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Gastronomy tips in different cities

A trip must be experienced with all senses, it's why in your various trips should not be excluded from the rich culinary traditions of the place. This gastronomic post will serve you to decide what and where to eat in different countries and cities.



The Hungarian cuisine is characterized by a cheerful use of spices and serve generous portions. Prices are much cheaper than other European capitals. Meat is the queen of the menus and flavors like paprika and onion are the common denominator of the dishes. If you like wine, there are many Hungarian wines like Villány, Eger, Tokaj and Szekszárd. If we have to choose the most common dish in Hungary, this would be the goulash soup. 

This soup consists mainly of meat, vegetables and, of course, paprika. For people who prefer to eat something quick and cheap, there are many places that serve international fast food. On the other hand, if you like pizza, there are many places that offer take away for less than 1,000 forints. Menza, Liszt Ferenc tér 2: This is one of the most fashionable places of Budapest. Local with modern decor, young audience, mixing classical and novel food and low prices. Boat Spoon Cafe & Lounge, Vigadó tér: Anchored in the Pest side and overlooking the Buda Castle, this boat is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Budapest. The price, no wine, no less than 5,000 forints per person. Booking in advance you can get tables with better views. Besides these, in the same square where you will find the Menza (Liszt Ferenc tér), there are many other similar restaurants. It is a lively area at night. All premises have terrace with stoves and, oddly enough, blankets.


Besides the different types of pasta and pizza, this city has many other typical dishes such as the bruschetta (toasted bread, oil, garlic and salt), the panini (typical sandwich), different types of meat and fish seasoned with spices (such as the famous fish to Roman), carpaccio, cheeses (especially the pecorino) and some meats (bresaola, mortadella, prosciutto and saltimbocca). Rome offers many different possibilities to eat depending on the budget of every person. Highest to lowest price options are:

· Restaurants: all kinds of Italian food is served along with meat and fish. The daily menu price is between €20 and € 25 per person not including desserts.

· Trattorias: Could defined as small family restaurants. The price of these menus is usually around €15, and includes two meals, drinks, coffee and service.

· Pizza Restaurants: Local economic and specialize in pizzas. Where a pizza can go for about €6.

· Pizza weight restaurant: In these cases a portion may cost about €2.


Composed of consistent and tasty dishes, the Madrid cuisine is a blend of different cuisines found in the Spanish geography. Madrid is a great city to go for tapas as many of their dishes are served in small portions which can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Madrid is not a coast city, but has a high consumption of fish. A dish well known by all the habitants are the calamari. In the Plaza Mayor you will find plenty of bars that offers “bocata de calamares”, very common in Madrid. 


The traditional cuisine stands above all for the use of high quality ingredients characteristic of the Mediterranean diet, in addition to the proper use of spices and herbs. Probably the most important in most dishes ingredient is famous olive oil of Greek origin. The most typical dishes of Greek cuisine are the moussaka, it’s a consistent dish which is served really hot, it's a kind of lasagna whose ingredients are minced lamb, eggplant and tomato, and the gyros, it is stuffed pita bread grilled meat (chicken or lamb), tomato, onion and salsa. The name is because the meat is rotating continuously while cooking goes. Prices for restaurants in Athens are similar to those that can be found in Spain. The price of the main courses are between €8 and €12, and are usually large enough for one person. Those who have a tighter budget can opt eat gyros in any of the stalls for about 2 € or a souvlaki (kebab grilled lamb, chicken, pork, fish or shrimp) in one of the "tavernas "for the same price.


The typical lunch consists in two courses: a soup and a main course. The variety of soups is infinite, but the garlic soup (it is served in a bread), soup of tomato, egg and lentils are especially tasty. The main course is meat, usually pork or chicken, usually with potatoes, rice and salad. Among the Slovak dishes, visitors should not miss the "bryndzové halusky" (potatoes with a special sheep cheese called bryndza and fried bacon above) and pirohy (pasta stuffed with bryndza). It is very curious "palacinky", this is a sweet dish that is eaten as a main dish, similar to crêpes. Moreover, it is quite traditional to accompany meals with a glass of fermented milk or kefir (although it sounds a little weird, is delicious). Remember that the Slovak lunch is around 12 noon and note that eat with bread and a dessert after a meal is not usual. Some restaurants serve a menu for about 4-5 euros. For example, in the pub Downtown you can enjoy every day of the week a typical Slovakian menu for 4 euros. Although is not Slovakian food, in the Ganesh USAV (street Nedbalova) serves vegetarian menus (Indian food) also for 4 euros. For typical restaurant the "1.Slovak Pub" on the street Obchodna 62, the entrance is a bit narrow so it can confuse the visitor, but do not hesitate to come and go upstairs, you will find an atmosphere and a typical Slovak decoration. The place is quite spacious with separate rooms, each with a different decorative motif, so you will not have trouble finding a site that is to your liking. Prices are more than reasonable, two people can eat for between 10 and 15 euros and the food is delicious. Also, there are many possibilities of fast food in Bratislava, you can find numerous street stalls and kebabs food.


Here it’s possible to taste the Mézé, a blend of up to 30 dishes. It consists of a sample of all the specialties that have been cooked in a restaurant or tavern along the day. Tradition states that can serve all different type entries, salads, moussaka, kebabs, fresh fish, chicken and even desserts like baklava and lokoumades (Oriental sweet embedded in honey). Cyprus has a good wine tradition. The most appreciated wine is the kumandaria, a nice sweet wine.


Lithuanians created an unique cuisine which was also influenced by various other nations due to the complex history and close relations. The main thing about lithuanian cuisine is a variety of dishes made from potatoes. The most famous is Cepelinai - big cooked potato balls with minced meat or curd inside. Other traditional potato dishes are various kinds of kugels and potato salad, potato pancakes and so on. Potatoes everywhere! Maybe the most exotic lithuanian dish is Vėdarai - grated potatoes stuffed into the intestine of a pig and baked in the oven or furnace.

Soups are also liked by Lithuanians. They are made from vegetables, meat, poultry or even... beer! One of the most interesting soups is called Šaltibarščiai and is made from beetroots, kefir, eggs and other vegetables. It is a cold soup, perfect for hot summer days.

Every region has its own authentic dishes, that is why sometimes it is said that Lithuania has a lot of traditional cuisines. Don't forget to try lithuanian beer that the nation is proud of!


If you are going to dine out in Warsaw you will meet with dishes as international as possible. The choices are wide like in all capital cities. You can find there some local specialties or typical Polish styled eateries still in the heart of capital. The old and what’s surprising still functioning places are the milk bars, which take us back more to the socialist times. These places usually attract the students and seniors. The purpose of diners like this is to offer cheap meals, based usually on milk products. But if you’re looking for a higher standard restaurant, then you will find plenty of them as well.

Polish specialty is called ‘Pierogi’, which can be translated as filled dumplings or ravioli but is a bit different. They can be filled with meat, cheese, fruit, cabbage, mushrooms. When you visit Poland, you must try it! Pierogi are delicious. One of the most popular places for trying this dish is restaurant “Zapiecek” with few locations in the city centre of Warsaw. The ‘Bigos’ is another typical dish in Polish cuisine. It’s a hunter’s stew, prepared with cabbage alongside cuts of meat. Maybe it’s not so common among foreigners as pierogi but still tasty. Just taste it.

Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian´s Tourists don’t need spend a lot of money to try the typical Brazilian food. The typical food is easily found in bars, called “boteco”. In Rio de Janeiro the visitors can chose between endless options. Probably the tourists will find foods like barbecue, fillet seasoned with fried garlic, accompanied by Portuguese potatoes, white rice and farofa eggs, cheese bread, cassava, soup, codfish balls, fish and other seafood, black beans with meat (feijoada), potatoes, coxinha, empada and pastel and to finalize the tourist should go to  Colombo Confectionery, one of the oldest and beauty pastry shops in Rio de Janeiro, there it is possible to eat the best desserts of Brazil.

São Paulo

The gastronomy of Brazil can be described as a combination of European, African and indigenous Amerindian influences.  The typical cuisine enjoyed by Brazilians varies greatly from region to region, reflecting the nation’s mixture of native and immigrant populations, as well as its vast continental size.  This has created a national cuisine characterized by the careful and deliberate preservation of the country’s regional differences.

