Culinary

Destinations: Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Paris, Montréal, Barcelona, Tokyo

Activities: Arts and Entertainment, Cooking Classes, Eat, Shopping, Sleep, Wine Tasting

It’s no surprise that most gourmets and wine connoisseurs are avid travelers, since every new destination offers a new dish or glass of wine. Plus, there’s no better way to experience ethnic fare than in its native environment. Many foodies plan vacations around their favorite cuisine, or a cooking tradition they’d like to get to know better. This could mean cooking classes with experienced chefs at a French or Italian villa, a wine-tasting tour in Tuscany or Napa or a guided food tour through a specific city or region.

One of the best places in the world to whet your appetite is France: Provence, Burgundy and the Loire Valley are world-famous culinary destinations. Mendoza, Argentina is fast becoming a wine-tasting hot-spot, and if your budget won’t allow European cooking classes, some more affordable top-notch options can be found in Oaxaca, Mexico and Bangkok, Thailand.


Articles About Culinary

Decadent Dining in Alexandria

Check out our expert’s picks for the best restaurants in Old Town, from classic French fare to the award-winning Restaurant Eve.

B.A: European City of South America

Buenos Aires has beautiful architecture, great dining and wines, friendly people, big parks … what are you waiting for?

Austin Eats From Tex-Mex to Trailer Treats

Sate your cravings for sweet or spice at these eclectic restaurants and venues, from Tex-Mex and BBQ to sustainable restaurants, as well as Austin’s competitive Airstream trailer treats and cupcake joints.

Best Boston Restaurants—Classic and New

From classic clam chowder to contemporary cuisine infused with a New England flavor, Boston has it all.

Top 10 Boston Pubs: Cheers!

Favorite places—both new and historic—to get wicked shattered, from Faneuil Hall to South Boston.

Charleston For Food Lovers

Find everything from shrimp grits to French gourmet in this southern culinary capital in South Carolina.

A Chocolate Adventure in Costa Rica

Learn how ancient Aztecs and Mayans invented chocolate from raw cacao beans on this chocolate adventure tour in a Costa Rican rainforest.

Dublin’s Pubs and Grub

Check out these restaurants, pubs and clubs for a traditional or not-so-traditional Irish night out.

Chow’s On! Best Grand Canyon Dining

Dine where presidents once supped or grab fried chicken to go at these casual yet enticing Grand Canyon eateries.

In the Heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown

Let your taste buds lead the way. Experience Honolulu’s eclectic Chinese-inspired culinary scene and open-air markets that define this culturally diverse neighborhood.

Navigating La Jolla’s Top Restaurants With Kids

This seaside resort town caters to a well-heeled adult crowd, but that doesn’t mean its fine-dining establishments don’t welcome children. Read our expert’s picks for which restaurants work best for families.

Las Vegas Family Dining Secrets

As Vegas goes upscale, top chefs offer sophisticated kids culinary adventures

Best Martha’s Vineyard Dining

Forget meandering around the island in search of places to eat. Here are the restaurants that will make you want to go back for more.

Melbourne’s Best Eats

Consult our local expert’s picks for the top places to sate your palate in around the city.

Buen Provecho: Top Mexico City Dining

Find the best dishes in one of the world’s top foodie destinations, known for its blend of local ingredients and experimental flavors, as well as its haute culinary scene.

Get Your Dough On

Miami’s Biltmore Hotel has opened its new Culinary Academy, and our editor had a go at making chocolate desserts in its inaugural class.

Miami’s Top Events and Festivals

Plan your vacation around one of these popular Miami happenings.

Best of Miami’s Nightlife Dining

Dine and dance into the wee hours at these Miami restaurants-come-nightclubs.

Best Meals in Miami

Inspire your taste buds with the delectable and diverse dishes at these top Miami restaurants.

Hot Miami Wine Bars

Laid back and sociable, these trendy bars and restaurants make it easy to find the best wine in Miami and escape from the daily grind.

Pizza, Pesci and Produce in Naples

The city is famous for inventing pizza, but don’t let that narrow your taste buds.

Cuisine Culture: New Orleans’ Best Restaurants

From Creole to Cajun and beyond, experience the ritual of food in this Gulf-coast city at any of these top restaurants in town.

Flavors of New Orleans

Get a taste of some of the famous dishes of the Crescent City on a walking culinary tour.

New Orleans Feast of Festivals

Let the good times roll year-round in the Big Easy, home to Mardi Gras and an endless list of fun festivals.

New Orleans: City of Dreams

Let the good times roll in the Crescent City, where joy is found in luscious cuisine, brass bands and year-round celebration.

Exceptional New Orleans Stays

Even though most of your time will be spent out exploring the city, these are the best hotels and B&Bs to return to when you finally do need to sleep.

June Events Especially for Kids

Families heading to Chicago or Winnipeg in June should look into a special taste of Chicago for kids and the 26th anniversary of Winnipeg’s annual Kidsfest.

Best Cheap Eats in Honolulu, Hawaii

Taste the cross-cultural cuisines and cooking styles of Honolulu’s restaurants on a reasonable budget.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Palm Springs Style

Our expert’s picks for the best restaurants in Palm Springs.

San Antonio Restaurants: Tex-Mex and Beyond

Surprise your taste buds with San Antonio’s eclectic dining scene. Along with great Mexican fare, try top-notch Belgian food or macho burgers served in a historic landmark.

