Pack your overnight bag and appetite as we explore four foodie destinations perfect for the ultimate food-lovers weekend. From the on-trend gastronomy of Melbourne to the flavourful fusion cuisine of Kandy, this guide has got you covered.
PREPARE TO TEMPT YOUR TASTEBUDS with mouthwatering local delicacies while staying in city centre luxury. When you’ve only planned a short weekend break, staying in the middle of the action is always the right choice.
In each of these cities, Radisson Hotel Group has a unique hotel that places you steps from the best places to fill your belly.
Whether you love street food, fine dining or Instagrammable eats, you’ll find something to love in these hand-picked destinations.
Our first stop is the dynamic food and lifestyle of Melbourne, Australia. Every corner of this magnetic city is filled with food and culture to discover.
Stay: Radisson Hotel on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Nestled in Melbourne’s vibrant heart, Radisson Hotel on Flagstaff Gardens offers a haven for urban explorers and discerning gourmands. Sitting in the central business district, the hotel’s 184 stylish rooms and suites feature design infused with modern bursts of colour, ensuring a chic and comfortable stay.
With plush mattresses and an expansive pillow menu, you’ll love sleeping off every meal in supreme comfort. Guests who upgrade to a suite can enjoy a lounge area with city views. During your stay, enjoy skyline views from the rooftop spa and gym and enjoy round-the-clock room service.
Eating at the hotel is a never-miss option, with a seasonal menu available all day at HQ’s on William. Settle in to caffeinate with the in-house barista-made coffee along with an extensive buffet spread every morning. With a menu dedicated to the delights of regional and seasonal dishes, expect all sorts from their signature wagyu beef burger, seafood linguine, fresh oysters and a wide selection of wine favourites. Savour artisanal cocktails and sample local recipes on the rooftop terrace overlooking the grand skyscrapers of A’Beckett Street.
If you need recommendations on where to eat, the hotel’s 24-hour concierge can offer local insight into the best restaurants, markets and casual bites.
The elegant hotel is just a stone’s throw from the iconic Queen Victoria Market – a bustling hub with a delectable array of artisanal treats around every corner.
Another must-visit spot for satisfying culinary cravings is Smith Street — hailed as the coolest street in the world by Time Out – and just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Indulge in world-class people-watching as you soak up Melbourne’s coffee culture and sip a famous flat white at one of dozens of trendy cafes.
Melbourne’s cultural scene offers endless allure, with the legendary Docklands offering a huge variety of attractions — from public art installations to concerts and sporting events — and is located within a kilometre and a half of the hotel.
To discover the charms of Fitzroy, venture beyond the beaten path and uncover a world of trendy shops and eclectic art displays. Don’t miss the Fitzroy Mills Market, where intriguing artwork beckons and the Brunswick Street Gallery, a haven for art lovers.
Quezon City, Philippines
While Quezon City may not always be top of mind for weekend getaways — with many people considering nearby Manila the main attraction — this up-and-coming city is gaining traction with locals escaping the cheerful chaos of Manila as well as travellers from further afield.
Stay: Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA
Discover a world of contemporary comfort at Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA. Sitting in the midpoint of Quezon City, this vibrant hotel offers a respite from the busy city, allowing you to relax and recharge amidst modern design in spacious and well-appointed rooms that provide the ideal blend of comfort and style.
Onsite culinary delights blend international and local favourites to curb your every craving. Casa serves up full-service buffet breakfasts and all-day delights while guests in a hurry can get something nourishing to nosh at the newly revamped Dash Cafe. The latest collaboration offers Starbucks coffee to pair on your taste buds with the delectable assortment of pitch-perfect pastries and finger sandwiches. Terazza on 7 is the ideal place to unwind beside the pool with a refreshing cocktail and light meal.
Once you step outside, a footbridge connects you directly to the extensive SM City North EDSA shopping complex, the second largest mall in the Philippines. From hypermarkets to cinema and from a bowling centre to an archery range, guests will never run out of fun activities in their free time. Home-grown and international brands shine in both shopping and dining options, offering plenty of options for food exploring and souvenir shopping. No other hotel in the ‘City of Stars’ comes close in convenience, location and comfort.
In the nearby Mother Ignacia neighbourhood, visitors can stroll through streets of affordable restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. The area is known for meat-centric Filipino restaurants and inspired takes on local cuisine.
Tomas Morato Avenue shines for nightlife, offering many choices for comfort food, fusion dining and Italian fare. On Maginhawa Street, garden restaurants impress with chef-crafted Filipino fare, while provincial speciality eateries serve heirloom dishes. The nearby Timog Avenue is also a haven for food enthusiasts searching for hip cafes and fine-dining experiences. After dark, live music and entertainment make for an unforgettable evening.
There is lots to see and do in the city when you’re not eating. Quezon Memorial Circle sits near the hotel and offers gardens, museums, a shrine, and amusement for locals and visitors.
