Eating Europe: The best food we ate while traveling across the continent

Travel is great for so many reasons. New sites, sounds, places, and people. But it’s really the local cuisine that can change the complexion of a long afternoon, a day of walking around, or even bad weather. Food has that power, and while traveling across countries, for me it’s always a highlight — or maybe even the purpose.

During our trip across Europe, Joe and I had some incredible meals and snacks and drinks. Here’s an outline of the best things we ate in each country — some of them were so I good I didn’t even stop eating to take pictures! *GASP*

1Netherlands

Photo by Harry Ehlrich.
Photo by Harry Ehlrich.

The must-try/must-have item in Amsterdam are the chips or crisps, or maybe you know them as French Fries?

All around the city there are small holes in the wall where travelers and locals alike can get a cone of chips fresh out the fryer, warm and crispy and look like a potato-heavy ice cream cone.

We visited Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx, one of the premier stand for fries, boasting over 30 different sauces to choose from. You can pick 3 and try them all and they are heavenly.

Honorable Mention: Bitterballen, traditional herring sandwiches

2Belgium

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If you’ve been following along with my Europe series you already know the answer! The all-you-can-eat spare ribs from Little Amadeus in Ghent. Not even close. No competition.

Honorable mention: The Belgian Waffles w/ Nutella (duh) and also their french fries.

3Switzerland

Breakfast in Switzerland
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Since our stay in Switzerland was quite rural, as we stayed with family and ate at home every night.

We did go to the market and make an incredible breakfast of sunny side up eggs, avocado, prosciutto and nectarine which was divine. 

OH! Also the chocolate. Obviously!

4Italy

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Pasta, pasta, pasta and more pasta. Choose the pesto and prepared to just have your hair blown back. There is nowhere in the world that does pasta better. It’s a stereotype of Italy and it’s beautiful and true and I loved every second of it.

Gnocchi w/ pesto was my go to. I also had an incredible steak while we attended a wedding in the Tuscany region.

Photo by Harry Ehrlich.

Honorable mention: Gelato of all flavors and types, the wine, and in any coastal town fresh fish and seafood.

5France

Oysters in France
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Our stay in France was brief and nice in Nice. Nice, France that is. There is a restaurant in Nice called Cafe Noir and there we had an entire meal, for three people, comprised completely of oysters.

I am a huge oyster fan and these were the best I’ve ever had. They were massive and meaty and flavorful. We even waited in line for 30 minutes just to get on the wait list to get a table.

If you’re a seafood fan it’s a must visit.

6Spain

Patella in Spain
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I feel like 85 percent of the culture in Spain revolves around food, which is incredible! There is a tasty dish or treat within arms reach at all times. 

The best thing we ate in Spain was our dinner at Reco de la Vila in Barcelona. We went in on lamb ribs and paella. Surfin’ and turfin’ you could say.

The Paella in general, a dish we had a few times, was just divine. For those that don’t know, Paella is a rice dish, heavy with saffron, giving the rice it’s yellow color. It’s filled with shellfish, chicken, sausage, veggies and delicious spices. Lamb ribs are lamb ribs. Tender, flavorful, finger licking good.

I distinctly remember us having to take a walk around the block between the courses we ate there.

Honorable Mention: Tapas everywhere, you can’t go wrong having a few little plates with these various delicious treats as you bar hop and meet fellow travelers and locals.


Hi guys! I’m Harry and I’m a digital nomad originally from Boston, MA and currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel! I’m a photographer and video creator with a passion for traveling. During my trips, I document each day with hundreds of photos and gigabytes of video footage as well. I hope sharing my photos and Instagram tips inspires you to venture outside of your comfort zone and explore more beautiful places on this planet!

This is the fifth installment of my So Tov series on Europe.