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Wo man in Europa essen und trinken kann

Read on for more about where to eat and Drink in Europe.

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Hi, I'm Mandy!

Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

The continent that gave us pasta, fondue, croissants, and old-world wines—among a million other digestible delights—Europe is, quite simply, an excellent place for food-obsessed travelers. See below to find out more about the most alluring culinary hot spots in Europe and what you should be sure to sample in each.

France

The long-established king of fine dining, France’s foodie reputation is recognized across the globe, with UNESCO even inscribing French gastronomy on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Whether it’s steak frites (steak and chips), boeuf bourguignon (beef stew), tarte tatin (apple tart), or wine and cheese, delicious dishes abound.

Italy

Italy’s varied regions offer a smorgasbord of tempting culinary creations, from char-crusted Neapolitan pizza to tender Tuscan porchetta (roasted pig) and rich ragù (meat-based tomato sauce) from Bologna. With quality fresh ingredients and a respect for time-honored recipes, it’s hard to get a bad meal here.

Spain

From Valencian paella to Basque Country pintxos (tapas) and beyond, the diversity of Spanish cuisine is undeniable. Tapas are widespread, with classic examples including gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with paprika-spiked sauce), and jamón ibérico (Iberian ham).

Portugal

Though not as well known internationally as the cuisine of neighboring Spain, Portuguese food is wonderfully satisfying. Seafood is a staple, with bacalhau (cod) especially popular. Don’t leave without tasting a pastel de nata, creamy custard tarts available in pastry shops across the country.

Germany

As well as spätzle (noodles), flammkuchen (a thin-crusted, wood-fired pie), and countless types of sausage, Germany is also the creator of the beer hall—and, naturally, innumerable beer varieties, from wheat beers to pilsners.

The Netherlands

Though less known for its cuisine as many other European countries, the Netherlands has no shortage of tasty offerings. The food here is typically hearty, with specialties including bitterballen (crispy, deep-fried meatballs) and patat frites (fries slathered with sauce). Cheeses, such as Gouda, Edam, and Maasdammer, are a high point of the Dutch culinary experience.

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