Top San Antonio Family Restaurants

Our local’s favorite picks for kids include venues with rain forest thunderstorms, playgrounds and, of course, food to appeal to children and adults alike.

Savannah Dining: Southern Comfort With a Contemporary Twist

Old-South home-style meets post-modern haute cuisine in Savannah’s restaurant scene.

Savory Bites: Best Singapore Dining Experiences

Local expert picks for the best restaurants in Singapore, including top brunch, vegetarian and more.

Drinking Up South Africa’s Winelands

Don’t miss these excellent winery tours and non-winery options on your visit to the wine region of the Western Cape, which also is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Vancouver’s Top 5 Haute, Hot and Hidden Restaurants

Get the inside scoop on Vancouver’s emerging, eclectic cuisine scene from a local foodie. Savor fare at obscure French restaurants, reliable Italian trattorias and trendy Japanese Izakayas.

Barbados Cuisine: A Foodie’s Cure

This Caribbean island is just the cure for your Culinary Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, with treatment that includes fried flying fish melts and conch fritters at top restaurants in Barbados.

A Catalan Craving: Barcelona’s Fresh Flavors

From tasty tapas to staples like pan con tomate and bacalao, Barcelona offers distinct, modern Mediterranean cuisine.

Fine Dining on the Fly

At some airports, you can bypass the fast-food feeding frenzy and enjoy a real meal at one of these 14 worthy eateries.

Ono Grinds: Where Oahu’s Top Chefs Eat

When out from behind the stove, these Kahunas of the kitchen can be found at their favorite Oahu restaurants, that range from ethnic gourmet to drive-in joints serving Hawaiian comfort food.

Fun Family Factory Food Tours

Give your kids (or yourself) an education and treat at the same time while touring the factories for Ben & Jerry’s, Jelly Belly, Cape Cod Potato Chips and more on your next family vacation.

Fun and Funky Food Festivals

From garlic lovers to cranberry nuts to insect eaters, there's a food festival taking place somewhere in the United States this year for you.

Oven Roasted Organic Chicken Nugget Lollipops

Try this recipe at home, created by the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for Kids Restaurant Week.

Little Chefs in Paris

The animated film ‘Ratatouille’ inspires children to explore the culinary joys of Paris.

Fine Wining and Dining in Mendoza, Argentina

Learn where to go—and where not to—based on the author’s recent four-day exploration of Mendoza.

Best Places for Wine Tasting in Murphys

Eureka! This historic mining town in California’s Gold Country is becoming known for its riches of the vine.

Restaurant Week Round-up

Plan your vacation around restaurant weeks, offered in many U.S. cities, to experience top restaurants without paying top prices.

Fun, Sun and Tequila

After the kids are tucked away for the evening, enjoy some quality tequila in the Riviera Maya—even though it’s made more than 1,000 miles away.

Satisfy Your Inner Foodie On a San Francisco Culinary Tour

Taste the magic of the Bay Area on a customized, behind-the-scenes tour of iconic food venues in San Francisco and beyond.

South African Winelands Food Fix

Don’t miss these recommended venues for tasty treats to accompany your Cape wine tasting, from full-service gourmet meals to best places to grab a bite for the road.

Top 5 Brewery Tours

Sip famous, handcrafted beers and learn how they’re made on brewery tours across the country.

Hershey: The Sweetest Place on Earth

Immerse yourself in everything chocolate in Hershey, Pa, from a chocolate fondue wrap to chocolate martinis to a chocolate museum. There are new rides at Hersheypark too.

10 Top NYC Restaurant Experiences

From no-frills budget fare to a special meal to remember forever, TravelMuse’s editor shares her top picks for authentic and memorable New York City dining.

Good Vibes, Great Food in St. John

Enjoy some of the best cuisine on the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Savor pan-Caribbean specialties, Asian fusion and local beach-joint fare.

Wine Tasting in Sullivan County, New York

Explore this sleepy region outside New York City where Basha Kill Vineyards is making a name for itself.

Year of the Spud

The United Nations has designated 2008 as the Year of the Potato. Teach your kids some potato history during your family vacation this year.

Italy Hotel Deals, Caribbean Packages and Lake Las Vegas

This week’s discounts are for Florence and Venice hotels, a last-minute deal in Lake Las Vegas, and family discounts in the Bahamas and Barbados.

Prince Edward Island: Summer and Fall Festivals

From the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ centennial celebration to shellfish festivals, Canada’s smallest province offers a wealth of activities for vacationing families.

Traverse City Festivals

Enjoy sweet eats, fine dining and movie marathons at three Traverse City, Michigan festivals. Plus the chance to see Madonna.

5 D.C. Dining Hot Spots with Presidential Flair

Chefs throughout the nation’s capital salute the inauguration with special drinks and dishes that range from the Obama Roll to vodka-and-fruit shakes that will get your taste buds racing.

Get the Dish on Culinary Travel

Review of the foodie travel guide ‘Gourmet Getaways,’ on cooking classes available in 50 delicious destinations throughout the United States.

New Orleans Guide Book Reviews

Get the inside scoop on the enjoyable ‘Hungry? Thirsty?’ guide to New Orleans’ and the newly updated Frommer’s book, ideal for first-time visitors.