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8 Must Try European Delicacies

Visiting Europe? Confused about what to eat in your visit to Europe and what are the must-try dishes in Europe? I’m going to provide an answer to this and present some of the best European Delicacies I had on my travels to Europe. These are the must-try European delicacies in the true authentic sense.

Europe is home not only to exquisite architecture but is also a land of culinary delicacies for one and all and I fell in love with Europe in my first visit itself. Coming from India I love spicy food and even crave for spices, yet I completely love desserts, varieties of bread and almost anything sweet. In my European travels, I tasted and loved a variety of authentic European delicacies and try to find them back here in India. As obvious as it may sound I like the privilege of having to enjoy their variants in my city but for me, they don’t taste anywhere close to the authentic ones.

I think after a pretty fair share of my travel to Europe, here are some of my Must Try European delicacies which you might find handy in case you are planning a visit anytime to Europe.

8 Must Try European Delicacies

#Crepes

Heading to Paris? Then crepes are a delicacy from Paris, one must not miss from the city of love. You might wonder why am I even mentioning it here considering everyone already know this so let me tell you a story here –

Recently some of my relatives went on a Europe trip including Paris. I met them after they came back home. We got to chat and after the routine question how their trip went I asked if they liked *Crepes* and then they asked me back me what is that? I was like..OMG really?? How could go to Paris and not even try crepe!! So that drove Crepes on my top list so that people don’t miss this wonderful and unique European delicacy which might not taste like the one we get there.

Suggested Read – Things to know before visiting Paris!

 

Must try European Delicacies | Paris Crepes

For my vegetarian friends, it doesn’t contain the meat of any sort, although it does contain egg if that’s a concern to anyone. It is a sort of pastry usually circular in shape, are sweetened with or without fillings like chocolate, banana etc. So don’t miss this delicacy from Europe.

Read how Chandrima enjoyed the Parisian food in her Paris Food Tour.

#Croissant

Another one from the popular European delicacies, known all over the world as a must-have from France. Popular due to its crescent-like shape and found in various flavours including praline, chocolates and even almonds. Easily found in various bakeries around Paris and is also a famous pick for breakfast. This is one of my favourites from the list of must-try European delicacies. 

The pastry variant is today easily available around the world but what makes it so special? I think it’s the way it’s made, and the flavours specific to a region. I kept looking for a typical chocolate croissant version in Delhi,  and I must admit I’m yet to find that close to perfect croissant – Noooo!! a choco-chip croissant is not the same as chocolate croissant – I guess I need to head back to its origin now!! So don’t forget to try the freshly baked this European delicacy.

Suggested Read – Where & what to eat in Paris!

#Pretzel

Care to taste a twisted bread? Pretzel is my top choice for a unique, knotted and asymmetrical dough looped into the product as a delicious bread. This dish is typically salty and if you like you might even choose butter variant – just like me 🙂 Yet to make it to Germany, but I tasted this European delicacy on Munich airport on way to Vienna – aren’t layovers best spent if we get a taste of the country in the short window itself!!

Must try European Delicacies | pretzel from Munich Germany Europe

Pretzels are believed to be originated from upper German regions and known to have religious significance as well in terms of shape and ingredients. At one time, during Lent season eggs were forbidden and as Pretzels are made of simple floor and water were allowed till Easter. Nowadays people hide eggs before Easter day prayers like in those early days pretzels were hidden. So this savory is not only delicious but also have a great historical connotation – hope I got your attention now!!

#Macarons

Originally Macarons are French cookies garnished with eggs, almond paste, sugar, jam or cream filling. Gaining popularity at a fast pace and are easily found today in almost every major city around the world. 

Must try European Delicacies | Macarons from Vienna Austria Europe

Various flavors are available in the cookies ranging from rose, vanilla, orange, hazelnut, chocolate, pistachio and even few more. As most of these are a little too sweet for my preference so personally, my favorite includes chocolate, hazelnut, and almond. Don’t ignore one the famous European delicacies now known in the entire world.

#Belgian Chocolates

Chocolates from Belgium are one of many glories of the nation with a history of its own. Although the cocoa doesn’t originally come from the nation, was in-fact brought to the country from Africa during its colonial era. 

Must try European Delicacies | Chocolates from Vienna Austria Europe

Traveling to Belgium? Know more about Foodie guide to Sightseeing in Brussels.

