20 Foods Around the World you MUST Eat Before you Die

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California Donut

1. California Donut (USA)

Sometimes pictures just speak for themselves… If you find yourself in LA and have a car (they’re a little out of the way), make sure you visit the most instagrammable donuts the world over. As far as foods around the world go, perhaps there’s one just waiting to be eaten in your hometown!

argetine experience

2. Alfajores (Argentina)

You’ll find different variations on these biscuit sandwich delights, but my personal favourite is two biscuits with dulce de leche (warm and gooey) in the centre. In supermarkets, they typically have a lot more going on in the centre and are covered in a thin layer of chocolate. Regardless, they’re all a treat!

South West Ice cream sandwich

3. Arizona Ice Cream Sandwich (USA)

Another biscuit sandwich – but this time with a thick layer of ice cream in the centre. You’ll find them all over the USA, and you’ll find it hard to stop once you start…. so maybe skip the mains, and head straight for dessert.

Drinking a Coconutty

4. REAL Coconut Water (Fiji)

Coconut water was (and perhaps still is?) a pretty big worldwide phenomenon, but none of the bottled concoctions come even close to the real deal: drinking coconut water FROM a baby coconut. You’ll find they are in abundance around the Pacific and South East Asia.

germany food

5. German (chocolate covered) Pretzel (German Christmas Markets)

Okay okay, so it doesn’t HAVE to be chocolate covered… but you won’t complain if it is. The German Christmas markets are the perfect excuse to eat yourself silly – and the pretzels are just the beginning. Also be sure not to miss the mulled wine – y-u-m-m-y-y-y-!

Read more: A guide to the Berlin Christmas Markets.

Bali breakfast

6. A “Naga Bomb” (Bali)

Yep – this thing is for real. And yep – this thing is healthy. A Naga Bomb is essentially a smoothie bowl filled with the likes of dragon fruit, mango, banana, coconut milk (in a blender), and topped with strawberries, muesli, nuts, coconut….. etc. You can only get them from one place in the world where they were created. Find out where in these 20 Best Places in Bali.

Middle Eastern Sweet Treats

7. Arabian Sweet Pastries (Middle East) 

If you find yourself in the company of Arabic sweets, don’t ask questions, just eat. The first time I tried Arabic sweet pastries was in Morocco, which was arguably the best due to its’ proximity and influence from France. Dubai also has some great pastry chefs who are whipping up a storm daily, so don’t miss out!

ice cream yes please

8. Italian Gelato (Italy)

Need I explain? No, I didn’t think so. It’s Italian….. and it’s gelato….. self explanatory.

Cupcake -ing New York

9. New York Cupcakes (NYC)

New York knows how to do food exceptionally well… but who doesn’t love a cupcake? They’re available on almost every corner, but you can’t go past a trip to Magnolia’s Bakery. Y-U-M!


10. French Macarons (France)

It’s hard to pick a favourite food when considering French cuisine…. croissants, crepes and creme brûlée are just a few that come to mind. But these little sweet treats are hard to pass up – here’s where you’ll find the best pastries in Paris.

Shake Shack Times Square

11. Shake Shack (NYC)

If you haven’t tried Shake Shack, you haven’t really even been to NYC… have you? While they’re now exercising some global takeover with locations in Dubai airport, Istanbul and others…. the true blue burgers are still found in NYC. There are locations all over town, but its hard to pass up the opportunity to each your lunch on the red stairs of Times Square.

butter beer

12. Butter Beer (Hogwarts)

Yes, I am being entirely serious because yes, it is entirely possible to drink butter beer…. at Harry Potter World in Orlando! There are two types on the menu: regular ol’ butter beer or the frozen type. The frozen type is WAY better according to me, but y’know… don’t let that sway you.

middle east feast

13. A Middle East Feast (Middle East, Ramadan)

Being in an Islamic country during Ramadan is hard and at times frustrating, but so worth while when you reach the evening break of the fast. Sure, you don’t have to partake as a Westerner (though you won’t be able to eat in public), but its fun to experience other people’s culture firsthand.

Champagne Business Class

14. Champagne in Business or First Class (Emirates)

I had always dreamt of being upgraded to a lie flat bed in business class…. and then one day, it happened! Even if you’re just a dreamer like me, being upgraded to sip a fancy glass of champagne with your pinky out should be somewhere on your list of things to do before you die.

Mickey Mouse Ear

15. Mickey Mouse’s Head (Hong Kong Disneyland)

It’s the happiest place on earth…. and then they go and throw mickey mouse shaped ice creams into the mix. Of course, it was one of the best days OF EVER.

