When you’re embarking on the trip of a lifetime, run-of-the-mill restaurants shouldn’t be on the menu. After a day of taking in spectacular sights, an exquisite dining experience is likely going to be your ideal port of call.
To lead you towards that perfect meal — whatever continent you find yourself on — we’ve compiled a list of six restaurants that have earned three Michelin Stars (the best possible ranking). These fine-dining staples, which are regularly ranked among the top ten restaurants in the world, are known to serve out-of-this-world dishes that are well-worth a special journey.
1.Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Osteria Francescana is the first Italian restaurant to be ranked among the Top 50 in the world. The eatery was opened in 1995 by Massimo Botura and was awarded its third Michelin star in 2011. If you decide to visit, you’ll be able to choose from the à la carte menu or from the restaurant’s two tasting menus: the Tradition in Evolution menu pays tribute to classic Italian ingredients, while the more comprehensive Sensations menu includes seasonal dishes from the experimental kitchen. A meal at Osteria Francescana will run you in the range of $234 – $260 per person.
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
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Awarded its third Michelin star in 2009, El Celler serves a mix of experimental cuisines fused with traditional family recipes, some of which have been around for generations. The restaurant primarily uses local Catalan ingredients, combining simple combinations of flavors with molecular gastronomy techniques to produce unusual and delicious results — where else will you find caramelized olives on a bonsai tree, or calamari frozen by liquid nitrogen? If you’re planning to stop by, be prepared for an hour-long trek from Barcelona to Girona, and expect to pay between $184 – $218 for a meal.
3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York
A distinguished member of Relais & Chateaux (a curated collection of gourmet restaurants and hotels), and previously named the best restaurant in America, Eleven Madison Park is a contemporary American restaurant adjacent to Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Its seasonal tasting menu is inspired by local culture and history, and each dish is composed of locally-sourced ingredients. For $295, you’ll get an exquisite 11-course meal that includes both communal and individual dishes.
4. Central, Lima, Peru
Central is a Peruvian restaurant that fuses contemporary ingredients with traditional Peruvian recipes. Located in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima, Central boasts its own garden, where the restaurant produces its own herbs and spices. The restaurant also bottles its own water, claiming to offer some of the purest water in Peru. All of the dishes offered on the menu are inspired by the various ecosystems in Peru, and an average meal costs $97 – $121 (a relative steal!).
5. Mirazur, Menton, France
Mirazur is a beautiful restaurant housed in a 1930s-era building that overlooks the Mediterranean sea. Mirazur’s cuisine is inspired by three themes: the sea, the garden, and the mountains. All of the restaurant’s dishes are made with local ingredients, including fish supplied by Mediterranean fishermen, vegetables from the restaurant’s garden, and meat and poultry from local farmers. The menu offers a mix of Italian, Argentinean, and French cuisines, and you can expect to pay between $210 – $273 for a meal.
6. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience, you’ll definitely want to visit Narisawa, a restaurant that connects guests with the environment in an unprecedented way. The restaurant’s menu offers a fusion of French and Japanese cuisines with a delightful twist: many of the dishes emphasize natural ingredients such as fruits, nuts, and the animals that eat them. Founder Yoshihiro Narisawa is wholeheartedly committed to protecting the environment, and has designed the menu to reflect nature’s beauty — chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s aim is for guests to “fall under the spell of the season.” If you choose to dine in this rich ecosystem, you’ll pay around $233 for a meal.
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