Bangkok, New Orleans, Florence voted tops for food and wine

Posted on October 11, 2011

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In a surprise for many, Bangkok edges out Hong Kong to clinch top spot on Tripadvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice list.

As well as being renowned for quality street food, Bangkok has a diverse range of high end dining options like Sirocco restaurant at Lebua hotel.

Travel website Tripadvisor.com has announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations awards, with New Orleans, Florence and Bangkok taking top honors in the United States, Europe and Asia, respectively.

The inaugural Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations award winners are based on traveler ratings and TripAdvisor reviews.

For many, Bangkok edging out Hong Kong to claim top prize in the Asia category comes as a surprise, given Thailand’s high taxation rate on imported wine, and all imported alcohol.

Though Bangkok might be making great strides in wine appreciation, it’s definitely the food and not the drink that earned this street food mega-city its top spot on the list. For an eatery on the upper end of the price scale, check out this list of Bangkok’s top high-end Thai restaurants.

More on CNNGo: Wine bars of Bangkok

Long revered for its spicy mix of culinary cultures — including Creole, French, African, Cajun, Native American, and, lately, Asian influences — New Orleans remains one of the world’s prime travel destinations for eating.

Italian cities dominated the European list with Rome, Sorrento, Bolonga and Siena making the top 10.

2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Asia Destinations

1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Hong Kong
3. Seminyak, Indonesia
4. Singapore
5. Sapporo, Japan
6. Hoi An, Vietnam
7. Kyoto, Japan
8. Seoul, Korea
9. Osaka, Japan
10. Koh Samui, Thailand

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