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

16. A Drink in the world’s Highest Hotel (Hong Kong)

Waking up in the clouds is one thing, but sipping a cocktail at the world’s highest bar inside the world’s highest hotel is another. Hard to beat, impossible to forget!

verona eats

17. Whatever the Hell this is (Verona)

Here’s a cup of happiness if ever you did see one. Through the main streets of Verona it will be impossible not to notice – and stop – at the chocolaterie selling these “strawberry, melted chocolate, whipped cream” extravaganzas like hot cakes. So I dont know…. take two?

venice pastry

18. Pastries of any kind (Anywhere)

At least once in your life you should have copious amounts of pastries for breakfast. Key word(s): at least.

barcelona eats

19. Barcelona Juices at Boqueria Market (Barcelona)

The fruits, juices and foods at La Boqueria market in Barcelona are out of this world. They’re colourful, bursting with flavour, and damn cheap!

Cocktail Cruise

20. A Cruise Buffet (The Seven Seas)

I never thought I would go on a cruise. And then one day, it happened. As it turns out you get an all inclusive buffet (three meals a day, more if you like). That was dangerous…. but fun nonetheless.

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    January 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Some of these dishes are interesting, such as the Pekin duck but you missed many much better that the ones you mention. For example Swiss fondue, Spanish Iberic Ham, Spanish Seafood Paella, Morrocan Cuscus, Italian Pizza, Belgian chocolates, French Foiegras…

    January 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Some of these dishes are interesting, such as the Pekinf duck but you missed many much better that the ones you mention. For example Swiss fondue, Spanish Iberic Ham, Spanish Seafood Paella, Morrocan Cuscus, Italian Pizza, Belgian chocolates, French Foiegras…

    Coco la Magnifique
    September 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm I am realy hungry. While reading your post my stomach started to rumble 😀 ) I tryed the butter beer at the Harry Potter world in London and it was so delicious 😀 Unfortunately they did not have the frozen one…

    Love Coco

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    I got incredibly hungry now!

    By the way, if you ever go to Norway in the west-part (Bergen etc.) you need to try rømmegrøt made with real sour cream (rømme), it’s heaven, a Norwegian specialty and they make the best one there 🙂 Sadly it’s kind of hard to come by, but if you go to a small and traditional place they’ll usually have it 🙂

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    July 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Definitely going to try those juices from Barcelona!
    And that smoothie from Bali looks sensational

    July 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Lovley list! I have tried most of your suggestions and do agree big time 🙂

    Saakshi Kumar
    July 26, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Butter beer…? Phew!
    There’s not one thing in the list that didn’t fail to impress me. Except for the burger from Shake Shack, of course ( As I’m a vegetarian ). Still surprised about how the street chaats of India were not included. Pani Puri, Vapa Pav, Bhel Puri and what not. Yu-um!

      Saakshi Kumar
      July 26, 2015 at 12:40 am

      *failed to impress me…

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    July 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations My Dear Brooke !!! With Your List Now We Are in Heaven…

    July 23, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Mmmm, now I’m hungry! I had alfajores in Peru, and they are soooo good! Trying new foods is one of the many reasons I enjoy traveling.

    Elle Hatzitheodoridi
    July 22, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hey Brooke! You must definitely try Greek souvlaki! I’d be happy to meet you somewhere in Crete! You’re such an inspiration to this 21 year old gurl 🙂

    July 22, 2015 at 3:02 am

    The Naga Bomb from Bali looks awesome and sounds delicious! The world looks so tasty and I’m excited to see I have a lot left to indulge in!

    Amy Morgan
    July 22, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Oh my… this is seriously mouth-watering as hell! I vote for the Barcelona juices, French macarons and Hogwarts butter beer!!!

    Diana | Yellow Mondays
    July 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Everything in this post has my mouth watering! I think you need to come to Chicago in the USA sometime soon to try our pizza…it’s incredible and really should be a part of this list!

    Angela Smith
    July 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Butterbeer is great! I love the consistency of your photos! It made for a great post.
    Another amazing donut that I would add to the list would be the glazed rose-jelly filled donut from A. Blikle in Warsaw, Poland. And I would also add ice cream from Gelarto Rosa in Budapest, Hungary! The gelato is shaped like a rose

    Mo Explores
    July 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    totally DROOLING over this entire post. Probably doesn’t help that I haven’t eaten dinner yet…

    July 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

    All of these foods look amazing! I really want that ShakeShack burger!

