Californian Cuisine

Food and wine to satisfy your tastebuds

Farm-to-fork dining is an ever growing initiative in the state, and it’s easy to see why when you’re surrounded by rolling hills and perfect climate. Californian favourites include:


Being a coastal state, California has plenty of mouthwatering seafood on offer. Clam Chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl is a must-taste while in San Francisco. Take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf with a steaming bowl to keep you warm, or visit Boudin Bakery, the original creator of sourdough bread for a traditional and authentic taste. Freshly caught Dungeness crab is another favourite and can be found in many restaurants around the city.


Live like the locals while in glamorous Beverly Hills and indulge in a spot of late brunch, perfect to get your day off to a good start. Spend a lavish and lazy weekend morning at The Rooftop Grill where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Hollywood along with whatever takes your fancy including every type of egg possible, French toast, waffles, lobster and prawn rolls among others, all washed down with bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys. Why wouldn’t you?


Southern California is just across the border from Mexico and you can feel a strong influence from its neighbour. Taco shops, the fast-food of Mexico, have popped up across the state, especially in border communities such as San Diego. Enjoy Mexican favourites including burritos, refried beans, nachos and quesadillas, all often served with soured cream, salsa and guacamole.  

In-n-Out Burger

Found across the sunny state, In-n-Out Burger takes fast food burgers back to basics. The biggest decision you have to make is do you want one or two patties in your burger and would you like fries with that? Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out their not-so-secret menu for some other favourites, like Animal Style.


Wherever you are in California, you’re never far from one of the many wine countries sprinkled throughout the state, and no trip would be complete without a visit to at least one. The different climates and effects from the Pacific Ocean help grow different grapes, all creating different and delicious wines. Stop off in a vineyard for a tasting experience with one of their knowledgeable sommeliers surrounded by vines and barrels, or visit their tasting rooms for a more traditional atmosphere.  

If you’re visiting San FranciscoSonoma and Napa Valley are only an hour away and offer conventional tasting rooms as well as some unusual trips like the Napa Valley Wine Train where you can enjoy a delicious wine and food pairing meal. Or, if you’re further south on the coast, Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone offers rows of tasting rooms so you can visit one then skip on to the next. If wine isn’t your thing, there are many micro-breweries and micro-distilleries all crafting a mouth-watering range of beers, ales and spirits.