Best Cities For Eating at Restaurants Around The World

We have compared different cities around the world for how they are good for eating at restaurants. We have used the following criteria to rate each city.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Variety of cuisine
10/10
Number of restaurants
10/10
Michelin starred
10/10
Signature dishes
10/10
Fine dining innovation
10/10
Overall Rating
10/10

Tokyo showcases the many wonders of Japanese cuisine.

Ranks first in both total number of Michelin star restaurants and total number of fine dining restaurants with 229 and 1,758, respectively. 

Sitting proudly at the top of the food pyramid, Tokyo has more than twice as many stars as its nearest competitor.

World’s best sushi is all Tokyo has on offer.

Japan’s capital city overwhelms with extraordinary dining, so a strategic approach is in order.

Mixing generations-old techniques with extremely modern styles, Tokyo chefs are experts at blending old and new to create world-class dishes.

2. Paris, France

Michelin starred
9.9/10
Food Feast/Occassions
10/10
Signature dishes
10/10
Overall Rating
9.9/10

For decades, Paris led the world in the number of Michelin-starred restaurants. Boasts the most Michelin stars per square mile. More than 70-strong offering of Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris is formidable.

From its steak frites and fresh baguettes, to its mouth-watering macarons, crepes and cheese, Paris has long been world-famous for its cuisine.

Annual bread festival la Fete du Pain or at the secluded Chef’s Table at Le Meurice in the secret basement peering into Jocelyn Herland ‘s kitchen, every experience in Paris is exceptional.

3. London, United Kingdom

Number of restaurants
9.9/10
Michelin starred
9.8/10
Range of types of restaurants
10/10
Fine dining innovation
9.8/10
Overall Rating
9.8/10

The UK capital boasts 73 total, and more fine dining restaurants than New York, and San Francisco combined. 

Make up the remaining top 10 Michelin-starred destinations.

The city once known for its lackluster appetite for adventurous dining has been drawing new innovative. It should come as little surprise that innovative and impressive chefs from all over the world are keen for a place at the (dinner) table here. 

The kitchen has helped make London one of Europe’s most exciting food cities by marrying British culinary traditions with experimental techniques.

The newest hotspot is constantly changing, and pop-up restaurants make it even more difficult to track down the best dining.

4. Florence, Italy

Food Feast/Occassions
9.6/10
Range of types of restaurants
9.9/10
Signature dishes
9.8/10
Overall Rating
9.75/10

Essential experience in Florence is sitting down for a bistecca alla Fiorentina or a Florentine steak.

The city has an abundance of enotecas, which are restaurants that are all about pairing Italian wines with specific dishes.

You should spend at least one evening at an enoteca sampling incredible Tuscan reds while feasting on Florentine steak and other local specialties.

We have the inside track on the very best, from hole-in-the-wall sandwich bars to Michelin-starred restaurants.

The rustic food has been largely unchanged over the years, and it dates back to ancient civilizations.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

Michelin starred
9.6/10
Range of types of restaurants
9.8/10
Fine dining innovation
9.6/10
Overall Rating
9.7/10

A city with one of the best-ranked restaurants in the world. 

Ranks seventh in terms of the most Michelin star restaurants per square mile with 0.44

From a six-course tasting menu that puts locally grown vegetables centre stage, to a trendy Mexican taco joint, Copenhagen is brimming with fantastic foodie experiences.

Copenhagen’s approach to dining is elevated but informal with an open approach to the kitchen that renews contact with the chef.

6. Lima, Peru

Variety of cuisine
9.7/10
Signature dishes
9.5/10
Fine dining innovation
9.6/10
Overall Rating
9.6/10

You’ll find a lot of variety and great flavours in Lima, no matter what kind of cuisine you opt. 

Lima has every cuisine genre covered.

Ceviche (fresh raw fish cured in fresh citrus originated from Peru) has been elevated from a local stable to a global foodie favorite.

Peru’s cuisine inherited its innovation and mix of flavours from it’s rich history and varied cultures. 

Lima is a top culinary destination, having repeatedly topped for restaurants for the past two decades.

