There are many reasons why we love to travel. In addition to seeing new sights and giving us a break from work, the holiday gives us an exciting chance to try new food. The local cuisine is the entrance to a country’s culture and history. Spanish paella has ancient roots and teaches us about the country’s Muslim history. Meanwhile, modern pizza was invented in Naples, reflecting the region’s rich Neapolitan culture.
European food has been constantly changing since the fall of the Roman Empire, and countries have influenced each other in many ways. For example, croissants are not French, according to historical reports, they came from Austria. In addition, fish and chips are not even a British dish! It is believed that it came with Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal.
That said, Europe is defined by its different cuisines and gastronomic cultures. Spain is heavily influenced by its wonderful marisco, while the UK is perhaps best known as a melting pot of the world’s best food. After all, it is said that chicken tikka masala was not invented in India, but in the UK.
Come and explore the food of Europe – there are delicious Dutch desserts, perfect French pastries, strong German sausages, and delicious Greek cuisine. There is no better way to explore Europe than to first understand what they eat. Without more talk, here is Europe’s finest cuisine, ranked from the worst to the best, according to The Great Courses. Dive in!
20. Finland, Denmark and Sweden
Food from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden come in at number twenty. Scandinavian dishes include fermented sharks, and the price has frightened many.
19. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia
Food from these three countries is suitable for the cool and humid climate of the north. Soups are a favorite, and sour herring is also quite popular. For many, this is a narrow one.
Seafood is a specialty of Croatia, and cities such as Split and Dubrovnik boast fantastic food. But dishes like “edible sevens over (a type of rodent)” might make you back off the dinner table.
The Balkan nation shares some recipes with Greece and Turkey. The dishes usually have dairy products and vegetables. Soup on kuvom (kumage) is also popular.
Slovenian dishes include struklji, a pastry that is either fried, boiled or steamed. The food here is highly rated, but much of it is said to originate from Austria.
15. Czech Republic and Slovakia
Goulash and dumplings are highlights from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The food is said to be quite simple, but dishes such as Vepro knedlo zelo should still be enjoyed.
The small, unpretentious nation, reflects the cuisine of its neighbors, France and Germany. To get started, try the träipen, a fried blood sausage best served with cabbage and potatoes.
13. Ireland and the United Kingdom
Despite their differences, the UK and Ireland have quite similar food. Ireland makes better beers, of course, but British dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie and Sunday roast must be experienced.
12. Hungary and Romania
Hungary and Romania share many dishes, but the first of them has the famous dish goulash. Romania, on the other hand, tends to mix minced meat into the menus.
There’s more to Poland than Pieroger, and dishes like rosol, beetroot soup and Golonka are all worth your time.
Dutch dishes include food such as raw herring with chopped onions. But it is much more than that, with options such as poffertjes, stroopwafel or delicious butterball.
Dutch restaurants have appeared on the Michelin list over 100 times. Two new two-star restaurants were added in 2019.
Malta outweighs its small size with an expansive kitchen full of exciting flavors. Seafood dishes are the crown of the jewel, while hobz biz-zejt is also well worth a try.
Malta has no Michelin-starred restaurants, but that could change soon. Bouquet Garni is a challenging favorite on TripAdvisor, with hundreds of five-star reviews.
Belgian waffles may be world-famous, but of course, there is much more to the cuisine of this country. Dishes to choose from include modules-fries, mussels cooked in wine and butter.
Well over 100 Belgian restaurants have previously been recognized by Michelin, and two restaurants have received a three-star rating.
It is a nation known for beer and bratwurst (sausage), the entrance to Germany’s incredible food culture. Spätzle egg noodles are a dish to look out for.
German restaurants have often appeared on the Michelin Guide. There are three-star restaurants scattered around Germany, such as The Table in Hamburg.
Austria beats out its German neighbors on this list, with delicious dishes such as veal and fried schnitzel.
Head to Vienna for fine restaurants such as the three-star Amador, where the head chef has put together a menu of top-level dishes.
5. Greece and Cyprus
Greek cuisine is pretty good, and nearby Cyprus also has some impressive dishes. Souvlaki’s sensational, stewed grape leaves and flatbread shawarma are also worth a taste.
The two-star Spondi restaurant is one of Athens’ best, while Varoulko Seaside is also worth a try.
The Iberian Peninsula is packed with exciting flavors, and Spain has always lined up with some delicious dishes. Paella, anyone?
There are tempting eateries along the entire golden coast, while Madrid is home to DiverXO, an eccentric restaurant with three Michelin stars.
Portugal is just ahead of its Spanish neighbor, with dishes such as Açorda and Feijoada à transmontane to choose from.
Head to Lisbon for Michelin-starred restaurants such as Loco and Feitoria. Meanwhile, Porto is home to Pedro Lemos and Antiqvvm.
Although the country does not top the list, France is the homeland of brie, cakes of butter dough, and cassoulet. French cuisine is not only delicious, but it is also influential. French cuisine is even on UNESCO’s list of “intangible cultural heritage”.
French cities like Paris are world-class food centers. There are almost thirty restaurants with three Michelin stars, such as Paul Bocuse in Lyon and Le Petit Nice in Marseille.
Italian cuisine is so good that it has become a tourist attraction in itself. Where would we be without Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, and Panzanella?
Where to go to experience good Italian cuisine? Well, anywhere really. Try risotto from Milan, Bolognese from Bologna, Carbonara from Rome, and pizza from Naples.