Those who love nature will love immersing themselves in the local flora and fauna at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Centre, which is easily reachable from the metro station just a few minutes away.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Peaceful pleasure awaits in the lush embrace of Kandy’s hills. The laidback city is ringed by tea plantations and rainforests, making it rife with fresh, local ingredients to create incredible cuisine.
Stay: Radisson Hotel Kandy
Radisson Hotel Kandy enjoys a divine location between forest and lake, with rooms that meld modern amenities with Sri Lankan art and local touches. With 122 rooms evoking the country’s fascinating culture, guests enjoy it all in the heart of the charming destination.
With a rooftop bar, meeting rooms, pool and fitness centre, every convenience is available. The hotel also offers Lake View suites with amazing panoramas to further enjoy the surrounds.
Dine is where your day of eating begins, with healthy buffet breakfasts and dinners as well as all-day dining on local and international dishes. After the sun goes down, enjoy views of Kandy by night at Bommu Rooftop Bar, where local cocktails are served with unforgettable plates.
At the country’s culinary heart, Kandy’s cuisine fuses flavours from across Sri Lanka’s regions. Travellers can taste famed dishes like Jaffna crab curry and the Dutch-inspired lamprias, a full meal with two curries baked in a banana leaf.
Kandy is also renowned for local dishes such as sour fish curry Ambul Thiyal — a truly unusual experience for foreigners. Street food also abounds in this city , and guests regularly discover street foods of all kinds, known as “short eats,” from local vendors. Don’t skip the hot dosa washed down with a steaming cup of tea.
As a centre of Buddhism and home to a large Sinhalese community, there are many options for vegans, while the region’s past as a British colony is still evident in high tea services and Western food offerings.
Movie buffs will have fun searching out some of the iconic locations where “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” were filmed, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Sacred Tooth, houses a relic believed to be Buddha’s tooth and is not to be missed.
Kandy is known as a starting point for charming train rides offering spectacular views, and Kandy Central Market is a prime place for sampling local fruits and snacks amongst locals.
Bacolod City, Philippines
Travel to the centre of Negros Occidental to find the delicious wonders of Bacolod City, Philippines’ City of Smiles as well as the home of the country’s sweetest treats.
Stay: Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod
Park Inn By Radisson Bacolod offers stays to remember in the best part of the burgeoning city. Each of its 150 spacious rooms and suites is finished with every modern convenience, and the location is nothing short of perfect. Step outside the hotel’s doors to find a direct connection to the SM City Bacolod shopping complex and SMX Convention Center Bacolod. This supermall has it all – renowned brands, restaurants, cinema, play areas for kids to enjoy while you shop and plenty of ongoing events and festivals that allow you to soak in the local atmosphere. You’ll never be short of fun and entertaining options while staying at the nearby Radisson Hotel.
Inside the hotel are four stellar options for dining and drinking. Arima is your first daily stop for filling, seasonal breakfast buffets, and all-day a la carte dining. The Lobby Lounge and Dash are the places to stop for a convenient beverage, light meal or around-the-clock takeaway food as you head out to explore the city. For a more indulgent experience, visit Marapara Pool Bar for appetising light meals and drinks overlooking the pool. With great sunset views, it’s the perfect place to recharge after a day in the city.
Bacolod sits at the top of foodie bucket lists as one of the Philippines’ capitals of flavour. Once known as the nation’s dessert hub, the city still makes indulgent sweets — piaya and napoleon being the most famous — and is a true candy lover’s paradise. But it also offers much more.
Bacolod is also famed for inasal, the grilled and marinated chicken dish that manages to be both sweet and salty and has become a staple across the country.
The best place to sample inasal is Manokan Country, a neighbourhood where chicken houses line the entire street and every table features pinakurat, a local vinegar, soy sauce and chicken oil. Birds are served with garlic rice, fresh calamari, hot chilli and plastic gloves to keep your hands clean.
Just a mere 10 minutes away, Nearby the hotel, guests can take a walk in Bacolod Public Plaza to mingle with locals or soak up local culture and take photos at the postcard-pretty San Sebastian Cathedral.
When you’ve had your fill of chicken, seafood and lavishly sweet desserts, be sure to visit The Ruins, a once-grand mansion that was owned by one of the city’s rich sugar makers that provides a perspective on the Bacolod City of old and provides insight into the destination’s storied history.
Using these insider tips from Radisson Hotels, foodies can embark on tasty city breaks that take them from Melbourne’s coffee culture to Quezon’s lively localities and from Kandy’s Buddhist history to Bacolod’s indulgent inasal. Stay centrally with Radisson Hotels and dine locally for a foodie weekend to remember.
In Australia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, use these insider tips to enjoy your stay in Radisson hotels that put you in the heart of it all – coffee culture, heritage cuisine, fresh seafood and sweet treats that make these destinations a foodie’s dream.
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