What’s the single most important thing you can do when you visit a city? Forget the hotel amenities. Forget traipsing around the national gallery. Forget, even, the view from the top of the famous landmark. To get right to the core of a city, head straight for its stomach – via its favourite local restaurants and cafés.
Snacking on gelato on a Venetian piazza or facing up to fried insects at a street side stall in Thailand – whatever the regional delicacy – you’re already absorbing a resident’s eye view. But these local restaurants, selected by our expert food editors in cities around the globe, offer a little something more. Their chefs are pushing the envelope, showcasing the flavours, ingredients and techniques that are obsessing their nation’s palate.
So pull up a chair, shake out your napkin and dig in. You could be scarfing down rigatoni alla vodka in New York, inhaling that course’s themed scent at Ultraviolet in Shanghai or dining on braised wallaby at Attica in Melbourne; wherever you’re out to dinner, we know a local restaurant (and, while we’re here, plenty of bars) that offers much more than just food on a plate.
Our editors’ favourite local restaurants