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Dining in Europe

We understand that dining can be a very personal and subjective thing to do. We are not hear to recommend you what places are good to eat at and which are bad. We do want to tell you about your options so can find places that fit your desires.

  • There are gastronomic or fine dinning establishments. These can be a locally known fine restaurant to a world class Michelin star rated location. Of course these are fine places to dine but, come with a high cost.
  • Local establishments frequented by locals are usually always good choice. Local hang outs like pubs, bars & bier gartens can be very good. The food is fresh, local and reasonably priced.
  • Food markets exist in almost every European city and town. This is where the locals shop for fresh perishables but and you can also find pre-cooked foods at many.
  • There are Fast Food Chains, just like in the U.S. You’ll find both American and European fast food establishments. For something quick and inexpensive.
  • Street Food, this is more common in Europe than in the U.S. These street vendors can also offer good quality food at a budget price. 
  • Unlike the larger super market grocery sores in the U.S. many of these are much smaller in Europe. They do usually do offer a better selection of pre-made sandwiches, salads and other items for lunches and snacks. 

Names can determine whether it is an establishment of formal or casual dining. In Italy a ristorante is typically formal dinning, a Trattoria is less formal and a osteria very formal. The food offerng can be a Haute Cuisine for formal places to modest reflecting local cuisines and even served family style at the least casual locations.

Finding Places to Dine…

Concierge

They feature and review certain restaurants and the let users add reviews to Concierge’s review.

Frommer’s

Click on city or country and then Best Dining Bets for some Frommer’s recommendations.

Taste Atlas

Type in the country you want and find popular local and regional foods, beverages and restaurants.

Travel and Leisure

Offer their opinions on restaurants by country and area.

Urbanspoon

While used a lot in the US, Urbanspoon is limited to reviews of restaurants in the UK & Ireland only.

Virtual Tourist

Let’s users submit reviews of restaurants and rates them with a 0 to 5 thumbs up

Fodor’s

Fodor reviews restaurants. You can search by price or cuisine type.

The Fork

Features restaurant information and allows users to post their personal reviews online

Michelin

Michelin is famous for finding the best restaurants and it’s 3 star ratings are highly conveyed by chefs. This is dining at its best but, the cost is relative. This for an evening when you want to go full gastronomic.

Trip Advisor

Reviews are posted by regular travelers who have eaten at these establishments and offer their own personal opinions

Yelp

Reviews are posted by Yelp members who have eaten at these establishments and give their own personal opinions

Zagat

Reviews on restaurants and nightspots in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome & Venice.

You’ll have to figure that out by looking at reviews and making a decision. Your hotel can suggest places to eat but, some hotels are paid to push people to eat at some locations. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad but, it also doesn’t mean they’re really good or a value. I would talk to people who have visited previously and get some recommendations that way. You can find food reviews at the web sites listed below. While some publications personally review restaurants they have visited and dined at, they tend to be the more noted ones and may be a little bit on the expensive side. Other sites will have reviews from travelers who have dined at theses locations. You have to read through several reviews to get a overall picture of the restaurant. The reviews by actual travelers can vary a great degree. An example is, 8 out of 10 reviews have very good ratings and comments by the travelers but, then there are two that may say the place was horrible. Makes you wonder if they were actually at the same place. So sift through comments carefully and take some with a grain of salt.

Europe’s International Cuisine…

With the age of the global economy, Europe is being influenced by diversity from all over the world.  Europe has also experienced an influx of immigration like that in the US. Those immigrants bring with them their culture and cuisine. As well as the local cuisines offerings, it has developed offerings for international cuisines, like Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern and African. In fact you can find some of the best Indian restaurants in the world located in London. The establishment of restaurants that feature international cuisine can be found just about everywhere, including good old American offerings. In many restaurants you can find dishes on the menu that you would find on menus back in the U.S.

Dinning Areas in Major European Cities…

 AUSTRIA

VIENNA
Innere Stadt
Leopoldstadt
Mariahilf
Neubau

 BELGIUM

BRUGES
Markt Square
Sint-Anna Quarter

BRUSSELS
Matonge
Place du Chatelain 
Place Stephanie 
University Quarter

 CROATIA

Dubrovnik
Lapad
Old Town

 DENMARK

Copenhagen
Amalienborg
Frederiksberg
København N
Parken
Tivoli Gardens

 CZECHIA

Prague
Holešovice
Malá Strana
Staré Město
Vinohrady

FRANCE

BORDEAUX
Grand Hommes-Le Triangle d’Or-Quinconces
Vieux Bordeaux

LYON
Brotteaux
Guillotière
Pentes de la Croix-Rousse

PARIS
Bastille
Belleville
Bourse
Canal Saint-Martin
Champs-Elysées
Grands Boulevards
Le Marias
Louvre/Palais-Royale
Montmartre
Oberkampf
Quartier de la Réunion
République
Sainte-Germain-des-Prés
Sentie

 GERMANY

BERLIN
Helmholtzplatz,
Kastanienallee
Mitte
Neukölln
Savignyplatz
Winterfieldplatz

