Cities With the Most Michelin-Starred Restaurants

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When it comes to culinary prowess, it doesn’t get any more authoritative than the Michelin Guide. In 1889, brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin founded their namesake tire company in a small town in central France and were looking to encourage motorists to road trip more often. The guide began as a pocket-sized book offering maps, practical roadside tips, and — luckily for us — expert insights on spots to eat, drink, and sleep along one’s journey.

Those humble beginnings have since taken off in big, global ways. Today, the Michelin Guide rates more than 30,000 eateries across three continents. Considered one of the most prestigious accolades in dining, Michelin stars (either one, two, or —rarely — three) are awarded to restaurants that exhibit mastery of flavor and technique, the highest quality ingredients, and utmost consistency. To help narrow your epic dining and drinking itinerary, we’re shining a light on eight cities around the world that feature the most Michelin-starred restaurants (as of the 2022 guide).


Singapore (49 Restaurants)

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Reflective of its vibrant culinary scene, this compact Southeast Asian city-state boasts an impressive 49 Michelin-starred restaurants, eight of which hold two or three stars. The latter includes upscale French contemporary cuisine at Les Amis and Odette, as well as European contemporary at Zén from chef Björn Frantzén, who also helms its acclaimed sister restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, Sweden. But Michelin-starred dining in Singapore doesn’t have to make a big dent in your wallet — several recipients on the list are acclaimed street food vendors.


London, England (65 Restaurants)

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Always on the cutting edge of fashion, music, and food, London unsurprisingly makes the list. With chefs like Gordon Ramsey (who became the first Scottish chef to earn three Michelin stars for Restaurant Gordon Ramsey) and Alain Ducasse (whose Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester has garnered three Michelin stars for more than a decade for its modern French cuisine), Greater London  clocks in with 65 Michelin-starred restaurants — with an impressive 13 restaurants earning two or three stars.


New York, New York (65 Restaurants)

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New York packs just as many stars as London, with 65 starred restaurants. Five of those feature a coveted three stars. Among them are the kitchens of superstar chefs like Thomas Keller (for modern American and French at Per Se), Daniel Boulud (for contemporary French at Daniel), Daniel Humm (for New American at Eleven Madison Park), and Masa Takayama (who helms Masa, the only three-starred sushi restaurant in the United States).


Hong Kong (71 Restaurants)

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Hong Kong packs quite a culinary punch within its 427 square miles — there are 71 Michelin-starred restaurants, and among these, seven shine with three stars, the guide’s highest ranking. Foodies can sample a variety of cuisines, reflective of Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan nature. Highlights include Cantonese (T’ang Court, Forum, or Lung King Heen); contemporary French (Caprice or L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon); and Italian (8 ½ Otto e Mezzo).


Osaka, Japan (95 Restaurants)

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Osaka is home to 95 Michelin-starred spots — and though the city is considered Japan’s street food capital, it also brings its A-game in fine dining with three restaurants under Michelin’s highest three-star rank. Osaka also boasts more than two dozen new listings to the 2022 guide (including several Green Star restaurants, who commit to sustainable culinary practices). Consider Kashiwaya or Taian for artfully crafted Japanese fare.


Kyoto, Japan (108 Restaurants)

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Just 35 miles from Osaka is another Japanese city that makes a strong showing in the Michelin guide: Kyoto. Considered the cultural capital of Japan and home to numerous temples, the city is also known for its fine cuisine, kaiseki, which consists of multiple small dishes. Of its 108 Michelin-starred restaurants, an impressive 25 hold two or three stars. Japanese cuisine dominates the list, including Gion Sasaki, Mizai, and Isshisoden Nakamura.


Paris, France (108 Restaurants)

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The City of Light can just as easily be called the City of Luxurious Dining with these accolades — an impressive 10 three-star restaurants and 12 two-star venues. Inventive fine dining at the likes of Le Pré Catelan and Pierre Gagnaire are bucket-list experiences, but diners will find even greater variety in the one-star category: 94 of them can be found throughout the arrondissements. Explore myriad cuisines by sampling through a handful of them: Mexican at Oxte, Chinese at Shang Palace, or Italian at Le George.


Tokyo, Japan (203 Restaurants)

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Tokyo takes the cake on the list of cities with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, thanks to its 12 three-star restaurants, 42 two-star eateries, and 158 one-star establishments. The 2021 guide features several new additions across all three categories, including ramen restaurant Chukasoba Ginza Hachigou and Japanese restaurant Sorahana. Though Japanese fare in Tokyo is bound to impress, the city is home to an array of other accoladed options, too, including Italian (Alter Ego), Spanish (Zurriola), and French (Sezanne).


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