Around the World in Nine Eateries

Caroline Zemsky
Ithaa is a restaurant in the Maldives that is completely underwater, giving you the opportunity to eat under the sea.

The best way to travel is to plan your trips around food. Here is a list of the best food destinations from around the world, from divine, authentic places to messy, mouth-watering drop-bys.

Cereal Killer Cafe, London

This one particularly hits home with me because I studied abroad in London last year. I can personally tell you this is a must-try.  Whether you’re a cereal lover, chocolate lover or just like the clever name, this is the place for you. With more than 100 cereals to choose from, you can add as many toppings as you want, from marshmallows and maltesers to candy corn to strawberries and fruit — the options are endless, and you can personally customize your perfect cereal (maybe by completely turning it into a dessert … with milk, like I did).

Sushi Saito, Tokyo

At around 5:00 each morning, the fish are hand-picked by the chef and his workers at the Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in the world. This has the freshest sushi and fish you will ever taste.

Ithaa, Rangali Island, Maldives

Spend your dinner under the sea (16 feet below sea level, that is) at Ithaa, which in Dhivehi is literally translated to “mother-of-pearl.” This particular restaurant won awards for Best Head Chef (Jereme Leung), global winner for Luxury Scenic Setting and the Best Fine Dining Cuisine (Maldives: Restaurants and Lounges). Surrounded by fish, sharks and water, enclosed glass is the only thing keeping diners dry.

Mokafe, Brussels

Belgium waffles or Belgian chocolate? You won’t have to decide since you can get your waffles with delicious, gooey chocolate here. Bonus: this is where the locals go, so you know it has be good.

Jemaa el Fna, Morocco

With food stalls lined up, this outdoor market should fulfill all of your Moroccan food fantasies. From couscous to snail and the aphrodisiac drink, khoudenjal, to the sweetest orange juice, this stop will cover all the bases. Plus, the place is always filled with lively street entertainment and passionate storytellers.

Patissez’s “The Freakshow,” Canberra, Australia

You might have already heard about this one as these shakes became viral this past year — and why wouldn’t they? These beautiful, sweet masterpieces don’t just satisfy your milkshake craving — you can pair it with your favorite sides which are topped right on the milkshake: “The creamy concoctions, which overflow from mason jars, are topped high with whipped cream and sugary sweets like pretzels, brownies, chocolate syrup and more” (People Great Ideas: “These Magical Milkshake Creations Are Seriously Changing the Dessert Game”). Plus, they make for a pretty great insta picture.

Restaurant Edelweiss, Geneva

Two words: Swiss. Cheese. Not only cheese, but a melted cheese fondue over potatoes, known as Raclette. Your meal is complete with authentic, live folk music and professional yodeling.

Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy

In the mood for that blissfully stuffed, tummy rubbing feeling?  Look no further. What’s the ultimate place for some pizza and pasta comfort food? Italy. Not only will you get to try some authentic Italian fare, but you get to do so while sitting inside a cave with a spectacular view of the Adriatic Sea.

Mutura Sausage, Various Restaurants in Mombasa, Kenya

Mutura, commonly known as blood sausage, can be found almost anywhere in Africa, where it originated. It is slowly gaining popularity in other parts of the world, most prominently the UK. It is made by stuffing finely chopped pieces of the animal’s organs into its intestines and seasoning the stuffing with its own salted blood. Do not get turned off by the sound of this dish, because it is simply delicious.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 17 print edition. Email Kaitlyn Wang at [email protected]

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