Some people visit Paris to see the Mona Lisa and to enjoy the 360-degree views from the Eiffel Tower. Foodies fly across the ocean to wait in line for a fresh, buttery croissant at a boulangerie. For many travelers, the highlight of a trip might be discovering a hidden trattoria where an Italian nonna handmakes ravioli or indulging in a 12-course tasting menu at an award-winning restaurant.
While destinations like New Orleans or Hong Kong may already be on your culinary bucket list, lesser-known spots, such as Asheville, North Carolina; Bologna, and Macau, are worthy of tacking on a few extra days—and calories—for a delicious detour.
Here’s a list of some popular food cities and their underrated counterparts. Come hungry, pack loose clothing, and bon appétit!