7. San Sebastian, Spain

Michelin starred
9.5/10
Variety of cuisine
9.6/10
Signature dishes
9.4/10
Overall Rating
9.5/10

San Sebastian has more Michelin-starred restaurants per square metre than any other city on the planet.

Home to no fewer than three, three-Michelin starred restaurants: Akelarre, Arzak, and Martín Berasategui.

San Sebastián is a town of variety when it comes to dining style.

In San Sebastián chefs have started experimenting with pintxos, and instead of customers choosing from readily provided options at the bar, chefs are preparing the dishes to-order.

8. Melbourne, Australia

Range of types of restaurants
9.6/10
Number of restaurants
9.4/10
Fine dining innovation
9.2/10
Overall Rating
9.4/10

Melbourne is great because of the range of types of restaurants.

Seemingly endless stream of restaurant openings.

Melbourne’s culinary scene is pushing the boundaries of innovation.

9. Bangkok, Thailand

Price of foodies
10/10
Number of restaurants
9/10
Range of types of restaurants
9.1/10
Overall Rating
9.3/10

The city also has a growing high-end restaurant scene, and mid-range restaurants offer incredible meals for modest prices.

Fine dining restaurants are plentiful in Bangkok as the city alone features a total of 369.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the diversity of Bangkok’s dining options where you can taste that famous balance of robust flavors that is Thai cuisine. The food in Bangkok is incredible.

Bangkok’s best food, is an experience not to be missed by anyone when visiting the city.

10. Barcelona, Spain

Signature dishes
9/10
Michelin starred
9.4/10
Range of types of restaurants
9/10
Overall Rating
9.2/10

The birthplace of molecular cuisine in the 90’s. 

With an impressive 0.64 Michelin star restaurants per square mile, visitors don’t have to search far and wide to find a memorable meal in Barcelona.

There are tapas everywhere (even though they aren’t a local speciality) – from downright classics on charming squares to modern versions at hip restaurants.

Also, Paella is a popular dish in Barcelona. If it’s paella you’re after, many restaurants in Barcelona offer authentic paella that you can never forget.

11. San Francisco, US

Michelin starred
9.3/10
Price of foodies
8.9/10
Fine dining innovation
9.1/10
Overall Rating
9.1/10

The city make up the remaining top 10 Michelin-starred destinations.

San Francisco legendary status also comes from being the most expensive city in the U.S. Silicon Valley, so it might be worth taking a look at the menu before going.

Food is presented in their most elevated form. You can eat the world in the city of San Francisco.

Most of the Chefs in San Francisco are working much more freely and it will  changed how you look at food. It was really liberating.

12. Shanghai, China

Number of restaurants
8.9/10
Michelin starred
9.2/10
Cutting-edge interior design
8.9/10
Overall Rating
9/10

Shanghai is a gastronomy tourism heaven. The city is chock-full of fine dining establishments.

Make up the remaining top 10 Michelin-starred destinations. You can find Michelin-starred restaurants that offers a unique dining experience for even the most culturally savvy diner.

A sort of modernist dinner theater where evocative flash along the walls as you eat.

It’s also home to some of the most innovative restaurants in the entire country but even in this nonstop megapolis, you can still find great old restaurants in the city.

13. New York City, US

Number of restaurants
8.9/10
Range of types of restaurants
8.9/10
Michelin starred
9.1/10
Overall Rating
8.97/10

There are 530 fine dining restaurants to choose from in the Big Apple. 

Cuisines from every country dot the city where you can find a few dollar dish.

Envision your ultimate New York dining experience one thing is for sure: everything is possible.

Known for its easy, greasy and delicious food, eating steak and pizza are the favorites of the locals here.

New York is also home to a long list of Zagat-rated and Michelin-starred restaurants.

14. Hongkong, CSAR

Number of restaurants
8.8/10
Michelin starred
9/10
Overall Rating
8.9/10

Hong Kong is one of the diverse restaurant capitals in the world. Fine dining scene of the city is as dynamic as it is abundant. 

Hong Kong ranks fifth in terms of most fine dining restaurants.

Make up the remaining top 10 Michelin-starred destinations.

