In the past, while traveling, I wouldn’t even consider eating in the same restaurant twice. After all, I wanted to experience as much as possible during my short time in the destination.
Enter Paris. We arrived hungry so we walked to the closest restaurant to the hotel: Le Saint Germain. We went right for the cheese & meat board and some wine. Obviously, croissants were eaten. We weren’t quite full but didn’t want to overdo it so we ordered a slice of quiche to share. We didn’t know what hit us! That darn quiche was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! The next day, we couldn’t help but go back for more (we each got our own slice this time).
This is when I discovered the magic of the second visit (and the third since we went back the following day as well). Watching the server and/or host’s face light up with recognition and pride when they see you’ve returned. “Heeeeeeeyyyyyyy!!!!” and a high five upon entering.
Suddenly you’re treated like an old friend instead of just a transient tourist.
Since then I have experienced the very same phenomenon in many destinations. It’s always the same. On the second visit, there’s a whole new level of welcoming. An exponentially warmer reception. You are treated like a VIP. And the feeling goes both ways, as you have given the restaurant the highest of compliments - repeat business.
So, if you eat something delicious during your travel, don’t hesitate to go back. Contrary to my past belief, you won’t be missing out - you’ll be enriching your experience.
Feel you’re now ready to take that trip on the other side of the world?
Welome and thank you for visiting! I am a travel agent with a passion for good food, design, general craftiness...and of course TRAVEL. I treat everything in life as an adventure. Sometimes the journey is short and sweet and sometimes it's long and messy, but if we try to stay in the moment we can make most things enjoyable.