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Best Spring Destinations for Culinary Vacations

by Cris Puscas

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The snow is melting, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the farmer markets are starting to burst with fresh produce. Spring is around the corner and the buzz of the new season gets all of us excited! For us, there’s simply not better way to kick off this delightful season than with a culinary vacation!

Not sure where you should be to heading to? Fret not as we have put together a list of some of our top spring culinary destinations you ought to really consider!

 

Budapest, Hungary

 

Hungarian cuisine

Image credit: Katica Guesthouse Aggtelek

 

Did you know that spring is one of the best times to visit Hungary’s capital? The weather is getting warmer, the beautiful flowers and lush trees come to life, and it is always a pleasure to explore the off-the-beaten places.

You should know that the Hungarian cuisine is hearty and based on meat. As it is located on the Danube, fresh fish dishes are also available. Don’t forget to try goulash –a hearty stew made from various meats -or chicken paprikas with homemade noodles. End the meal with palacsinta – crepes- or bejgli – poppy seed roll. 

 

Paris, France

 

French macaroons

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It’s time to have coffee and croissant in the cozy street cafes! As spring starts, the local markets come alive and the city ‘wakes up’ from its winter sleep.

We suggest to skip the tourist ridden international restaurants and indulge in the local staples instead. Here are some of our favorites: soupe à l'oignon gratinée (French onion soup), coquilles St-Jacques (scallops), macarons, or pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants).

 

Athens, Greece

 

Greek cuisine

Image credit: Suzanna's

 

Spring is one of the best times to visit Greece’s capital, Athens. The days are warm, mostly sunny but windy, and there are less tourists this time of year.

The tavernas are plentiful but try to avoid those that offers a menu in English – as they tend to be less authentic. Try the mezedes (appetizers) and be sure to not miss out on the national dish of moussaka (eggplant and beef casserole). End the meal with baklava (crushed nuts and honey in phyllo dough).

Should be looking for vegan alternatives, you are in luck! There are plenty of traditional dishes that are not based on any animal products. And you can find even more if you visit Greece during the Easter Lent.

» Visiting Athens? Here’s a list of the foods you should try while you are in town.

 

Bali, Indonesia

 

Balinese cuisine

Image credit: Alila Manggis Bali

 

Technically, there’s no such thing as spring in this ‘Island of the Gods”. Here, spring actually falls on the start of the dry season where’s there’s plenty of sun, warm weather and not much precipitation. It’s an ideal time to go hiking, enjoy the beach, and have fun with a variety of watersports on offer. 

What you may already know is that this flavorful Indonesian cuisine has Chinese and Indian influences. Most of it is based on rice, vegetables, fish, and meat – and a lot of condiments. Be sure to try the babi guling (suckling pig) or bebek betutu (slow-roasted duck).

 

US Virgin Islands, The Caribbean

 

Caribbean cuisine

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Looking for the perfect remedy to cure you from the cold winter? Head to St. Thomas or any of the three islands and enjoy the tasty food. April is a great choice for traveling here as the high season is over leaving room for affordable hotel and airfare. 

The local dishes include pate – which is meat wrapped and deep fried in dough, johnnycake – or deep-fried dough – as well as peas and rice.


Itching to go on a culinary holiday this spring? Browse the many European culinary vacations on offer and choose the ones that fit your preference! 

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