Discover the travel habit that’s tricking thousands—find out how to avoid long wait times and mediocre food here!

Travelling is a passion for many, and one of the most thrilling aspects of exploring new places is the opportunity to indulge in local cuisine.

The tantalising flavours, the unique dishes, and the cultural significance of food make it an integral part of the travel experience.

But how do you decide where to dine in a foreign city?

This question becomes particularly pertinent in a city like Paris, renowned for its culinary delights and a myriad of dining options.

In the digital age, many travellers turn to social media platforms for recommendations.

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Travellers are relying more on social media for food recommendations abroad. Image source: Shutterstock.

One such platform that has gained immense popularity is TikTok.

With its short, engaging videos and a global user base, it seems like the perfect place to find food recommendations. But is it really?

On a recent trip to Paris, two friends decided to put this theory to the test.

Armed with a smartphone, one friend quickly found thousands of TikTok videos recommending various eateries in the city.

From quaint cafes to high-end restaurants, users seemed to have covered it all.

The videos were enticing, the food looked delicious, and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. It seemed like they had hit the jackpot.

However, their excitement was short-lived.

They soon discovered that these TikTok recommendations were overrated and led to disappointing dining experiences.

Despite the visually appealing dishes and the rave reviews, the food was often mediocre, and the prices were exorbitant.

Moreover, these places were crowded with tourists, leading to extremely long wait times and a lack of authentic local experience.

After some thinking, they realised that the problem is anyone with a smartphone can become a self-proclaimed food critic on TikTok.

The reviews are often based on personal preferences and lack professional critique.

Moreover, the visual nature of the platform can be misleading.

A dish that looks appetising in a video may not necessarily taste good. And let's not forget the power of filters and editing tools that can make even the most ordinary dish look extraordinary.

Social media has become every tourist’s new hot spot for food suggestions, which has also led to longer wait times and huge queues.

So, what's the alternative?

They found that the best way to discover good food is to explore the city on their own—wander around, talk to locals, and trust in their instincts.

This approach not only led them to some hidden gems but also made their dining experiences more enjoyable and authentic.

They also stumbled upon a bakery right under their apartment that served the most delicious pastries, and there was no queue!

If you still prefer online recommendations, consider platforms that are specifically designed for food reviews.

Websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor may offer more reliable reviews as they are often written by experienced travellers or locals.

These reviews are more detailed and provide a comprehensive picture of the dining experience, including the quality of food, service, ambience, and value for money.

In conclusion, while social media platforms like TikTok can be fun and entertaining, they may not be the best source of travel advice.

So, the next time you plan a trip, remember to take online recommendations with a grain of salt.

After all, the joy of travelling lies in creating unique experiences and making memories that last a lifetime.

Bon voyage and bon appétit!
Key Takeaways
  • Trying new food is a highlight of travelling, but depending on social media recommendations can be misleading.
  • Two friends who travelled to Paris realised that places hyped on TikTok can be overrated with long queues and unsatisfactory experiences.
  • They suggested creating your own dining experiences by exploring and trying random places instead of following online suggestions.
  • Online written reviews on platforms like Yelp or TripAdvisor may be more reliable than visually appealing TikTok posts for finding good food while travelling.
What are your thoughts on this, dear readers? Have you ever been misled by social media recommendations during your travels? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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We usually find that the best place to eat is where the locals eat, they won't put up with food not up to standard, rubbish service or over priced.

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