    I would add to this list:

    Sushi in Japan – It just seems to taste so much fresher and delicious over there
    Waffles in Belgium!

    July 21, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Great list. I would add a dole whip in Disneyland and Welsh Cakes in Wales. Oh and a full English breakfast in England would be nice and fermented horse milk in Mongolia… okay, I could be here all day.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    July 21, 2015 at 1:23 am

    I laughed so hard when I read “whatever the hell this is.” I saw those everywhere too! I opted for gelato instead though because I’m legit an ice cream addict xD

    Daniella M.
    July 21, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Great post.
    I love frozen Butterbeer! Oh and mulled wine from the German markets is fab.

    July 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    harry potter world was just added to my ‘want to visit’ list O_O butter beer on top sounds like something i have to try, too 😀

    • Brooke Saward
      July 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Haha I’m so obssessed with HP I’ve been chasing locations around the world 😀

    Lauren H
    July 21, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Oh my, that chocolate covered pretzel…. I’d have to add poffertjes from Amsterdam though!


    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    July 21, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Shake Shack!!!! Oh, how I miss it dearly now that I live in Europe.

    Tink Jayne
    July 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    So many of these I love (butterbeer, champagne, cupcake) and soooooo many still to try.
    Including a Naga Bomb – I have got to try me some of that – it sounds incredible!
    x Tink x

    Red Rock
    July 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    So delicious food, I love it..!!
    thanks for sharing all these varieties of food..!!

    July 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I definitely agree with the coconut water even though not all my friends share this passion for coconut water like I do 🙂

    July 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Breakfast pastries on Royal Street in New Orleans French Quarter works for me 24/7.

    July 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Fantastic post! So inspirational and motivational to travel and taste them all!

    July 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    They all look so yummi!! And it’s 10.30AM in Portugal and I’m now extremely hungry lol
    Next time you visit my country make sure you try some classics like Francesinha and Pasteis de Belém 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      THOSE BELEM PASTRIES ARE INSANE!!! so so so good and you’re right, they should absolutely be on the list! Ohhhh they were SO good!

    July 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    No 17: chocolate fondue with strawberries and whipped cream (it is said in the picture itself)….

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      yeahhhh… but it needs a special name! 😉 🙂

    July 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I’m so glad Butterbeer is on this list! 🙂 There is loads here I’ve never tried yet, but I’ve crossed macaroons in Paris, Cupcakes in New York, a cruise buffet, gelato in Italy and a couple more off, at least 🙂 (And butterbeer, of course)

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Butterbeer – how amazing is it!!!! did you have the regular or frozen one!? 🙂

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    July 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    The exposure to different foods is my FAVORITE part of traveling — I love your pictures!! I’m going to Paris next summer and I just realized they have a Disneyland…I might have to add it onto the itinerary just so I can have some Mickey Mouse head shaped ice cream again! 😉

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      I totally agree! eating your way aroound the world is half the fun 😀

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      I totally agree! eating your way around the world is half the fun 😀

    July 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I’m so glad alfajores made this list! When I came back from Uruguay I had an embarrassing amount that I “bought for family” to take back with me.

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      hahahhaa I do that all the time! But I do buy them for my family… then that idea goes out the window and into my tummy 😀

    July 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Aaaa,how can anyone love shake shack?:D When I was going to New York I was browsing the internet for the best burger in NY and all people were writing about Shake Shack.And to be honest it was one of the worst hamburgers I have ever eaten!It seemed to me exactly the same like cheesburger from McDonalds.When in NY I can recommend Joint burger – so much better!

    July 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Your love for desserts is so obvious in this post! Haha. The Naga Bomb looks so amazing. Gonna try and put that on my travel list next year!

    Nora @ Forgotten Recipe
    July 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Putting all of these wonderful treats in front of so many beautiful pictures made this post oh so much more enjoyable!

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    July 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Most of these are sweets?! lol. My favourite sweets are Japanese wagashi – which literally means Japanese sweets! Lot of rice cake (mochi) based. I tried the frozen butter beer but I have to admit… I was not a fan.

    July 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    interesting! As an Australian you didnt want to include lamgintons and vegemite? 😉

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    July 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

    So much food envy right now! I almost cried the first time I had Shake Shack, it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten!

    July 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Picture no.5 was taken in Salzburg, Austria – not Germany #justsaying

    July 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Everything you posted looks delicious! I love going to Magnolia’s (SATC, of course!), and I’ve been wanting to try butterbeer for ages!