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Food Destinations in Central/Eastern Europe

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Food Destinations in Central/Eastern Europe

the mess | May 24, 2011 06:19 PM

Hello,

I will be going to Krakow at the end of June for business, but have about 10 extra days free to travel around the region. I have never been to Central or Eastern Europe before and can't say I know much about the cuisines of the region beyond sausage, beer, and goulash. I am, however, very open to learning about the local culinary traditions and trying new things. What are some cities or towns I should not miss if food is a priority? Are there any in particular I should avoid?

I am open to having a couple of fine dining experiences, but am much more interested in the humbler foods that locals enjoy on a regular basis. That being the case, I am not looking for names of particular restaurants so much as dishes to look for and background information on the regional cuisines.

I am currently considering Krakow, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (not necessarily all four) as possible destinations, and was thinking of renting a car and driving from city to city. Also, most flights seem to stop in either London or Munich - is Munich worthy of a two-day stopover?

Thank you in advance.

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