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What are the 10 Best Culinary Destinations of 2023?

by Aoife O'Riordan

Dec 8, 2023

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World of Mouth, an independent global community of culinary experts, recently unveiled the Global Culinary Report 2023. The destinations making this year’s coveted list were recognized for their role in shaping the future of food and travel, as well as forging culinary trends in 2023 and into 2024.


The report took in more than 6,300 personal recommendations by 600 handpicked experts spanning more than 2,300 international destinations to determine which 10 cities took top spot for the place to be for food lovers.


For 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, was named the best culinary destination. Considered a pioneer in New Nordic cuisine, the city continues to open new restaurants and push the boundaries of dishes.


Nos. 2–10 top culinary destinations for 2023 are:


  1. London, United Kingdom: A Melting Pot of Global Flavors
  2. New York City, United States: The Ever-Evolving Culinary Giant
  3. Tokyo, Japan: Where Tradition Meets World-Class Innovation
  4. Bangkok, Thailand: A Spicy Fusion of Street Food and Sophistication
  5. Paris, France: The Timeless Epicenter of Gourmet Excellence
  6. Barcelona, Spain: A Haven for Mediterranean and Local Delights
  7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A Luxurious Blend of the World’s Cuisines
  8. Berlin, Germany: The Burgeoning Experimental Food Hub
  9. Stockholm, Sweden: Scandinavian Flavors in Their Purest Form


The report also awarded Restaurant of the Year to Table by Bruno Verjus in Paris. Newcomer of the Year went to London’s Mountain Beak Street, a Basque-Welsh restaurant known for its open-fire cooking. The Bubbling Under Destination of 2023 went to Lima, Peru, recognizing its diverse food scene, blending traditional Peruvian flavors with modern ideas.


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