French are known for their vineyards and Belgians for passing the authentic chocolate recipes through their families for so many generations. You might not have heard that even the small Belgian villages have their own little chocolate shops. Next time you’re anywhere in Europe – even if not Belgium – you will find Belgian chocolates in most major bakeries. Don’t miss these amazing authentic European delicacies!

While in Belgium, don’t miss the Last Post at the Menin Gate, it’s always nice to visit the less-touristy spots. 

#Waffles

Another one of the popular European delicacies is a dish made from dough uniquely identified by its exclusive shape generated from waffle iron peculiarly in squares. Waffles are today relished in almost all parts of the world. Upon hearing Waffles, the attention immediately goes towards the special Belgian waffles which were showcased to the world in 1958 in Brussels Expo. 

Must try European Delicacies | Waffles from Prague Czech Republic Europe

Although I still haven’t got the fortune to enjoy the waffles from Belgium itself, waffles from Europe are still not to give a miss. I tried the above one from a huge bakery – I don’t remember that though – in the town square of Prague. Not typically Belgian, but Gosh that was delicious!

If you’re traveling to Belgium, don’t forget to include the charming Bruges in your itinerary.

#Trdelnik

A culinary delicacy from Europe which is uniquely found in the Czech Republic, although not many know about its roots to be non-Czech. Trdelnik is a fire cooked sweetened dish made from thin rounds of dough and optional toppings available to suit your taste buds. 

Must try European Delicacies | Trdelník - Prague

Trdelník – Prague

There are various theories about the history and myths of the dish. The delicacy is believed to have arrived in Czech by an Hungarian army personnel in the 18th century. Few people believe it to have a connection from the stone age as guessed by the methods of its preparation, nonetheless Czech got its ownership now!!

Must try European Delicacies | Making of Trdelník from Prague Czech Republic Europe

Roaming the streets of Czech capital you will easily find Trdelnik being prepared in a concept almost similar to barbecue. The dough is wrapped in thin round shape onto a rod and is cooked until it turns light brownish in color. A savory yet to make its way to being famous beyond Czech is a must have while in Prague

#Cakes

Step into any European bakery and you will find a variety of cakes aka various flavors on display for you to choose and relish. I also had the good fortune of nibbling some flavors including my ever favorite chocolate and red velvet. There are variants to the types available in each country and each region, but cakes from entire European are delicious and must try!!

 

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#Coffee

If you guys have been following my blog, then you must know by now that I am a huge coffee buff and have coffee no matter where I go. Either a milky or creamy cappuccino or an iced coffee or a typical milk flavored cold coffee from Starbucks – I enjoy all sorts of coffee. If you’re heading to Hamburg in Germany? Check out the best cafes and Coffee in Hamburg from Megan. To my surprise, the coffee seems to have an intriguing impact on my taste buds while in Europe and hence an addition to this list 😉 

 

Love to try the coffee at local cafes? Read more about Tanmaya’s Vienna Cafe Tour.

So here are my most favorite choices of delicacies from Europe. How many of these have you had? Do share your experiences with me!!

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161 thoughts on “8 Must Try European Delicacies

  1. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Totally agree, apart from the beautiful architecture, Europe is a land of culinary delights for one and all. I love all that you have in this post but my favorite would be the Macarons and the Belgian chocolates! 🙂 Trdelnik looks interesting and would love to try it out.

  2. Rudderless Travel says:

    This is a fantastic list. It probably is the best thing for me as I have a serious sweet tooth. I’m also proud to say I’ve tried everything on the list, waffles being my favourite. I’m sad to see that Portuguese butter tarts did not make the list. Maybe that that a good idea…for me and my weight. Lol

  3. toastycritic says:

    I was only in and around London when I was there, and then I stayed with a friend and her mom and she made amazing food. We didn’t go out all that often. It was crazy how amazing the food she made was. Although all of this food there in Europe does look amazing. I really do need to go back and do a more extensive tour of Europe.

  4. Kiyoko says:

    Some of this great food I can get in the US, although I’m sure it’s different. However, I’d never even heard of a Trdelnik! It’s looks delicious! Definitely going to have to make sure I get one of those if I make it to that area!

  5. Afroza Khan says:

    Omg this post is making me so hungry. I’m especially craving some crepes, oh a Nutella crepe. But I would also settle for a waffle. Ok going to go find some pastries now, because this craving is real!

  6. Kate Freya says:

    Delicious! Now I want to go to Paris and try these all sugary treats! <3 except Starbucks.. Don't think they need any promotion knowing what bad things they are doing to the world because of money.

