Each city has its own flavour and spice. Discover what these cities have to offer by going out to eat in one of its popular restaurants and bars, strolling through street markets or exploring traditional cuisines with a local.
If you want to find authentic restaurants, cozy bars and cafes hidden from tourists in Amsterdam, Prague, Paris, Barcelona or Istanbul check our recommendations and advice below.
Amsterdam provides a huge range of ethnic eating in the city. Jordaan has a wide range of restaurants, centred around Tweede Tuindwarsstraat. These include Mantoe, the city's only Afghan restaurant. Most of the Asian restaurants are to be found around Nieuwmarkt and the little tokos shops fill the air with smells of Eastern spices. Indonesian restaurants are a particular highlight. Local specialities include cheese, herring, bitterballen meatballs and Ossenworst, a kind of spiced beef sausage.
Try the cheese plate from Caulils or grab a glass of wine at the winebar of the indoor food market!
Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam
Are you in the mood for the best burger in town? Don't forget to try one at The Butcher!
Albert Cuypstraat 129, 1072 CS Amsterdam
't Nieuwe Diep
This distillery serves its own Jenever and old liquors made according to the original Dutch recipe.
Flevopark 13, 1095 KE Amsterdam
Bistro Bij Ons
This is an original Amsterdamse bistro where the Dutch old days are still alive. See it and taste it.
Prinsengracht 287, 1016 GW Amsterdam
Established in 1679 this liquor store offers more than 70 Dutch liqueurs in an authentic 17th century environment.
Pijlsteeg 31, 1012 HH Amsterdam
Prague is the perfect destination for food lovers. The old traditional pubs won’t just delight you with the finest beers in the world, but also with amazing local food.
Wine O'Clock Shop Prague
Here you can find probably the best selection of wines in Prague. Furthermore, the place is specialized in tapas and European cuisine.
Liliova 16, 118 00 Praha 1-Staré Město-Staré Město, Prague
U Bulinu offers excellent Czech cuisine at a great price. Highly recommended is the goose with bacon dumplings and red cabbage.
Budečská 803/2, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Prague
U Modre Kachnicky II
Here you can eat in a traditional rustic dining room and the specialty of the house is the duck.
Michalská 16, 110 00 Staré Město, Prague
Brewing continuously for over 500 years, you can taste a vast choice of Bohemian specialities and classical Czech dishes such as Goulash, roast pork and duck as well as Svickova.
Kremencova 1651/11, Prague
A real local experience for those who enjoy a loud and energetic atmosphere. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a place to sit in this traditional Pilsner beer hall in the heart of old Prague.
Husova 228/17 | Prague 1, Prague
Try the "sweet chilli brochette" or the "langostine" at one of the best tapas bars in the Poblenou neighbourhood!
Rambla Poblenou 58, 08005 Barcelona
Chök - The Chocolate Kitchen
A small place full of chocolate temptations! Try plenty of yummy creations and experiment with unique flavour combinations!
Carrer del Carme 3, 08001 Barcelona
Secret Food Tours
Meet with locals and explore the best restaurants in Barcelona!
A nice burger is always a good idea! But also don't miss the chance to taste the "Rústicas" potatoes with roast garlic aioli and home made "bacon-chorizo" relish!
Carrer Judici 15, 08003 Barcelona
The city of lights has a plethora of exceptional restaurants and bars. From Montmartre to Marais, the eating options from international cuisine to local dishes in Paris are countless. The Belleville district offers a number of Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian restaurants. Would you like to get vegan and vegetarian dishes? You will find many options around le Marais. Famous for its boulangeries, croissants and macaroons, you will be more than delighted.
Le Potager du Marais
If you are looking for vegan and vegetarian eateries, here you would enjoy one of the best options.
22 Rue Rambuteau, 3e 75003 Paris
It is one of the best places to go to for breakfast, brunch and lunch! Try out this Melbourne style café while staying in Paris.
5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Are you craving some Italian food and wine? Le Bookie serves a wide variety of Italian dishes!
15 Rue de Trévise, 75009 Paris
This bar is located at an industrial-looking building in Le Marais district. From here, you will get an astonishing view of the Parisian rooftops while drinking a cocktail and eating a snack!
33 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
If you want to have some delicious French pastry, Ladurée will mesmerize you with its vast selection.
Different locations around Paris
To make you food search in Istanbul a pleasant experience, keep the following rules in your mind if you visit the street markets:
*Check the quality of the product literally by your hands before buying it.
*If you have found something good, do not let it go out of your hands before you have decided. Otherwise it's gone forever!
*Get over it and bargain! Turkish sellers consider it impolite if you agree with the first price they give. The more you buy, the higher is your chance to get some nice reduction.
Gaziantep Burç Kebab
Craving a real kebab? Here it is grilled on a traditional grill with a copper hood. Tastes great and costs cheap. Our special recommendation: ali nazık (pickled beef with eggplant purée).
Parçacılar Sok. Kapalı Çarşı 12, Istanbul, Istanbul
Opened in 1927, the restaurant is still a family-run business specialized in a seafood. Be brave and discover new tastes. Try kalkan - a type of turbo - that is simply scrumptious.
Cankurtaran Mh., Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sok. No: 1, 34122 Cankurtaran
It is a huge gathering of hundreds of merchants selling fruits, vegetables, spices, fish, dairy products, etc. It takes place at Hasanpasa and the best way to get there is to take a taxi for a short ride to the marketplace.
Dumlupınar Mahallesi, Şerefler Sk. No: 63, 34720 Kadıköy
Your visit to Istanbul is not complete without stopping by this atmospheric market built in 1660. It wins the prize for being the most colorful, fragrant, and often the most fun – as visitors can taste the goods on offer.
Rustem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak