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Vancouver named Canada's culinary capital by global travellers

June 22 2017

Vancouver is Canada's top culinary hotspot for tourists from around the world, according to new analysis of the global restaurant industry.

Travel site Booking.com has published a new report based on more than 118 million reviews left for restaurants across the globe, looking at which cities have received the most positive feedback on their food.

So, where came out on top as the world's number one culinary capital?

Vancouver among culinary capitals of the world

Top of the list is Hong Kong, where tourists flock to try its world-famous dim sum, closely followed by Sao Paulo in Brazil and Tokyo, which came in second and third place respectively.

Meanwhile, Athens took fourth place on the list, Kuala Lumpur came in fifth, while Melbourne in Australia received the sixth highest number of positive restaurant reviews from both tourists and locals.

The top ten also featured one of the world's street food capitals Bangkok (seventh), tapas hotspot Granada in Spain (eighth), Las Vegas (ninth) and Buenos Aires in Argentina in tenth.

In Canada, Vancouver was named the top culinary destination, where one of the most popular menu items is the JapaDog, a Japanese-inspired hot dog served from a much-frequented pop-up food cart, which has topped several lists of the city's best culinary specialties in the past.

Other Vancouver specialties including British Columbia sushi rolls, maple syrup-glazed salmon and gorgeous West Coast oysters.

Montreal was the Canadian city with the second highest number of positive food and restaurant reviews, while Halifax came in third place. Completing the top five Canadian culinary hotspots were Winnipeg and Toronto, in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The rise of culinary travel

Partly fuelled by the rise of Instagram and the so-called 'avocado on toast generation', yet also driven by people's love and passion for food, travel experiences centered around dining are on the rise. People want to be able to post a photo of a city's best cheesecake to their social media accounts, but they also want to try it for themselves.

In fact, Booking.com found that more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of Canadians would travel to a new destination after hearing about its food and drink, meaning they would be centering their holiday solely around culinary experiences.

Pepijn Rijvers, chief marketing officer at Booking.com, commented: "Culinary travel is an ever-growing trend, with travellers planning trips centered on taste-inspired exploration and seeking to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, of which food plays a huge part. Not only are people looking for luxury gastronomic experiences, but also sampling local and street food."

With Canada famous for its maple syrup pancakes, poutine and butter tarts, it's clear to see why a growing number of people want to visit the nation based purely on its culinary offerings.

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