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Best European Dishes All Food Lovers Must Try


Europe is not just about ancient history, scenic landscapes, mighty castles, and huge cathedrals. It’s also home to some of the tastiest food of the world. The food, so tasty that people from all over the globe try to replicate it but no one ever has gotten close to the real deal. The authenticity and the real flavors are still well-persevered in the native kitchen. Pizza, croissants, crème brûlée, Wiener Schnitzel, pasta, there are far more dishes than just these, not well-known but even tastier than the known ones. Here’s a list of the best European food that you should add to you bucket-list and must try on your next vacation.

Paella, Spain

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Occupying a place of honor in the hearts of many Spanish homes, Paella is a rice dish originated in the fields of Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain. A summer favorite in the country, this dish is wholesome and vibrant. Traditionally made with white rice, green beans, meat, garrofó, sometimes snails, and seasonings such as saffron and rosemary, this dish will surely tantalize your taste buds.

When traveling to Spain, make sure you try a few of the many varieties available of paellas that use all sorts of local ingredients. Some of the most famous once are paella de marisco, which is a seafood paella and paella de verduras, which is a vegetarian paella. For the best paellas in Spain, make sure you visit El Arrozal in Madrid and Bodega El Patio in Malaga.

Croissants, France

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This light and flavorsome delight is probably one of the most well-known French pastry. Originated in Austria and named after its historical crescent shape, it has been a staple of the French restaurants and bakeries since the Renaissance. Made with the simplest of ingredients, yeast-leavened dough and butter, croissants are anything but boring.

Available in almost every variation possible, from almond filling to fresh fruits and whipped cream, some of the most sought after varieties of croissants are the chocolate and the cheese once. For the best croissants in France, make sure to go to Paris and visit 143 RDT for pure gold, wonderfully rich and buttery pastries.

Churros, Spain

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This classic deep-fried Spanish snack has been the life of the Spanish breakfasts since centuries. Originated in mainland Spain, churros are an invincible part of the cafes, churros bars, and street vendor carts in the country. Made with flour, water, and salt, this snack is not as basic as it sounds when served with hot chocolate.

Although you can find churros in many different parts of the globe, but the one served in Spain are completely different. Unlike the sweet churros found in the menus of Amsterdam, they are slightly more savoury flavored. On your next trip to Madrid, make sure to check out the Chocolatería San Ginés cafe famous for serving churros with dark chocolate for breakfast.

Belgian waffles, Belgium

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Belgium is a sweet-toothed country and the people have immense love for chocolates, waffles, cookies and pretty much everything that has sugar. But the one dessert that you cannot miss eating is the internationally known Belgian Waffle. The waffles served in Belgium are different from the one you find in India, they are thicker than the other kinds and have deeper pockets.

The Belgium waffles are rectangular, light and flaky and are served with sweet or savory topping combinations. Most people top their waffles up with whipped cream, chocolate or ice-cream. You may find these being served as breakfast at your hotel.

Black Risotto, Croatia

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This Croatian seafood is popular among tourist for its color as black colored food is quite rare. Known locally as crni rižot, this is made with cuttlefish or squid, olive oil, garlic, red wine and squid ink, which gives an intense seafood flavor and black color.

Black Risotto can be found on every seafood menu along the Adriatic coast and when you’re in Croatia, it’s a must try.

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Trdelník, Prague

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Czech traditional tourist pastry could be found at any local stalls at the city center. Trdelník is made of rolled yeast dough that is wrapped around a stick and grilled over an open flame until golden brown and crispy on the outside. The hot dough is then brushed with butter and rolled around in a cinnamon-sugar and nut mixture.

Although its origin is from the Hungarian- speaking part of Transylvania yet nowadays, trdelník is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in the Czech Republic. A delicious trdelník with mulled beer is a must-try in Prague.

Currywurst, Germany

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Germany is known for its Wurst(Sausages). That said, Germany has more than 1,500 varieties of sausages, and every region has its own way of preparing it. Currywurst is one of the most popular versions of sausage. Invented in Berlin by Herta Heuwer in 1949 the Currywurst is usually made of a pork sausage cut into slices and covered with curry ketchup.

