Whenever I plan a trip, I often gravitate away from some of the historical tours and towards the myriad food and beverage experiences available in each destination. And more often than not, potential clients tell me that they are foodies and that dining is the top priority of their trip.

Food is what unites us around the world. Embarking on culinary adventures offers families a unique avenue to explore the world’s cultures, traditions, and history, all through the universal language of food. From bustling markets brimming with local produce to hands-on cooking classes that dive into age-old cooking techniques, a world of flavor is waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a family of seasoned foodies or just looking to spice up your travel itinerary, join us as we journey through 10 mouthwatering culinary adventures around the globe where you and your loved ones can stir, taste, and savor your way into new experiences.

Cooking Classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai Farm Cooking School class in Chiang Mai

Wrap your hands around traditional Thai cooking techniques with family-friendly classes that introduce you to the four flavors of Thai cuisine: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Shop for ingredients at a local market before whipping up classics like Pad Thai and mango sticky rice in a lush garden setting.

When in Chiang Mai, remember to visit the Night Bazaar. When the sun sets, the Night Bazaar comes alive, offering an immersive experience of Thai culture and cuisine. From pad thai and green curry to mango sticky rice, families can savor the tastes of Thailand. It’s also a perfect place to shop for souvenirs, from handmade crafts to Thai silk.

 

Marrakech is considered one of the top street food cities in the world.

Street Food Tour in Marrakech, Morocco
Let the intoxicating scents of spices lead you through Marrakech’s bustling medina. A local guide will introduce you to must-try dishes like tagine and couscous, and you’ll discover hidden gems where locals love to snack. Finish with sweet Moroccan mint tea, watching artisans at work.

 

 

 

Market Tour and Cooking Class in Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

Rise early and visit the world-renowned Tsukiji Fish Market, where you’ll marvel at the array of seafood. Although the inner wholesale market has moved to Toyosu, Tsukiji’s Outer Market thrives, offering a deep dive into Japan’s rich culinary culture. Here, families can sample everything from fresh sushi to matcha-flavored snacks. It’s an excellent place for an early morning stroll, finishing with a sushi breakfast that’s as fresh as it gets.

Then, take a cooking class where you’ll learn to make sushi from masters of the craft, an unforgettable experience that combines culture with culinary delight.

 

Marché Bastille, Paris, France

One of Paris’s largest and most vibrant markets, the Marché Bastille offers a gourmet stroll through French culinary traditions. From fresh baguettes and pastries to cheese, oysters, and wine, families can taste their way through France’s celebrated gastronomy while enjoying the lively Parisian atmosphere.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then consider a patisserie tour of Paris. Indulge in the sweet side of Paris with a tour that takes you through the city’s most famous patisseries. Learn the secret behind flaky croissants, delicate macarons, and the perfect éclair. It’s a delicious way to discover Parisian culture and artistry.

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain

Just some of the delights at La Boqueria

Nestled in the heart of Barcelona, La Boqueria Market is a feast for the senses. Under its iconic iron and glass roof, families can explore stalls piled high with Iberian ham, exotic fruits, and cheeses. Be sure to taste fresh churros dipped in chocolate or enjoy a seafood paella at one of the market’s bars.

 

 

 

Chocolate Making in Belize

Mayan chocolate in Belize

Dive into the ancient world of chocolate with Belize’s indigenous Maya communities. From bean to bar, you’ll learn how cacao is transformed into the chocolate we love. Kids will especially enjoy grinding their cacao beans and, of course, tasting the final product.

 

 

 

 

Farm-to-Table Experience in Tuscany, Italy

Typical agriturismo in Tuscany

Immerse yourself in the rolling hills of Tuscany with a visit to an organic farm. Collect fresh produce, learn about the farm’s sustainability practices, and enjoy a cooking lesson using your gathered ingredients. The meal you’ll share at the end epitomizes Italian countryside dining.

Want a fully immersive experience? Consider staying at one of the many agriturismos—working farms that also welcome guests—that dot Tuscany.

 

 

 

Pizza Making in Naples, Italy

Pizza making in Naples

What better way to indulge in truly authentic Italian pizza than by mastering the art of pizza making in its birthplace? Knead and toss your dough under the guidance of a Pizzaiolo – a specially trained pizza maker – then top it with fresh, local ingredients before watching it bubble to perfection in a wood-fired oven. It’s a hands-on experience that makes you feel like a true Italian chef.

 

 

Borough Market, London, UK

Some of the stalls in the Borough Market

Borough Market is London’s oldest food market, dating back to the 12th century. It’s a haven for food lovers where British tradition meets international flair. Discover artisanal bread, craft cheeses, and gourmet chocolates. The market’s bustling atmosphere and diverse offerings make it perfect for families to explore and taste their way through British and international cuisine.

 

 

 

Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Sensory overlaod at the Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this historic market is a sensory overload—stalls brim with colorful spices, dried fruits, nuts, and Turkish delight. Families can explore the alleys, soak in the aromatic scents, and taste traditional Turkish foods while delving into the rich tapestry of Istanbul’s culinary scene.

As we close this flavorful journey around the globe, it’s evident that the world is a tapestry of tastes, textures, and traditions waiting to be explored. Culinary adventures provide families with the joy of discovery, the pleasure of tasting new foods, and the invaluable experience of connecting with different cultures through the universal language of cuisine. So pack your forks and knives, and let your taste buds lead the way to your next family adventure. Remember, every meal has a story, and every market is a doorway to a world of culinary delights.

Happy Travels!

 

 

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