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9 Food Destinations for the Solo Traveler

9 Food Destinations for the Solo Traveler

When you travel alone, you become more of an explorer than a traveler. Here are nine excellent destinations for solo — and hungry — travelers.

9 Food Destinations for the Solo Traveler (Slideshow)

To compile this list, we considered a number of different factors. Cities with lots of excellent street food options, such as Bankok and Melbourne, are shoo-ins, because street food is ideally suited for someone who doesn’t need a place to sit and chat for a while (and for the person who wants to enjoy authentic, safe, and wallet-friendly food). Then, we took into account the safety factor — which is especially important for solo female travelers — and each city’s infrastructure, to measure how easy it is to get around in a particular place.

We went on to consider whether there are attractions offered in each city, such as museums, that a traveler can enjoy without company. It is liberating to linger in front of a particular Van Gogh that really speaks to you without being ushered on by an impatient companion. Beyond sights, we looked for places where one could enjoy a serene, peaceful experience that might provide much-needed alone time, as well as places where it is easy for travelers to meet fellow travelers. There’s a reason solo travelers get along so well; they’re all looking to discover something new, interesting, and fun.

Everybody needs some time away from everyday life to think — or not think at all, but simply feel. You don’t have to coordinate dates around anybody else’s schedule, so travel to one of these mouth-watering destinations today.


Rent a bike and explore this beautiful city at your own sweet pace. Walk through the Albert Cuyp Market and eat some aged Gouda, a stroopwafel, or some raw herring. We recommend staying at a boutique hostel, such as Cocomama, where you can connect with fellow travelers without being surrounded by wild college kids studying abroad.


Bangkok is full of serene Buddhist temples, floating markets, open-minded backpackers, friendly locals (it’s not the “Land of Smiles” for no reason), and, most importantly, fantastic street food — which you can discover via an award-winning food tour or on your own.

The Foodie's Travel Bucket List

As a salty mist rolls in from the tidal river, you duck into Moran&rsquos Oyster Cottage and settle by the peat fire. Willie, a seventh-generation shucker, draws you a creamy headed pint of Guinness and a dozen local oysters with a thick slab of brown bread. You&rsquove slurped a lot of bivalves in your life, but all&mdashpast and future&mdashwill be compared to these.

No matter how awe-inspiring you find the Cliffs of Moher, the cobblestoned streets of Galway, or any of the other attractions that brought you to Ireland, it&rsquos likely that this meal or one like it&mdashhearty, served by friendly folks in just the right setting&mdashwill be the memory you keep coming back to. Because, let&rsquos be honest, often sightseeing is just something to fill the time between meals, right? So as part of T+L's bucket list of the 101 places every traveler should know, we&rsquore serving up some of the world&rsquos best foodie experiences.

We&rsquove got a few seafood places that could give Moran&rsquos a run for its money, such as a harborside South African restaurant and an atmospheric little bistro in the French village of Sauzon. Closer to home, a gut-busting lunch stop along the Pacific Coast Highway and the finest comfort food Montreal cooks up may inspire you to book a quick getaway.

Then, of course, there are classic foodie favorites like Paris, Singapore with its street-food stalls, and the frozen-in-time local hangouts along the canals of Venice. You don&rsquot have to take our word for it. In Oaxaca, Mexico, famous for its complex mole sauces, chef April Bloomfield shares her favorite regional Slow Food restaurant, while designer Anya Hindmarch names London&rsquos best sausage toast.

There&rsquos something for every taste. But every pick hits that sweet spot where food, company, and setting combine for a truly transporting&mdashand delicious&mdashexperience. Find out where in the world to satisfy your cravings. &mdashColleen Clark

Eat the World: 9 Best Food Tours

No wonder there are so many innovative, sophisticated food crawls cropping up—often led by chefs, journalists and cookbook authors. (Disclosure, a couple of them have fed me for free.) From Vancouver to Venice to Vietnam, by foot, private car or motorbike, and from hawker stalls to jacket-required temples, these moveable feasts are worth a long journey.

