One of the joys of travelling to different parts of the globe for your honeymoon is the opportunity to sample different cuisines. Every place offers something different.
Therefore, if you and your spouse are huge foodies, better plan your trip carefully so you will not miss gastronomically satisfying opportunities for your different stops.
If you have not yet determined the different places to go to for your romantic culinary honeymoon, here are some of the world’s best destinations for the unique experience you are looking for:
1. Round Island, Seychelles
Seychelles is a tropical paradise that attracts gastronomes from different parts of the world because of its bold cuisine. Due to the location of this island nation, its cuisine has strong influences of African and Asian flavours. It is colourful, savoury, spicy (at times), and rich.
For honeymooners, Round Island makes a wonderful destination both for romantic and gastronomic reasons. This is because it is the home of the JA Enchanted Island Resort.
It provides the perfect setting for newlyweds or for those who want to tie the knot in an exotic location.
This world-famous luxury resort in Seychelles has gorgeous villas and an impressive collection of amenities. And if you want great food, the resort definitely delivers on that. Being so close to the sea, the resort has a restaurant and bar with chefs that specialise in the yield of the ocean. The Bounty Restaurant, especially, has a vast range of gourmet a’ la carte dishes to delight you.
And if you want to have your wedding and honeymoon here, you can take advantage of the Island Buy Out program. You can rent out the entire island for €10,000 a night. You and your new spouse can enjoy the amazing food and everything else the island has to offer with your family, friends and guests.
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The City of Gold is also the city of great food. Here you can find just about any cuisine – even rare traditional North Korean food. From high-end restaurants regularly featured in food and wine magazines to humble family-owned kiosks that serve authentic Emirati dishes – you can explore them all.
You can hop from one restaurant to another during the day and reserve the night for a Dubai Creek dinner cruise. The yacht for the cruise has a restaurant that serves gourmet dishes. Along with delish dishes that have been meticulously prepared by their chefs, you will be treated to classy entertainment and, of course, a gorgeous view of the creek.
3. Taipei, Taiwan
If you and your beloved want to get the best bang for your foodie fund, Taipei is ready to cater to you. The different night markets offer a wild variety of budget-friendly foods to delight your palate.
One highly recommended night market in Taipei is the Shi Lin Night Market. Everything here is quite affordable and the servings are big – perfect for sharing. The selection of foods sold here are not only yummy, a lot of them are quite dainty, too.
Definitely worth trying are the different flavours of grilled mushrooms, oyster noodle soup, and sweet bread called ji dan gao, which comes in all kinds of cute shapes.
If you want a selection that’s not just street food, head to the Taiwan Fish Market. It is one of the best places in the country for sushi, deli meats, cheese, fresh produce and more. When you come here, be ready to spend a bit more because the prices here range from affordable to reasonably expensive.
4. Osaka, Japan
Japan is another foodie paradise that will certainly delight honeymooners. Osaka, in particular, is known for its food streets, izakayas (Japanese style pubs), and themed restaurants. Actually, many even call it the nation’s kitchen because a lot of good foods are produced in Osaka.
A really iconic place for tourists to visit in Osaka is Dotonburi Street. Here you will find the best takoyaki (or octopus balls) selection in Japan. Not only that, you can treat yourself to okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), ramen, and Osaka gyoza (Japanese dumplings) that a lot of locals and tourists eagerly line up for.
5. Paris, France
If it’s a romantic and culinary destination you want for your honeymoon, you can never go wrong with Paris. Love and good food are the essence of this city.
When you come to Paris with your spouse, do not just head to the popular restaurants in the city proper – many of them have such overpriced menus.
Instead, turn to the back alleys and small streets where you can find authentic artisanal boulangeries (bakeries) that sell delicious croissants, baguettes, eclairs, tarts, and others.
Follow the same principle when you want brunch. Brasseries (or bistros) that are tucked away from the busy city often serve meals that are delicious but more affordable. These brasseries typically have everything from breakfast eggs to roast chicken and even shellfish.
So there you go, five fantastic destinations for a culinary honeymoon.
As amazing as the food you can eat in these places are, you can also look forward to the other experiences they have in store to make your honeymoon truly one of the best moments of your married life.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”