Like most major world cities, Rio and São Paulo feature a gastronomy that not only includes traditional Brazilian dishes, but every style of international fare as well. São Paulo represents Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city, home to large populations of Japanese, Italian, Lebanese, Syrian and other foreign immigrants. 

The immigrant populations have also had a major influence on the cuisine. The Arab populations—Syrian and Lebanese—added a food known as quibes (or falafel), which can now be enjoyed via the many street vendors in São Paulo. Italian immigrants introduced dishes such as spaghetti and Neapolitan Pizza, and the Japanese immigrants brought sushi.  This diversity of cultural influences, combined with traditional Brazilian fare, makes the southeast region of the country a literal food-lover’s paradise.


Un viaje hay que disfrutarlo con los sentidos, es por ello que en sus diferentes viajes no deben quedar al margen de la rica tradición gastronómica del lugar. Este post gastronómico te servirá para decidir qué comer y dónde hacerlo en diferentes ciudades europeas.


Budapest. La gastronomía húngara se caracteriza por un uso alegre de las especias y por servir raciones generosas. Los precios son bastante más económicos que los de otras capitales europeas. La carne es la reina de los menús y sabores como la paprika y la cebolla son el denominador común de los platos típicos. Si os gusta el vino, hay muchos vinos húngaros entre los que destacan Villány, Eger, Tokaj y Szekszárd. Si tenemos que elegir el plato más común de Hungría, éste sería la sopa goulash. Esta sopa consta básicamente de carne, verduras y, cómo no, paprika. Para la gente que prefiera comer algo rápido y barato, hay bastantes locales que sirven comida rápida internacional. Por otro lado, si os gusta la pizza, hay muchos locales que ofrecen pizzas para llevar por menos de 1.000 florines. Menza, Liszt Ferenc tér 2: Este es uno de los locales de moda de Budapest. Local con decoración moderna, público joven, comida mezcla de clásica y novedosa y precios económicos. Barco Spoon Cafe & Lounge, Vigadó Tér: Anclado en la orilla de Pest y con vistas al Castillo de Buda, este barco es uno de los restaurantes más lujosos de Budapest. El precio, sin vino, no baja de los 5.000 florines por persona. Reservando con antelación podréis conseguir las mesas con mejores vistas. Además de éstos, en la misma plaza donde se encuentra el Menza (Liszt Ferenc tér), hay muchos otros restaurantes similares. Es una zona muy animada por la noche. Todos locales tienen terraza con estufas y, por extraño que parezca, mantas.


Roma. Además de los diferentes tipos de pasta y las pizzas, esta ciudad cuenta muchos otros platos característicos, como la bruschetta (pan tostado, aceite, ajo y sal), los panini (sándwich típico), diferentes tipos de carnes y pescados condimentados con especias (como el famoso pescado a la romana), el carpaccio, los quesos (especialmente el pecorino) y algunos embutidos (bresaola, mortadela, prosciutto y saltimbocca). Roma ofrece muchas posibilidades diferentes para comer dependiendo del presupuesto de cada persona. De mayor a menor precio las opciones son las siguientes:

·         Restaurantes: Se sirve todo tipo de comida italiana además de platos de carne y pescado. El precio del menú diario es entre 20€ y 25€ por persona sin contar los postres.

·         Trattorías: Podrían definirse como pequeños restaurantes familiares. El precio de estos menús suele estar alrededor de los 15 €, e incluye dos platos, bebida, cafés y servicio.  En estos locales es bastante común pedir un sólo plato acompañado por una bebida, con un precio de unos 10 o 12 €.

·         Pizzerías: Locales baratos y especializados en pizzas. En donde una pizza puede salir por unos 6€.

·         Locales de pizza al peso: Aunque también podrían definirse como pizzerías, estos locales ofrecen diferentes pizzas variadas y es posible comprar el trozo que se quiera. En estos casos una porción puede costar unos 2€.


