When I travel, one of the thing I like the most is discovering new flavours and dishes. I always try to look for the most typical places to go eat🤤.
I usually use tiktok or Instagram to find these places.
How do you find good local food when you travel?
I usually have a look at Google Maps for what’s around me and check the reviews.
However if I see a restaurant with a lot of tourists I don’t go
I usually look for the busy restaurants where only locals eat, also places outside of busy touristic areas
Me too! If I see there’re too many tourist, I’ll just change place😅
if i’m traveling on business I usually have to urge my coworkers to take me where the “normal people” eat… lol. they often opt to go to more fancier places, which are usually a let down. My first trip to Taipei about 10 years ago we were eating all sorts of fancy stuff and I was pretty unimpressed, then the last day our colleague, in a rush to get to meetings later that day, just took us to Din Tai Feng (which of course now is insanely popular around the globe). Immediately I was like… “what is this!!! how have we not been going here the entire time!!!” lol
Just go to the places that have zero English
In Asia, the smaller night markets are great aren’t they. In Taipei for example I typically avoid Shilin having been once (too touristy).
The smaller ones tend to hit better.
In Europe (for example when I’ve been alone in Italy), always Osteria/Trattoria, as I’m sure you’ll agree @Ottavia-Mandarin_Simplified_HS you know you’re going to get something true and local at these little gems
I usually ask tripadvisor. Worked again this time perfectly. I found the ultimate best and original Italian gelato.
That reminds me of that time in Vietnam in a little Ban Xeo place: no English at all but the food was🤤
Look for a restaurant in a normal neighborhood that is 80% full. Call the 服务员 over, “你们这儿有什么好吃的，能不能推荐一下？” 。。。“好，来一份儿，还有一瓶啤酒，冰的。先上啤酒吧！”
Great example and one of the best meals we had in Saigon wasn’t it!
I love how Beijing your writing is
Also note the importance of the 啤酒 at a Chinese restaurant!