Europe's Best Places to Eat Like a Local
People didn’t used to plan a trip to London just for its food, but ask any well-heeled foodie traveler—or, for that matter, a well-fed local—and you’ll discover a world of dry-aged Galloway beef, farmhouse cheeses, and charred leeks with duck eggs.
Over in Amsterdam, locals know that the best Dutch pannenkoeken (larger and thinner than American flapjacks) are served at Pancake Bakery. And in Barcelona, the huevos estrellados (eggs over fries) at Bar Velódromo draw in diners until the wee hours of the morning.
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To find Europe’s best regional dishes, we asked our staffers and contributors to eat their way across the continent for Travel + Leisure’s annual Best Places to Eat Like a Local. Here we have an insider’s guide to authentic deliciousness—from woefully underrated Hungarian wine in Budapest, to Osteria Bancogiro’s Grand Canal views from your table in Venice, to the best hot chocolate in Paris. If you weren’t hungry already, you will be now. —Lyndsey Matthews
Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150s
$$$$ More than $150
Il Pirata, Praiano, Italy
Antonio Sersale, owner of Positano’s Le Sirenuse hotel, swears by the sea-urchin linguine at this Amalfi Coast idyll, where a sun-drenched terrace is built into rocks above a glittering cove. Via Terramare. $$$
Orlando di Castello, Vienna
What’s drawing creative types to this eye-catching, white-on-white café? Perfect poached eggs on dense walnut toast and beautifully served Viennese Melanges (espressos with milk)—some of the city’s best. 1 Freyung. $$
Gelateria Millennium, Rome
Located just outside the Vatican, this husband-and-wife operation is known for its funky range of flavors (such as mascarpone pear and persimmon). 2/A Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen
In a land obsessed with morning pastries (Danish, anyone?), Lauras takes the cake. Expect rows of kanelsnegle (intensely spiced cinnamon rolls) and Pop-Tart-like hindbærsnitters, all in the culinary mecca that is Torvehallerne Market. 17 Linnesgade. $
Spit & Roast, London
Two young chefs have turned a 2006 Ford Transit van into the roving rotisserie Spit & Roast, whose free-range Suffolk chickens are now a cult sensation.
Le Coq Rico, Paris
Heirloom chickens and game birds are the specialty at Le Coq Rico, in Paris’s boho Abbesses quarter.
Bar del Fico, Rome
At this modern restaurant in the Parione quarter, nattily dressed Romans hold court over salumi, mini-pizzas, and terrific cocktails. 26 Piazza del Fico. $$
Borkonyha Wine Kitchen, Budapest
A fashionable bistro dedicated to Hungary’s woefully underrated wines. Late nights draw well-heeled locals for sautéed duck liver and freshwater trout with dill. 3 Sas Utca. $$$
Osteria Bancogiro, Venice
Request a Grand Canal–facing table and order gnocchi with scallops and porcini. 122 San Polo. $$
Skip breakfast—hell, skip lunch—and save every calorie for the decadently thick, not-too-sweet hot chocolate at this ornate 1903 teahouse, an erstwhile haunt of Coco Chanel. $$$
Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam
Bacon-, cheese-, or apple-topped pannenkoeken (larger and thinner than American flapjacks) are the items to order at this intimate canal-side space. 191 Prinsengracht. $$
Bar Velodromo, Barcelona
The sprawling Art Deco interior of this 1933 landmark is as inviting in the madrugada (late at night) as it is during the day. Why wait for breakfast to order huevos estrellados (eggs over fries)? $$
Van Kahvalti Evi, Istanbul
At this cozy spot in the Cihangir district, breakfast spreads come loaded with sesame bread, white clouds of kaymak (clotted cream), and briny, herb-flecked cheese. Add a skillet of sizzling soujuk sausage, and you’re set until dinner. 52A Defterdar Yokuşu; 90-212/293-6437. $
Clove Club, London
Inside the Shoreditch town hall, the Clove Club (from rising star Isaac McHale) goes Noma-esque with small bites of locavore esoterica, such as gull’s eggs with lovage. $$$$