Best Food in the World - Ultimate Guide to the Top Cuisines to Try - Caravanzers

Discover the world’s best food with my guide to the most popular cuisines a traveler finds in top destinations.

Let’s face it; we all have to eat.


Well, a cuisine is far more than that. Cuisines give us a chance to sample a destination and learn the stories entangled in the history of the dishes we try.

In this guide, I will walk you through cuisines like Chinese, Italian, Ethiopian, Indian, and Mexican.

So, if you want to have a mouthwatering experience, continue with this article.

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Cuisines are the heart and soul of any culture, showcasing a harmonious blend of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. They take us on a culinary voyage, revealing unique traditions and stories through food.

From aromatic spices to comforting dishes, cuisines offer a sensory adventure that delights our palates and nourishes our souls.

From the number of restaurants in top tourist destinations, there are five cuisines that stand out; they are Chinese, Italian, Indian, Ethiopian, and Mexican.

Chinese dishes tantalize us with diverse flavors and techniques, while Italian cuisine transports us to romantic streets with comforting pasta and cheesy pizzas.

Indian food becomes a symphony of spices, Ethiopian cuisine surprises with injera and flavorful stews, and Mexican dishes enchant with fiery salsas, mouthwatering tacos, and vibrant guacamole.

Each cuisine offers a unique fusion of ingredients and traditions that delight our palates.

In the following sections, I will describe each of them in a general way and link to more information if you want to dig into one or more.

Chinese Cuisine

Li Xiu Ying, our China writer, had previously written an excellent article on Chinese food. China, known for its vast size and cultural diversity, has diverse cuisines influenced by various ethnic groups, she says.

While Chinese cuisine is often associated with the dominant Han Chinese population, Li Xu Ying points out that numerous other ethnic groups have made significant contributions to the culinary tapestry.

Take, for instance, the Manchus, who came to power as the leaders of the Qing dynasty. Li Xiu Ying says that their reign left an indelible mark on Chinese gastronomy.

This rich amalgamation of culinary influences has led to the recognition of eight major regional cuisines in China, and these classifications extend beyond the conventional divisions of north, south, west, and east.

Instead, China’s cuisine boundaries embrace distinct regional nuances and ethnic traditions, and learning more about them reveals a profound appreciation for the myriad flavors and culinary heritage that permeate Chinese culture.

Today, Chinese cuisine is probably the most popular in the entire world, and it has to do with its diverse flavors, aromatic spices, and varied cooking techniques.

Chinese food’s wide range of dishes, from savory stir-fries to delectable dumplings, appeals to different palates.

Finally, the globalization of Chinese cuisine and the popularity of Chinese restaurants have contributed to its widespread recognition.

If you’re looking to experience Chinese cuisine, Peking Duck stands out as a highly popular dish. It features roasted duck served alongside delicate pancakes, scallions, and hoisin sauce.

Mapo Tofu, on the other hand, is a beloved spicy dish crafted with soft tofu, minced pork, and Sichuan peppercorns.

Of course, Kung Pao Chicken garners much attention as a flavorful creation combining chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers.

Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine is another super popular cuisine, and there are several reasons. The cuisine is famous for its simplicity and emphasis on high-quality ingredients.

Italian cuisine often uses fresh, locally sourced produce, allowing the natural flavors to shine. This focus on quality ingredients resonates with people seeking authentic and wholesome dining experiences.

Another reason is that the cuisine has a wide range of flavors and dishes to suit diverse palates. It has a balance between indulgence and simplicity, making it appealing to a broad audience.

Italian food also has a rich cultural heritage, and meals are often communal experiences. There is this sense of family and friends gathering to share delicious food and create lasting memories. I really think that this cultural aspect transcends mere sustenance and becomes a celebration of togetherness.

Of course, the global spread of Italian immigrants over the centuries has played a significant role in popularizing the cuisine, too. Italian restaurants and trattorias are in numerous countries, bringing the flavors of Italy to new audiences and establishing a sense of familiarity and comfort.

Finally, Italian food has been heavily romanticized and depicted in popular media, including movies, books, and television shows.

If you want to try Italian food, go for a genuine pizza with a thin, crispy crust and fresh toppings.

You can also try spaghetti carbonara, which is a creamy delight with eggs, cheese, pancetta, and black pepper.

