New Orleans is world-famous for its food, in particular its seafood. Cajun and Creole, NOLA's local cuisines offer a fantastic and unique mix of seafood dishes with an easily recognizable Louisiana flavor: Seafood stews shrimp étouffée and gumbo; Creole favorites like shrimp creole and jambalaya; Gulf oysters fried or on the half-shell; and catfish all make the Big Easy a must for any seafood lover.
The Sicilian capital's cuisine relies heavily on the island's surrounding seafood incorporated with fresh vegetables and often pasta. In addition to tuna, sea bass, and cuttlefish, Palermo features species less common to other cities on this list — sea urchin, sardines, anchovies, swordfish — prepared more obscurely (think sardines or swordfish stuffed with raisins and pine nuts and seafood couscous). Street food is immensely popular in Palermo, sometimes including seafood.
Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, Valparaiso (or “Valpo”) was the most important port city in the southern Pacific. The canal was a blow to Valpo’s economy since ships no longer needed the stop between the Pacific and North Atlantic. In 2003, Valpo’s historic quarter earned World Heritage Site status, creating a renaissance of sorts. Artists set up shop and with that came a culinary resurgence. Locals and entrepreneurs opened restaurants in restored old houses. Thanks to the Humboldt Current, a plethora of fresh seafood species swarm the coast bringing immense variety to local cuisine.
The Jimbaran Seafood Cafes, a cluster of restaurants set up near the tide’s edge on Jimbaran Bay, offer a unique and memorable dining experience in this fishing village. At this seafood lovers' haven, diners select their own freshly caught, live seafood and it is grilled on the spot over a fire of coconut husks. Red snapper, prawns, squid, and lobster, among other shellfish, are enjoyed while watching the beautiful sunset.
Panama is rumored to mean “an abundance of fish.” Undoubtedly, the best place to buy fresh seafood in Panama City is Mercado de Mariscos, a fish market set right on the pier and lined with al fresco cevicherias ladling out this national specialty in plastic cups. Corvina, red snapper, octopus, and langostino are abundant and popular, but many other species and rare delicacies are found. Panama City is rife with other options for fantastic seafood at reasonable prices, including Maito and Manolo Caracol.
Though your meal won’t come with an ocean view, Spain’s capital city doesn’t disappoint when it comes to seafood. The landlocked city is home to the world’s second largest fish market and serves some of the best seafood from Spain’s coastal regions. Eating tapas, or ordering a variety of small plates, is common in Madrid and favorites include prawns with garlic and bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich). Madrid’s cuisine is a fusion of various Spanish regions, and you will find everything from authentic Valencian paella to a Galician feast of heaping platters of crab, prawns, and gooseneck barnacles.
Sydney, Australia's largest city, is a dream destination for seafood lovers. Australia’s clean ocean environment is known for producing high quality seafood, making it easy for Sydney to offer a huge variety of species. While recognized for fish such as salmon, tuna, lobster, abalone, prawns, and barramundi, the Sydney Fish Market trades up to 100 species daily and approximately 500 annually. With a large Asian-Australian population, sushi has become extremely popular. Sydney is home to many celebrated restaurants, including Tetsuya's, where the confit of Petuna ocean trout is widely recognized as the world's most photographed dish.