While brushing up on your cooking skills is one way to satisfy the new hubby, there’s plenty of other ways to sweep him off his feet. Give your honeymoon a culinary spin by exploring the best in food and wine your region of choice has to offer. From tapas crawls through Spain to a locals-only look at London’s markets, these six food tour honeymoon ideas are sure to offer just the right amount of romantic fuel you need for the trip of a lifetime.
Take a Tapas Tour in San Sebastián
One way to experience Basque cuisine at its finest is with an Iberian ham-carving class in the confines of a private bodega at Hotel Maria Cristina’s prestigious Mimo San Sebastián cooking school. Another is to leave the work up to the masters here, setting out into the city to sample some of the best pintxos tapas bars lining the Old Town streets. You’ll weave in and out of bars that go from traditional to more underground, tasting fresh prawns and line-caught baby squid alongside some of the region’s local whites and reds for a true Basque Country experience.
Wine & Dine in Montenegro
Sure, Greece is gorgeous, but a few other countries nearby offer just as much beauty and charm—at a much more affordable price tag. Soak up coastal charm from a perch at the Regent Porto Montenegro on Boka Bay, where your view will be divided between the sea and rugged mountains in the distance. Eat your way through three-course dinners paired with regional wine that you’ll have the chance to go out and sample firsthand, visiting some of Montenegro’s top-notch wineries like the family owned Savina and Plantaze Winery Estate, Europe’s largest vineyard in one complex. The best part? While you’re sipping these wines (which are practically impossible to find out of the Balkans), you can eat your way through local cheese and charcuterie, extending the gourmet experience beyond the tours.
Craft Chocolate Like the Swiss
While the gorgeous Gstaad Palace in the snow-capped Swiss Alps is a fairy tale in itself, couples calling this spot home during their honeymoon can up the romance factor even more brushing up on their baking skills at Maison Cailler, Switzerland’s oldest chocolate company. Learn from the pros how to weave this aphrodisiac into heart-shaped chocolate molten cakes and personalized candies that you can take home as souvenirs.
Day Trip to the Catalan Countryside
About 60 miles southwest of Barcelona lies the town of Valls, where the Catalan tradition of a seasonal feast revolving around spring onions, or calçotada, got its start. Join the locals on a half-day tour taking part in the tradition—bib included. With Devour Barcelona Food Tours, couples can taste some of the local specialties in a 17th-century restaurant that grows its own calçots, grilled over an open flame or with classic Catalan sauce like Romesco. On the way, you’ll soak up the scenery another way with a stop at a village bodega to sip vermouth straight from the barrel and walk through the vineyards of one of the region’s most iconic wineries.
Cook Like a Michelin-Starred Chef in Monaco
It’s one thing to indulge in a lavish multicourse dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, but it’s a whole other experience to cook with the chef behind the cuisine. In Monaco, honeymooners staying at the five-star Hôtel Metropole (smack dab in the center of Monte Carlo) can learn how to master the world of Japanese cooking at legendary Chef Joël Robuchon’s first and only Japanese restaurant, the Michelin-starred Yoshi. The day starts with a trip to Monte Carlo’s fish markets, exploring a more off-the-beaten-path side of the principality before taking a one-on-one cooking course. After working up an appetite, you and your other half can take a leisurely tasting lunch with top-notch Japanese fare matched by something a bit more French—Champagne.
Go Behind the Market Scene in London
Always dreamed of roaming London’s legendary street markets but don’t know where—and how—to start? Luckily, Brown’s Hotel has got you covered. The new Gastronomic Suite Escape not only includes indulgences like personalized concierge service and a room stocked with all of your faves (flowers included), you’ll also have all of your restaurant needs taken care of. The hotel has enlisted the help of one of Britain’s top food writers and critics, Tom Parker Bowles, who will take newlyweds on the ultimate tour around town exploring his favorite stalls at Borough Market and securing reservations for dinner where the private chef on hand just so happens to be the Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett.