Unique Food Holidays in Australia

Throughout our travels we’ve found that one of the best ways to get to know a country is through its food and we try our best to sample local cuisine whenever we can. A country we have yet to experience is Australia, but now we’ve been given a ‘heads up’ on the best cities to sample food that is uniquely Australian through this guest post…

With MasterChef and Junior MasterChef taking over our television screens, food has become an increasingly popular pastime for many. And for those of us who aren’t whizzes in the kitchen, going out and trying new food is a great way to explore part of a new city.

Meanwhile, some dedicated gastronomists will go to great lengths to try new and amazing foods. Local villages in Indonesia are known for dishing up monkey brains while the Chengdu province in China is famous for its “Chengdu hotpot” – which is a live skinned frog!

For those with more delicate and localised stomachs, there are plenty of great Australian restaurants that make great travel destinations in themselves. If you’re looking to embark on a memorable food inspired holiday – here are some of our top suggestions:

melbourne-restaurantsMelbourne – top on the list of Australian foodie travel is a visit to Melbourne, boasting some of the best restaurants in the world and the most “chef’s hat” establishments in the country. Australia’s big culinary names are all here, including Vue de Monde, The Press Club and Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and Grill. But your authentic Melbourne food holiday doesn’t have to come with a chef’s hat price tag – many local cafes and little restaurants are known for dishing up some of the most amazing cultural dishes for cheap.

sydney-restaurantsSydney – Australia’s pride and joys in the culinary world can be found in Sydney. Both Tetsuya’s and Quay restaurants have been honoured on S Pellegrino’s list of Top 50 restaurants in the world. Meanwhile, Sydney-siders rave about the local cuisine at the many suburbs throughout the city including Vietnamese in Cabramatta or the Portuguese delights of Petersham.

adelaide-central-marketAdelaide – this South Australian city is the food capital of Australia. With more restaurants per head than any other capital city, this is a gastronomist’s dream come true. A must-visit is the Central Markets where you’ll find some of the best fresh produce and gourmet goodies to sample. Stay a while in Adelaide hotels for the ultimate food lover’s experience. Try The Monse in North Adelaide or Auge Ristorante in the city.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other cities that offer memorable dining experiences to suit your holiday budget. And there are no rules on how you build your foodie itinerary – pair a classy degustation menu with some comfy cheap accommodation – Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth aren’t far behind when it comes to some of the best gourmet destinations to try in Australia.

If you have a fondness for the food of a particular country or region that you’ve visited, let us know!…

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