  7. Steph says:

    In love with the treats in this list!! the macarons and crepes sold in the US cannot compare to the ones in Europe and I can only wish to travel there one day:)

  8. Sheree says:

    Reading this list before breakfast was a bad idea! Hahahaha. I’m a sad-sack gluten-free girl unfortunately, so I’ll just have to eat my fill of Belgian chocolate and coffee 😉 Gorgeous photos!!

  9. Meg says:

    What a delicious post! I already love crepes and Belgian chocolates, but that Trdelnik is amazing looking. I believe that has to be tried. MMmmmm…..

  10. sevencontinentssasha says:

    Mmmm yes, the best part of travel has got to be trying new foods isn’t it? That’s definiteky where all my money goes haha. Trdlink were my favourites, so warm and sweet on a cold day. And macaroons in Paris really cannot be beat, melt in your mouth goodness!!!!

  11. Indrani says:

    What a delicious post! I too have to have all of these while on a trip to European countries.
    The pictures are triggering off my salivary glands. 😛 🙂

  12. Marvi says:

    Yummy!!! Europe does seem to be a heaven for people with sweet-tooth. 🙂 I wouldn’t say no to a piece of crepes or a pretzel!

  13. Cristina G says:

    OMG yes. Europe has the best sweets! Whenever I leave Europe, I always miss our deserts and sweets. Glad to see Belgian chocolate among your list too (I’m Belgian and in love with chocolate 😀 ).

  14. Sarah Shumate says:

    Delicious post! I feel very lucky to have been able to try many of these treats during our years in Europe! I actually mentioned trdelniks in my post this week about Prague – ha! They are amazing!

  15. xyuandbeyond says:

    Not much of a dessert fan here but I have to say you have nailed this list with my favourites: pretzels, croissants, chocolates, crepes oh my word happiness time. I am definitely putting Trdelnik on the list to try. I love the fact that not all are super sweet sugary N. American style desserts we have way too much of that although I do think you missed out on a Canadian favourite the Butter Tart….lol…

  16. Ticket to Adventures says:

    Thank you for this delicious post! I suffer from a very serious sweet tooth so I absolutely love this post. My favourite delicacies are all sorts of cakes, crepes (sweet & savory) and macarons, I want some right now! Traditional Finnish cinnamon buns are the best, hope you get to try them some day.

  17. juliemtms says:

    Oh how I love these European delicacies…my kids tried crepes for the first time in Paris last year…and they were hooked!! And we got a croissant almost every day!! I’ve never had a Trdelnik…but next time I will rectify that for sure!! Yum!!

  18. csaradar says:

    Ok, you had me from that first picture of macarons. This post isn’t fair. I’m drooling up a storm now. I’ve had many of these things. Trdnelik looks incredible. Never heard of it. Gotta go try it!

  19. Eva says:

    It’s always so cool to read reactions from people who come from different cultures to foods that one may almost take for granted. I’m sure I’d be experiencing the same in India, amazed at how everything tastes so different and so-much-better 😀

  20. Ingrid says:

    Crepes and croissants are foods that I love. The Treelike you introduced looks similar to a dish I usually buy at Cake Boss. It is similarly made of dough and filled with delicious cream and I think it is baked while Trdelnik is a fire cooked.

  21. oregongirlaroundtheworld says:

    I haven’t tried the Trdelnik – another reason to go to Czech Republic! We adore French treats and will confirm that Scandinavia definitely has it’s fair share of delicious baked goods – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  22. Léonor says:

    Coming from Belgium, crepes is something I have eaten my whole life and I’m happy to tell you that it is reaaaaally easy to make. You don’t need many ingredients and the recipe is really basic. I have no doubt you’ll be able to make great crepes at home!
    Apart from that, it was a very interesting read for me :). I’ve been living in Europe my whole life and all the delicacies you are talking about (except the pretzels) are part of my daily life. I am in love with cakes (although there’s thousands of differents cakes so it’s a veeeery general term), honestly I couldn’t imagine living somewhere where cakes are not an usual thing ahah :).

    • The Wandering says:

      I agree cake itself is a wide area where Europe is concerned, I couldn’t find a single flavour which I didn’t like so I generalised the term😀 And as you say I’m sure I’m going to try making crepes at home.

  23. Jess says:

    Great article. I tried Galler, Cote d’Or, Godiva, Leonidas and Neuhaus and except the Galler and Cote d’Or, the others aren’t worth their price. I really love the chocolates so I was really excited to taste them (about 20 type of different chocolates) but unfortunately they are highly overpriced. They taste good but not good as they price, especially the Neuhaus.

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