, taking first and second place.
Franschhoek, South Africa
Franschhoek is considered to be the food and wine heartland of Africa, where wine is produced in the many vineyards surrounding the town and where top chefs create world renowned cuisine. The city also hosts one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, making it a top destination for foodies. Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is the perfect location for sampling local gastronomy and is nestled in Franschhoek Valley which has centuries old vineyards. Graham Beck Winery is also a short walk away from the property so convenient wine tasting. Lounge by the pool or sip locally sourced wine on the outdoor terrace - there’s something for everyone at this picturesque retreat. Franschhoek is rated as the sixth most popular destination endorsed for Gourmet Food with Sendai in Japan and Beaune in France appearing in first and second place.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 56,727 respondents were surveyed (2000+ from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the US, and 1000+ each from Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, and New Zealand). Respondents completed an online survey in October 2017.
**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 18,509 respondents were surveyed (1,000+ from the UK, US, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India, Singapore and Russia and 500+ each from Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2017.
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