It's beginning to taste a lot like Christmas. Here's where the best festive eats are at - and remember, you'll be able to snap and share your food pics with no roaming fees, all thanks to Go Roam.
Maybe one day we’ll come to look at things differently, but when it comes to Christmas time most of our formulas look pretty similar: LIGHTS + SNOW + FOOD = FESTIVE.
Hardcore Yule-lovers know to head to Europe for Christmas markets for hand-crafted gifts and over-the-top decorations. They’re a snow-flecked metaphorical feast of golds, greens and reds and a literal feast of whatever local delicacy gets eaten in universally huge portions – plus whatever the local version of mulled wine. Santa has those roomy trousers for a reason, you know.
Bag a budget flight and they’re a hop, skip and a jump away for a short break. And once you get there you can navigate the twisting, cobbled streets like a pro and share aspirational food porn on Instagram – just as you would back home in the UK. It’s all thanks to Go Roam, which lets you use your phone in any one of 71 destinations with no worries about roaming fees.
Sweden’s captial is positively crawling with Christmas markets. For the most authentically Scandi experience head to Skansen – it serves as an open-air history museum (and zoo) for the rest of the year. Get yourself a mug or two of hot glogg (mulled wine with brandy), and try a flame-cooked
With its baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, Budapest is a beautiful city all year round – so imagine how downright Christmassy it gets between November and December. Feast on roast goose and stuffed cabbage, hot roasted chestnuts and lángos – that’s deep-fried pastry topped with cheese and garlic. OMG.
Prague, Czech Republic
Head to the Old Town Square, where a gigantic Christmas tree from a Bohemian forest is illuminated every evening at 5.30pm. While the lights twinkle above you, tuck into spit-roast ham or a hot barbecued sausage (klobása), or fill your face with trdelník, a tube of freshly cooked pastry dusted in sugar and cinnamon and filled with chocolate. All washed down with some pilsner, of course.
If you’re hell-bent on seeing snow during your trip, head to Kraków – the chances of seeing any are pretty darn good. And while the white stuff settles gently on your shoulders, warm up with a mug of grzaniec galicyjski (mulled wine). You can also gorge yourself on local cheese, sausages and stew; it may well be cold outside but your happy lil’ tummy will be downright toasty.
If you like your Christmas MEGA then Vienna, spritual home of the patissiere, is the destination for you – the whole city looks like a greetings card. There are markets at most historic landmarks, accompanied by non-stop festive happenings from ice skating to trumpeting. Have your fill of authentic lebkuchen and nutty vanillekipferl biscuits while sippin’ on some hot flavoured punch, and stock up .
There are markets all over the alleyways of Cologne, but the biggest gathering of stalls can be found by a huge Christmas tree outside the city’s cathedral. Warm your hands with a mug of mulled wine while you feast on gingerbread cakes, baked apples and a ridiculous array of wurst. So. Many. Sausages.
As you could imagine, this one’s for dairy lovers. The cobbled streets and 17th century surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for a slightly more subdued Christmas experience, where you can chow down on tartiflette (a huge pile of sliced potatoes and melted cheese), while filling your bags with ‘fragrant’ local cheeses. The cabin crew are going to love you on the way home.