This outfit runs several tours of a city that’s rich in seafood, creativity and immigrant cuisines. Most fun is the crawl through downtown with stops at food trucks selling everything from Japanese hot dogs to hoisin chicken wraps to authentic tandoori naan. The best part: Guests get to skip all the lines.

Slow, immersive travel is the style for this company. Along with tours that don’t involve eating (including some in Turkey and France), they offer insight into one of the most fascinating cuisines in Italy, thanks to the enormous spice trade in past centuries. The walk runs from the Rialto Fish Market to a few bars for cicchetti and heartier dishes, all paired with Veneto wines and prosecco on tap.

Club Tengo Hambre, at a tasting of local mezcals

A “roving supper club,” CTH also organizes daytime food walks. The sidewalk dining is famously delicious—20 million people a day eat something on the street (impressive for a metro area of about 21 million). The company, which also operates in Tijuana, emphasizes out-there foods you can’t get at home: huitlacoche quesadillas, green chorizo flavored with spinach and almonds, and the city’s best tacos al pastor.

Culinary Backstreets in Lisbon, home to the country's only remaining wood-fired coffee roaster.

Taking a scholarly approach to pedestrian gourmandizing, Culinary Backstreets was founded by long-term American expats. They’ve grown to offer dozens of walks in 13 cities, from Tbilisi to Tokyo. One standout example is the Song of the Sea tour in two founders’ current home of Lisbon, which takes guests away from the touristy city center and into the working-class port zones and feeds them the city’s best seafood.

Quite possibly the most fun food tours around (even if there’s minimalwalking), XO’s trips introduce guests to street food from throughout Vietnam—served from stalls that cater to locals—and take them zipping around many of the city's districts, not just the touristy ones, on the back of a female-driven motorbike.

Hummus with Eager Tourist

Along with an exploration of the city’s booming craft beer scene and a cooking workshop with an esteemed local chef, this outfit organizes insider tours of Tel Aviv’s three most vibrant outdoor food markets—crossroads of all the countries in the region, including many that Americans can’t easilyvisit these days—led by chefs, food stylists, recipe developers and other experts.

The Culinary Adventure Company

Most citizens of Toronto are non-Canadians, and this company’s tour of Chinatown and Kensington Market shows off the city’s ethnic mix. In Chinatown, the walk stops for bites of Asian comfort food and Toronto’s best dim sum. And in the market, designated a National Historical Site, the offerings are farther-ranging, such as Jamaican meat patties and Mexican tortas.

Street food in Los Angeles with Urban Adventures by Intrepid Travel

A division of an adventure tour operator that does multi-day trips, this one focuses on packing maximum experience in minimal time. There are full- and half-day culinary (and other) tours all over the world, but one highlight is the Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture excursion in L.A., which aims to give travelers a chance to meet and eat with locals while taking in the city’s diverse food culture.

Run by a Bari boy who traveled the world as a professional athlete, Southern Visions organizes all kinds of experiences in Puglia, home to some of Italy's best food. Among the culinary tours is one of the labyrinth alleys of the old center of Bari with stops for the city’s famously light focaccia, raw seafood and the region’s beloved oricchete (“little ear” pasta, handmade by ladies outside their homes) with broccoli rabe.

Clandestine in New Orleans

Clandestine caters to our urge to indulge, with gourmet tours that include a progressive breakfast in the French Quarter, followed by black-car transfers to two top restaurants (the famous Galatoire’s and Brennan’s, or newer spots like Emiril Lagasse’s Meril) for a dine-around lunch, and finally a three-hour cooking class with one of the city’s admired chefs (from restaurants like Coquette, Patois and Boucherie).