Oh, by the way, don’t miss gelato—a dense, creamy version of ice cream.

Indian Cuisine

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With its rich flavors, vibrant spices, and diverse array of dishes, Indian cuisine holds significant popularity.

Aromatic herbs, unique cooking techniques, and regional specialties contribute to a satisfying and unforgettable culinary experience, attracting people worldwide.

India’s vast diversity ensures a wide range of culinary traditions beyond the northern region, while the cuisine also incorporates influences from other cultures.

Arabic flavors in select dishes, Persian-origin delicacies like biryani and lassi, and Chinese-origin treats such as chai and momo add to the multifaceted nature of Indian gastronomy.

Exploring Indian food necessitates acknowledging this broader context. So, to explore Indian cuisine, try standout dishes like the dosa, a crispy pancake from South India with various fillings like spiced potatoes and chutneys.

For the flavors of North India, indulge in fragrant biryani, a savory rice dish enriched with aromatic spices and garnished with fried onions and herbs.

Don’t miss the universal appeal of chai, a spiced tea enjoyed by all.

Indian food is just delicious.

Ethiopian Cuisine

Ethiopian food is another popular cuisine. This delightful culinary experience combines rich flavors, aromatic spices, and unique textures.

It typically consists of injera, a spongy flatbread, served with a variety of colorful and flavorful stews called wats (sauces).

These wats can be made with meat, vegetables, or lentils, and they are often seasoned with spices like berbere, which is a unique mix from Ethiopia.

Ethiopian cuisine is popular for several reasons. The communal style of eating, where everyone shares from a common platter, creates a sense of togetherness and fosters social interaction.

Additionally, the diverse vegetarian options make it appealing to different dietary preferences.

Finally, the complex and robust flavors of Ethiopian dishes have gained global recognition, intriguing and delighting taste buds worldwide.

When trying Ethiopian food for the first time, I recommend choosing two classic dishes that give you the flavors and diversity of the cuisine.

Injera serves as the foundation of Ethiopian meals, and I would say sample doro wat, a flavorful chicken stew made with berbere spice. This combination is rich and aromatic and often leaves you mouthwatering.

After that, I say give vegetarian options like shiro wat a try. It’s a thick and savory stew made from ground lentils or chickpeas, seasoned with spices, and also served with injera.

These dishes will definitely give you a delicious introduction to Ethiopian cuisine and leave you craving more.

Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine stands out with its vibrant flavors, diverse dishes, and a blend of indigenous and Spanish culinary traditions.

It’s a delightful mix of ancient and contemporary flavors that create a unique gastronomic experience.

From classics like tacos and enchiladas to popular favorites such as guacamole and salsa, Mexican food boasts an array of bold spices, aromatic herbs, and fiery chilies.

This cuisine’s popularity can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures caters to a wide range of taste preferences.

Moreover, Mexican cuisine is often linked to lively festivities, joyful gatherings, and a sense of communal dining, adding to its appeal.

The wide availability and affordability of Mexican food have further contributed to its global recognition.

Whether you’re savoring street food or indulging in fine dining, Mexican cuisine offers an enriching experience for all.

When diving into Mexican cuisine, there are a few dishes that are perfect for starting your flavorful journey.

Let’s begin with tacos, a quintessential Mexican delight. It’s a burst of flavors in every bite.

Next up, enchiladas, a delightful dish of corn tortillas filled with various fillings, like shredded chicken or cheese, rolled up and bathed in a rich, savory sauce, such as red mole or tangy verde.

Finally, don’t miss out on trying guacamole, a classic dip that perfectly balances creaminess and tang. Mashed avocados are combined with lime juice, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and a touch of chili for a zesty kick.

These three dishes, tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole, offer a great introduction to Mexican cuisine.

Final Thoughts

I debated with myself about writing this guide. After all, who decides what are the best cuisines in the world right?
You might be wondering then how it was I came about writing it after all.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to rely on my own personal experience. I found treasure troves of resources describing most of them as popular.

While I found a lot of resources for Chinese, Italian, Indian, and Mexican, there wasn’t a whole lot on Ethiopian.

But a quick digging will show you that Ethiopian cuisine is the most popular African cuisine out of Africa.

So, yeah, there you have it.

Nina Walker is a food writer for Caravanzers.

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