Skip or Try: How to Properly Explore Traditional Cuisine of Foreign Countries

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A lot of travelers can’t imagine going anywhere without trying the specialties of local cuisine. Some countries have so many amazing traditional local foods in store that it’s difficult to decide which ones to skip or try—but this brief guide will help you do it.

Personal Taste

Your personal taste will determine which local foods are worth trying. If you have certain dietary restrictions, skip the foods that don’t meet them. The same goes for the foods you simply don’t enjoy, such as dishes that are too sweet or spicy.

Perfect Balance

If you’re not a picky eater and enjoy trying a little bit of everything, it’s highly unlikely you’ll have enough time to try everything you want. If you have trouble choosing, try finding a balance between sweet and savory dishes and try to make room for both.


Your budget could also be limiting your attempts to try as many local specialties as possible. The best way to avoid this issue is to focus on eating street food and skip fancy restaurants.

Locals’ Advice

Once you pick the dishes you want to try, you’ll have to find the best places that offer them. If Google doesn’t help you find the best options, you can always ask the locals for help.