Food for Thought: Research Shows Culinary Experiences Dictate Holiday Choices for Canadian Travellers


Forget listening to your heart, for Canadians it’s all about listening to your stomach.

According to new research commissioned by Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, nearly three quarters (69%) of Canadians would travel somewhere known for its food and drink . With the joy of trying local delicacies often becoming one of the highlights of any trip, it’s clear Canadians have developed this taste for travel.

So, which destinations should be top of mind for those looking to sip, savour and sample their way through their next vacation? According to over 118 million real reviews from global travellers on Booking.com, the top Canadian cities for a salivating gastronomic experience are Vancouver, with its west coast charm and healthy treats, followed by the flavourful Quebecois cuisine of Montreal and thirdly the Nova Scotia Capital of Halifax, known for its fresh seafood and award-winning wines

Top 5 cities in Canada endorsed for food

1 Vancouver
2 Montreal
3 Halifax
4 Winnipeg
5 Toronto

Globally, Asian and South American flavours were favourites in the top ten foodie destinations, with Greece, Australia and Spain not far behind. Hong Kong, with its famous dim sum, Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbeque and Tokyo, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined, top the list.

Top 25 cities globally endorsed for food by Booking.com travellers

1 Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2 Sao Paulo, Brazil
3 Tokyo, Japan
4 Athens, Greece
5 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6 Melbourne, Australia
7 Bangkok, Thailand
8 Granada, Spain
9 Las Vegas, USA
10 Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 Singapore, Singapore
12 Warsaw, Poland
13 Porto, Portugal
14 Valencia, Spain
15 Florence, Italy
16 Milan, Italy
17 Sydney, Australia
18 Krakow, Poland
19 Istanbul, Turkey
20 Lisbon, Portugal
21 Munich, Germany
22 Copenhagen, Denmark
23 Seville, Spain
24 Brussels, Belgium
25 Rome, Italy

Gastronomic tourism

In the last year, almost one in ten (8%) people have travelled to fulfil their hobby of fine dining and seven percent for their passion for wine. However, with 79% of travellers between the ages of 18 and 34 considering travelling somewhere that’s specifically known for its gastronomic delights, it seems globally millennials are leading the way for gastronomic tourism. In fact, one in ten have combined their love of street food with travelling, compared to only four percent of those travellers aged over 55.


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James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email [email protected]

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