27 Incredible Hostels for Food (Slideshow)
September 19, 2014
30 Incredible Hostels for Food
Some hostels offer much more than white bread and peanut butter.
Yes! Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon
One Hostelworld reviewer said that this hostel’s 10 Euro Portuguese dinners “taste like a 5-star restaurant.” They even offer vegetarian options.
Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona
You won’t find a restaurant with menus in this rave-reviewed hostel, but the food gets five-star testimonies from guests who said the complementary Spanish and Italian style meals were “some of the best” they’d ever seen.
Lisbon Lounge, Lisbon
You’ll find travelers enjoying a three-course traditional Portuguese dinner every night in this backpacker’s favorite.
Home Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon
Siem Reap Hostel, Cambodia
Munching tasty bar snacks in a poolside tiki hut doesn’t exactly scream “hostel”, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in this chic Asian hotspot.
Dream House Hostel, Kiev
If you’re hungry for American favorites with a flair, you’ll find the Dream House to your liking. One Trip Advisor reviewer swears, “Their carrot cake is to die for.”
Katz & Maus inside the Circus Hostel, Berlin
In this two-story café overlooking Berlin, you can get coffee and a breakfast buffet, beer and panini, specialty cocktails, and a full dinner menu. Why would you even need to leave?
Garden Village Guesthouse and Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia
What could be better than eating local cuisine from your own private balcony overlooking a tropical garden? Not having to go back to your hostel when you’re ready to call it a night.
Rumah Kundun, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Their free breakfast includes what one Trip Advisor reviewer describes as the “best banana pancakes ever.” Couple that with affordable rooms and the waterfront location and you may be in danger of never leaving.
Refill Now!, Bangkok
Refill Now! is a hostel that’s run like a resort. Travelers describe the space as impressive and the food as “awesome”. For breakfast you can treat yourself to a watermelon frappe with your pancakes, and at night when you’re winding down with a Tom Collins or a specialty margarita, why not add an order of fried calamari?
Oasis Hostel, Granada, Spain
Located in Granada, Spain’s historic Albaicín district,Oasis Hostel welcomes backpackers with a complimentary drink and breakfast. Even better are the tapas tours held each Tuesday and Thursday, where guests are guided through a visit of the best bars in one of the last cities in Spain where the tapas are still free.
La Hamaca Hostel, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
"Eating is one of traveling’s most celebrated experiences, " claims La Hamaca Hostel, and the hosts take that to heart by including homemade food as part of their hostel’s experience. Along with cold beer and cocktails, meals prepared by the house cook Tesla Oviedo contribute to the homey atmosphere at La Hamaca.
Ostinatto Hostel, Buenos Aires
The complimentary breakfast at Ostinatto Hostel in Buenos Aires goes above and beyond, including multiple kinds of fruit, cereals, bread, and "dulce de leche butter" (that in itself may be worth the trip). Every week the hostel hosts asado, or BBQ, nights where you can meet fellow backpackers and partake in an Argentinean tradition.
Malabar Farm, Lucas, Ohio
The Malabar Farm youth hostel is located on a working farm in Ohio’s Malabar Farm State Park. For a taste of the harvest, you can visit the farm’s onsite restaurant that serves dishes like herbed goat cheese and onion soup using products from the farm. For those who prefer to catch their own food, you can fish for bluegill and catfish from the farm ponds.
Menaggio Youth Hostel, Lake Como, Italy
Breakfast is included with a stay at Menaggio Youth Hostel, but you can also enjoy lunch and dinner (think bruschetta, pizzas, and salads) at the hostel’s restaurant, which overlooks Lake Como. For further cultural immersion, you can learn to cook Italian cuisine yourself at one of the hostel’s cooking classes.
Hostel Tevere, Warren, VT
Hostel Tevere offers more than comfortable lodging in Vermont’s scenic Mad River Valley; their in-house restaurant cooks up breakfast and dinner at affordable prices. Highlights of a recent menu included winter salad, poutine, and a maple whiskey mousse.
Hostel Pangea, San José, Costa Rica
Hostel Pangea in Costa Rica holds hostel dining to a high standard. Their restaurant uses only organic ingredients bought at the local market, according to co-owner Andres Poveda Solano. The burgers are popular around the city, and guests demand to know the secret ingredient to their fresh ceviche and quesadillas.
Mosquito Hostel. Krakow
Along with the price of your stay, Mosquito Hostel in Krakow includes free breakfast and dinner. It’s no homemade pierogies — think spaghetti and hot dogs — but the portions are hearty and, like any good Eastern European host, they pour vodka on the weekends.
Canadiana Backpackers Inn, Toronto
The breakfasts offered in most hostels are letdowns, and backpackers are usually lucky to leave with enough food to fuel their morning. Not so at Canadiana Backpackers Inn in Toronto, which includes a complimentary all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and around-the-clock coffee and tea.
Green Tortoise Hostel, San Francisco
Green Tortoise Hostel has been providing healthy meals to its guests for decades. According to Lyle Kent, president of Green Tortoise Adventure Travel, "Cooking and eating… offers more than just satisfied appetite but a social experience as well." The hostel provides a hearty and healthy free breakfast every day of organic oatmeal and fresh fruit, and free dinner three times per week including dishes like pasta primavera and Thai curry.
Villa Saint Exupéry Gardens, Nice, France
Villa Exupéry is located within a converted monastery and filled with art from the likes of Chagall and Monet, but the real draw is the food: Recent specials at the hostel’s restaurant included chile lime salmon with minted couscous, stir-fry vegetables, and chicken with potato purée and honey roasted carrots.
Osa Mariposa, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Surfers head to Osa Mariposa hostel for the killer waves at the nearby beach, but the food itself is worth the trek to this small beach village. Visitors have their choice of a vegetarian breakfast spread with options like fresh-squeezed tropical juices and granola, and traditional vegetarian Mexican meals are served each night. For beverages, take your pick of locally roasted coffee and Oaxaca’s famed mezcal liquor.
Hostel Nari-Nari, Marrakech, Morocco
Betel Box, Singapore
Like any good hostel, Betel Box offers free breakfast and a fully equipped kitchen, but they also offer freefood tours to its guests of the surrounding Joo Chiat neighborhood, a district known for its outstanding cuisine. The tours last anywhere from three to 12 hours, and during one record-breaking tour participants consumed a total of 36 dishes. Be prepared to be overfed with dishes like curry puffs, durian, or chili crab.
Oasis Hostel, Lisbon
Like its sister hostel in Granada, Oasis Hostel in Lisbon recognizes that a stay in a foreign city isn’t complete without a taste of the local food scene. Twice a month, the hostel leads gastronomic tours of the city’s culinary specialties. To get your day started, Oasiscooks up a standout breakfast every morning. Choose from tosta mista (grilled ham and cheese sandwich), muesli with yogurt and homemade jam, or scrambled eggs with bacon and toast.