For some, they are as moving as the works of great artists such as Monet or Picasso: the world’s leading top restaurants and their culinary works of art. From Barcelona to Copenhagen, here is our pick of the best restaurants in the world. Plus: what that means for your wallet.
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
The noma is more than just a restaurant, it is an institution, a meeting place in one of the trendiest food locations in the world. The restaurant in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, has been named number 1 in the world for the fourth time since 2014. In fact, the rules of The World’s 50 Best Restaurant state that re-election of a previous No. 1 is no longer possible. Nevertheless, under the leadership of René Redzepi, noma has made it back to the top. The reason is a new orientation since 2018. After several pop-up stations abroad, noma moved into its new home on the ramparts of Christianshavn. René Redzepi and his team combine progressive cuisine with sustainable practices that focus on regional, Nordic cuisine while paying particular attention to avoiding a high carbon footprint. The noma goes with the spirit of the times, and has done so for many years. If you want to sit down at the table in the best restaurant in the world and experience unforgettable hours, you have to pay around €380 per person for the menu.
Geranium- Copenhagen, Denmark
The second best restaurant in the world can also be found in the center of the Danish metropolis Copenhagen. A special location – the Geranium is on the 8th floor of Parken Stadium, home of 1. FC Copenhagen and the Danish national team. During culinary performances by chef Rasmus Kofoed, guests can enjoy a view over the treetops of the adjacent park, the green copper roofs of Copenhagen and the windmills of Öresund through floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Kofoed’s menus are primarily characterized by a variety of small, detailed dishes. For the lucky ones who were able to get hold of a table reservation, the menu also costs around €380.
Asador Etxebarri- Axpe, Spain
At first glance, it seems unlikely that an asador, i.e. a restaurant where all dishes are prepared on the grill, is one of the leading global gastronomic temples. Victor Arguinzoniz, owner and head chef in one, has nevertheless put himself on the world map of gourmets with his Asador Etxebarri in the Spanish Basque country. As a master of fire, a unique haute cuisine experience is created using ancient techniques. From the amuse-bouche to the dessert, Arguinzoniz’s plates achieve their cooking perfection thanks to a pulley system he invented himself, which allows the height of the grill to be optimally varied. This special culinary experience in the north of Spain can be had for as little as €209 per menu.
Central- Lima, Peru
Peruvian cuisine has long been one of the best we can find on the world’s menu. No wonder, then, that a restaurant from the capital Lima can also be found on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The Central restaurant, run by the chef couple Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, embodies an ode to Peru with their dishes. From scallops and squid from the waters of Peru to belly pork from the Sacred Valley, their plates celebrate Peruvian traditions with the contemporary zeitgeist. Just marveling at the restaurant’s own vegetable garden could justify a visit to the Central. There you can discover over 100 types of plants, which always find their way onto the couple’s creative plate compositions. The menu price in the Central is around €100-120.