CNN Travel has rounded up 10 cities with fabulous dining scenes, and we've included some additional stories to help you get started with planning.
Modern British food is a far cry from what it used to be. Foodies love Fergus Henderson's St. John restaurant for its unique and delicious bone-marrow salad.
2. New York
Whether it's pulled, roasted or smoked, pork is all the rage right now. Big Apple BBQ spots like Hill Country, David Chang's three Momofuku restaurants, and Brooklyn's Fette Sau are serving up the other white meat in the most delicious ways.
3. Portland, OR
You may not find the loganberry pancakes referenced in the cult-darling comedy "Portlandia," but the city is heaven for locavores. Gabe Rucker’s Le Pigeon comes highly recommended for its "punk" take on classic French dishes.
The Lion City is known for its street food. Visitors delight in fish ball noodle soup, roti, and laksa, a rich noodle soup with a spicy coconut milk broth.
Cosmopolitan Shanghai is home to a bustling food scene and visitors can sample regional Chinese dishes one night and move on to French haute cuisine the next. Nothing is more essential, however, than the city's signature xiaolongbao, steamed soup dumplings filled with pork or crab.
Beautiful Barcelona is a great place for tapas and wine.
Forget about throwing another shrimp on the barbie -- Australia's food scene has never been more worldly or sophisticated. Sydney is home to many modern Thai restaurants like Longrain, which is known for its innovative approach to traditional Thai flavors. (There's also a branch in Melbourne.)
Foodies flock to Melbourne not only for innovative cuisine, but for the relaxed feel of its restaurants.
Practically every world cuisine has some version of pizza, but nothing beats a slice or two of puffy, chewy, edge-blackened, tomato-drenched heaven from one of Naples' many pizzerias.
10. San Francisco
The City by the Bay was all about seasonal food and organic ingredients while the rest of the country lagged behind. Restaurants like Alice Waters' Chez Panisse are as essential as ever to the city's farm-to-table dining scene.