My Favorite European Eateries in the World

My Favorite European Eateries in the World

My Favorite European Eateries in the World

I’ve had my fair share of great food around the world but this article lists my favorite European eateries so far.

My Favorite European Eateries

London

London has become a gastronomy mecca, thanks to its increasing and diverse population. None of this is more prevalent than at the variety of cuisines offered at the city’s various food halls: Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Patridges. It is Harrods, however, that puts a stamp over the rest for its sheer size and diversity of offerings (by diversity, I do not mean price). This is heaven to a gourmet foodie and gluttony at its finest. I did not buy a main meal here, though I invaded their sweet and chocolate shop. The confectioneries start at $8. You can pretty much expect to pay a fortune for anything you pick up and take home from here, however, to this day, the strawberry pistachio Napoleon I brought there was the best dessert I have ever had. Money worth spent for a little piece of heaven…

Harrods

87-135 Brompton Road

London, Greater London

SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom

Madrid

My Favorite European Eateries in the World

Paella Mixta

Madrid is my favourite European city for food. I love Spanish cuisine and the country’s capital is loitered with bars specializing in regional styles. It was rather difficult narrowing a restaurant in this city simply because I enjoyed everything that I tried; however, the most kudos is deservingly for a taberna called La Alhambra. It is a few blocks of Puerta del Sol and has some of the best paellas I have tasted south of Valencia. Definitely get one of those and order their version of tiramisu. The prices are also very reasonable (it was recommended by the hostel after all). My dinner and drink cost me $15. The service is friendly and the ambiance is cozy. The drinks are cheap, but very good and you can tell from the abundance of Spanish spoken that loads of locals go here. If you are looking for excellent paella in Madrid with an authentic ambiance to boot, look no further.

La Alhambra

Calle Victoria 9

28012 Madrid, Spain

Paris

Ah, Paris! The copious amount of restaurants, cafes, and bistros in this city can be overwhelming (not to mention very expensive) so when a Paris Walk guide recommended a place in the Marais, I went for it. Fortunately for me, she was genuine in her positive recommendation for a cafe called Le Petit Saint-Paul. The place is small (hence “petit”) and its location is on Rue Saint Paul. The menu is not extensive, but offers enough traditional items on the menu. Look at the chalkboard and order what sounds tempting. If you can’t decide, get the “plat du jour”. You’ll hardly be disappointed. My lunch was around $25. That amount included a glass of wine, tax and gratuity so very reasonable for Paris. The service was prompt and it can get crowded with locals at peak times, but you will never feel the pressure to hurry and finish your meal. Good food and great people watching in this charming neighbourhood.

Le Petit Saint-Paul

38 Rue Saint Paul

79240 Paris, France

Florence

My Favorite European Eateries in the World

Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

The Tuscan capital of Florence had some of the best meals I had in my recent trip to Italy. Trattoria Mario is one of my favorite European eateries and has the best value. This family run shop (fifty years and counting) offers traditional Tuscan cuisine. Almost everything that is served here is made in its kitchens, thanks to the proximity it has to the Mercato Centrale. The place is small, noisy, and cramped, but all that matters not, because you come here for the food. Definitely order some form of pasta from the menu. Words are not enough to describe them because they are that good. Bring cash and prepare to wait if you come in the middle of the lunch rush. Seating is communal and there are no pizzas on the menu. Lunch will run you about $12-$15. It is the Italian version of fast food and I guarantee, you will be coming back for more.

Trattoria Mario

Via Rosina 2r

50123, Florence, Italy

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