Gion refers to Kyoto’s iconic geisha district. It’s one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, its traditional areas characterized by row upon row of wooden machiya houses with slatted sliding doors and bamboo inuyarai.
When it comes to food, local knowledge is best. These are the guided food tours we’ve taken in different cities around the world.
There are many interesting neighborhoods in Tokyo, but for us, the best is Shinjuku. It’s got everything – lights, entertainment, shopping. Most important of all, it’s got food. Lots of it. There are so many interesting restaurants in Shinjuku.
This Hanoi Street Food Tour by Backstreet Academy is a 2.5-hour eating binge that takes you to some of the best local spots in Vietnam’s capital. It costs just USD 19 per person and gives you a taste of about a dozen Vietnamese street food dishes.
I went on a few organized tours in Vietnam, including a motorbike tour in Saigon which I thought was pretty different from anything I had done to that point, until this shiny red Citroen 2CV pulled up in front of our hotel.
You can have great coffee anywhere in the country, but for me, the most enjoyable was in Hanoi, largely because of its plethora of interesting and quirky cafes. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam’s capital, then here are thirteen coffeehouses to perk up your palate and your Instagram feed.
Most of the time, we visit wet markets during the day but thanks to A Chef’s Tour, I got to experience one of Hanoi’s biggest markets at the crack of dawn, when it’s at its liveliest. The difference in market activity between 5AM and 11AM is literally like night and day.
This Hong Kong food tour takes you to key spots in Kowloon like Mongkok and Sham Shui Po to give you the most authentic examples of Cantonese cuisine. There are no touristy stops on this tour. Each place has a long history and many of them are known only to locals.
Santorini’s best wines are made with its flagship Assyrtiko grape, a highly acidic grape often referred to as a “white grape in red’s clothing” due to its high alcohol content and propensity to produce full-bodied wines.
Strictly speaking, a bodega refers to the warehouse where wine is stored. It literally means “wine shop or cellar”. But based on what we learned on this walk, the term seems to encompass much more than that.
This tiny island nation no bigger than New York City is one of our favorite destinations for food. From its myriad hawker centers and heritage stalls to its Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants, there is so much good food to be had in Singapore.