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The best destinations and hotels for food lovers

Loose waistbands recommended

If you’re anything like us, your appetite often leads the way when picking your next holiday spot. Nothing takes you to the heart of a destination quite like food and drink, delivering the best of local culture and produce straight to your plate. From Michelin stars to market stalls, we’re dishing on our favourite culinary destinations around the world (and the food-focused hotels to stay at when you get there).

San Sebastian

Nobu Hotel San Sebastián Terrace
Nobu Hotel San Sebastián, Spain

Donostia to the Basques, or San Sebastián, is a small seaside city packing a huge culinary punch. Considered the food capital of Spain, it boasts exceptionally fresh seafood, Michelin-starred restaurants, legendary pintxos, and dreamy cheesecake. Stay at Nobu San Sebastian, a luxurious lifestyle hotel with 17 stylish rooms and suites overlooking La Concha Bay. The iconic Nobu restaurant offers unbeatable views and world-famous dishes.


Cheval Blanc Paris - Le Tout-Paris Restaurant
Cheval Blanc, Paris

Ah, Paris—the City of Light and the ultimate haven for culture, fashion and food enthusiasts. From croissants to steak frites, the culinary scene is a celebration of refined French gastronomy. For the freshest baguettes and pastries, visit local pâtisseries early in the morning, and for the ultimate foodie experience, stay at Cheval Blanc Paris. Indulge in decadent pastries by Chef Maxime Frédéric and savour exquisite dishes at on-site restaurants Le Tout-Paris and Langosteria.


Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo  - Sense
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

In Tokyo, where ancient traditions meet modern innovation, the culinary scene is a diverse mix of world-class sushi, izakayas, ramen shops and more. Traditional Tokyo cuisine is known for its delicate flavours and artful presentation. Stay at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, where 12 restaurants, three Michelin stars and innovative dining experiences await. From Tapas Molecular Bar to Cantonese restaurant Sense, every plate is a masterpiece.

Mexico City

St Regis Mexico City - La Table Krug
St Regis, Mexico City

This gastronomic hotspot offers an exciting mix of traditional Mexican cuisine and global flavours. Dive into the city’s famous street food scene with must-try tacos al pastor. And if you base yourself at the St. Regis Mexico City, you can count on incredible fine dining options like La Table Krug and Diana Restaurant, offering a contemporary Mexican menu.


Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River Bangkok - Riva del Fiume
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

Food is an art form in this energetic Thai city. From noodles to seafood, be sure to explore Bangkok’s diverse street food scene. Food lovers should check into Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, where mornings start with a buffet overlooking the river. Tuck into gourmet pizzas, house-made pastas, and Cantonese delights at on-site restaurants like Riva del Fiume and Yu Ting Yuan.


W Melbourne - Lollo
W, Melbourne

Australia's food capital, Melbourne, is a gastronomic paradise, famous for its thriving brunch scene and multicultural influences. From Greek to Chinese, explore diverse flavours in unexpected places. If food is your focus, stay at W Melbourne, a sleek hotel with in-house dining options like Lollo, offering Italian-leaning delights by Chef Adam D’Sylva.

New Orleans

Virgin Hotels New Orleans - Commons Club
Virgin Hotels, New Orleans

New Orleans, a lively city with a dynamic fusion of Creole, Cajun, and Southern flavours, is a real treat for the tastebuds. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to get your hands on classic dishes like gumbo and po’ boys. At Virgin Hotels New Orleans, the Commons Club showcases Chef Alex Harrell’s enticing menu of southern, seasonal, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.


Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel - Ristorante San Michele
Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

This Tuscan city, the cradle of the Renaissance, combines old-world charm with modern culinary innovation. Enjoy bistecca alla Fiorentina (a delicious steak dish) or seek out lesser-known treats like schiacciata (local flatbread). Stay at Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, to experience avant-garde dining at La Loggia or taste traditional Tuscan cuisine at Ristorante San Michele. Buon viaggio!