I've been an award-winning travel writer and editor for 19 years – including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife – and I've written about more than 600 luxury

I've been an award-winning travel writer and editor for 19 years – including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife – and I've written about more than 600 luxury destinations and hotels in 97 countries (and counting). I know the difference between what’s merely expensive and what deserves its high price tag. I’m discerning but not jaded, and I appreciate the hard work that goes into crafting experiences as well as crafting luxury goods. (I’ve written about those, too.) I’ve shared that wisdom with readers of Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Luxury SpaFinder, Well + Good, and other publications. In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.

Gnocchi, Uruguay

Unless you’ve been to Uruguay on the 29th of the month, you’ve probably never heard of Dia de Noquis, or Gnocchi Day. The custom of eating gnocchi on the 29th is simple. By the end of the month money has run out, and the combination of potatoes, flour, and an egg makes for a budget-friendly dish. Many Uruguayan restaurants advertise their gnocchi dishes, and a favorite is the classic, noqui de papa, or potato gnocchi.

Don’t forget to put some money under your plate as you eat. According to tradition, doing so ensures good luck and prosperity for the following month.

Solo Travel Demographics from 2019 Survey

Our 2018 readers survey received 1,340 responses. As you can see below, the results show slightly different demographic information than that of the Solo Travel Society Facebook page with its 162,000+ fans. Combining this with data given from Google Analytics and I can safely say that the majority of our readers fall into either the Millennial or Boomer categories and there are more women than men. I usually estimate the gender split as 75% women and 25% men.

Demographics by Survey.Demographics by Facebook

Take a long view in Pontresina

With access to three of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts, the town of Pontresina— nestled in a valley in the Bernina Range, one of the Alps’ ranges—is skiers’ paradise. But as the snow gives way to green and wildflowers (except on the most towering peaks), the skiers give way to hikers—and Pontresina is no less inviting. Take a cable car or mountain railway up the mountain to lunch al fresco with magnificent views, then hike back down on impeccably groomed trails through pine-scented forests. With more than 350 miles of trails, you’re unlikely to encounter crowds, but you will find benches with long valley views perfect for rest and reflection.

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Best Spa Break: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia

Renowned as one of the Caribbean’s best all-inclusive spa resorts, beachfront BodyHoliday Saint Lucia offers immersive wellness getaways for health-conscious singles. Your all-inclusive rate includes a complimentary daily spa treatment, as well as access to personal fitness trainers, dieticians, and sports instructors. Beyond the award-winning Wellness Center, the resort boasts Skin and Body Science Clinics and the only Ayurvedic temple in the West Indies. Sports (ranging from golf to scuba diving and sailing) are also included.

The resort is famously singles-friendly, especially during the September Solos retreat. Throughout the month you’ll receive a personalized schedule of daily spa treatments and can also take part in athlete-led group activities that range from cocktail and dinner parties to sunset cruises. Restaurants focus on healthy yet delicious cuisine. Try Tao for East-West fusion cooking or ITAL for organic, vegetarian, Rastafarian dishes. Standard Garden View rooms do not charge a single supplement and the Enjoy Sleep Well amenities include noise-canceling walls, a pillow menu, and soothing music.

Morocco Travel Information

Arrival and Departure Travel Information

Arrival Airport
You should arrive at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport (airport abbreviation: CMN). Group airport transfers are generally scheduled based on flight times. We will not know the final times until we have received the final flight information from all guests. We will notify you in advance should there be a wait time longer than one hour from your flight’s scheduled arrival time. In this case, you may choose to wait for the included group transfer or we can arrange in advance of your trip a private car and driver for an additional cost.

For group transfers, we will be waiting for you with an ‘Access Culinary Trips’ sign as you exit customs at Casablanca’s airport.

Among others, the following airlines fly into Casablanca: Delta Air Lines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Iberia, Lufthansa, and Easy Jet.

We are not responsible for last minute adjustments due to changes or delays with arrival flights.

We are not responsible for the quality of taxi services.

