One of the best ways to travel is to let your stomach take over. Culinary tourism is the business of the gods, and thanks to countless cultures and cooking styles, one can go in all directions. A route that we really like is that of the Michelin rankings, which reward the best restaurants around the world.
Dining like a local is a joyful and instructive part of getting out and about, and the late Anthony Bourdain and many others taught us that. It’s a chance to indulge all your senses with something new, or maybe a dish you’ve been missing so much. When you visit a Michelin-starred restaurant, you’re most likely going to enjoy dishes that you simply can’t whip up at home. It’s best to book a table, get comfortable, and enjoy the culinary ride.
Now that it’s summer and we’re in the mood to travel, keep these foodie destinations in mind. From northern Italy to the bustling streets of Miami, here are some of the best places to visit if you’re traveling through the Michelin stars.
Remember to check in with your destinations in advance to stay up to date on all COVID-related health protocols and procedures. It can still differ significantly from country to country, state to state, and company to company.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brazil’s giant metropolis of over 12 million people is home to a serious food culture. Visitors can book private tours of the city’s legendary markets or dine at beloved restaurants like the neoclassical DOM. You’ll never want to leave this magical nation again, especially if you’re staying at a five-star hotel like Fasano.
Of course, Italy is on the list. In fact, we could probably put three or four other Italian cities in this piece. Why Rimini? It’s on the Adriatic coast, nestled in the food and wine region of Emilia-Romagna, and offers serious street food that’s ideal for al fresco dining. Of course, check out the many cafes and trattorias lining the walkways, but be sure to head to Abocar Due Cucine for an elegant meal deeply inspired by the region itself.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai has been a go-to destination for several years now, and it currently has the gourmet chops to back it all up. For stunning views of the bustling marina and incredible bites, including an impressive vegan menu, check out Marina Social. Stunning Indian cuisine is the theme of Indego by Vineet, which also features one of the most dazzling settings in the restaurant world. It’s probably going to be hot, so enjoy some water parks during the day and save your energy for the vibrant nightlife.
Los Angeles, California
The Michelin Guide lists nearly 100 restaurants in the City of Angels, so you might want to extend your stay. For a truly contemporary experience, head to Phenakite in Hollywood. Animal has become a reference in Los Angeles, with an incredible wine list to accompany the cuisine. Lose yourself in Koreatown and be sure to admire the moles and other homemade delicacies at Guelaguetza.
Hong Kong is a galaxy of gastronomic delights, with discoveries around every corner. Your to-do list will probably be too long, but make sure TimHoWan’s dim sum is there, as well as T’ang Court at the beautiful Langham Hotel. The Cantonese here is so good that it has earned a coveted three-star Michelin rating.
Ah, France, cradle of so many culinary traditions. Lyon is responsible for many staple dishes, just ask Coq au Vin. We suggest grabbing a table at La Mère Brazier, where locals and visitors alike gather for authentic, award-winning Lyon cuisine. Be sure to roam freely around the city and check out the city’s many famous confectioneries.
Some of the most avant-garde dishes come out of Madrid. This is certainly the case at DiverXO, a restaurant like no other. It’s innovative, artsy and all kinds of memorable, with a thoughtful wine pairing menu to boot. While you’re in the Spanish capital, savor the stellar Mexican-inspired menu at Iztac or go intimate and local with Fismuler.
Miami continues to attract a wealth of culinary talent, with 10 restaurants in the area earning at least one Michelin star in 2022. We particularly like Korean steakhouse Cote, as well as Hiden, the omakase restaurant in the vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. Also enjoy the deserved hype from the sharp culinary minds of Stubborn Seed.