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Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Hamburg

Sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut ... Ja, but not only! Let us take you on a culinary tour of Hamburg, where hip vegan cafes meet sushi and ramen bars, and Bavarian beer flows aplenty.

It’s the Northern German city where the Beatles got started, a vital trade hub for centuries — and a city where you can get a delicious curry wurst mit pommes. Willkommen to Hamburg.

German cuisine is usually thought of as sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut. And while those foods are popular and culturally significant, there is so much more to be found in Hamburg. The city's old brick buildings now house hip vegan cafes, sushi and ramen bars, beer houses, döner restaurants and more!

When going to Hamburg, be prepared to try cuisine that may be completely new to you. The city’s restaurant and bar culture is diverse and deeply multicultural, with restaurants mixing German culinary traditions with other European cuisines and tastes and techniques from the kitchens of Asia, South America, Africa and beyond.

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Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Montreal

The food and drink scene in Montreal is just as vibrant and diverse as the city itself. It's a delightful fusion of French and North American influences, resulting in a unique gastronomic experience that draws food enthusiasts from far and wide. From fresh bagels to more hearty meals — to be expected in a city where the average annual temperature stands at a modest 7.1 °C (44.8 °F) — you will find plenty to discover, be it across a plethora of restaurants or sampling local specialties in Montreal's thriving food markets.

But if you're planning on making your Canadian culinary journey a francophone one, be aware: In a twist that often confuses visitors from France, meals have different names in Québécois French. Lunchtime is "dîner’"(not "déjeuner," as in France), while dinner time is "souper" (not "dîner"). And snack-time is "collation" instead of "goûter." You'll thank us later!

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Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Pondicherry

Imagine a city with French and Southern Indian fusion cuisine, with gorgeous, century-old colonial-era buildings and beautiful beaches, surrounded by warm, turquoise water. It exists: Pondicherry.

The southern city's cuisine is like no other in India. It combines recipes, flavors and methods from French cooking with regional Indian, often with touches of East Asian and Northern Indian influence.

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Gùsto! How • What • Where Locals Eat (& Drink) In Cape Town

The best tables near Table Mountain!

Penguins on the beaches, a flat-topped mountain, a place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet: Cape Town, or as others call it, the “Mother City," is a place where eating and drinking is truly a worldly and unique experience.

Known as the “Rainbow Nation,” South Africa is a diverse country and it shows in the country's cuisine. It involves combinations of ingredients, flavors and methods from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Netherlands, indigenous Southern African cultures, Germany, Portugal, France and even the UK. Needless to say, South African food is a truly global mix.

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Gùsto! How • What • Where Locals Eat (& Drink) In Brussels

Unfairly living in the shadow of neighboring France, the Belgian capital boasts some outstanding places to eat and drink — from AM to PM. Here's a quick guide, based on local sources, to help you pick the very best beer, waffle, speculoos and much more!

Did you know French fries are not always French? Yes, the go-to side dish is often from Belgium, just like chocolate and many types of beer.

While the origin of French fries is one of the great debates of the culinary world, with both neighboring countries claiming them as an authentic product of their gastronomy, we choose not to weigh in on the controversy. That is, except for suggesting that you really should just go to Belgium and try it for yourself ...

Here’s a guide to a day of eating and drinking all around the European capital of Brussels, including some of the best places to eat typical Belgian cuisine.

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Emma Albright

Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Hanoi

Vietnam's capital offers any visitor a rich culinary experience, featuring in TripAdvisor's top 20 food destinations in the world for 2023. So here's what and where to eat when visiting Hanoi.

HANOI — Influenced by a rich and unique mix of Southeast Asia, China and France, Vietnam's capital Hanoi is a treat for any visitor.

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But Hanoi also offers a rich culinary experience. The city was even chosen as one of the 20 top food destinations in the world in 2023 by TripAdvisor. That's no surprise since Vietnamese cuisine is renowned worldwide for its fresh ingredients, mix of flavors, and the emphasis on herbs and vegetables. The country's rich food history is reflected in the many traditional dishes that have become popular around the world, such as phở, bánh mì, gỏi cuốn (spring rolls), and bún chả (grilled pork with noodles).

So, if you're lucky enough to be visiting Hanoi, here’s a local's guide to the best places that are guaranteed to blow your taste buds rather than your budget.

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Yannick Champion-Osselin

Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Madrid

Madrid is the place to be if you want to experience the full variety of Spanish cuisine. Since it became the capital of Spain in the 1500s, Madrid has been a melting pot for culinary traditions from all over the peninsula. Its main dishes are simple, easy fares — often fried — prepared in bar and tavern kitchens.

The walkable Spanish capital city is easy to explore — especially through food. When Spaniards talk of “ir de tapas," they're referring to an itinerant way of eating — the tradition of wandering around a neighborhood, casually bar hopping while being served a tapas dish to “picar” alongside your beverage of choice (traditionally wine, but more recently beer has become popular, too).

Some of the most famous sides include padrón peppers, cured ham, cheeses, croquettes, chorizo and patatas bravas. It's a fantastic way to get to know an area, try new food, and, if you're the chatty type, make new friends.

But eating and drinking in Madrid is more than simply a sprawling tapas bar...

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Sara Kahn

Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a city known for many things, but food is usually not one of them. Nonetheless, Rio's food scene is not to be ignored. From açaí to steak, Rio has it all.

Rio de Janeiro, famous for its beaches and nightlife, is a city that is not often appreciated for its dynamic food scene. But its weakness for the good life, and its rich history and culture, means that Rio has plenty to offer on the cuisine front.

With a newfound appreciation for its own history, Rio’s culinary experiences are now more focused on local ingredients and traditions, while also embracing other flavors from across the world. These must-try restaurants combine creative cuisine with traditional Brazilian flavors to create a comprehensive understanding of Rio de Janeiro’s culinary offerings.

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Gùsto! How · What · Where Locals Eat (And Drink) In Warsaw

Poland's capital — known for its rich history, impressive skyline, and vibrant arts scene — is often overlooked when it comes to cuisine. Here's what to eat when visiting Warsaw.

For destinations like Rome or Paris, eating the local cuisine is a big part of the draw. Warsaw instead is an evolving food and drink experience, offering an eclectic mix of culinary options: traditional fare and trendy alternatives.

Fusion restaurants and gastro pubs have become popular as the Polish capital reinvents itself. Chefs are continuing to reinvigorate and experiment with Polish cuisine, and Japanese and Korean restaurants are enjoying newfound popularity.

Visitors looking to explore Poland’s flavors are sure to find them here.

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Michelle Courtois

Gùsto! How, What, Where Locals Eat (& Drink) In Beijing

Hiked the Great Wall? Walked the hundreds of stairs up the Temple of Heaven? Looks like you need a drink.

BEIJING — Hiked the Great Wall? Walked the hundreds of stairs up the Temple of Heaven? Looks like you need a drink. Or maybe you're hungry?

There are 9 million bicycles in this giant city – and walking through the streets, it feels like there might be just as many exciting restaurants, bars and cafes to try. Here’s a guide to a day of eating and drinking all around the beautiful city of Beijing, with inside tips on where the locals go.

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