Departure Airport
You should depart from Marrakech-Menara Airport (airport abbreviation: RAK). Group airport transfers are included until 10:30 AM. If your flight departs after 12:00 PM from RAK or you prefer to depart from Casablanca (a 2.5 hour drive), we can arrange your transfer (at an additional cost). Please contact us for details.

Among others, the following airlines fly out of Marrakech: Royal Air Maroc, Iberia, Ryanair, Easy Jet. Airport transfers are included until 10:30am.

Pick-up & Drop-off Information
Group airport transfers at the specified airport/times in Morocco are included. If you would like a private transfer, to be picked up or dropped off on a different day, or brought somewhere other than the airport, please contact us.

We do not book international flights to or from Morocco for our clients. If you would like assistance with purchasing your flights, please let us know and we will forward your contact information and trip details to our travel agent partner.


Travel Insurance
Travel medical insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our trips. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). Please do not attend any of our trips without purchasing appropriate insurance coverage and providing the details to Access Culinary Trips.

Please note: proof of insurance is due within 14 days of booking, and delay in receipt may result in late documentation charges.

We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Additional details are on our insurance page.

Passports & Visas
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. To learn more about visa and entry requirements for Morocco, please check out the Morocco Tourism website at:

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documentation.


Emergency Contact
If your friends or family need to contact Access Culinary Trips due to an emergency while you are on the tour, please have them refer to the pre-departure email that is sent out three weeks prior to departure, which will have specific contact information relevant to your trip. If you need to contact Access Culinary Trips while traveling, please also refer to the emergency contact information in the pre-departure email.

Health Requirements
Guests with preexisting medical conditions are required to disclose this information prior to traveling with Access Culinary Trips, and all guests with preexisting conditions are required to provide a note from a doctor clearing them for travel to Morocco. The US Department of State recommends that travelers with medical prescriptions consider bringing small additional amounts of prescribed medicines as well as a copy of the prescription and a letter from the prescribing physician explaining the need for prescription.

We strongly recommend that all of our guests visit a travel doctor before embarking on international travel. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you receive any necessary vaccinations before traveling on your trip with us. If there is a chance that you may be pregnant during your trip, please discuss your travel plans with your doctor.

Please carefully review the health information section of the following webpage for up-to-date health information, including information on the quality of medical care, the availability of medications and the necessity for vaccinations in the destination country:

Fitness Requirements
Our trips are open to anyone who wants to explore our exotic destinations through cuisine. Many of the countries we operate in do not have adequate facilities for the disabled. The accommodations may not have elevators, the sidewalks may not be even- or even paved! At our accommodations in the High Atlas Mountains, you will need to be comfortable walking up a short, steep, dirt path to reach your accommodations. We also do a good amount of walking during our sightseeing tours, sometimes several hours.

Safety & Security
To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items (including cell phones) safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.

Women walking alone in certain areas of cities and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to harassment from men. Women are advised to travel with a companion or in a group when possible and to ignore any harassment. Responding to verbal harassment can escalate the situation. The best course of action is generally not to respond or make eye contact with the harasser.

For more information on safety and security in Morocco, please review the safety and security section of the following webpage:

Note: As a rule, do not drink tap water or use ice in Morocco, even in hotels. We strongly recommend buying bottled water. Also, you may consider avoiding uncooked and unpeeled fruits and vegetables.


The national currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). There are exchange bureaus in airports, certain hotels and most banks. Counters require your passport for the transaction. We recommend exchanging at least $300 in local currency at the exchange counter located in the baggage claim area at the airport in Casablanca. Remember to exchange your remaining Dirhams before leaving: it is illegal to take more than 2,000 Dirhams out of Morocco. For the latest currency exchange information please go to:

ATMs are available in all cities and major towns. (Please note: There are no ATM’s where we stay in the High Atlas Mountains.)

It is recommended to notify your bank or card issuer that you intend to travel abroad so that no block will be put on the usage of your credit or ATM cards.

