Good food with good people is essential to your health and happiness, especially when you’re travelling. It can undo a 36-hour bus ride or a nasty hangover in no time, helping you avoid the dreaded backpacker burnout and meet new friends.
But did you know you can eat like royalty without even leaving your hostel? From pasta making classes in Rome to fresh fruit smoothies on your own private beach in the Philippines, we’ve rounded up the best hostels for foodies around the world. If you feel like you want to bookmark this delicious list, nobody will judge you. This is a safe space.
Beach Picnic – Philippines
Spin Designer Hostel in El Nido knows that great food is made to be shared. Their weekly BBQs and twice weekly picnics on the beach are a great place to get to know your fellow travellers, whilst enjoying insanely good Filippino dishes. More good things: eco conscious, stunning design and double beds in all dorms.
Dorms from: £16
Privates from: £48
Catalan Sharing Plates – Barcelona
Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel is one of the most gorgeous design hostels you’ll ever stay in, and also serves up some of the city’s best budget food. The sharing plates are great for making new friends; try the rainbow beets & goat cheese, bonfire potato with seared calamari & lemon aioli, or Asian greens – all washed down with a fresh unpasteurised beer. And the decadent simplicity of the breakfast is the perfect way to start your day, featuring fresh OJ, delicious homemade muesli, eggs and barista made coffee.
Dorms from: £26
Privates from: £90
Icelandic Soul Food – Reykjavik
On those chilly Icelandic nights, you need something hearty and nourishing to warm your cockles. You’ll be hard pressed to find better soul food in Reykjavik than at Kex Hostel, where the menu features grilled lamb sausage with mashed potatoes & onions; peanut salad with roasted hazelnut & tofu; and baked Arctic char with lemongrass, ginger & fish sauce.
Dorms from: £30
Privates from: £150
Fresh Fruit In Paradise – Indonesia
Surrounded by rice fields, banana trees and bamboo, The Farm Hostel does simple, fresh food very, very well. You’ll be dreaming of their fresh dragon fruits for breakfast for the rest of your life. Make sure you time your visit right for their epic BBQs every Sunday.
Dorms from: £10
Hangover Heaven – Paris
The bar at St Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord is enormous, and things can sometimes get a little wild. Luckily, they also know how to help you recover the next day with badass burgers, chips and nachos. Perfect for sharing with all the new friends you made the night before.
Dorms from: £17
Privates from: £50
Filippino French Toast – Philippines
Mango-flavoured French toast that looks like a crab? Well good MORNING, Noordzee Hostel! Besides Instagram-ready food, this five star hostel has its own private beach (with free-roaming beach pigs) and stunning “hidden” waterfalls within walking distance.
Dorms from: £8
Privates from: £25
Fruit Smoothie + Private Beach – Philippines
Okay Noordzee Hostel, now you’re just showing off.
Urban Gardening – Bangkok
Hom Hostel & Cooking Club is an incredible place to hone your Thai cooking skills using the very freshest ingredients, grown on the hostel’s lush rooftop garden. The daily cooking demonstrations will teach you how to classic dishes including pork satay and mango sticky rice. There’s always someone around in the kitchen to give you some pointers so it’s a great place to practise.
Dorms from: £10
Privates from: £34
Happy Food – New Zealand
Imagine waking up to THIS. Solscape Eco Retreat are on a mission to show the world that delicious food doesn’t have to cost the earth… in every sense of the word. The ingredients for their inventive vegetarian dishes are grown right there in the hostel garden, and the staff are more than happy to teach you about sustainable, healthy living. With incredible sea views and an awesome surf spot within walking distance, a stay at Solscape will leave you feeling amazing.
Dorms from: £17
Privates from: £45
Ceviche + Mango Salad – Costa Rica
Just when you thought Costa Rica couldn’t get any more amazing, you meet Selina Manuel Antonio Hostel and fall in love all over again. Besides the rooftop yoga with jungle views, sunset parties on the beach and co-working space for digital nomads, this hostel superstar also offers some of the best homemade food around. Their love of organic, wholesome, sometimes vegan food joy is infectious.
Dorms from: £11
Privates from: £30
The Most Important Meal Of The Day – Sri Lanka
Coffee is one of the major food groups, but it can sometimes be hard to find good coffee when you’re travelling. Luckily lots of hostels now know their latte art from their instant coffee. One of our favourites is Hangtime Hostel, where your morning caffeine fix is served up with INCREDIBLE beach views. Other coffee superstars include Once Again Hostel in Bangkok and Away Hostel And Coffee Shop in Lyon.
Dorms from: £10
Privates from: £24
FREE Fresh Waffles Every Day – Vilnius
The sweetest words in the backpacker vocabulary: imagine waking up to free fresh waffles with your favourite toppings every single day. Jimmy Jumps Hostel in Lithuania’s capital was opened by a Canadian backpacker, so it’s no wonder the hostel knows exactly what travellers need.
Dorms from: £7
Privates from: £26
Hot Apple Pie + DIY Dumplings – St Petersburg
The heart of Soul Kitchen is most definitely the gorgeous and spacious kitchen, where the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. Expect free DIY Russian dumpling evenings, fresh waffles for breakfast and hot apple pie waiting for you in the kitchen courtesy of the hostel’s friendly cleaner. This is the perfect hostel for socialising over free food made with love.
Dorms from: £12
Privates from: £28
Shakshuka Aka Heaven In A Pan – Miami
The brunch at Freehand Miami features an eclectic mix of deliciousness guaranteed to kickstart your day. Think boozy banana pancakes, bibimbap, steak & eggs, and heavenly Shakshuka all washed down with expertly mixed brunch cocktails. And don’t worry , you can sleep work it off down by the pool afterwards.
Dorms from: £24
Privates from: £100
Pasta Making Classes – Rome
Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta just like Mama at The Yellow in Rome. You’ll visit the local market to pick up fresh produce beforehand, then enjoy the fruits of your labour afterwards. The classes are a great way to bond with other travellers over a love of food and learn a VERY important life skill. More reasons to love The Yellow: in-house tattoo parlour, AMAZING parties and killer rooftop.
Dorms from: £21
Privates from: £79
Organic, Home-Grown Deliciousness – Colombia
Organic muesli with fresh fruit, homemade guava jam, incredible Colombian coffee… it’s no wonder @claud872 described this as “The best breakfast I have had since being away.” At Mundo Nuevo Minca you’re encouraged to help yourself to the fresh fruit and veg from the hostel garden, and learn about sustainability while staying on this former coffee farm. Enjoy this amazing food whilst soaking up jaw-dropping views of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.
Dorms from: £9
Privates from: £19
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