July 23, 2024

Makeda Wiedman

Peaceful Joy

Exploring Regional Cuisines Across Europe

Exploring Regional Cuisines Across Europe


I’m a huge foodie and I love exploring different cuisines. But I’ve always been curious about regional European cuisines beyond the big cities. So, for this week’s blog post, I decided to explore some of the lesser known regional cuisines across Europe. Let’s dive right in!

Exploring Regional Cuisines Across Europe


Spain is a country with a rich history and culture. It’s cuisine is influenced by its geography, climate, and history.

Spain has a wide variety of dishes influenced by its diverse geography, climate, and history.


French cuisine is known for its rich sauces and use of butter. However, French cuisine is generally healthy, with a focus on fresh ingredients. The dishes are influenced by the seasons and the availability of local ingredients. There are many different types of French food, including French desserts!


Italy is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture and delicious food. You can find pizza, pasta and gelato anywhere in Italy but there are also regional dishes that are unique to certain regions. For example, risotto is popular in Venice while polenta is eaten more often in the north of Italy.


  • German cuisine is rich in meat dishes, with pork being the most popular.
  • Food can be heavy and fried.
  • There are many regional cuisines in Germany, including Bavarian and Saxon.
  • Sauerkraut (a fermented cabbage dish) is a traditional German food item

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is famous for its simplicity, so it’s no surprise that Dutch food is simple too. Despite having a reputation for being frugal eaters, the Dutch love chocolate and cheese; these two ingredients are common in most dishes.

Sausages are also popular–they’re often served with potatoes or vegetables as part of a complete (and relatively healthy) meal. Herring is another favorite that you should try if you have the chance!

In addition to these dishes, many restaurants offer small snacks throughout the day called “hapjes.” These can include items like cheese curds with mustard sauce or slices of sausage alongside pickles on bread slices; they’re usually eaten at lunchtime or simply as an afternoon snack while drinking beer at home with friends after work (or school).


Greek cuisine is well known for its unique flavors, which are often spicy and salty. You’ll find olives, olive oil and feta cheese in many dishes. Gyros (lamb meat) or souvlaki (pork) are popular grilled meats served on a pita bread with tzatziki sauce–yogurt with cucumber and garlic–and tomato slices.

Greek food can be very heavy because it’s often eaten with bread instead of rice or potatoes like most other European countries do so I recommend eating light before going out to eat at a Greek restaurant!


Portugal is known for its seafood. The country has a long history of trade and exploration, which has influenced the cuisine in many ways. Portuguese cuisine is heavily influenced by three main factors: the country’s location along Europe’s Atlantic coast; its history as an important player in European exploration; and its climate (Portugal experiences hot summers and mild winters).

You can find unique foods in each of these countries.

When you visit a new country, it can be difficult to get the lay of the land. But one thing that can help you feel more at home is food. Food is an important part of any culture, and it’s often easier than you think to find local delicacies wherever you go.

You may have heard about some of these regional cuisines: French baguettes and pate de foie gras; Spanish tapas; Italian lasagna or pizza; Greek salads…the list goes on! These are all examples of classic European dishes that might be familiar from your own home country–but they’re also ideal ways for travelers who want to experience something new on their travels without straying too far off course from their usual comfort zone when eating out (or ordering room service).


We hope that you’ve enjoyed this culinary tour of Europe, and we encourage you to try out some of the dishes we’ve described. If nothing else, they’ll give you a new appreciation for what people ate thousands of years ago when there wasn’t much in the way of refrigeration or preservation methods!