Ever wondered where to find the world’s top hamburger or the globe’s greatest hotdog? From steak to cake and pizza to pies, we take a look at where in the world to find the finest versions of your favorite foods for a foodies bucket list
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Must-Try Meals From Around The World
The Perfect Pizza
To sample the finest slice, head to Naples – the birthplace of pizza, where this Italian speciality is taken very seriously indeed.
The Neopolitan pizzaiolos are master craftsmen, baking their fare in wood-burning ovens until the dough is crisp and light.
There are over 12,000 pizzerias in the city to choose from, most notably Brandi, where the margherita is said to have been invented, or the Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, the oldest pizzeria in Naples, providing perfect pizzas since 1738.
No London break would be complete without experiencing the traditional cockney cuisine of pie and mash.
Made with perfect pastry and served with eel liquor — a kind of parsley sauce — this hearty comfort-food dates back to the 19th Century, and the pie-shops have changed little since then, with interiors harking back to a bygone age.
Harrington’s in Tooting has charming Edwardian premises, and F. Cooke in Broadway Market has changed little since 1900. If you’re feeling brave, try a side order of jellied eels with chilli vinegar!
The Choicest Chocolate
Chocoholics will be in heaven at the Grand Sablon in Brussels, a small piazza lined with some of the best chocolate shops in the world.
Belgium is world-renowned for the quality of its chocolate, often handcrafted and made with pure cocoa butter for a superior taste.
There are over 2,000 chocolate shops in the capital, so there’s no shortage of tantalizing truffles and plush pralines to tempt your taste buds.
For the ultimate in sumptuous sweets, head to Pierre Marcolini, widely considered to be the finest chocolatier in the world.
The Best Burger
In your search for the ultimate hamburger, Japan might not be your first port of call, but Tokyo is home to Kobe beef, a premium variety from the Wagyu breed of cows.
This mouthwatering meat is rich and tender due to the cows’ high quality diet of alfalfa, wheat straw and beer and regular tenderizing massages.
Gourmet Kobe burgers carry a hefty price tag, but burger buffs will tell you it’s well worth the expense.
Head to the Park Hyatt Hotel to enjoy one among the glitterati, or for a more modest setting, try ‘Eat’, a tiny cafe in Gaienmae.
The Superior Sausage
Anyone looking for the world’s best banger would do well to head to Germany, where sausages, or Bratwurst, are a subject of great national pride.
Recipes vary by region and locality, but are almost always eaten with lots of mustard and sauerkraut.
In the lively city of Munich you’ll find street vendors on every corner, or head to the public market for a broad Bratwurst selection.
Restaurant favorites include Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom near Marienplatz, or Bratwurstherzl near Viktualienmarkt — both cosy eateries that serve superb sausages along with ice cold Bavarian beers.
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