It’s impossible to resist the temptation of Rome’s authentic gelato. (Photo: Yeun Man Cheung / Alamy)
If you and your future hubby or wife obsess over the latest food trends, hottest restaurants, and other culinary delights you’ve probably achieved foodie status. As you plan your honeymoon, dig into destinations where flavor comes first. Celebrate your new marriage in some of the world’s top food destinations on a honeymoon for foodies — just be sure to arrive hungry.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Considered Thailand’s cultural capital, Chiang Mai embraces the country’s Old World charm. History and nature buffs enjoy the city’s temples, surrounding parks, and Old City walls which date back to the 1200s. But the thing foodies on a budget adore most about Chiang Mai is its affordable food prices. Full meals for under $5? Yes please!
Stroll past the town’s street vendors who serve up everything from fresh fruit to desserts and noodle dishes. Head to the South Gate of Old City for some of Chiang Mai’s best and most easily accessible food stands.
- Phad See Ew – Similar to Pad Thai, Phad See Ew is known for wider rice noodles and more greens.
- Som Tam – Looking for a tasty side dish? Som Tam is a shredded green papaya salad mixed with chilies and peanuts for added crunch.
- Banana Roti – Savor this sweet treat, a mix of condensed milk, banana and chocolate wrapped in a warm tortilla.
Few places in the world delight travelers’ taste buds quite like Rome. If you love history, ancient architecture and delicious food finds, book your honeymoon in this cultural capital.
Walk through winding streets and smell the scents of fresh pasta dishes, homemade sausage, and sweet desserts that fill the air. If you’re craving fresh pizza with mozzarella and basil over a sweet tomato sauce – wait until evening before hitting a pizzeria. Most restaurants don’t light their wood-fired ovens until dinner time.
- Forget spaghetti and meatballs, dig into a true Italian staple: pasta carbonara. Rich without being too heavy, this pasta dish gets its creaminess from eggs and cheese. Visit Da Danilo for some of the city’s best!
- Gelato – What’s a trip to Rome without indulging in this sweet treat? Avoid gelato that looks too fluffy or colorful – that means it’s packed with artificial flavors and thickeners. Head to Fatamorgana gelateria, a short walk from the Roman Forum, where gelato is free of artificial colorings and chemicals.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you and your sweetie want to stay on U.S. soil for your foodie honeymoon, check out the incredible food finds that line New Orleans’ French Quarter. The city’s cuisine mixes French influences with Cajun and Creole spices. But don’t confuse the two. Cajun food starts with a dark roux base and is seen in dishes like gumbo and sausage-based cuisine, while Creole food honors its French and African roots in spicy seafood dishes.
- Oysters and a shrimp po’ boy – Head to the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter for some of NOLA’s best seafood. Serving fresh seafood since 1910, Acme shucks over 10,000 oysters a day. Order the Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy.
- Gumbo – Rich, hearty and super filling, don’t miss this Louisiana staple. We recommend the seafood okra gumbo or chicken andouille gumbo at the Gumbo Shop.
Home to lively nightlife, a theater district, world-class restaurants and eclectic neighborhoods, Toronto is a big city with a warm personality. If you’re planning a summer honeymoon, visit the Taste of Toronto food festival. Featuring dozens of the city’s most popular chefs and over 50 local food producers, the festival is the best way to sample the city’s eats. Explore restaurants in neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Distillery District and Yorkville for a peek into what makes this one of the best food cities in the world.
- Poutine – Forget the ketchup, order your crisp fries smothered in rich, savory gravy and topped with cheese curds, better known as poutine. Poutini’s House of Poutine hand-cuts their fries daily and places them in the deep fryer twice to achieve a signature crunch. For a twist on the classic, head to Moo Frites in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Try the Kimchi Frites sserved with kimchi, scallions and spicy garlic mayo, or the War Frites, dished up with peanut sauce, frite sauce and chopped onions.
- Peameal sandwich – For a traditional Canadian treat, check out the peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery. Located in St. Lawrence Market, Carousel Bakery has been serving these sandwiches for over 30 years and can crank out upwards of 2,600 in one day. Peameal refers to the specific cut of bacon – we promise, it’s delish.