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Food Inspiration Magazine is the online magazine for foodservice professionals in search of inspiration and innovation. With the magazine we collect, enrich and spread inspiration. The free subscription magazine is published eight times per year and is an abundant source of inspiration for food and hospitality professionals. Our readers can be found in the U.S., Northern Europe, Latin America and Asia.

RESEARCH

10 BEST FOOD CITIES

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(ACCORDING TO OUR OWN DATA ANALYSIS)

ABOUT OUR RANKING
We researched the thirteen cities around the world with the highest number of Michelin stars (2018) and/or the most restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (2018). In addition, we looked at how many TripAdvisor recommended restaurants (2019) and Booking.com listed hotels (2019) each city has per 10,000 residents.

The absolute numbers of restaurants and hotels are obviously higher, but the ones on review and booking websites have been curated by the online community. Also: How much, in dollars, does a three- course dinner for two cost in a mid-range restaurant in each city (2018)? How many food & drink experiences are offered through Airbnb (2019)? Finally: you don’t want to follow the masses, you want to feel like you’re one of the locals. So we also scored the cities on numbers of tourists (2017) in relation to population (2019). Our research is based on the larger metropolitan areas of the cities. For example, Greater London, rather than just the centre of town. The cities are ranked separately for each category. The higher the ranking, the higher the score. The city with the most number of points is the best food city of 2019.

* The following cities were also researched but fell just short of the Top 10: San Francisco, Singapore and Hong Kong.

For many travellers these days, their experience of food in foreign cities is a more valuable souvenir than miniature figures of famous landmarks. Food Inspiration finds out exactly where you as a food professional simply need to go. This is our ultimate ranking of the best cities for food.

 Frank Lindner  Sander van der Meij

  4 min

The Japanese capital has the highest number of Michelin stars and ranks joint third with Lima and New York in terms of the most restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In terms of the price of a three-course dinner in a mid-range restaurant, Tokyo is average, but it ranks head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the food experiences it offers. The biggest city in the world (38 million people live in Greater Tokyo) offers a high number of restaurants per 10,000 residents (ranked second on the list) but has relatively few hotels (eleventh on the list). So international tourism has a relatively minor impact.

*Ratio of residents (2019) to international tourists per year (2017). <1 = fewer tourists per year in relation to number of residents, >1 = more tourists per year in relation to number of residents.
**Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two people.

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#10

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
314  (#1)

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#3)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
226 (#1)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
25,0  (#2)

 TOURISM IMPACT **
0,31  (#1)

#1

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
85  (#5)

AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$35  (#4)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
85,7  (#1)

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
134  (#3)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
15,4  (#1)

#2

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
141  (#2)

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
4  (#1)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
 3,6  (#5)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
146  (#2)

#3

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
4  (#2)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
18,6  (#5)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
8,2  (#2)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
108  (#3)

#4

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
141  (#4)

AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$36  (#5)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,41  (#4)

#5

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#5)

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$26  (#1)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,22  (#1)

#6

RESTAURANTS 
PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
20,5  (#3)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
3,7  (#3)

#7

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$33  (#3)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,36  (#3)

#8

MICHELIN 
STARS (2018)
93  (#5)

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#4)

TOURISM IMPACT*
 0,70  (#5) 

#9

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
3,7  (#4)

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$27  (#2)

  4 min

For many travellers these days, their experience of food in foreign cities is a more valuable souvenir than miniature figures of famous landmarks. Food Inspiration finds out exactly where you as a food professional simply need to go. This is our ultimate ranking of the best cities for food.

 Frank Lindner  Sander van der Meij

The absolute numbers of restaurants and hotels are obviously higher, but the ones on review and booking websites have been curated by the online community. Also: How much, in dollars, does a three- course dinner for two cost in a mid-range restaurant in each city (2018)? How many food & drink experiences are offered through Airbnb (2019)? Finally: you don’t want to follow the masses, you want to feel like you’re one of the locals. So we also scored the cities on numbers of tourists (2017) in relation to population (2019). Our research is based on the larger metropolitan areas of the cities. For example, Greater London, rather than just the centre of town. The cities are ranked separately for each category. The higher the ranking, the higher the score. The city with the most number of points is the best food city of 2019.

ABOUT OUR RANKING
We researched the thirteen cities around the world with the highest number of Michelin stars (2018) and/or the most restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (2018). In addition, we looked at how many TripAdvisor recommended restaurants (2019) and Booking.com listed hotels (2019) each city has per 10,000 residents.

The Japanese capital has the highest number of Michelin stars and ranks joint third with Lima and New York in terms of the most restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In terms of the price of a three-course dinner in a mid-range restaurant, Tokyo is average, but it ranks head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the food experiences it offers. The biggest city in the world (38 million people live in Greater Tokyo) offers a high number of restaurants per 10,000 residents (ranked second on the list) but has relatively few hotels (eleventh on the list). So international tourism has a relatively minor impact.

#1

 TOURISM IMPACT **
0,31  (#1)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
25,0  (#2)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
226 (#1)

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#3)

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
314  (#1)

#2

AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$35  (#4)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
85,7  (#1)

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
134  (#3)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
15,4  (#1)

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
141  (#2)

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
4  (#1)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
 3,6  (#5)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
146  (#2)

#3

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
4  (#2)

RESTAURANTS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
18,6  (#5)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
8,2  (#2)

MOST FOOD EXPERIENCES ON AIRBNB
108  (#3)

#4

MICHELIN STARS
(2018)
141  (#4)

AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$36  (#5)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,41  (#4)

#5

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#5)

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$26  (#1)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,22  (#1)

RESTAURANTS 
PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
20,5  (#3)

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
3,7  (#3)

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$33  (#3)

TOURISM IMPACT *
0,36  (#3)

#8
#7

50 BEST RESTAURANTS
3  (#4)

MICHELIN 
STARS (2018)
93  (#5)

TOURISM IMPACT*
 0,70  (#5) 

#9

HOTELS PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
3,7  (#4)

AVERAGE 
RESTAURANT MEAL** 
$27  (#2)

#6