Mamakoo's Summer (Food) Destination Guide

 

Summer is officially here, and with the world finally reopening it’s the perfect time to get away for some much needed R&R. Whether you’re looking for a destination with sandy beaches and clear blue water, a romantic city full of old architecture and cozy nooks, or a metropolis bustling with life and modern art, Mamakoo has specially selected destinations across 4 continents that are sure to meet all of your travel wants and needs. Scroll down to discover your next dream destination!

 

 
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Banff/Calgary

  • Must see: Check out the Calgary Stampede for 10 days of attractions and western shows (July), and the Lilac Festival (June) with city blocks filled with vendors and fragrant lilac flowers
  • Banff National Park’s gorgeous Rocky Mountains and clear blue lakes are the perfect backdrop for hikes and sightseeing
  • June marks the official beginning of summer in Calgary, meaning clear blue skies and high temperatures straight through to August

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Boston

  • Outdoor dining is in full swing during the summer months, so take advantage of the outdoor dining opportunity and enjoy Boston’s tasty cuisine in the fresh open air
  • The fabulously fresh seafood in Boston isn't news to anyone - perfectly briny oysters, seasonal meaty lobsters in season right from the source, and chewy bites of clams bathing in creamy New England chowder.
  • Local fun events (concerts and games at Fenway Park, Harborfest, Boston Pride) and beautiful weather make summer a popular time to visit

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Hamptons

  • The eastern end of the Long Island (namely the Hamptons, Montauk and North Fork) is home to not only spacious vacation homes, but also many farms, vineyards, artisan cafes, restaurants and shops. 
  • Cooper’s Beach is a popular beach destination where residents soak up the sun and relax along the stretch of sandy paradise
  • Must see: Wölffer Estate vineyards for a large variety of artisanal wine ripe for tasting

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Hawaii

  • Whether you’re seeking pristine shorelines and rainforests, craters and lava fields, adventure, art, food or culture, in all situations, there’s a nook of Hawai’i that's perfect for you
  • Come June, the hordes of tourists that flock to Hawaii for winter break have dispersed, and the summer holiday crowds have begun to descend upon the islands
  • King Kamehameha celebrations take place all throughout June, with different events and activities happening on the Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu

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Hudson Valley

  • Mamakoo has got you covered for hearty snacks, meals and craft beer in this picture-perfect region only a couple of hours north of NYC
  • Farmer’s markets abound in the valley during summer, and the farms themselves are open for fruit picking and daytime activities
  • Outdoor yoga alongside adorable llamas, anyone? Clover Brooke Farm is just one of many farms offering beginner yoga classes on their picturesque farmlands

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Los Angeles

  • The amazing weather bodes well for a delightful brunch on an open-air patio or at a sun-filled restaurant, especially around areas like Los Feliz and Venice on the west side of town
  • Must see: California Plaza in downtown LA hosts to tons of free outdoor concerts showcasing a huge variety of artists all summer long, while Boat Cinema screens movie you can enjoy while floating on beautiful Castaic Lake
  • By June, crowds begin to roll in to soak up the sun and partake in all the summer fun the city has to offer

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Mexico City

  • Comforting dishes like tamales, enchiladas and pozole, are easily found at home-style mom & pop shops for under $5
  • As the rain comes down, so do hotel and travel prices, meaning you’ll be more likely to score some deals during these rainy (but still enjoyable) summer months

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Montreal

  • Experience a French-infused city that's in love with festivals, the arts, good food and enjoying life to the fullest
  • Montreal’s sunny weather attracts tourist crowds eager to explore this vibrant city
  • The list of festivals taking place in the summer is extensive, including standouts like Just for Laughs, Osheaga, and Fantasia

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Napa/SF

  • In San Francisco, look for taquerias in the Mission, oysters in the Castro, and contemporary Spanish cuisine in the Financial District
  • As California’s most famous wine-growing region, naturally there are hundreds of wineries to choose from. When in Napa, you will most likely spend the majority of your visit eating and drinking
  • Summer in Napa and San Francisco tends to be cooler and slightly damp, so bringing layers and an umbrella is key to an enjoyable trip
  • Must see: Outside Lands Music Festival (August)

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New York City

  • New York’s hottest season still sees large crowds of visitors in search of summer fun in the Big Apple
  • Must see: Tribeca Film Festival with screenings and panels held across the city (June--the festival is usually held in March, but has been postponed this year), Queens Night Market (June-October), and Shakespeare in the Park (July-August)

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Seattle

  • A full gamut of seafood-forward restaurants in Seattle showcase the local assortment--how about freshly-shucked creamy oysters, sliders with juicy oyster fritters, geoduck crudo with a gentle squeeze of lime juice, flaky fish & chips, or salmon chowder?
  • Seattle’s best weather undoubtedly comes in summer, with comfortable temperatures and sunny skies
  • Festival season is in full swing--check out the Seattle International Film Festival and Seafair

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Toronto/Niagara Falls

  • The city is quite large, yet it boasts a blend of intimate and walkable residential neighborhoods, green park space and urban density
  • Summer in Toronto brings with it tourists wanting to experience the city at its best
  • Experience a plethora of food offerings--Tibetan, Syrian, Spanish, Jamaican--all readily available at your fingertips