15. Berlin, Germany

Variety of cuisine
8.8/10
Michelin starred
8.9/10
Overall Rating
8.85/10

A culinary explosion of diverse tastes and trends, cuisine of Berlin describes different aspects of Berlin’s culinary offerings. One of this is Doner Kebab that originated in Turkey but now a traditional dish in Berlin.

20 Michelin star restaurants account for nearly 5 percent of Europe’s 415 overall. No other continent has more.

16. Chicago, US

Number of restaurants
8.8/10
Michelin starred
8.8/10
Overall Rating
8.8/10

One of America’s top food destination, that is world class in fine dining.

Steakhouses are in abundance. You’ll find in the city the best steak in America.

In fact, it’s one of only 15 cities to feature more than 20 Michelin star restaurants.

17. Singapore

Michelin starred
8.7/10
Cutting-edge interior design
8.8/10
Overall Rating
8.75/10

The Asian city-state of Singapore gives Hong Kong a run for its money with 39 Michelin star restaurants and 328 total fine dining establishments.

Make up the remaining top 10 Michelin-starred destinations.

Modernist madness at André Chiang’s artful Restaurant André.

18. Dublin, Ireland

Signature dishes
8.6/10
Service and hospitality
8.8/10
Overall Rating
8.7/10

It is a city full of culinary delights. One of the best-loved dishes are Irish stew, and soda bread, etc. Irish food cooked by chefs with world influences still uses traditional ingredients  presented in a more modern and artistic style.

In Dublin, everything was fantastic and the service is impressive. 

19. Hanoi, Vietnam

Signature dishes
8.5/10
Price of foodies
8.7/10
Overall Rating
8.6/10

Phð (noodle soup) and bún chà (noodle salad) – you’ll find the best versions of both of these dishes in Hanoi.

You’ll also find a lot of great hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal for only a few dollars.

20. Cape Town, South Africa

Variety of cuisine
8.6/10
Fine dining innovation
8.4/10
Overall Rating
8.5/10

Famous for its diversity, so it makes sense that its food would be a marvellous display of different cultural dishes and flavours.

Cape Town is a seafood haven and the fine dining scene in the city is unique that make an iconic eating experiences.

21. Milan, Italy

Cutting-edge interior design
8.2/10
Michelin starred
8.6/10
Overall Rating
8.4/10

Milan an exciting destination for design enthusiasts looking for an adventurous or classic dining experience. The city where design and kitchen connect. 

Home to nearly 130 more fine dining restaurants than the German capital and boasts 0.28 Michelin star restaurants per square mile.

22. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Signature dishes
8.6/10
Variety of cuisine
8/10
Overall Rating
8.3/10

Steakhouses—parrillas—are the staple in beautiful Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the steak capital of the world.

Offers the best Argentinian meat cooked with unparalleled expertise. 

Moreover, the city is known for serving delicious Empanadas and Alfajores.

23. Munich, Germany

Food Feast/Occassions
8.4/10
Signature dishes
8.1/10
Overall Rating
8.25/10

Munich is best known for Oktoberfest.

Not only the beers are great in the city but Munich is also known for the hearty dishes like Haxen (Braised pork knuckle), Weißwürste (the boiled, white veal sausage), Leberkäse (a loaf-formed sausage), and Obazda best eaten with Brezeln.

24. Seoul, South Korea

Michelin starred
8.4/10
Signature dishes
8/10
Overall Rating
8.2/10

South Korean capital checks in with an eyebrow-raising 257 fine dining restaurants, 26 of which have earned Michelin star status.

The Seoul restaurants serving the most delicious traditional Korean dishes like bulgogi, galbi, kalguksu, naengmyeon, and bibimbap

25. Los Angeles, US

Range of types of restaurants
8/10
Fine dining innovation
8.2/10
Overall Rating
8.1/10

Every L.A. neighborhood, has a must-visit restaurant, a bar serving innovative craft cocktails, and to-die-for tacos that cost no more than $3.

Endless array of culinary treasures, from fine dine to haute cuisine with countless international cuisines & local classics like the ever-present California diner. 

26. Madrid, Spain

Michelin starred
8.3/10
Signature dishes
7.8/10
Overall Rating
8/10

Featuring 340-plus fine dining stops and 17 Michelin star restaurants.

