Aussie millennials are deciding their next travel destination based on the delicious food available once they unpack and hit the streets, according to research from Hotels.com.
The Tasty Travels report revealed over two thirds (69 per cent) of young Aussie travellers consider a destinations cuisine the most influential factor when planning a trip, and 76 per cent admitted foodie experiences stand out the most in their holiday memories.
Hotels.com Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, David Spasovic says understandable Aussie millennials are defining their holidays by what they can eat and where they eat it.
“Young Aussies love coming together over meals, and as the universal language of love and life, food is one of the most connective and rewarding currencies when travelling” he says.
So where are these food-fanatic travellers heading?
Paris (27 per cent), Tokyo (23 per cent) and Rome (22 per cent) topped the list as the hottest destinations for foodies, according to the research.
Here are three dining experiences every millenial foodie must try before they die.
L’Eclair de Genie – Paris
Translating to ‘genius éclair’, L’Eclair de Genie really does live up to its name. Located in the historic aristocratic district of Le Marais, this dessert cafe has a sweet-tooth’s dream range of over 257 éclairs, famous for their intricate designs and unique flavours – such as salted caramel and mascarapone cream, lemon yuzu cream and crispy meringue, and even matcha cream and white chocolate.
Although an éclair is one of the most classic French pastries and can be picked up at pretty much every French bakery around, Le’Eclair de Genie is the spot for foodies on the hunt for something a little extra.
Hotokura Funari Kawaguchiko – Japan
Two things you think of when planning a trip to Japan – the mouth-watering food, and Mt Fuji. Both are revered, so why not experience them at the same time for a double-whammy of Japan’s finest.
Hotokura Funari Kawaguchiko, nestled at the base of Japan’s impressive tallest peak, is renowned for the region’s traditional hoto noodles – a hot pot style dish packed full of thick flour noodles and vegies in a miso-based soup.
Guests can kick back with an Asahi and warm their bellies with a bowl of hoto or any other favourites from the menu after a day of exploring the mountain, taking in its sublime presence from their table.
Pigneto Quarantuno – Rome
Located in Rome’s easternmost corner, Pigneto is a lively, pedestrian-only thoroughfare filled with pizzerias, cafes and music venues that will make any foodie never want to leave. When exploring Pigneto, dining at Pigneto Quarantuno is a huge must.
There’s an extensive menu brimming with Italian classics, however Cacio e Pepe is the dish to pick for travellers wanting to experience an authentic Roman meal. Cacio e Pepe means ‘cheese and pepper’ and it’s literally just as simple as that – a tasty creamy pasta with rich pecorino cheese and freshly-ground pepper.
Although simple, Cacio e Pepe at Pigneto Quarantuno is something to add to your bucket list and tick off, quickly, and probably more than once.