Mercure Unveils 50 Culinary Delights Worldwide to Satisfy Travelers’ Palates

Mercure Unveils 50 Culinary Delights Worldwide to Satisfy Travelers’ Palates


(IN SHORT) Mercure Hotels has launched its “Bucket List” featuring 50 handpicked food and drink experiences from around the world, inviting travelers to embark on a journey of culinary discovery. From biking around Jakarta to enjoying traditional South African cuisine in Nelspruit, each experience offers an authentic taste of local culture. The initiative, an extension of Mercure’s ‘Discover Local’ program, underscores the brand’s commitment to providing guests with immersive, community-focused travel experiences. With over 950 hotels globally, Mercure aims to foster connections between travelers and local communities while celebrating the essence of travel. Travelers can explore the full list of culinary adventures at and then retreat to a cozy Mercure hotel for a comfortable night’s rest, ensuring a memorable travel experience.

(PRESS RELEASE) Paris, France, 2024-Feb-15 — /Travel PR News/ — February is a whirlwind of festivities, from Chinese New Year to Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and Midterm breaks, packed into its short span. With the bonus day of leap year, we’re given a brief pause to ponder a crucial question: what shall we eat this year? Fortunately, Mercure Hotels is ready to inspire guests, travelers, and anyone feeling a bit peckish, to embark on a journey of local discovery. Mercure’s Bucket List is a selection of 50 handpicked food and drink experiences, revealing some of the world’s most authentically cool spots to eat – each conveniently located within the vicinity of a charming and well-connected Mercure hotel.

“This isn’t your usual list of fine-dining hotspots, and award-winning chefs. Rather, Mercure’s Bucket List is about making those delightful, local discoveries – the ones you need to be in the know, to know. These are the heavenly taste experiences that talented cooks, fisherman, farmers, and artisans are quietly creating for their local clientele. Food experiences that reflect their history, their terroir, what’s indigenous, what’s in season,” said James Wheatcroft, Global SVP Midscale Brands at Accor. “Our Mercure hotel teams are not only genuinely knowledgeable about their neighbourhoods, but they care about the local producers and suppliers in their regions. The hotel teams want to enrich their community and the guests’ that travel there and create an opportunity to learn about the craft and passion that’s put into local produce. Their favorite spots are gathered in our Bucket List as a way of celebrating what people are doing, making, and buzzing about in our communities.”

Mercure’s Bucket List is an extension of the brand’s popular ‘Discover Local’ program, which highlights local specialties and reveals unexpected local stories to its guests.  This initiative underscores Mercure’s dedication to providing guests with authentic, local experiences that go beyond traditional hospitality, fostering connections with communities and celebrating the essence and discovery of travel. With over 950 hotels worldwide, from Jakarta to Oxford, Mercure enjoys a warm and welcoming presence in its communities, with hotel teams delighted to share their insights with travelers about the local life of each neighborhood.

To pique the appetites of food-driven travelers, here are a dozen tempting and wholly authentic experiences to try out in 2024. The full list is available at

  • Bicycle around Jakarta with a stop at Rumah Kopi Papowi, a quaint coffee shop where three generations – Akong, Papa, and Owi – serve a happy mix of Indonesian and Chinese comfort food favorites. Stay at: Mercure Jakarta Pantai Indah Kapuk
  • Feed the soul with the flavors of India while supporting women and youth who learn skills and gain experience at Luqma Kitchen, an NGO in Hyberabad​. The biryani sings with the warm spice of cardamom. Stay at: Mercure Hyderabad KCP
  • Take afternoon tea upon a floating terrace on the River Thames, with a visit to Folly restaurant in Oxford, England. Cruise by Rose Island, as Lewis Carroll did when imagining his story of Alice in Wonderland. Stay at: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
  • Get to know the soul of South African cuisine with traditional home-cooked dishes at Vee’s Tasty Dishes restaurant in Nelspruit. Vee’s specialties include grilled fish, fried chicken, modogu and pap, an African polenta.  Stay at: Mercure Nelspruit
  • Dine with the chef at Ajikura Tengoku, a Yakiniku restaurant in Takayama, Japan, that specializes in perfect cuts of Hida Wagyu beef, that Chef Ajikura sears over hot charcoal for a peak umami experience. Stay at: Mercure Hida Takayama
  • Go dark with a blind wine tasting in Bordeaux, France. With eyes veiled, take in the vineyard terroir and air before sampling Saint-Emilion Grands Crus, creatively paired with chocolate and music. Stay at: Mercure Bordeaux Gare Atlantic
  • Learn the art of Hungarian handmade chocolates with a tour of My Choccy, a family-run chocolate boutique in Budapest that resembles a grand jewelery box and features more than 100 exquisite flavors. Stay at: Mercure Budapest Korona
  • Try a taste of Thailand in Berlin, Germany, at Thaipark, aka Preubenpark, where a weekly meetup of Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, and other Berliners gather for outstanding cuisine and next level flavors. Stay at: Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz
  • Wade through the wafting fragrances of organic edible flowers and fresh herbs at an aromatic farm in Vendée, France. Les Jardins de Pauline 85 provides cultivated creations to top chefs across the country. Stay at: Mercure La Roche sur Yon Centre
  • Dance the tango and savor the sizzle in Puerto Iguazú, at the southernmost tip of Argentina. El Quincho del Tio Querido is ideal for a true Argentinean grill experience, with music, dancing, grilled meats and fish. Stay at: Mercure Iguazu Iru
  • Stroll through the apple orchards in San Sebastian, Spain, and discover traditional cider making methods. Sip fresh Spanish cider paired with salted cod omelette or quince cheese with walnuts. Stay at: Mercure San Sebastián Monte Igueldo
  • Discover one of the best botecos in Belo Horizonte. Casa Cheia is a hidden gem with Brazilian classics and multi-gen family recipes on the menu, such as feijão tropeiro, a spin on the national dish of feijoada. Stay at: Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes

After checking off a Mercure’s Bucket List experience, guests can return to a warm, authentic, and locally inspired Mercure hotel for a comfortable and cozy night’s sleep. To start planning that next trip and discover Mercure’s Bucket List experiences, visit Mercure’s Bucket List website.

About Mercure

Inspired by Mercury, the Roman god of travelers, Mercure hotels offer so much more than a place to find comfort and sleep – they are a portal to discovery, a springboard to exploration. Since its founding in 1973, Mercure prides itself on offering high-quality standards with a true take on locality. Through its “Discover Local” program, Mercure welcomes guests – be it in Rio, Paris, Bangkok or any other destination globally – and instantly immerses them in a locally inspired atmosphere. Everything from the decorative design to our passion for local food and beverage discoveries is rooted in the unique features of each destination. Mercure hotels are conveniently located in city centers, by the sea or in the mountains, with more than 950 hotels in 60+ countries. Mercure is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,500 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

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Source: Accor