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The Top 10 Food Destinations around the World from Booking.com

In the following feature, Booking.com invites readers on a culinary adventure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters!

Take a gastronomic journey around the world and visit the top 10 destinations endorsed for food by Booking.com’s global travellers throughout 2016. Be inspired with a round-up of the best local foods on offer – the perfect way to complete your foodie bucket list!

1. Hong Kong

Taking the top spot, Hong Kong is famous for its vibrant urban centre, skyscraper-studded skyline and the variety of foods on offer. Travellers will be in awe of the variety of dishes available, from dim sum, kau kee beef brisket, wonton noodles and poon choi (Chinese casserole). During your travels make sure to fully explore Hong Kong Island, voted the top neighbourhood in Hong Kong for food. The top nationalities that travelled to Hong Kong in 2016 were Korean, British and Taiwanese.

Where to stay: Sitting atop the prestigious Pacific Place Complex is the stunning JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, which boasts direct access to the Pacific Place Shopping Mall, an outdoor pool and spacious rooms with mountainous views, Hong Kong City views or overlooking the Victoria Harbour. Dine at the award-winning Man Ho Restaurant which serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, or the Flint Grill & Bar, JW Café, Dolce 88 or the Fish Bar which serves the fresh catch of the day.

2. Sao Paulo, Brazil

The city of Sao Paulo is a world-renowned foodie haven, from smart bistros to gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone. Sample the nation’s signature dish, the Brazilian feijoada (black bean and meat stew) and take a trip through Itaim Bibi, voted as the top foodie neighbourhood in Sao Paulo. The top nationalities that travelled to Sao Paulo in 2016 were Argentinian, American and Chilean.

Where to stay: Hotel Unique boasts contemporary cuisine at the Skye Restaurant and bar, which is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Sao Paulo, not only with incredible food but outstanding views of the vibrant city.

3. Tokyo, Japan

The fusion of ultramodern meets traditional is widely regarded as Tokyo’s focal point; take in the neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples and sample the nation’s diverse culinary offerings. Be sure to visit Chiyoda Ward, endorsed as the top foodie neighbourhood in Tokyo. The top nationalities that travelled to Tokyo in 2016 were Chinese, Taiwanese and American.

Where to stay: With nine restaurants to choose from the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a culinary delight. The jewel in their crown is the Michelin starred Tapas Molecular Bar. An intimate dining experience with only eight seats, this exclusive experience celebrates the art of innovative molecular cuisine with bite sized dishes in the traditional sushi bar, right before your eyes.

4. Athens, Greece

Discover Greece’s culinary revolution of Athens’ street food and stop by Plaka, was voted the top foodie neighbourhood in the city. Be sure to sample the capital’s signature dishes, Souvlaki (grilled meat and vegetable skewers) and Koulouri (tasty sesame bread rings). The top nationalities that travelled to Athens in 2016 were French, British and Italian.

Where to stay: Housed in a neoclassical building is the beautiful Alice Inn; centrally located in the heart of Plaka, guests can take a short stroll to the Syntagma Square where they can find an array of restaurants, bars and cafes. Wake up to daily fresh breakfasts, or prepare your own meal in the common kitchen, while basking in the sunshine on the ground-floor terrace.

5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its modern skylines, glass and steel-clad skyscrapers, sandy white beaches, lush rainforests and colourful food-stall-lined streets. Travellers will love the fusion of contemporary meets traditional and the beautiful mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures and cuisines. The top nationalities that travelled to Kuala Lumpur in 2016 were Singaporean, Saudi Arabian and Chinese.

Where to stay: Experience world-class service at The Gardens – A St Giles Signature Hotel & Residences, Kuala Lumpur, located in Mid Valley and boasting elegant accommodation, infinity pool, fitness centre and stunning city views. Guests will be spoilt for choice from the hearty buffet breakfast served at The Spread, or opt for fine-dining at Sage featuring an open kitchen, or try a refreshing cocktail (or two) at the lobby and pool bars.

6. Melbourne, Australia

Known for its gorgeous beaches, sun-kissed city centre and vibrant bars and restaurants along the Yarra River, Melbourne is the place to be. Take a trip to South Yarra and embrace the true Aussie lifestyle, tucking in to delicious barbeque dishes with friends and family while watching the timeless sunsets pass by. The top nationalities that travelled to Melbourne in 2016 were Chinese, Kiwi and British.

Where to stay: The boutique hotel of Art Series – The Olsen is located in the heart of South Yarra on Chapel Street, which is just a few minutes’ walk from an array of dining venues, entertainment hotspots and shopping centres. Take a dip in the hotel’s unique glass bottom swimming pool, relax in the day spa and then round off your evening with a delicious dinner at the contemporary onsite restaurant and bar.

7. Bangkok, Thailand

Go on an adventure and sample the exotic street food stalls of Bangkok. Take a culinary exploration and try the capitals signature dishes of chicken satay, sukiyaki (sliced beef soup), khao gang (curried rice) or gai yang (grilled chicken). The top nationalities that travelled to Bangkok in 2016 were Chinese, British and German.

Where to stay: Travel like a local and stay at the cosy Villa Mungkala guest house in SIam, offering beautiful views from the terrace, free bicycle hire to explore the surrounding areas and private bathrooms. Ideally located, guests can take a short walk to the Temple of the Golden Mount and Khao San Road, where an array of nightlife hotspots, bars, music and dining venues can be found. Be sure to check out Max’s Magical Thai Food, Susie Wong’s Beer and Buns and Brick Bar.

8. Granada, Spain

For any foodie fan, a trip to Granada is a must. Sample the city’s staple dishes of piononos (small sweet pastries glazed with syrup and filled with cream) or try the olla de san antón (a typical stew containing beans, rice and sausage) or jamón de trevelez (ham that is cured naturally). The top nationalities that travelled to Granada in 2016 were French, Italian and British.

Where to stay: Located just outside Alhambra’s ancient walls is the exquisite Alhambra Palace; in the neighbourhood of Centro offering spectacular views over the city of Granada. Relax in stylish rooms with Moorish-inspired décor and dine at the a la carte restaurant serving the very best of Andalusian food.

9. Las Vegas, United States

Arguably one of the most famous party hotspot in the world, Las Vegas has a lot more to offer than vibrant nightclubs and 24 hour casinos. The boulevard is home to a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines, from swanky rooftop bars, to lavish restaurants, to intimate and budget diners; Sin City has it all. The top nationalities that travelled to Las Vegas in 2016 were British, Chinese and German.

Where to stay: Stay in the West of the Las Vegas Strip at the South Pacific themed Tahiti All-Suite Resort, boasting an outdoor swimming pool with a sand bottom. The poolside features barbecue grills so you can sit back and enjoy something delicious off the grill surrounded by tropical gardens.

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

A trip to Argentina is the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses, from the sight of the stunning mountainous views to the taste of the mouth-watering foods. Treat yourself to the country’s legendary steak and the dulce de leche sweet treats. During your travels, make sure to pass through Palermo, voted as the top foodie neighbourhood in Argentina by Booking.com travellers. The top nationalities that travelled to Buenos Aires in 2016 were Brazilian, Chinese and Korean.

Where to stay: The stylish Soho Point apartments are located in the trendy neighbourhood of Palermo, with the Serrano Square just a short walk away. Offering a range of fashionable dining venues, open-aired cafes and bars.

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