Four Euro Foodie Havens You Have To Try This Autumn
Savoury or Sweet? It’s a question we ask ourselves when making that all important decision on how to feed our hunger. Even more so when we’re discovering new cuisines in new places; it’s a memorable part of our travels whether it’s sweet treats and delicate pastries or tender meats and fragrant wines.
We give you the low down on four foodie havens in Europe for you to explore this autumn and all just a short flight away so you won’t have long to wait to get those taste buds tantalised.
The first thing that springs to mind when people think of German food is their delicious sausages. You can try it all, from the Frankfurter Würstchen to the Bratwürste and even the garlicky Fleischwurst. They are undoubtedly a staple of German cuisine but there is so much more you can eat during your stay.
If you are a cheese lover, then you are in for a treat with the savoury dish of Handkäs mit Musik. This is a sour milk cheese which is marinated in oil and vinegar, salt, pepper, onions and caraway.
Although the rest of Germany is a passionate beer drinker, in Frankfurt, locals tend to enjoy a glass of Apfelwein – their take on cider – much more. It can be served suß (sweet) with lemonade or sauer (sour) with mineral water.
You can’t leave Frankfurt without trying their famous green sauce. Grüne Soße consists of a mix of herbs like chives or parsley and mayonnaise, sour cream or yoghurt. It is usually served with potatoes and eggs.
Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Frankfurt
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Who says you need to leave the UK to experiment with liquor? Edinburgh is just a short hop from Birmingham and offers many experiences and treats you can’t get anywhere else. This includes The Scotch Whisky Experience, a must visit for all whisky fans. Here you have the opportunity to indulge in a wide range of tours which will take you to luxurious tasting sessions, led by experts.
Take a quick break from drinking by visiting the capital’s first soup cafe, Union of Genius. Here you can enjoy a variety of six warm and delicious soups, made from local ingredients. Their menu features traditional and more adventurous flavours and it changes daily. It’s the perfect place to stop on a cold autumnal day.
Even though it’s not summer anymore, you should still pay a visit to Hoot the Redeemer because we know that everyone loves ice cream. They serve the so-called Boozy Ice Cream, an adult’s delight. You are in for a good time with this 50s-styled, funfair-themed dive bar as they promise to bring the fun, the flavour and a bit of craziness.
Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When you take a break from sightseeing, stop at one of the many ‘kaas’ shops or markets to taste some Gouda, a versatile cheese with a mild, almost sweet flavour. The Dutch are experts in making cheese, so it’s something you shouldn’t pass on. With such lush green grass and temperate weather, it makes ideal pasture for cows, which to us means we get delicious cheese.
Have you ever thought about getting warm food from vending machines? Well in Amsterdam you can! No one is talking about Michelin standard cuisine here, but they are certainly a must-try. Apart from hamburgers and frinkandellen, here you can also get a savoury treat called kroket. These are deep-fried sausage-like snacks often filled with meat such as lamb and beef ragout. They are crispy and crunchy on the outside and smooth inside, so put some coins into the slot and you got yourself a delicious snack.
If you’re keen on trying something a bit ‘different’ then you should try the Dutch’s favourite ‘sweet’ – liquorice. Even though it may look similar to the liquorice we are used to, it won’t taste the same. Dutch liquorice often comes in the shape of a drop and it’s much more salty as it is laced with an ingredient called salmiak salt. It definitely has a kick to it, so if you are an adventurous eater why not give it a try? Just make sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase because you will want to take a few bags home with you.
Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 10 minutes
If you’d rather try something on the sweeter side, then hop on a plane to Brussels and have a taste of their fresh waffles. It’s impossible to resist the delicious aroma flowing through the streets of the Belgian capital. And you don’t need to have a sweet tooth to be tempted by the waffles covered in Nutella and strawberries or banana and whipped cream. If you really don’t fancy a dessert, don’t worry, some places, such as The Waffle Factory, also do savoury versions of it.
A good topping to add to your waffle is Belgian chocolate. A lot of people say that if Brussels had a perfume, it would be chocolate. It is without a doubt a delicacy, so it makes sense that Brussels has two museums dedicated to it. Sounds like every kid (and adult’s) dream! Here you can learn all you need to know about the famous cocoa bean as well as have the opportunity to sample cocoa butter, chocolate dough and different types of chocolate.
Apart from beer, fries, waffles and chocolate, Belgium also has the best meatballs. Although Belgium is divided into two communities, Flemish and French, Brussels is home to both. This certainly impacts the city’s cuisine. In the Flemish part of Brussels, you can find the original meatballs, made from a mix of pork and beef, and served in tomato or a Belgian cherry sauce. In the French-speaking part, you can try the so called Boulets à la Liégeoise, served with a savoury meat sauce, herbs and Liège syrup. Locals love both versions, so we will leave it to you to pick your favourite.
Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Brussels
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 10 minutes