Autumn foods are fabulous, and what better way to enjoy them than in a beautiful European city? These fall food destinations are sure to provide an unforgettable holiday.
Bologna, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This relatively unexplored town is a foodie’s paradise, and it also has such an incredibly rich history and charm that most visitors immediately fall in love with it. It’s the origin for many favorite Italian dishes, prepared with tasty Bolognese sauce where you can enjoy never ending deliciousness from mortadella and tortellini to lasagna and everything in between. You’ll also be immersed in gorgeous medieval towers, renaissance and baroque artistic monuments. Piazza Maggiore, located in the heart of the city, is a picture-perfect postcard. Bologna is covered by ancient and elegant arcades for nearly 25 miles, which represent the essence of the city – they have very ancient origins, dating back to the Middle Ages, when the city became a popular destination for men of letters and people coming from the countryside.
Lagrono, La Rioja, Spain (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Tapas may have been invented in Seville, but tapas hopping in Lagrono have become a way of life. Hidden between Bilbao and Pamplona, this is a food and wine lovers paradise and the liveliest time to visit is during the San Mateo festival in late September, which celebrates La Rioja’s wine harvest. The main event of course is the grape stomping or crushing, done the traditional way with bare feet. The first grape juice of the year is made as an offering to the Virgen de Valvanera, which is followed by bullfights, lots of music and dancing. All year round, you’ll find the cobblestone streets of Calle Laurel and Calle San Juan—are lined with bar after bar, each serving up its own perfected specialty.
France (Hotel Prices & Photos)
French gastronomy needs no introduction, no matter what time of year you can expect to enjoy a veritable cornucopia of delicious morsels, from figs to ratatouille, showcasing seasonal vegetables galore. Autumn is ideal, a time to cycle the picturesque roads with vineyards while plucking an apple of the trees, sampling roasted chestnuts, chanterelles mushrooms, and truffles, which can be found in abundance in the charming villages at markets as well as on Michelin-starred menus across the nation. Harvest season also means hunting season in France, so you’ll find these delicacies paired with foods like venison, wild boar, quail and pheasant.
Macedonia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Macedonia offers the ultimate experience when it comes to harvest festivities, food, and welcoming people. In the Tikvesh region you’ll discover the largest grape and wine producers, which host a traditional wine harvest in Kavadarci annually in September. Here, visitors can sip some of the best, yet understated wines in all of Europe, along with outstanding cuisine that includes dishes with local peppers, colorful salads and a side of homemade yogurt for dipping fresh breads.
Prague, Czech Republic (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Prague has an incredible food scene all year long, but autumn is a great excuse to delve into some hearty Czech fare that may be too heavy for summer weather. Enjoy delectable meat dishes that are typically accompanied by potato or bread dumplings, as well as warming soups and stews. Many restaurants feature patios that remain open in autumn if weather permits, with cozy heaters keeping you warm while you enjoy your meal. Old Town also happens to host more bars per square meter than any other place on Earth, filled with numerous drinking dens where vodka and other drinks continuously flow, along with live music venues and clubs that stay open ‘til dawn. And here, those fine beverages are often cheaper than an bottle of water.
Berlin, Germany (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Berlin is always fun, and even when autumn weather doesn’t cooperate, you’ll find lots of indoor markets to enjoy, like the Markthalle Neun which hosts multiple indoor events like the regular weekend market and Street Food Thursdays. Wandering the vintage shops in search of some comfy autumn sweaters is a great way to pass the time while nibbling on all sorts of delights. Fall is the best time to savor apple pie, known as apfelkuchen, as well as German-style waffles.
San Sebastian, Spain (Hotel Prices & Photos)
San Sebastian has been called the Foodie Capital of Europe with more Michelin stars per square meter than almost anywhere else in the world. In autumn, the city is invaded by the aroma of cold cuts and sausages, mushrooms, black pudding and game. Visitors can also enjoy lots of local specialties like slow-cooked veal cheeks and salt cod. Every bar offers its own specialty, an so find out what the locals are enjoying and join in on the good eats.
Switzerland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Autumn is the ultimate season for a visit to Switzerland when it comes to vibrant autumn foliage and good eats. Chestnut roasters replace the gelato vendors on the city streets, while the aroma of grilled sausage brings to mind sweater weather rather than summer barbecues. Vineyards are bursting with harvest activity as soon as grapes reach their peak and harvest is celebrated throughout the country with a myriad of festivals that include everything from chestnuts and pumpkins to walnuts and truffles. From mid-September until the autumn fairs close in November, there are an abundance of opportunities to try local foods with a taste of autumn, including The Chestnut Festival in Ascona.