No trip to Madrid is complete without enjoying like Cocido madrileño, famous Bocadillo de Calamares, and Gambas al ajillo, etc. Madrid’s local favorite foods are well worth your time.

27. Sydney, Australia

Fine dining innovation
8/10
Signature dishes
10/10
Overall Rating
7.9/10

Major culinary destination brimming with extraordinary dining experiences.

Impossibly cool restaurants, from casual to fine dining experience.

Barramundi is a quintessential Australian fish that’s served in restaurants all over the Sydney.

28. Dubai, UAE

Variety of cuisine
7.8/10
Signature dishes
7.8/10
Overall Rating
7.8/10

Rated as the top destination for the variety of cuisines available.

Dubai offers world-class Middle Eastern fare, from Manousheh, a Mediterranean-style pizza, to Palestinian Tahoon Bread, and fatteh.

Some of the popular dishes in Dubai are Ghuzi, Stuffed Camel, and Al Harees, etc.

29. Chiang, Mai, Thailand

Food Feast/Occassions
8/10
Signature dishes
7.5/10
Overall Rating
7.75/10

The city of Chiang, Mai in Thailand is the best place to eat in the world on a number of occasions.

Here are some delicious dishes that you must try when eating at restaurant while you’re in Chiang Mai city; Nam Prik Ong, Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw, Khao Soi, Sai Oua, and Gaeng Hunglay, etc.

30. Shenzhen, China

Range of types of restaurants
7.8/10
Signature dishes
7.6/10
Overall Rating
7.7/10

There’s everything from cheap noodles restaurant from a hole-in-the-wall joint to high-end dinners.

Shenzhen, China is known for Cantonese cuisine because of its tasting tender and fresh. Moreover, Cantonese dessert are famous, too like ginger milk curd, and mango mochi.

31. Orlando, Florida US

Range of types of restaurants
7.9/10
Signature dishes
7.3/10
Overall Rating
7.6/10

Upscale fine dining destinations are complemented by a slew of food trucks and hole-in-the-wall places serving a diverse range of cuisines.

Visiting the City is guaranteed a series of gastronomic delights. The two local favorites are Conch Fritters and Stone Crab Claws.

32. Istanbul, Turkey

Signature dishes
7.5/10
Variety of cuisine
7.5/10
Overall Rating
7.5/10

There’s only one thing you really need to try in this legendary city where east meets west – a fresh fish sandwich called balik ekmek.

For an ultimate experience try Menemen, Meze, İskender Kebap, Mantı, and Baklava, etc. with so many different dishes to choose you might not know where to start in Istanbul.

33. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Range of types of restaurants
7.5/10
Signature dishes
7.3/10
Overall Rating
7.4/10

From high-end restaurants to an endless stream of street food stalls and carts, variety is key in Kuala Lumpur.

Most popular dishes and local favorites that a first time visitor should not miss while eating at restaurants are Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa, Prawn Mee, and Cendol, etc.

34. Moscow, Russia

Price of foodies
7.4/10
Signature dishes
7.2/10
Overall Rating
7.3/10

Plentiful places offering nostalgic cheap eats.

Here’s what you should try in Moscow: Pelmeni, Borshch Moskovsky, Blini, and Shchi. Moscow some hearty dishes are reinvented traditional cuisine with a touch of fresh twist. 

35. Johannesburg, South Africa

Number of restaurants
7.1/10
Signature dishes
7.3/10
Overall Rating
7.2/10

With a plethora of fine-dining restaurants on offer, Johannesburg also knows how to do laid-back and casual.

If you are visiting Johannesburg make sure to taste these traditional dishes that popular in the city like Bunny chow, Mogodu, Sheep’s head, and Samoosa, etc.

36. Las Vegas, Nevada US

Fine dining innovation
8.2/10
Variety of cuisine
6/10
Overall Rating
7.1/10

Superb dining – the city of Las Vegas has become a world-class culinary destination, offering a huge variety of fine dining. 

You’re sure to find delicious dishes to make your stay even more memorable for the wide variety of dishes offer by the City of Light.

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