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Find the Best Food on Your Honeymoon

If you're a foodie who's headed out on a honeymoon, you're probably more worried about booking restaurant reservations than you are about booking a massage. After all, we wouldn't want to travel to exotic locales and miss out on the culinary highlights, would we? Thankfully, finding and securing the right restaurant reservations on your honeymoon just takes some planning. Here are some tips to help you along, whether you're going on a postwedding vacation or just traveling any old time.

  • If fine dining is important to you, choose a destination known for its foodie appeal, such as New York, London, or Spain.
  • If a "must-eat" is on your list, book it as soon as you book your trip. Particularly if it's a destination restaurant, think about getting reservations months and months in advance. Remember to confirm your reservations before you leave.
  • If you don't have a place in mind, start researching the best restaurants after you've decided on your honeymoon destination. Special magazine issues, such as Food and Wine's The Go List, are great for finding ideas, as is the New York Times travel dining guide. The forums on Chowhound are also a helpful resource.

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  • Don't limit yourself to restaurants described as "romantic." Especially in touristy areas, you might be better off selecting a restaurant that's highly regarded for its food. A very fine-dining experience can be incredibly romantic without the cheesy trappings that can come with "romantic" dining.
  • Make sure the restaurant you've chosen will be open during your stay. Renovations, management changes, and holidays are some reasons why they might be closed.
  • Secure a few important reservations in advance, but leave a few nights open for restaurants you discover after arriving. Ask the concierge at your hotel for good local spots or, better yet, ask the employees who live nearby. Walk around the area where you are staying and see if anything catches your eye.
  • Also, don't be shy about telling the restaurant that you're on your honeymoon. They might be willing to pull out some special stops to help celebrate your special occasion.

Have your own tips for finding great food while traveling? Share them in the comments below.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
my fiance and i are going to plan our honeymoon in the next few months and these are some great tips. i think that sometimes we fear planning that much since we like to leave things up to chance, but you're right - it does make sense to think a bit about the reservations element.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
We were treated like gods on our honeymoon in Venezuela!!!! The best ever was this beach restaurant Aquarena(totally natural beach, not built up for tourists) with bean bag chairs and bamboo torches as there are no street lights or anything on Los Roques. They let us linger for HOURS and made special drinks for us and everything. It was perfect!
kia kia 8 years
Heck ya let folks know you are just married. My hubby and I went to small towns in Costa Rica and Panama that were off the beaten path and everyone knew we were newlyweds either by us telling them or someone else. There were nice treats along the way as a result. At one restaurant employees pulled together a bouquet from their grounds and a bottle of wine for us. Another newlywed couple came in that night and did not get the same treatment because no one from the staff knew.We also knew some of the restaurants in areas we were headed. It was not their normal practice but they helped make arrangements for us prior to our visit.
kia kia 8 years
Heck ya let folks know you are just married. My hubby and I went to small towns in Costa Rica and Panama that were off the beaten path and everyone knew we were newlyweds either by us telling them or someone else. There were nice treats along the way as a result. At one restaurant employees pulled together a bouquet from their grounds and a bottle of wine for us. Another newlywed couple came in that night and did not get the same treatment because no one from the staff knew. We also knew some of the restaurants in areas we were headed. It was not their normal practice but they helped make arrangements for us prior to our visit.
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