Rene Redzepi, a famous Danish chef, once said: “People will travel anywhere for good food – it’s crazy.” And he was right – who wouldn’t travel the Earth to enjoy one of the most beautiful pleasures of life, the joy of tasting some insanely delicious food. Well okay, that might not be the primary reason concerning every traveler, but if you are a passionate food lover, then you will probably relate to this famous chef’s saying.

Great destinations for enjoying some good spicy food

Some people just don’t care too much about what’s on their plate and yet there are those that prefer eating spicy food all day, every day. We assume you’re the type of person that wants to spice up your life with some mind-blowingly delicious meals, so keep on reading – you’ll encounter some great destinations you will wish to visit.

Once you visit a new destination, it is often a good idea to taste some of the traditional local food that is served there. However, there are particular destinations where you can enjoy an exquisite type of food served as a specialty, and that is why we decided to reveal you the best cities where you can enjoy a diverse menu of nicely prepared spicy food that you can quickly get addicted to. So, check out the following guide for foodies eager to try out the various tastes of several local cuisines:

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, one of a kind cuisine, an incredible food culture, the capital of Thailand offers a pallet of various Thai food meals that are prepared to take over your senses. Whether you’re at a street market, or you’re surrounded by numerous local restaurants, a delicious Thai meal is just a sniff away. There are so many restaurants providing an excellent service and a rich and tasty menu that you will be surprised how hard it is to pick a single restaurant to dine in.

Nevertheless, whichever place you choose to eat, make sure to try out the ultimate specialties like Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Tom Yum Goong, Som Tum, Yam Nua, Kai Med Ma Muang, Tom Kha Kai, Gaeng Daeng, Pad Krapow Moo Saap and Gaeng Keow Wan Kai. It may be hard for you to remember these names, but we guarantee you’re going to fall in love with whatever you choose to eat.

Pad Thai

Beirut, Lebanon

To visit such a magnificent place like Beirut and not bother to taste its local food specialties would be a crime in a traveling sense. The spicy fish and octopus served there, locally known as the Samkeh Harra and Akhtabout, seem to be the perfect gastronomical satisfaction for a person that enjoys a delicious mix of spicy and seafood. Clean and healthy, the Lebanese cuisine is all about using fruits and vegetables and including unique ingredients that you wouldn’t usually include in your routine meals. Most often foods are grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil, which tastes not only delightful but also contains low-fat.

Samkeh Harra

Marrakesh, Morocco

Just a simple walk along the food stalls at the Marrakesh Night Market will intrigue your senses immediately that you would want to try out if the local food tastes as incredibly good as it smells and looks. However, it may occur to you that the taste is, believe it or not, even better than what you have imagined. Well, that’s the charm of the insanely tasty cuisine of Morocco. If you’re looking for a diverse menu of delicious spicy foods that head down to Djemaa el-Fna square for the ultimate gastronomical experience. And in case you don’t know what to try out first, we recommend you to kick off your afternoon of degustation with a plate full of yummy Makouda – little deep-fried potato balls served with spicy harissa sauce.

Marrakesh Morocco

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the best destination if you’re prepared to spill some fire out of your mouth like a dragon due to the insanely hot and chilly grilled food specialties. This is one of the greatest cities offering a massive list of restaurants that work hard to satisfy their frequent costumer’s longing for some extraordinary spicy food. Apart from the daily opportunities of tasting the local specialties, Albuquerque also kindly invites you to attend the annually organized spicy food festival called The National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show. For a passionate food lover like yourself, this may be regarded as your perfect heaven consisting of hundreds of tastes and aromas.

Albuquerque New Mexico

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Taking comprehensive care of flavors and textures, the people of Colombo – Sri Lanka sure know their way around the kitchen. Considered as one of the hottest cuisines in the world, the level of spiciness in their traditional local food may require a fire extinguisher. Yes, the taste is that strong that you might want to keep a big bottle filled with some liquid just to clear up your throat and make sure you still feel your tongue. When tourists dine in Colombo, they are often asked how hot they prefer their food to be. That is why it is good to remember that even the average level can bring you to tears, so go easy on the menu here if you can’t handle all that spiciness.

Colombo Sri Lanka

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The capital of Ethiopia, a kind of exciting destination to visit, is prepared to offer you a different gastronomical experience. The street markets are an exciting thing to see just because of the various enchanting colors of the spices and their glorious smell. If you’re visiting Addis Ababa, make sure to try out some Shiro – a delicious chickpea powder-based dish served with the Ethiopian’s favorite red berbere sauce. Mesir Wot is yet another tasty dish you should try out once you go to Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Izmir, Turkey

From kebabs to Lahmacun, the Turkish recipes are widely spread throughout the world, and everybody seems to enjoy eating Turkish food. And just like the previously mentioned destinations, Izmir is a city in Turkey where the people also enjoy cooking spicy meals. Such foods can be found on every corner, in every restaurant and street market. So if you’re going to Izmir, make sure to try out some delicious: Turkish Rice and Chicken, Dolma, Karniyarik, Doner Kebab, etc.


Bilbao, Spain

If you like your food hot as the weather in Spain, then you should head down to the beautiful city of Bilbao. And once you go there, what you’ll be eager to try out are several hot dishes from the Basque cuisine. The meals in Bilbao mainly consist of grilled meat and fish, accompanied by some chilly sauces and alluring flavors. Whatever you choose, it will be of great balance combined with the sweet sangria the Spanish people love drinking.

Bilbao Spain

After reading this, what you’re probably thinking of right now is food. Well, at least you know where to travel to find your perfect meal, something that can easily give you a “foodgasm.” But since the joy of a delicious dinner is better shared in a company, share this article to find a suitable partner in the search for the perfect spicy food. Bon appétit!


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