Madrid. Compuesta por platos consistentes y sabrosos, la gastronomía madrileña es una mezcla de las distintas gastronomías que encontramos en la geografía española. Madrid es una excelente ciudad para ir de tapeo ya que muchos de sus platos típicos se sirven en pequeñas raciones que se pueden degustar a cualquier hora del día. Para no ser una ciudad costera, Madrid también destaca por su alto consumo de pescado. Un plato muy conocido por todos los habitantes son los calamares. En la Plaza Mayor encontraréis decenas de bares en los que la oferta estrella son los bocadillos de calamares.


Atenas. La cocina tradicional destaca sobre todo por la utilización de ingredientes de gran calidad característicos de la dieta mediterránea, además del uso adecuado de las especias y las hierbas aromáticas. Probablemente el ingrediente más importante en la mayoría de los platos sea el famoso aceite de oliva de origen griego. Los platos más típicos de la cocina griega, la moussaka, es un plato consistente que se sirve muy caliente, se trata de una especie de lasaña cuyos ingredientes son carne picada de cordero, berenjenas y tomate y el gyros, se trata de pan de pita relleno de carne asada (de pollo o cordero), tomate, cebolla y salsa. El nombre es debido a que la carne se encuentra girando continuamente mientras se va cocinando. Los precios de los restaurantes en Atenas son similares a los que se pueden encontrar en España. El precio de los platos principales oscila entre 8€ y 12€, y suelen ser bastante grandes para una persona. Los que dispongan de un presupuesto más ajustado, pueden optar por comer un gyros en cualquiera de los puestos callejeros por unos 2€ o bien un souvlaki (Brocheta a la plancha de cordero, pollo, cerdo, pescado o camarones) en alguna de las "tavernas" por el mismo precio.


Bratislava. El almuerzo típico se compone de dos platos: una sopa y un plato principal. La variedad de sopas es infinita, aunque están especialmente sabrosas la sopa de ajo (la sirven dentro de un pan), la sopa de tomate, la de huevo y la de lentejas. El plato principal es de carne, normalmente cerdo o pollo, con guarnición, normalmente compuesta de patatas, arroz y ensalada. De entre los platos típicos eslovacos el visitante no puede perderse los “bryndzové halusky” (patatas con un queso de oveja especial llamado bryndza y bacon frito por encima) y los pirohy (pasta rellena de bryndza). Es muy curioso el “palacinky”, se trata de un plato dulce que se consume como plato principal, similar a las crêpes. Además, es bastante tradicional acompañar las comidas con un vaso de leche fermentada o kefir (aunque suene un poco raro, es delicioso). Recuerda que la hora del almuerzo eslovaca es en torno a las 12 del mediodía y ten en cuenta que comer con pan y tomar un postre después de la comida no es nada usual. Algunos restaurantes sirven el menú por unos 4-5 euros. Por ejemplo, en el pub Downtown puedes disfrutar de lunes a viernes de un menú típicamente eslovaco por 4 euros y en pleno centro. Aunque no sea comida eslovaca, en el Ganesh Usav (calle Nedbalova) sirven menús vegetarianos (comida hindú) también por 4 euros. Aunque para restaurante típico el “1.Slovak Pub” en la calle Obchodna, 62, la entrada es un poco estrecha por lo que puede despistar al visitante, pero no dudes en entrar y en subir las escaleras, encontrarás un ambiente y decoración típicamente eslovaco. El lugar es bastante amplio, con distintas salas, cada una con un motivo decorativo distinto, por lo que no tendrás dificultad para encontrar un sitio que sea de tu agrado. Los precios son más que razonables (dos personas pueden comer por entre 10 y 15 euros) y la comida es deliciosa. Hay muchas posibilidades de comida rápida en Bratislava. Podrás encontrar numerosos puestos de comida callejera y kebaps.


Nicosia. Aquí es posible degustar el Mézé, una mezcla de hasta 30 platos típicos. Consiste en una muestra de todas las especialidades que han sido cocinadas en un restaurante o taberna a lo largo de ese día. La tradición indica que se puede servir de todo: entradas de diferente tipo, ensaladas, moussaka, kebabs, pescado fresco, pollo y hasta postres como el baklava y los lokoumades (dulces orientales embebidos de miel). Chipre tiene una buena tradición vitivinícola; el vino más apreciado es el kumandaria, un vino dulce muy agradable.

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