MUNICH
Altstadt
Au-Haidhausen
Maxvorstadt
Schwabing

 GREECE

ATHENS
Kolonaki
Monastiraki
Plaka
Psiri

 HUNGARY

BUDAPEST
District V – Belváros-Lipótváros
District VI – Terézváros
District VII – Erzsébetváros

 IRELAND

DUBLIN
O’Connell Street
St. Stephen’s Green
Stoneybatter

 Florence, ITALY

FLORENCE
Oltrarno
Saint Ambrogio
Santa Croce
San Frediano

MILAN
Brera
Centro Storico
Navigli

ROME
Centro Storico
Esquilino
Monteverde
Monti
Ostiense
Pariloli
Pigneto
Pinciano
Prati
Salario
Testaccio
Trastevere
Trionfale

VENICE
Cannaregio
Dorsoduro
San Marco

NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM
De Pijp
Jordaan
Leidseplein
New West
Noord
Old City Centre
Oost
Plantage
Rembrandtplein
The Ij Islands
West 
Werterpark
Zuid
Zuid-oost

 POLAND

KRAKÓW
Kazimierz
Podgórze
Stare Miasto

WARSAW
Mokotów
Old Town
Powiśle
Praga

 PORTUGAL

LISBON
Bairro Alto
Docas de Santo Amaro
Parque das Nações

PORTO
Bonfim
Ribeira
Miragai

 SERBIA

BELGRADE
Dorćol

SPAIN

BARCELONA
Barceloneta
Cuitat Vella
Eixample
El Born
El Raval

BILBAO
Bilbao la Vieja
Casco Viejo
Deusto
Santutxu

MADRID
Chueca
Malasana
Recoletos

SAN SEBASTIAN
Old Town

SEVILLA
Barrio Santa Cruz 
Centro Histórico

VALANCIA
El Cabanyal

SWEDEN

GOTHENBURG
Järntorget/Långgatorna

 UNITED KINGDOM

LONDON, England
Bethnal Green
Brixton
Camden
Cerkenwell
Clapham
Covent Garden
Dalston
Islington
Marylebone
Notting Hill
Peckham
Seven Dials
Shoreditch
Soho

EDINBURGH, Scotland
New Town
Portobello
Stockbridge

We agree with the philosophy to eat like the locals. That probably means eating something you have never eaten before, but as they say “Not Guts No Glory”. Locals typically don’t eat expensively so they can point you in the right direction to good fresh homemade dining. If you want to eat the local cuisine, eat well and not pay through the nose, stay away from locations near high volume tourists attractions.

These are some of the most visited cities in Europe. Their cuisine scene can reflect all that is great about local European cuisine. But these cities, like those in the States, have become hubs of international diversity. Their restaurants can reflect incredible choices of cuisines from all over the world. The neighborhoods listed have a concentration restaurants that will offer a variety of cuisines to satisfy a wide range of tastes.

Europe’s Best Food Markets

Another great place to find wonderful food are the large food markets that exist in almost every city and town across Europe. Shopping at these markets for fresh meats, cheeses, breads, fruits, vegetables, wine, prepared local hot dishes and more are part of the everyday European life. This way of purchasing food has been going on for centuries in Europe and is still going on today. The food markets are great options for lunch, dinner or a snack. Below is a list of some of the better know markets throughout Europe. Some have been in existence for centuries and make for a wonderful visit.    

 AUSTRIA

Vienna
Nachsmarkt

 BELGIUM

Ghent
Holy Food Market

 FRANCE

ConcarneauBrittany
Concarneau Market

Dijon
Les Halles

Nice
Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

Paris
Le Marché Raspail
Marché des Enfants Rouges

 GERMANY

Berlin
Bite Club
Markthallen Neun

Frankfurt am Main
Die Kleinmarkthalle

Hamburg
Fischmarkt

Munich
Viktualienmarkt

 HUNGARY

Budapest
Great Market Hall

 IRELAND

Cork
The English Market

 LATVIA

Riga
Riga Central Market

 NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam
Albert Cuyp Market
De Foodhallen

Maastricht
Square of Markt

Rotterdam
De Foodhallen
Markthal

 NORWAY

Bergen
Bergen Fish Market

 SLOVENIA

Ljubljana
Open Kitchen

 SWITZERLAND

Basel
Markthalle

 UNITED KINGDOM

Bristol, England
Bristol Eats

London, England
Borough Market
Brixton Station Rd. Market
Dalston Food Market
Portobello Market
Southbank Centre Food Market

Belfast, Northern Ireland
St. George’s Market

Little markets, Europe’s version of a convenience store, have good selections of sandwiches, cheese, meats, salads, desserts, snacks and beverages available in small individual sizes, perfect for picnicking. The stores are usually stocked fresh daily and run low on products later in the evening.

Europe’s Fast Food…

You will find some of the same fast food restaurant chains located in European cities that you find back home as well as their own fast food versions. Go to our ➾ Fast Food in Europe page for more information.