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Vancouver

  • Summer's warm weather can make bookings hard to come by and prices a little steeper. Book early to snag a spot the good ones are gone!
  • Must see: TD Vancouver Jazz Festival and Vancouver Folk Music festival

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Buenos Aires

  • Known as "the Paris of South America," this beautiful city with cobblestone roads and Art Deco & Neoclassical buildings offers fabulous Tango shows to be watched over dinner or a glass of wine, at hole-in-the-walls or five-star fine dining restaurants
  • Northern hemisphere summer translates to southern hemisphere winter, meaning off-season has officially begun in Buenos Aires and prices along with temperatures are on the decline
  • Soak up Buenos Aires’ lively culture at a cultural center or museum like the MALBA, take an architectural tour around the city, or immerse yourself in music and dancing at the Buenos Aires Tango Festival (August)

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Amalfi Coast

  • Stop by a local-recommended restaurant and opt for al fresco dining. How about a simple yet flavorful bowl of seafood pasta and delizia al limone over a glass of Italian wine?
  • Take advantage of the soaring temperatures and sunny summer skies by heading down to the sandy beaches or hopping on a boat to explore the coastal towns and clear turquoise waters
  • Stop by Sorrento (famous for its limoncello) to take in the sights, or Ravello for gorgeous heights and the Ravello Festival held at historic Villa Rufolo

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Barcelona 

  • June sees more comfortable weather conditions, while July into August the city sees higher temperatures and an even higher increase in tourists
  • Must see: Open-air cinema in spots around the city, Park Guell, and The Grec Festival (July)

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London

  • London summers mean warmer weather, but that doesn’t mean its famous rain showers are a thing of the past. Make sure to pack layers and an umbrella for maximum comfort
  • Look out for open-air cinema all around London and events at Somerset House

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Madrid

  • Start your day in Madrid with a late but light breakfast--how about a cortado (small espresso with equal amounts of steamed milk) and bocadillo, or a simple pan con tomate at a café?
  • Beat the intense heat at one of Madrid’s public outdoor pools, an open-air cinema featured under Veranos de la Villa, or at beautiful Retiro Park
  • Must see: Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and Prado Museum

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Paris

  • From July to August, locals trade the city for the countryside while tourists claim the city as their playground
  • Be sure to book flights and hotels well in advance, as events like Bastille Day tend to draw crowds
  • Must see: Cinema en Plein Air for outdoor film viewings at Parc de la Villette (July-August), and summer sales offering heavily discounted designer goods (June-August)

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Porto

  • Summer in Porto entails high temperatures and sunny days, making this a popular time to come and take in the sights
  • Take a scenic walk through one of Porto’s many gardens like Jardim do Morro or Parque de Serralves, climb the Arrabida Bridge, or go on a wine tour at Vila Nova da Gaia
  • Must see: the beautiful Libreria Lello, and Festa de Sao Joao (June)

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San Sebastian

  • From avant-garde fine dining restaurants to pintxos bar crawl, Basque Country's food scene truly covers everything from out-of-this-world gastronomy to rich traditional fare
  • Summer brings sunshine and high temperatures to San Sebastian, making this a popular time to visit
  • Take a walk along pristine Playa de la Concha, up picturesque Monte Urgull, or through the party-filled streets during Semana Grande (August)

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Santorini

  • The warm temperatures and sunshine make summer the perfect time to visit for travelers looking to enjoy the beaches and do some outdoor sightseeing or hiking
  • On the island of Santorini is the village of Oia, which is the perfect spot to spend your evening watching the sun dip below the horizon amongst a beautiful array of colors
  • Must see: hike along a picturesque caldera trail between the villages of Fira and Oia

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Jeju Island

  • This small island in South Korea is the epitome of serene, and is well known for its pale blue seas, volcanic clay, juicy citrus and famous black pork – all just a one-hour plane ride from Seoul! 
  • The best activities to enjoy during Jeju Island’s hottest and rainiest season are outdoors. Take a trip up dormant Mount Hallasan, relax and enjoy the waves at one of the island's sandy beaches, or hike along the Olle Trail
  • Tea lovers will enjoy strolling through vibrant green tea fields under blue skies at O’Sulloc green tea field, as well as stopping by the nearby museum detailing the importance of tea in Korean history

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Seoul

  • Eating and drinking are national pastimes in Korea, whether it be a cup of coffee and slice of cake at the newest trendy café, or a long meal with a group of friends followed by drinks at a separate location
  • To beat the humid heat during summer in Seoul, take a walk along the Cheonggyecheon stream, trek through Bukhansan National Park, or explore Han river
  • Must see: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok village filled with traditional Korean houses, N Seoul Tower, and Gangnam district

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Singapore

  • Singapore’s diverse cuisine is woven together by its historical background of the colonial era and its proximity to many other Southeast Asian countries—a harmonious amalgamation of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisines
  • Late summer offers some respite from heavy rains and tourist crowds, although the temperatures are still quite high 
  • Look out for the Great Singapore Sale (June-August) for heavily discounted designer items
  • Must see: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, and Singapore’s ethnic enclaves like Kampong Glam and Little India

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