Lonely Planet Writer

Lonely Planet releases the ultimate foodie guide to the world; here’s the top 10

If you’re the kind of traveller that follows your taste buds, this new offering from Lonely Planet is about to become your bible. The Ultimate Eatlist (or Ultimate Eats in the US) is a ranked list of the top 500 foodie experiences from all over the world.

Plates of pintxos piled high at Bar Gandarias. Photo by Mark Read/Lonely Planet

But how do you evaluate the most incredible meals on earth? The process began with surveying all the food-obsessed writers, bloggers and staff connected with Lonely Planet, asking them to vote for the tastiest and authentic gastronomic experiences they’ve encountered on their extensive travels.

Once complete, the huge list was brought before our own expert food editors who enlisted the help of chef Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim to definitively rank the entries. Editorial Director Tom Hall explains that “this is not a list of the 500 best restaurants or chefs, or dishes. This is about the overall experience of eating a particular dish in a specific location.”

Street restaurant Jalan Alor in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Migel/Shutterstock

The entries were evaluated according to the taste, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location. The result is a mouth-watering guide to the world of food that you can spend the next few years working your way through. Best of all, they’re not tied to one specific landmark, meaning you won’t need to battle the crowds to get the full experience for yourself.

The full 500 list is full of surprises and inspiration but for a taster, here are the top 10 best foodie adventures in the entire world:

1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
9. Pizza Margherita in Naples, Italy
10. Dim sum in Hong Kong

Texan beef brisket. Photo by Wyatt McSpadden / Courtesy of Franklin’s

If that’s not quite enough, there’s an added bonus from some of the world’s best-known chefs who pick their own top 20 favourite culinary experiences from around the globe. There’s also an online competition to win a trip for two to discover Northern Spain’s food scene.

Grab a copy for yourself directly on Lonely Planet’s online shop now.