Five cities have emerged as the top destinations in India for foodies, according to Booking.com’s survey on top food destinations in the country. Gastronomic travel is on the rise and the top spots for food from India include Amritsar which is known for its Kulchas and Lassi, Hyderabad for its Hyderabadi biryani, Boti Kebabs and Delhi for its butter chicken, Chole Bhature and Chaat. The list of top five cities in India endorsed for food has been topped by Amritsar, followed by Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Among the over 118 million real traveller reviews on Booking.com, food stood out as a clear passion for many, representing a central theme in all the reviews. The data reveals Asian and South American flavours feature highly in the top 10 foodie favourite destinations with Greece, Australia and Spain also included. Hong Kong, with its famous dim sum, Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbeque and Tokyo, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined top the list. Top 10 cities globally has been topped by Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Athens, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Bangkok, Granada, Las Vegas and Buenos Aires.
Booking.com revealed that when choosing their next travel destination, the majority (75 per cent) of global travellers would likely travel somewhere known for its food and beverages. It’s millennials who are the most keen to combine travel and food, with 79 per cent of travellers between the ages of 18 and 34 considering travelling somewhere that’s specifically known for its gastronomic delights. Almost one in 10 (eight per cent) people have travelled in the last year for fine dining and seven per cent for wine experiences. Millennials are most keen on seeking out food passions whilst travelling, with one in 10 (10 per cent) combining street food with travelling, compared to four per cent of those travellers aged over 55.
Pepijn Rijvers, chief marketing officer, Booking.com comments, “Culinary travel is an ever-growing trend, with travellers planning trips centred on taste-inspired exploration and seeking to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, of which food plays a huge part. Not only are people looking for luxury gastronomic experiences, but also sampling local and street food. By using traveller reviews, of which there are over 118 million on Booking.com and growing each day, we’re able to help travellers to discover the best places to explore as recommended by fellow travellers from the best neighbourhoods and dishes to try to discovering hidden gems beyond the mainstream culinary destinations.”