Spending Money
Meals: All breakfasts, one lunch, and five dinners, including the dinners you cook yourself are included. Please plan to bring at least USD $10-$20 per lunch and USD $20-$30 per dinner (more for the optional upscale dinner in Marrakech) for those meals that are not included, as well as money for snacks, drinks, and bottled water.

Alcohol: Alcohol is not included in the trip price. Most of our hotels and riads have alcohol available to purchase. The two exceptions are in Fez and Essaouira. In these cases, if desired, your trip leader will arrange an opportunity for you to buy alcohol to bring to the hotel.

Tipping: Restaurants may include a 10% tip for meals. If not, a 10% tip is appreciated. In taxis, just round up to the nearest 5 dirhams. For someone who carries your bags to your room or from your hotel to a taxi, 10 dirhams would be appropriate, unless your bags are extremely cumbersome. 20 Dirhams is also appropriate for the Berber family that you have tea with. Finally, most public restrooms are staffed and a tip of 1 – 5 dirhams is expected – keep a few coins handy!

Discretionary tips to your tour staff for good service are very much appreciated. For your cooking instructors, 30-45 Dirhams per guest is recommended for each cooking class. For mountain and city guides, 40-45 Dirhams per guest/per day is recommended. For your trip leader, approx. 90 Dirhams (USD $10) multiplied by the number of days in the tour (per guest). For the driver, approx. 45 Dirhams (USD $5) multiplied by the number of days in the tour (per guest) would be appreciated.

Tipping is a part of the cultural experience of traveling in Morocco. We have tried to give you an estimate of what would be considered “fair” tips. However, tipping is not a science. Please tip how you feel most appropriate. In addition to those mentioned above, there may be other people you encounter who provide a service for you and expect a tip, such as hammam attendants or people in the marketplace. If you are in doubt as to whether or how much to tip, please ask your guide for clarification.

Other expenses: there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take spending money for such things as souvenir shopping and nightlife.

Note: You may decide during your trip to purchase tagines to continue your Moroccan cooking adventure back home. Your trip leader can certainly assist you with this while you are in Morocco.


Morocco is a very conservative country. Out of respect for the culture we are visiting, please note the following:

Other than at the beach, men and women should always dress modestly by wearing loose fitting clothing that covers the shoulders, midriff, and knees. Local dress is more conservative outside of major cities and tourist areas. However, it is not necessary to wear a headscarf.

When handling money or shaking hands, one should always use your right hand.

Public displays of affection and public inebriation are considered offensive.

You may want to indulge in a traditional Moroccan hammam or hot bath. This is taken in groups and the custom is for you to be without any clothing during the steam and scrub. If you are not comfortable with this, please let the hammam provider know and bring a bathing suit or extra pair of undergarments to wear.

Some our our guests have requested information on scheduling hamman/spa services while in Morocco. If you are interested in this experience, you may consider making an appointment ahead of time online. You are welcome to use any spa provider you wish, however, we have received good feedback for Les Bains de Marrakech. In terms of the group schedule, the most ideal time to schedule treatments is on Day 7 before dinner, which is generally around 8PM. If you do not schedule anything before your trip and would like to once you arrive in Morocco, please speak with your trip leader as early as possible and he will try to arrange something for you.

Language: Most people speak Arabic. Other common languages are French and Berber dialects.


Our Moroccan cooking vacation takes us to a wide variety of Moroccan villages and cities. All of the locations we visit have lovely, mild weather most of the year, and we don’t offer this tour in the hottest summer months. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Morocco, but the winter months are nice as well, with fewer crowds.

