10Oaxaca, Mexico

While Mexican cuisine is celebrated worldwide, the state of Oaxaca is often overlooked.

This region boasts a remarkable diversity of flavors, from the smoky, earthy notes of mole sauces to the irresistible street food like tlayudas (large tortillas filled with cheese, beans, and toppings). Oaxaca is also renowned for its vibrant markets, such as the Mercado Benito Juarez, where you can savor authentic street food and shop for indigenous ingredients like chapulines (grasshoppers) and rich, aromatic chocolate.