Best Beer Gardens
The world's first beer gardens emerged in 19th-century Bavaria, and the rather brilliant idea of sprawling, outdoor beer-drinking establishments soon took hold and spread across the globe. From Munich, Germany, to New York City and even Vietnam, here are the world's best beer gardens.
Hofbrauhaus, Munich, GermanyHands down the world's most famous beer garden, the Hofbrauhaus began brewing in the 16th century. Today, more than 400 imbibers can sit outside at its wooden, picnic-style tables and guzzle gigantic mugs of beer served by dirndl-wearing waitresses. 960 1280
Mount Takao Beer Mount, TokyoIf you somehow manage to hike nearly 2,000 feet to the peak of Tokyo's Mount Takao, at the very least, you deserve a beer. With that in mind, one of the world's highest beer gardens opened here (at just over 1,600 feet), and it offers stunning views of Tokyo's skyscrapers and sprawl. Less athletically inclined visitors can still get their drink on at high altitudes, thanks to a cable car. 960 1280
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Astoria, NYBohemian Hall is proof that good beer gardens can be found in unexpected places. For more than a century, this beloved spot in Queens has helped New Yorkers get sloshed with their friends in a sea of trees and twinkly lights. Live music, table tennis and hearty Czech fare sweeten the deal. 960 1280
Koniglicher Hirschgarten, Munich, GermanyHofbrauhaus may be Germany's most popular beer garden, but Hirschgarten is far and away its biggest. Set in the midst of a 100-acre park, it seats up to 8,000 thirsty souls. 960 1280
Café Vlissinghe, Bruges, BelgiumEscape the tourist-choked streets of Bruges in this pleasant beer garden. The city's oldest bar opened in 1515, and patrons can quaff their drinks inside a charming room with dark oak rafters and wooden tables or on the peaceful outdoor terrace, where you can also play a game of pétanque. 960 1280
Letná Beer Garden, PragueEnjoy your brew with a view. Prague's most scenic beer garden is located in Letná Park, overlooking the Old City and the Vltava River. Grab a beer in a plastic cup and wander the park's trails, or relax on the terrace. 960 1280
Luong Son, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamMake like a local in Ho Chi Minh City and visit Luong Son. At this bustling open-air beer garden of sorts, join hundreds of other patrons and pull up a plastic chair, throw back a cold Saigon beer, and order from a menu of grill-it-yourself meats (grills are provided!). 960 1280
Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln, Salzburg, AustriaMülln keeps as many as 1,500 thirsty revelers at a time happy with its secret beer recipe. First brewed by monks in the 17th century, the beer is still served from wooden barrels into traditional steins. 960 1280
Chinesischer Turm, Munich, GermanyOn a warm summer afternoon, it's all but impossible to resist Chinesischer Turm and its namesake, the pagoda-like Chinese Tower. This massive beer garden seats 7,000 and lies in the heart of Munich's English Garden. Plan to do your drinking on a weekend, when a brass band plays. 960 1280
Invest in Foreign MarketsResearch ahead of time if there’s going to be a farmers’ market near you. Use the website Local Harvest to find farmers' markets throughout the U.S. When traveling abroad, markets are the perfect way to really get to know an area, be it your own city or one in another country. It’s a great way to practice language skills and learn about local culture, meet people, find out about good restaurants and learn about what else is going on during your stay. There’s plenty available to snack on even if you’re not planning to cook during your visit. If you’d like to bring any produce home from other countries, check the federal customs regulations first. 960 1280
Cart SmartFarmers markets can get crowded, and cumbersome wagons can become more of a burden than a help. Markets are often set up on dirt or gravel lots, which can be difficult with smaller wheels, too. Consider collapsible rolling carts or caddies with larger wheels that have a more manageable profile. Backpacks are also handy when traveling. 960 1280
Paws Before Taking FidoFarmer’s markets can be a great time to spend walking together with your best furry friend. But many markets have asked that dogs stay home, if not out-right banned canines. Check if the market is dog-friendly before going. Some markets may even have a dog park or area set up that has water and shade. If not, make sure to bring water for your dog, and consider the temperature before leaving your dog in a vehicle while you shop. 960 1280
Keep It CoolBring reusable ice packs to keep your purchases cool as you peruse under the summer sun. You can also keep a cooler in your vehicle for storing purchases, if it’s convenient, so you don’t have to carry them around. Insulated lunch boxes can be carried in backpacks, bicycle panniers and other bags for ease. Often, you may want to go out to breakfast or lunch after the market, and a cooler with ice packs will keep your purchases fresh while you enjoy the rest of your day. 960 1280
Shop TalkWhen vendors aren’t busy ask about their farms and if they supply local restaurants, if they are online and if they invite the public to visit their farms and buy direct. Establishing a relationship with local food producers helps you get the best produce and creates closer ties with the local growers’ community. 960 1280
Good Things to ComeIf you're staying in a country for a semester or longer period of time, ask vendors what produce they’ll have later in the season, and start researching recipes. They may also recommend other vendors' produce and share recipes. Ask what they do during the winter months for fresh, local food. 960 1280
Consider volunteering at the local farmers’ market on your next trip. It's a great way to meet people. From setting up booths to engaging with social media, there are plenty of areas in which to help out. Booking live music, answering SNAP and EBT questions, setting up chairs, greeting visitors and answering general questions are all areas where volunteers are needed. Find the market’s information booth (staffed by volunteers) and ask about how to help.
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Dish 1: Surf n’ Turf Burrito
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BBQ Shrimp from Deanie'sDid You Know? In Louisiana they’ve been harvesting shrimp for 400 years. In the 17th century local fishermen cast their nets into the Gulf to catch the first batch of prized prawns.
Dish 2: BBQ Shrimp
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Killer Hogfish SandwichDid You Know? In 2009, 283,015 lbs. of hogfish were caught in Florida.
Dish 3: Killer Hogfish Sandwich
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Dish 5: Alligator Ribs
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