Food is an inherent part of the universal routine, a basic element of survival – yet, and increasingly so, many corners of the world are drawing travelers for their extraordinary culinary scene. 

Even when ingredients are unfamiliar to us, dishes difficult to pronounce, or a language barrier exists between service and guest: food has the power to comfort, heal, and build connections.

A place's best restaurants, top chefs, and most exotic or local foodie experiences—these holders of international acclaim act like the wafting smell of a rich stew, luring us in, to once again reclaim the sensory magic of food and nourish our body.

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The World's 50 Best Restaurants


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Indulge in the ultimate dining experiences thanks to our unique access to The World’s 50 Best network. From Noma and Geranium in Copenhagen, Central in Lima, Cosme in NYC, Gaa in Bangkok and Odette in Singapore—we have got you covered in every continent and global cuisine.

Prestigious Wines + Sweeping Vistas

Argentina, chile + Uruguay

Prestigious Wines of South America

The best way to explore the most prestigious wine-growing regions of South America is to pair it with adventure and amazing dishes. Accompany Argentine gauchos for a ride out to the vineyards where you will savour a glass of Malbec and a classic parrilla under a star-lit sky. Pair a Sauvignon Blanc with an enlightening conversation with a renowned food writer in Chile. Then discover the best kept culinary secrets of Uruguay, as you delight in a wine tasting at award-winning Bodega Garzón.

Melting Pot: Chinese, Malay and Indian


Melting Pot: Chinese, Malay and Indian

A melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, Singapore has become a front-running foodie paradise—from street food and heritage dining spots to swanky celebrity restaurants, the dining options abound. Nothing better than timing your visit to the city-state during the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) whose gourmet tastings, masterclasses and market do not disappoint.

A Seafood Cook's Dream

Isle of harris, Scotland

A Seafood Cook's Dream

Isle of Harris, Scotland
From freshly caught crab to local gin, enjoy a self-catering food experience on the Isle of Harris, Scotland. The Big House is designed around the fully-equipped kitchen, a cook’s dream. Upon request, the owners of this coastal cottage are ready to spoil you with local and seasonal seafood such as pollack and scallops, all from the sparkling waters that can be seen from your private temporary home. With a mid-century modern style, Ercol and Habitat originals and geometric artworks and ceramics, this atypical holiday rental is a delight for design lovers (and a few artisan pieces can be found for sale in their tiny on-site shop).

La Dolce Vita In Sicilia

Sicily, Italy

La Dolce Vita in Sicily

Sicily, ITALY
Get a taste of la dolce vita in Sicily, a sensory-rich Meditarranean island that plays host to the slow food movement, artisanal produce and pre-Roman history. From local pecorino cheese and oil to the best of the coast and the subtle splendor of the hills, this is a treasure trove of natural products. Be introduced to the complementarity of the traditional dishes of Palermo and Catania and the flavors of the vineyards around Mount Etna.

Peruvian Genius

Sacred valley, Peru

The Genius of Chef Virgilio Martinez

Sacred Valley, Peru
The forefront of Peru’s culinary genius sits 3,500 meters / 11,500 feet above sea level in the heart of what was once the Inca empire. Chef Virgilio Martinez, of Lima’s renowned Central restaurant, has created a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience with MIL in the Sacred Valley of Peru. As you experience the seasonal 8-course tasting menu while overlooking the archaeological site Moray, the flavors, textures and stories will reveal his team’s dedicated effort towards research, preservation and revisioning of agricultural traditions.

Talk with us about crafting a Humboldt & Cook Food Journey around one of these experiences.

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Food journeys

The journeys below are recently arranged, fully realized trip itineraries designed to connect the dots of art, food and wellness. With each, an inspired complement of art and wellness experiences was added to the anchoring food experience chosen by our travel client. Every Humboldt and Cook journey is a one-of-a kind itinerary personalized for its travelers.


If you haven't heard that Peru is considered the Best Culinary Destination in the World (eight years running), train your tastebuds on this stunningly multi-dimensional journey. Begin in the coastal capital Lima City where you'll visit top Chefs Virgilio Martinez of Central and Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido. Then it's off to the Sacred Valley for an enlightening journey back in time: discover the genius of the Incas, enjoy Andean music performed live, and have multiple days to explore the famed ruins of Cusco and Machu Picchu.


The culinary scene of Madrid, Spain’s capital, is truly world-class and our food itinerary here is one uniquely reserved for locals. Madrid also houses some of the planet’s greatest collections of art: the Prado Museum; the Reina Sofia museum, home of Picasso’s Guernical; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Design and wine await you in the Rioja region, on the outskirts of Bilbao (the Basque region’s largest city and an urban planner’s version of a miracle). Enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants and one of the most persuasive experiences a gourmet could dream of: a meal at a Txoko (Basque gastronomic society). 

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