The World’s Best Restaurants

What does it take to get onto the world’s best list of restaurants? Certainly a lifetime of dedication and an incredible atmosphere and menu. It helps, apparently, for you to be in Spain as well since many of the top restaurants are situated in that culinary heaven.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is a list created with the assistance each year of 1,080 culinary specialists and a very specific voting process. The process is certainly an interesting one and one that’s worth learning more about.

Spain has definitely solidified its position with three of the top five restaurants and five in total of the top 50. Barcelona’s Disfrutar clinched the top spot, impressing with innovative dishes like the caviar-filled Panchino doughnut. Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo ranked second, renowned for its exquisite barbecue under chef Victor Arguinzoniz. Madrid’s Diverxo took the fourth spot, further highlighting Spain’s culinary excellence.

Paris’s Table by Bruno Verjus came third, while Lima’s Maido, emphasizing South American cuisine, secured fifth place. Notably, Mexico’s Quintonil was the top North American restaurant at seventh.

The top ten of the list includes the following. It’s certainly worth browsing through the entire list and having an experience of this sort on your “someday” bucket list.

1. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)

2. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

3. Table by Bruno Verjus (Paris, France)

4.  Diverxo (Madrid, Spain)

5. Maido (Lima, Peru)

6. Atomix (New York City)  – Best restaurant in North America

7. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

8. Alchemist (Copenhagen, Denmark)

9. Gaggan Anand (Bangkok, Thailand)

10.  Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


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