One of the best parts of experiencing the world is trying the foods and flavours that other countries are famous for. From the hearty carbs that have lured travellers to Italy for centuries, to the irresistible pastries Parisians have perfected, there is no shortage of spectacular provisions in Europe. Forget the calories (they don’t count when you’re on holidays, right?!) and make sure to try these local specialties on your next stop in Europe!

Barcelona: Small plates and sangria

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  • Bombas – Mashed potato balls that are stuffed with pork, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Usually served with aioli sauce or salsa brava.
  • Paella – A rice-based dish with vegetables, shrimp, lobster tails, mussels and saffron seasoning, mixed together and cooked over an open fire.
  • Pa amb Tomaquet – Toast topped with garlic and tomato and seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Sangria – A wine-based cocktail mixed with fruit.

Madrid: Traditional meals with modern taste

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Pic by @santopekkado
  • Bocadillo de Calamares – A calamari squid sandwich served with tomato and paprika puree.
  • Churros con Chocolate – Churros served with a bowl of melted chocolate.
  • Patatas Bravas – Fried potatoes drizzled with spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli.
  • Huevos Rotos con Jamon – Pasta mixed with egg, cheese, pancetta and pepper. Peas are also commonly added to the dish.

Florence: Food that pairs with Chianti

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  • Schiacciata – Bread, similar to Focaccia, topped with olive oil and salt after baking.
  • Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Fire-grilled Florentine steak intended to be shared between two or three people.
  • Ribollita – A heavy soup made with bread and vegetables including carrots, beans, celery, potatoes and onions.

Venice: Carbs with a touch of seafood

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Pic by @culturallycultured
  • Risi i Bisi – A thick soup with risotto and fresh peas
  • Risotto al Nero di Seppia – Risotto cooked with squid ink, pieces of squid, onions, tomatoes and wine. (Watch out for this dish – it will turn your teeth purple!)
  • Baccala Mantecato – Dried salted cod mixed with olive oil and served on crostini.

London: Culturally-inspired comfort food

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  • Fish and chips – Usually fried cod with a hot side of fries.
  • Bangers and mash – Sausage and mashed potatoes with gravy.

Paris: Foodie fares and perfected pastries

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Pic by @theflatsteakhouse
  • Pain au chocolate – A traditional French croissant filled with chocolate.
  • Steak frites – Steak prepared to your liking and served with French fries.
  • Escargot – Cooked snails, typically served in a garlic and butter sauce.
  • Coq au vin – Chicken braised with wine, mushrooms and garlic.

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