Scouted Travel: The Best Foodie Cities

dining room at la mamounia in Marrakech
Le Marocain. Photography courtesy of La Mamounia Marrakech.

If you delight in trying new ethnic cuisine, relish multi-course menus, or simply like to indulge in the best bites an area has to offer, we’re pleased to present the best foodie cities. We asked four Scouted travel experts who are especially adept at culinary-focused travel for their favorite gastronomic destinations. Read on to make a plan for your next out-of-town meal. To find a Scouted travel expert near you consult The Scout Guide Directory.

Marrakech, Morocco

Dining Room at La Mamounia in Marrakech
Le Marocain. Photography courtesy of La Mamounia Marrakech.

“Indulge in traditional Moroccan cuisine at La Mamounia, a luxurious resort known for its opulent dining experiences. Must-try dishes include tagine, couscous, pastilla, mint tea, and pastries. If you are looking to venture away from the resort, head to the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where street food options are plentiful with standouts like Moroccan pancakes and juicy grilled meats. I also highly suggest taking a cooking class in a traditional riad to learn how to prepare authentic dishes using the aromatic spices of the region.” –Tiffany Watt, owner and travel agent at DPP Travel in Beaufort, South Carolina

Lisbon, Portugal

food at almalusa baixa chiado in Lisbon
Photography courtesy of AlmaLusa Baixa-Chiado.

“Lisbon has many incredible places to stay but my favorite is AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado. It is perfectly located and has an authentic small boutique feel with five-star service. For your first taste in exploring one of the best foodie cities, start with Fauna & Flora for breakfast followed by a walk through Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest districts with stunning views of the sea. Enjoy classic dishes at Michelin Bib Gourmand hotspot Ofício or explore the Time Out Market to sample a little bit of everything Portuguese. After lunch head to Manteigaria where you can sample the iconic Portuguese custard tart Pastel de Nata and watch the entire production process, from dough to oven. Then enjoy a bica, the Portuguese word for espresso, at A Brasileira do Chiado while you tap into Lisbon’s past and power up your afternoon. In the evening, enjoy the sunset and some great views at BAHR within the dreamy Bairro Alto Hotel, followed by cocktails at Foxtrot Bar or Clube de Fado—two hard to find but worth the hunt establishments.” –Ryan Corrigan, CEO and head designer of Corrigan & Co. Luxury Travel Outfitters in Denver, Colorado

Cape Town, South Africa

cape grace hotel in Cape Town
Photography courtesy of Cape Grace.

“One of the best food tours I’ve experienced was in Cape Town, South Africa, thanks to the varied cultures that make up the region, bringing their own unique flavors to the cuisine. Hills of Africa and Cape Fusion Tours collaborated to curate a gastronomy excursion for luxury travel advisors that every traveler should emulate. We began our tour with a warm, flaky, chocolate croissant from Tamboers Winkel, followed by samosas at the restaurant and cooking school, Faeeza’s Home Kitchen, and concluded with a craft cocktail at The House of the Machines. Each of the 11 eateries we visited had a unique story and delectable fare that had me scraping my plate. I was elated to return to our hotel, the beautiful and opulent Cape Grace situated along the waterfront, for much needed repose.” –Dionne Brown, founder and chief experience advisor of DCB Travel Experience in Triangle, North Carolina


osteria francescana in bologna
Photography by Paola Terzi for Osteria Francescana.

”Enjoy a luxurious dining experience at Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Massimo Bottura. Reservations should be made in advance, as this is a highly sought after seat. I also recommend foodies take a pasta-making class in Bologna to learn the secrets of authentic Italian pasta from local chefs as well as explore the Quadrilatero market district for artisanal food products and regional specialties.“ –Tiffany Watt, owner and travel agent at DPP Travel in Beaufort, South Carolina

Paris, France

Langosteria restaurant in cheval blanc hotel paris
Photography courtesy of Cheval Blanc Paris Hotel.

