Every year Restaurant magazine scours the globe for the best dining experiences. This year, Spain has toppled Denmark to reclaim the best restaurant accolade. To experience an array of international cuisine at its best, we have compiled our list of the top restaurants and flights to get you there.
1. El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain.
This family run Catalan restaurant combines innovative concepts with traditional techniques. Located in Girona, a small city in the North East of Spain in the Catalan region, it’s ancient cathedral and old fortifications make it a popular day trip from Barcelona. It’s new foodie claim to fame will certainly increase that popularity! Fly into Barcelona airport and either hire a car and drive an hour to Girona or catch a low-cost European carrier to Girona-Costa Brava airport.
2. Noma – Copenhagen, Denmark
Noma has taken the top honours as best restaurant for the past 3 years running with its inventive take on Nordic cuisine. Noma is best known for it’s strict local sourcing and foraging approach, making the food not only fresh, but unique to Denmark. Fly into Copenhagen airport and take the Metro into town.
3. Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
Modena is an ancient town located in the North of Italy and known as “the capital of engines” as it is home to the factories of famous Italian sports car makers. Osteria Francescana is described by some as “bonkers but brilliant” due to its eccentric and creative take on Italian cuisine. Fly into Rome airport and take a connecting flight to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.
4. Mugaritz – San Sebastián, Spain
Another entry for Spain in the top 5, and it’s unsurprising that it comes from the foodie haven of San Sebastián. Renowned for its Basque cuisine, San Sebastián is located on the coast in the north of Spain. The food at Mugaritz is a uniquely conceptual take on Spanish cuisine, making it a unique and memorable experience. Fly into Barcelona airport and catch a low-cost European carrier to San Sebastián airport.
5. Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
The number 5 entry takes us away from Europe and across the water to another culinary hub, New York. Eleven Madison Park is the epitome of chic dining, combing modern French food with a New York twist. From cheap street food and family-run diners to a plethora of Michelin starred restaurants, New York has something for every taste. Fly into New York airport and catch the subway or shuttle into town to start your food adventures.
And for our Australian readers, our top ranking restaurant down under is Attica in Melbourne which comes in at 21. The head chef’s focus on foraging locally sourced raw materials to create imaginative dishes gives this restaurant a uniquely Antipodean twist. Fly into Melbourne Airport and catch the train to the suburb of Ripponlea to experience this great restaurant.