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Athens ranks fourth as food destination

Athens is one of the top culinary places for tourists choosing their destination based on food, according to a survey by Booking.com.

With three quarters (75%) of global travellers saying that they would likely travel somewhere renowned for its great food and drink when choosing their next travel destination, culinary travel is a trend on the rise. The joy of trying and eating delicious new dishes while travelling can make a trip to remember. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, uncovers the top food destinations around the world, as endorsed by Booking.com travellers. Now you can discover these gastronomic hot spots on your next getaway.

Foodie favourites: the global hotspots

Among the over 120 million real traveller reviews on Booking.com, food stands out as a clear passion for many, representing a central theme in countless reviews. The data reveals Asian and South American flavours feature highly in the top ten foodie favourite destinations with Greece, Australia and Spain also included. Hong Kong, with its famous dim sum, Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbeque and Tokyo, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined, top the list.

Top 25 cities globally endorsed for food by Booking.com travellers
1. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2. Sao Paulo, Brazil
3. Tokyo, Japan
4. Athens, Greece
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6. Melbourne, Australia
7. Bangkok, Thailand
8. Granada, Spain
9. Las Vegas, USA
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
11. Singapore, Singapore
12. Warsaw, Poland
13. Porto, Portugal
14. Valencia, Spain
15. Florence, Italy
16. Milan, Italy
17. Sydney, Australia
18. Krakow, Poland
19. Istanbul, Turkey
20. Lisbon, Portugal
21. Munich, Germany
22. Copenhagen, Denmark
23. Seville, Spain
24. Brussels, Belgium
25. Rome, Italy

Gastronomic tourismBooking.com reveals that when choosing their next travel destination, the majority (75%) of global travellers would likely travel somewhere known for its great food and drink. It’s millennials who are the most keen to combine travel and food, with 79% of travellers between the ages of 18 and 34 considering travelling somewhere that’s specifically known for its gastronomic delights. Almost one in 10 (8%) people have travelled in the last year to fulfil their hobby of fine dining and seven percent for their passion for wine. Millennials are most keen on seeking out food passions whilst travelling, with one in 10 (10%) combining their love of street food with travelling, compared to only four percent of those travellers aged over 55.

source: booking.com