One of the best ways to become acquainted with the culture, history and, most of all, the soul of a place, is to take in the flavours and scents of the local foods and drinks, and Rijeka is a genuine mosaic that curiously blends the sea and the mountains, coupled with a rich historical heritage. All this adds a distinct flavour to the local cuisine, a fusion of Italian, Austrian and Hungarian culinary influences, with a hint of folk ingenuity in times of austerity, and rooted in the nutrient-rich foods of the Kvarner region that infuse the coastal gastronomy with the tasty and healthy Mediterranean diet, which is valued and highly recommended around the globe. Fish and seafood, seasonal vegetables and fruits, wild plants and olive oil feature predominantly on the menus, while indigenous wines, which are used in many recipes, make perfect dining companions. We should also mention the exceptional quality water that flows through the centre of Rijeka and which inspired the name of the city.The best starting point for experiencing and discovering the gastronomy of Rijeka is the city's main market, colloquially known as the Big Market, which contains a breath-taking fish market, where each season brings its colours and flavours, providing a sneak peek into the menus of the catering establishments in Rijeka, with foods ranging from simple coastal meals to gourmet dishes, which are best washed down with local wines. Bon appétit and cheers!