The essence of any destination lies in its food. Local menus and cuisine can be slightly bewildering at first, so how can you get the most out of the food scene in a new place?
Make one of your first stops a local market. As well as being lots of fun and somewhere you can feel part of everyday life, they’re great places to stock up on money-saving self-catering options. Many cities with a foodie bent have guides offering market tours showcasing the local produce.
Ask for advice. Your local hotelier or host should be full of suggestions on where to eat – and don’t forget to ask where they eat too. Once you’re there, putting yourself at the mercy of waiting staff and telling them you want what’s good and fresh is always fun. Don’t forget to tell them what your budget is.
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A tip practised by power-lunching business travellers is to order two starters instead of a starter and a main. Tapas-style small plates are a good way to try lots of things without necessarily scoffing half of Spain.
Not every meal has to be a three-course blow-out. Consider sharing plates, going out for dessert and trying the local street-food scene to sample, little and often, the food that’s good and distinctive.
This excerpt has been taken from Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.