The Most Michelin Stars by City

You’re looking to organize organize a trip around the world visiting the world’s most exquisite restaurants, but where do you start? Our tip is to let the stars be your guide, the Michelin Stars that is anyway.

Michelin gives out its highly coveted stars to a very select few establishments with the most outstanding cuisine, service and ambiance the world has to offer. They range from one star all the way up to three stars with truly exceptional cuisine.

We took notes and found out which cities around the world boast the most Michelin stars. You might be surprised to see who’s #1 on the list, especially when you see it has more than twice as many stars as its nearest competitor.

#5 New York City

The city that never sleeps has various highly acclaimed restaurants. New York City is home to a total of 93 Michelin stars, including five three-star selections.

Eleven Madison Park is one of its best culinary experiences and highlights some of the city’s architectural history. It’s a three-star standout located in a 90-year-old, art deco skyscraper that overlooks Madison Square Park, not even mentioning that the restaurant was recently renovated from top to bottom.

One Star: 56
Two stars: 11
Three Stars: 5
New York City Total Stars: 93

#4 Osaka

Next on our city list with 121 total Michelin stars is Osaka. 

One of Osaka’s top restaurants is Hajime, that earned Michelin star in 2018. Led by chef Hajime Yoneda and pastry chef Yuko Uchida, Hajime’s menu explores nature, earth and space, as well as philosophical questions about life’s true meaning.

One star: 75
Two stars: 17
Three stars: 4
Osaka Total stars: 121

#3 Kyoto

Next on our list, Kyoto. Kyoto has a population of roughly 1.4 million people,  yet it boasts 134 Michelin stars.

Isshisoden Nakamura, one of Kyoto’s eight three-star restaurants, is a sixth-generation establishment with roots dating back to 1827. Chef Motokazu Nakamura likes to put a contemporary spin on traditional Kyoto techniques and ingredients that have been passed down from generation to generation.

One star: 64
Two stars: 23
Three stars: 8
Kyoto Total stars: 134

#2 Paris

Known for being one of the best food cities in the world, Paris has an impressive total of 141 Michelin stars.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is one of our favorites with an opulent dining room, complete with a large Swarovski crystal chandelier, gorgeous oak tables, tasteful white leather chairs and grandiose white columns. The cuisine emphasizes fresh, natural ingredients like purple eggplant, early turnips, zucchini, squash and many types of seafood.

One star: 79
Two stars: 16
Three stars: 10
Paris Total stars: 141

#1 Tokyo

Tokyo is the top of the food pyramid when it comes to Michelin stars. Sitting a top our list with an astonishing 314 total stars in 2018, 173 more than closest rival Paris. The capital of Japan has 12 restaurants with three Michelin stars, the most of any city in the world.

One of the city’s best restaurants is three-starred Ryugin, which has been led by esteemed chef Seiji Yamamoto since 2003. The restaurant was recently relocated to the 7th floor of a new development project. Ryugin creates memorable dishes using seasonal produce, seafood and meats.

One star: 166
Two stars: 56
Three stars: 12
Tokyo Total stars: 314

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