In bustling coastal Casablanca, the weather is moderate year round, but can get cooler and wet in the winter. In the relaxed fishing village of Essaouira, the weather is mild, although windy. While in the Berber mountain village, we stay at an altitude of about 1200 feet (365m), so the weather remains mild year-round, although plan for it to get fairly cold in the evenings during the winter months (November to March). In Marrakech, the weather is lovely and warm most of the year. In October and November, the average temperatures are 70F-80F during the day and in the 50’s during the evening. December through April, you may expect temperatures between 65F-75F during the day and 45F-55F during the evening. Beginning in May, temperatures usually begin to climb into the 80’s during the day and cooling off in the evenings to between 50F-60F.

NOTE: During winter months (November to March), please be prepared for some rain and low temperatures ranging from 32F-50F at night and 59F-70F during the day, depending on the location.

Please check specific weather for your dates before you travel. You may consider a website such as


Morocco uses 220V, 50Hz and plugs are two prong rounded.

You may purchase wi-fi access at the hotel in Casablanca for approx. $30 USD per day. There is complimentary wi-fi access in the common areas of all of the riads. Please note: Internet access is not 100% reliable in Morocco. If you are having difficulties connecting, please let your trip leader know.

Most US cell phones will not work in Morocco, unless you have a specific international plan. Contact your cellular provider to see what options you have in terms of international calling plans.


We strongly recommend using TSA approved luggage locks on your bags and to hand carry valuables on the plane.

Many of our trips require us to move our base several times, so we recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. There will not always be someone available to help you carry your bags so you should only bring as much as you can carry on your own.

We suggest that you bring the following items:

Clothing & Equipment

Season-specific casual clothes (men and women should always dress modestly out of respect for the culture they are visiting- no tank tops, low cut tops, or short shorts. It is not necessary to wear a headscarf.)

Clothes to wear for optional dinner at upscale restaurant in Marrakech

Hiking clothes and shoes (NOTE: They can get quite dirty/dusty)

A pair of comfortable walking shoes

A light jacket/windbreaker (NOTE: It can be very windy in Essaouira)

A warm jacket (NOTE: It can be quite cold in the High Atlas Mountains from November to March. Please pack appropriately for cold, winter evenings.)

Power adaptor for 220v, 50 Hz (outlets are two-prong rounded)

Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat

First-aid kit with lip balm, aspirin, band aids, cream for sore muscles (e.g. deep heat), Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, any extra prescription drugs you may be taking

Travel Documents

Passport (with photocopies)

Travel insurance (with photocopies)

Airline tickets (with photocopies)

Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Credit and/or debit card and/or cash (MasterCard and Visa are the most commonly used American Express and Maestro cards are difficult to use in Morocco.)


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This is a tool meant to help you decide what you should bring on your upcoming trip. It is by no means comprehensive. While we do our best to be as thorough as possible, we cannot foresee every possible condition. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The information contained in this document is provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, details in this document may change. You should thus use the above information as an indication only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Access Culinary Trips.

Foodie Destinations To Watch

Already checked off some—or all!—of the world’s best food cities? For the food expert that’s already experienced Rome, New York City, and the like, we’ve identified 10 cities where food tour bookings are on the rise. Savannah, Miami, and Charleston’s bustling restaurant scenes are spilling over into the food tour world, taking three of the top 10 spots. Plan your visit to one of these up-and-coming best food cities before the rest of the world takes notice.

City Most Booked Food Experience
1. Quebec City, Canada Small group Quebec City food tour
2. Savannah, USA Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour
3. Sydney, Australia Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining
4. Queenstown, New Zealand Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant
5. San Juan, Puerto Rico Old San Juan Food Tour
6. Miami, USA Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Juan More Taco – Cabo San Lucas Downtown Food Tasting Walking Tour
8. Vienna, Austria Schönbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert
9. Brisbane, Australia Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise
10. Charleston, USA Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

Methodology: Category growth figures are based on food experience bookings on TripAdvisor. The best food experiences are ranked using a proprietary algorithm which considers bookings, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings. Best food cities are based on booking volume, while up-and-coming cities are based on the number of food experience bookings per number of available food tours in that destination.