Traditionally you will eat the Currywurst accompanied by some french fries or a slice of plain white bread. People of Berlin are very emotional about this dish. Believe it or not, but in Berlin, there is even a museum that is completely dedicated to Currywurst. Although you can find many street vendors in Berlin selling Currywurst but The two most famous spots are Konnopke's Imbiss, and Kreuzberg’s Curry 36. Expect lengthy lunchtime queues at both.

Pizza Margherita, Italy

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Italian cuisine in itself is a topic that needs a 1,000-word blog( expect that blog very soon). Typical Italian foods and dishes include assorted appetizers, all types of pasta, risotto and pizza, soups (minestroni and zuppe) and delicious meat and fish dishes but Pizza Margherita is something that you cannot miss.

For amazing Margherita pizzas, head to the city of Naples, the birthplace of pizzas. The original Margherita pizza that was served to the first queen of Italy was a combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, and in Naples, you can still find pizzas made with the same recipe and ingredients. Da Michele is among the popular restaurants that serve amazing pizzas.

Tiramisu, Italy

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Tiramisu is one of the desserts which you’ll find in many restaurants in the world but none would taste like the original made in Italy, Tiramisu. Its origin has always been a matter of dispute among Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia but there has never been any doubt that it is one of the most lavish Italian desserts ever made. Combining the striking flavors of cocoa and espresso with the delicacy of ladyfingers and mascarpone cream, Tiramisu is bound to surprise you with its complex flavors.

Some of the non-traditional tiramisu that you should certainly try when you visit Italy are pumpkin amaretti tiramisu, strawberry balsamic tiramisu, and caramel chocolate tiramisu. Pompi, a restaurant in Rome, should definitely be on your list if you are a tiramisu lover.

Wiener Schnitzel, Austria

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A traditional dish of Vienna, the Schnitzel is made from a very thinly cut piece of veal, which is then coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried in butter or oil. It is one of the most famous national food of Austria. The wiener schnitzel is mostly served with a slice of lemon and typically potato salad or fries.

People have a misconception that it’s a German dish, but wiener schnitzel is a traditional Viennese dish and in fact the most traditional dish of Vienna! ​Figlmuller Wollzeile and Schnitzelwurt are restaurants that serve a variety of Schnitzel including pork, chicken, and turkey.

Pierogi, Poland

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Considered the national food of Poland, Pierogi has a wonderful taste and versatility. Typically filled with potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese and fruits, these traditional dumplings are a sweet and savory delight. Pierogi has been a part of Poland's cuisine from the beginning of the 13th century and has changed drastically ever since.

Extravagant stuffing and fancy toppings have taken over the original and simpler version of the dish but you can find the traditional version in many old Poland restaurants. Head to the popular Pierogarnia u Dzika in the city of Gdańsk to taste the authentic pierogi and many other varieties that have now emerged.

Goulash, Hungary

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Your Hungairan trip is incomplete without tasting the famous goulash. A traditional paprika-spiked soup made with stewed meat, along with some veggies(potato and tomato) and other ingredients. Mainly the meat used is beef but you can also try other varieties like chicken and pork. ,Chunks of beef and vegetables cooked with a dash of the classic paprika and served with bread crumbs and beer is a delight. The cafe Frici papa kifőzdéje in Budapest is a nice place to try Goulash.

Fish and chips, United Kingdom

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No food is as British as the fish and chips. It is perhaps the biggest staple and most popular of all British meals. The deep-fried codfish with a side of finger chips served with mushy peas and garnished with salt and vinegar is delicious to its core. This traditional British dish is a must-try for every foodie traveling to London or UK. Anstruther Fish Bar and Poppy’s are great restaurants to try this amazing dish.

Cheese fondue, Switzerland

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Cheese fondue is an iconic street food in Switzerland. The traditional cheese fondue is made with melted cheese and other ingredients, such as garlic, and white wine. The bread cubes are picked up on a long fork and dipped in the melted cheese, which is served in a traditional ceramic fondue pot called ‘caquelon’.

It is a staple food for the Swiss locals during winters as the melted cheese keeps them warm. Cheese fondue is one of those foods that you must eat in Europe. Best places to eat fondue are Le Dezaley, Swiss Chuchi, and Chasalp.

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