Foodie Alert: Dine at Michelin-Starred Restaurants on these Amazing Tours
If you’re the kind of traveler who can say how many Michelin stars you’ve had, or even if you’re the kind of traveler looking to get your first Michelin stars under your belt, then certainly no trip to Europe would be complete without a stopover at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
A little background for those not in the know: The Michelin Guide is a more than 100-year old travel guide produced by the Michelin tire company (initially as a way to sell tourists on driving the countryside, and with a focus on hotels). Today, the Michelin ratings system is the most respected guide to food in the world, with restaurants sometimes catapulting into success by having been given one (“a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard”), two (“excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality”) or three stars (“diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.)
Here at Breakaway Adventures, we offer several opportunities for our travelers to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here are three that are highly recommended—and be sure to plan carefully, as reservations are sometimes difficult, and restaurants may not be open every day of the week:
On this popular cycling holiday, you’ll travel the wine route through the infamous Alsace region of France, pedaling through scenic orchards, vineyards, picturesque countryside and quaint villages. And while you’re in the medieval community of Rouffach, nestled along the Lauch River, you can also dine in chef Phillippe Bohrer’s restaurant at the Hostellerie a la Ville d Lyon.
While much of Italy is often crawling with tourists throughout the year, this walking holiday takes you to a more undiscovered portion of the country, in the tranquil northwest corner.
You begin your trip at the Relais Villa d’Amelia in Benevello, which includes a Michelin-starred restaurant headed by Damiano Nigro, “a rising star of the contemporary Italian Gastronomy.” A simple trip through the tasting menu will make your mouth water, from braised beef with soft polenta, to combinations that send your imagination reeling, such as “Poached scampi of Sicily, water-weeds powder, beetroot, liquid beet, ricotta cheese and horseradish sauce.”
If you like the idea of a sun-dappled, independent cycling tour along the Spanish coast steeped with history, gorgeous views, and truly outstanding food (and who wouldn’t?) this is the trip for you. You’ll have the opportunity to explore battlefields, cathedrals, and the ruins of castles, as well as the chance to dine at Mas Pau at Avinyonet de Puigventos, a hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant in a country home dating from the Sixteenth Century. The food is indicative of the region, with careful attention paid to the classic flavors of the Spanish countryside.
Any of these trips provide amazing dining opportunities, and of course when you’re on a cycling or walking holiday, you can enjoy the food with none of the guilt, as you’ll build up an honest appetite!