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Winter food and drinks in Europe

There's something special about stepping out of the winter wind and into a buzzing restaurant or Christmas market. You're immediately enveloped in the inviting aromas of wintertime flavors. That warm feeling never gets old, and that's why we recommend experiencing it again and again in all of its unique regional variations. Here are a few of our top picks for wintertime food and drinks in Europe!



Roasted Chestnuts - Portugal

Few things are more wintry than chestnuts roasting on an open fire. You can find street food vendors selling this tasty treat throughout much of Europe, but in Portugal, there are entire festivals dedicated to them!


Goulash - Hungary

Originally a Hungarian specialty, this hearty stew has been adopted by many nearby countries as a go-to for warming up when the weather gets cold. Certainly not for small apetites, Goulash usually combines beef and vegetables with a generous amount of paprika. Head to Budapest and you'll have a hard time finding a pub or restaurant that doesn't serve this soul-warming treat. 


Glühwein (mulled wine) - Germany

This German wine can be found in every Christmas market around the country, so you can't miss it! The mix of hot red wine with cinnamon, cloves and citrus is a unique treat.


Hot Chocolate with Churros - Spain

There is nothing like getting warm with a cup of thick hot chocolate with cinnamon in which you can dip the churros, crispy sweet pastries. This is a typical breakfast meal for the locals. It is a wonderful way to start your mornings in Spain! 


Roast Dinner - England

Head to an English carvery for this traditional meal with turkey, bacon-wrapped sausages, stuffing, peas, roasted potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, parsnips, gravy, and cranberry sauce among (many) other things. Don't make plans for after this one-of-a-kind experience as a nice nap will likely be in order!


Cheese Fondue - Switzerland

Try this Alpine classic of bread dipped in a blend of melted Swiss cheeses. The type of cheese included differs per region, making for many endlessly satisfying variations. Fondue is best paired with a glass of wine, good company and a snowy mountain landscape.

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