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The Best Food Travelogue TV Shows

Updated May 24, 2021 1.5k votes 253 voters 15.7k views46 items

List RulesVote up the best TV shows that blend food and travel.

There's something captivating about non-fiction TV that allows even seemingly boring subjects to pull you in and hold your attention episode after episode, and it is especially true with food travel shows. While most of us don't lead a life that allows us to travel to exotic countries and eat whatever random and delicious food is being sold on the street, whenever food and travel shows come on TV there's few of us who can resist the hunger to tune in. The best food and travel TV shows are a mix of delicious HD food porn, quirky hosts that know their spices, and wish-fulfillment that involves seeing all the places you'll never visit and the five-star meals you'll never eat. Simply put, food travelogue series makes us feel good (and hungry) and the best ones are just plain old entertaining TV.

So whether you're flipping through the Food Network on a day off, burning hours at a time on Netflix, going around the world thanks to all of Zimmern's Travel Channel food shows, or actively seeking out and sharing clips of your favorite food and travel shows online, there's no denying that the top food travelogue shows can make us salivate in front of our TVs and keep us there until well past dinner. So go on and fire up the grill, enjoy a quick and easy sushi meal while traveling down an ancient river, eat all the street food in the world without worrying about getting sick, and rank the best food and travel shows ever. 

  • 1

    View and Chew

    Mike Chen


    View and Chew (Amazon Video, 2020) is a food and travel show hosted by Mike Chen. The famous foodie travels the US, visiting the country's most popular eats. 

  • 2

    PremieredJuly 25, 2005

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 2005) is an American travel and food show. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the U.S.,...  more

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  • 3

    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

    Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert


    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is an American travel and food show on CNN which premiered on April 14, 2013. In the show, Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser known places and...  more
  • 4

    A Cook's Tour

    Anthony Bourdain


    A Cook's Tour (Food Network, 2002) is a travel and food show. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visits exotic countries and cities worldwide where hosts treat him to local culture and cuisine....  more
  • 5

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2007

    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel. The first season debuted on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9pm ET/PT. Bizarre...  more
  • 6

    The Layover

    Anthony Bourdain, Gabriele Bonci

    PremieredNovember 21, 2011

    The Layover (Travel Channel, 2011) is a travel and food show. Each episode starts with Anthony Bourdain landing in a city where he meets up with locals and explores the city to show what a traveler...  more
  • 7

    Somebody Feed Phil

    Phil Rosenthal

    PremieredJanuary 12, 2018

    Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, 2018) is a travel documentary series directed by John Bedolis. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal travels to popular locations around the world to sample...  more
  • 8

    Bizarre Foods America

    Andrew Zimmern


    Bizarre Foods America is an American television series, and a spin-off of Bizarre Foods, this time focusing on the United States rather than international travel. Andrew Zimmern travels to various...  more
  • 9

    Street Food

    Philip Hersh

    PremieredApril 26, 2019

    Street Food (Netflix, 2019) is an American food documentary television series created by David Gelb and Brian McGinn. The show explores the rich culture of street food in some of the world's most...  more
  • 10

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman

    PremieredApril 23, 2007

    Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is an American food reality television television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a...  more

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    Chef's Table

    Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann

    PremieredApril 26, 2015

    Chef's Table (Netflix, 2015) is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each episode of the series profiles a single world-renowned chef. Creator David Gelb considers it a follow-up...  more
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    PremieredJanuary 26, 2015

    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations (Travel Channel, 2015) is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern. The Bizarre Foods spinoff focuses on famed destinations' classic foods,...  more
  • 13
    The Mind of a Chef is a 24-episode non-fiction television series on PBS currently starring chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield, narrated and executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, and combines...  more

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  • 14

    Man v. Food

    Adam Richman, Joey Chestnut

    PremieredDecember 3, 2008

    Man v. Food is an American food reality television series. It premiered on December 3, 2008 on the Travel Channel. The program is hosted by actor and food enthusiast Adam Richman. In each episode,...  more

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  • 15

    Salt Fat Acid Heat

    Samin Nosrat

    PremieredOctober 11, 2018

    Salt Fat Acid Heat is an American documentary cooking television miniseries based on the book of the same name by Samin Nosrat. The show and book's title comes from Nosrat's proposed four elements of...  more

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  • 16

    Amazing Eats

    Amazing Eats is an American food reality television series that premiered on January 11, 2012 on the Travel Channel. The program is hosted by actor and food enthusiast Adam Richman. In each episode,...  more
  • 17

    BBQ with Bobby Flay

    Bobby Flay


    BBQ with Bobby Flay is a travelogue series, in which celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay travels around the USA in search of the best and most delectable grilled barbecued food. The chef tours...  more
  • 18

    Food Paradise

    Mason Pettit

    PremieredDecember 17, 2007

    Food Paradise is a television series narrated by Jesse Blaze Snider that features the best places to find various cuisines at food locations across America. Each episode focuses on a certain type of...  more
  • 19

    PremieredNovember 11, 2020

    Eater's Guide to the World (Hulu, 2020) is an American reality series. Narrated by Maya Rudolph, the series explores some of the most satisfying culinary destinations around the world including the...  more

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    Fresh, Fried & Crispy (Netflix, 2021) is an American reality series. Hosted by Daym Drops, he drops in on America's smokin' hot spots for the best, freshest takes on fried food....  more

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    Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi (Hulu, 2020) is an American food and travel television series. Host Padma Lakshmi takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food...  more

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  • 22

    Dead Set on Life

    Matty Matheson
    Dead Set on Life (Viceland, 2016) is a Canadian culinary travel television series. Toronto chef Matty Matheson travels to various communities throughout Canada and the world to sample local food....  more
  • 23

    PremieredJuly 21, 2019

    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic, 2019) is an American food travelogue television series. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay travels around the world meeting with indigenous people to learn...  more
  • 24

    Bobby and Giada in Italy

    Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis


    Bobby and Giada in Italy (Discovery+, 2021) is an American reality series. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have team up as they cook and eat their way through De Laurentiis' home country, Italy....  more

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    I'll Have What Phil's Having (PBS, 2015) is an American travel documentary series. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal travels to popular locations around the world to sample their food....  more