People often ask us how we always find great local food all over the world. Our answer is always the same – you need to eat like a local when you travel. Read on to learn about our local approach to global food travel.
As slow travelers, we endeavor to eat like locals whenever and wherever we travel. In addition to dining at local restaurants, we also take food tours, visit local food producers and attend local food festivals.
Not only does this style of food travel makes us happy but it also leads us to unexpected experiences that often become the highlights of our food trips.
We take pleasure in finding local places to eat off of the tourist trails. Using our tried and true techniques, we easily find local restaurants serving authentic food made by and eaten by locals.
As a bonus, these local food places are often cheaper than the more popular restaurants frequented by travelers.
Just as importantly, this independent food travel style has allowed us to meet kindred souls who have given us gifts of friendship that are more valuable than any travel souvenirs we could buy.
How We Eat Like Locals
This approach to travel allows us to dive into the local food culture and become one with every city we visit. But how do we do it?
Where We Stay
In terms of accommodation, we typically stay in an Airbnb apartment when we visit a city for an extended amount of time. This cost-effective type of accommodation lets us shop for local products at local markets and cook local dishes in our temporary home.
Eat Like a Local Guides
We’ve enlisted top travel and food writers to share their insider tips about where to eat in cities around the world. These local experts share their favorite spots for iconic foods, desserts and special occasion meals as well as cute cafes and hidden gems.
Local expert Jeremy Jones shares his favorite places to eat like a local in Pittsburgh. Spoiler alert: Jones is NOT a fan of the Steel City’s famous sandwich.
Local expert Anne Lowrey shares her favorite places to eat like a local in San Francisco, USA. She includes insider tips for cioppino, mission burritos and more.
Local expert Robert Schrader shares his favorite places to eat like a local in Seoul, South Korea. Schrader is crazy for the megacity’s street food and who can blame him.
Local expert Jo Karnaghan shares her favorite places to eat like a local in Sydney, Australia. As it turns out, Sydney is more than just a pretty city if you know where to eat.
Local expert Theresa Gomez shares her favorite places to eat like a local in Valencia, Spain. Since Spain’s third largest city is on the Mediterranean coast, Gomez includes lots of seafood suggestions.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.