The world’s best pancake destinations

18 February 2020

Universally adored, Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day provides everyone with the perfect excuse to indulge in a delectable variety of pancakes. From the classic crepe to the spherical Aebleskiver, the humble pancake is enjoyed in countless different ways across every continent. In this blog we’ll look at some unmissable travel destinations that also boast a uniquely delicious spin on the ancient recipe.

Austria: Kaiserschmarrn

Taking its name from the Austrian Emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph, the Kaiserschmarrn is a delightful caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter. Traditionally made with rum soaked raisins, this scrumptious pancake is now enjoyed by Austrians in a variety of sweet and savoury ways. Home to incredible Palaces’, Cathedrals, museums and cafes, the Austrian capital of Vienna is the perfect place to enjoy this uniquely flavourful dish.

Mexico: Hotcakes

Similar to the American Pancake, the Mexican hotcake is light and fluffy. However, this divine delicacy is often topped with unique sauces such as condensed milk, fruit jam and Cajeta - a sweet goat milk spread. Experience the Mexican hotcake authentically in Cancun where you’ll also enjoy captivating archaeological sites, stunning beaches and a lush tropical landscape.

France: Crepe

As the birthplace of the classic Crepe, France is undoubtedly the greatest place to indulge in the original thin pancake. Boasting the greatest concentration of Michelin stared restaurants in the world, it’s no surprise that Paris also produces some of the world’s finest Crepes. As the host of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, the legendary Louvre Museum, and an unrivalled plethora of exquisite bars and restaurants, Paris is an excellent place to enjoy Shrove Tuesday.

“It’s hard to beat a freshly cooked, lace-thin crêpe in France, oozing with beurre-sucre butter. It is simple, yet delicious.”

Sarah, Travel Counsellor

The Netherlands: Poffertjes

Closely related to the American classic, these mini Dutch pancakes are typically served with powdered sugar, butter or Nutella. With a deliciously light and fluffy texture, it’s no surprise that this Dutch delight is enjoyed at Christmas markets around the World. Treat yourself to this sweet treat in the magnificent city of Amsterdam where you’ll also enjoy a myriad of museums, a plethora of charming cafes and a wealth of exquisite cuisine.

Canada: Maple syrup pancake

As the producer of over 80% of the world’s Maple syrup supply, Canada’s Quebec province is one of the greatest places to enjoy the delectable fluffy pancake with the classic maple topping. Take a trip to the vibrant city of Montreal where blissful gardens and historical landmarks and plentiful. Here you’ll also enjoy North Americas largest food truck gathering every Friday at 4pm.

Montreal is an extremely diverse city with a fascinating background that makes it an overall welcoming place. The main street, Rue Notre-Dame, brings everyone together from the surrounding areas as they enjoy one of the street’s many restaurants and shops. Everywhere we went we were greeted with excellent service and smiles. I really loved this city.”

Martina, Travel Counsellor

Denmark: Aebleskiver

Commonly served dipped in raspberry, strawberry, lingonberry or blackberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar, the Danish Aebleskiver is a spherical pancake cooked in a specialised cask iron pan. Indulge in this sensational treat in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Home to a rich variety of historical sites, cultural treasures, lush green spaces and captivating architecture, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delightful city to enjoy these light and fluffy treats on Pancake Day.

Morocco: M’semen

For a savoury treat enjoy the delectable North African M’semen in Morocco. Although traditionally served dipped in hot syrup made from butter and honey, this delightfully crispy square cake is often also stuffed with a variety of mouth-watering meats and Moroccan spices. Treat yourself to this sumptuous delicacy in Marrakesh where you’ll marvel at sensational markets, stunning historical landmarks and enchanting gardens.

Pamper your palette and create unforgettable memories this Shrove Tuesday by contacting your Travel Counsellor. You’ll enjoy exclusive travel benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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