Everyone knows that one of the biggest aspects of traveling has to do with food. In fact, many people who decide to embark on a journey, whether they are big foodies or not, plan their entire trip based on when and where they will be eating at local restaurants or other recommended places. If these travelers had an itinerary, it would look like a menu, basically, and in between they would push in some sightseeings, just to say that they didn’t only travel for the food. If you ask us, we don’t see anything wrong about traveling to a place just for the good or interesting food that it’s known for.
However, if you still feel somewhat guilty for all your guilty pleasures that also happen to be tasty, and you don’t want to go back home thinking all you did on your trip was eat, then we have the perfect solution for you – food museums. Just think about it, a food museum, has the right amount of culture mixed with the one thing you love most – food, all under the same yummy roof. We can’t promise any food tastings or that these places will be found in the more familiar travel-guides, but what we can promise, is a whole new and tasty experience that will open up your senses and challenge your taste as well as your cultural buds.
Museum of Ice cream – Los Angeles, California
It’s safe to say that 98.9% of the people in the world love ice cream. From little kids to adults, it’s the one of the few foods that everyone loves. What’s not to like? It’s sweet, you can top it with endless topping choices and on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect refresher. So if you ever wondered what it would be like to swim in a pool of sprinkles or relax on huge ice lollies, then the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles is the place for you. It’s also suitable for families traveling with children, and it’s the perfect Instagram backdrop for colorful and playful pictures.
The Frietmuseum – Bruges, Belgium
From ice cream to fries – can this day get any better?? Located in the picturesque city of Bruges, the Friet Museum, which was founded by Eddy van Belle, the chairman of the Puratos Group and just a frites lover, takes you on a culinary tour throughout the history of potatoes and how they have become what we know as fries. The museum was actually founded after van Belle googled the words ‘fry museum’ and found zero results. The museum was opened for visitors in 2008 and apart from a bit of potato history, you can also get cones of the Belgian frites, fried, or the way they like to call it – double-cooked.
The Pulmuone Kimchi – Seoul, South Korea
If you are even somewhat familiar with the Korean culture and its food culture specifically, then you must know that kimchi is pretty much Korea’s national food. You can’t enter a restaurant and not receive a bowl of those traditional and fermented cabbages and radishes. It only makes sense, then, that there would be an entire museum dedicated for that cuisine. You will find a variety of 80 different kimchi, as well as a bit of history through historic cook books and ancient recipes. You can also learn about the process of making different kinds of kimchi. The only catch is, you have to love kimchi.
Cup Noodles Museum – Yokohama, Japan
From one East Asian country to another, Japan offers some of the coolest, most innovative sights in the world, so it only makes sense that Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama focuses on the idea of ‘creative thinking’. If you ever wondered how the first instant Ramen soup was created and wanted to hear the history of instant noodles, then you must visit this museum which was opened for visitors in 1994. Some of the attractions that can be found at that ramen theme park: a display of over 3000 kinds of instant noodles, and an opportunity to create your own cup noodle.
Pizza Brain Museum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
You would think that the world’s first Pizza museum would be located in Italy, but in fact the first Pizza museum is found in Philadelphia. It contains the biggest collection of pizza-related mementos. What started as a Kickstarted project, soon turned into one of the yummiest attractions in Philly. Since it opened in 2012, there were many artistic partnerships that have been made with local artists who have decorated the place in their own special way. Needless to mention, that you can probably get the best pizza in the area at the Pizza Brain Museum.