“The food scene in Paris is renowned for its elegance and culinary excellence. From traditional French bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants, Paris offers a wealth of dining options. My personal favorite, Langosteria, located in the gorgeous Cheval Blanc hotel remains one of the highlights of my recent trip to Paris. Facing the river Seine, the restaurant boasts an open-air terrace overlooking the skyline. Known for its innovative approach to seafood cuisine, featuring fresh, high-quality ingredients and creative flavor combinations. I ordered the Blue Lobster topped with citrus oil and fermented chili and it did not disappoint! To top off this incredible experience, executive chef Michele Biassoni came to the table to greet us. The conversation with him was just as satisfying as the meal. Langosteria’s impeccable service and sophisticated ambiance makes it a must-visit destination for any food enthusiast visiting Paris.” –Kerry Bray, luxury advisor and founder of Wander Travel Company in Rumson, New Jersey

Mexico City, Mexico

food from masala y maiz in Mexico City
Photography by Ana Lorenzana for Masala y Maiz.

“Mexico City has one of the most exciting culinary scenes out there right now with new restaurants popping up constantly. You’ll want to stay right in the heart of everything so I recommend the Four Seasons, which is an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. While exploring the lively neighborhood of Coyoacan, be sure to grab yourself one of the famous filled churros at Churros Jordan. While Pujol remains one of the top restaurants in town, I’d recommend checking out Sud 777,both for the inventive menu and sushi bar, as well as the amazing modern jungle design. If a fancy tasting menu isn’t your speed, Masala y Maiz offers equally tasty food in a more relaxed setting. Finally head to Hanky Panky for drinks to cap off the night at #13 on the World’s Best Bars list or Balmori Rooftop for great DJ/music, dancing and libations.” –Ryan Corrigan, CEO and head designer of Corrigan & Co. Luxury Travel Outfitters in Denver, Colorado

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ossiano restaurant in atlantis dubai
Photography courtesy of Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

“Dubai has a vibrant food scene to match its decadent and multicultural reputation. An incredible mix of fine dining restaurants, celebrity chef establishments, and bustling food markets reflects its position as a global and dynamic hub. Recently, one of my well-traveled, luxury clients shared, ‘No one does innovation and unique dining like Dubai.’ The traditional British ritual of afternoon tea at The Lounge, located on the 152nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa, is a memorable culinary experience. The ambiance is elegant and refined with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering breathtaking views of the grand city below, including landmarks like the Dubai Fountain and the Arabian Gulf. Keeping with the awe-inspiring ambiance and exceptional food, I must mention Ossiano. This renowned seafood restaurant is located in Atlantis, The Palm, a luxury resort in Dubai. Known for its unique setting, you can dine amidst the vibrant marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon aquarium. I highly recommend a reservation, especially for prime seating near the aquarium, as Ossiano is a popular choice with both locals and visitors.” –Kerry Bray, luxury advisor and founder of Wander Travel Company in Rumson, New Jersey

New Orleans, Louisiana

commander's palace in New Orleans
Photography by Raul Rodriguez.

“New Orleans is known as one of the best foodie cities in the U.S. Enjoy traditional Creole and Cajun cuisine at Commander’s Palace, a historic fine-dining restaurant nestled in the Garden District. Their gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, beignets, and crawfish boil are some of the best bites you can have in town. Join a culinary walking tour in the French Quarter where you can sample classic dishes and fully immerse yourself in the vibrant food culture. While it’s a busy time of year, the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival is worth braving the crowds for, featuring live music and local delicacies. This is festive New Orleans at its best.” –Tiffany Watt, owner and travel agent at DPP Travel in Beaufort, South Carolina
To stay up to date with what’s going on in New Orleans, visit
The Scout Guide New Orleans.

Savannah, Georgia

Perry lane hotel in savannah
Photography by Perry Lane Hotel.

“My favorite Southern-charm city! Not only is Savannah enchanting, with its mossy, tree-lined streets, but the culinary scene is extraordinary. When I travel, my goal remains the same, get off the beaten path and find the restaurants where locals dine. In a quaint neighborhood south of the famous Forsyth Park is Cotton & Rye. Be sure to try their shrimp and grits and their candy bar dessert. While there, consider staying at the charming Perry Lane Hotel, which is walking distance to a number of standout dining destinations.” –Dionne Brown, founder and chief experience advisor of DCB Travel Experience in Triangle, North Carolina

DPP Travel appears in The Scout Guide Beaufort & Bluffton. Corrigan & Co. Luxury Travel Outfitters appears in The Scout Guide Denver. DCB Travel Experience appears in The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Wander Travel Company appears in The Scout Guide Two Rivers & The Shore.