While some cities are known for their steaks, burgers or pizzas, others are perfect spots for seafood lovers, particularly when they are located on the coast and can provide fresh produce all year round. So here is a list of 7 cities that are dream spots if you are after some delicious seafood.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Famous for its New England clambakes and lobster shacks, the North Atlantic coast is a must-have on your list for seafood destinations. If Maine lobster rolls are a must try, you should definitely visit Nova Scotia, as it is the world's largest lobster exporter and a great spot if you are looking for the "King of seafood". Providing the freshest fish you'll ever try and with more than 200 vendors working at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, it is a perfect place for seafood enthusiasts.
Street food is immensely popular in Palermo, and seafood is a big part of it. Ranging from tuna, sea bass, and cuttlefish to sea urchin, sardines, anchovies and swordfish, you will have pretty much any choice you might wish for in the Sicilian capital. As Sicilian cuisine shares European and North African influences, it makes it a pretty special place for any gourmet and adventurous foodie out there (yes, be ready to try some seafood couscous or swordfish stuffed with raisins and pine nuts).
Located right along the west coast of South America, and home to a huge fishing industry, Santiago is a fantastic place to visit if you're a foodie. The Mercado Central is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Chile and attracts hundreds of people every week. Local dishes you should absolutely try include seafood empanadas with shrimp, locos (abalone), mariscos (mixed seafood with mussels), seafood salads and seafood lasagna.
Home to the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, Galway harbour is a perfect setting for seafood, offering the very best of the Irish west coast. Created in 1954, the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is the oldest oyster festival in the world. Every September, it includes some live music, dinners, beer tastings, the World Oyster Opening Championships, and plenty of fresh oysters for people to gorge on.
Panama city, Panama
Celebrated for its "abundance of fish", Panama is a dream destination for any seafood lover. Head for the Mercado de Mariscos, the most popular fish market, which is located directly on the pier. You will be able to try some corvina (a meaty white fish), red snapper, octopus, squid, and tropical king crab at very reasonable prices. Indeed, dozens of stalls surround the Mercado de Mariscos and serve cups of octopus, corvina, or black conch ceviche, each for only about $1.