Dining at the best restaurants is a luxury worth properly preparing for, no matter the location. But if you consider yourself a foodie and you’ve travelled the country tasting the best of what this country has to offer, you may need to take a gander at what they’re doing overseas. The best restaurants in Europe feature some of the tastiest food you will ever eat.
Number Nine: L’Arpege – Paris, France. L’Arpege’s 11-course lunch menu, only costing $194, is simply a deal you cannot pass up. L’Arpege is a bit pricey (it is Paris, after all); however, it is still cheaper than Urasawa in Beverly Hills and Masa in Manhattan.
Number Eight: Astrance – Paris, France. Nothing says excellence like a three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris. After a stop at L’Arpege, grabbing seconds at Astrance would be a good idea. Chili pepper sorbet, spicy piquillo peppers – whatever you choose, the food here is vibrant and full of flavor.
Number Seven: The Fat Duck – Bray-on-Thames, UK. It might seem like an ironic name for a restaurant, but The Fat Duck is so legit you’ll need a reservation before you can be seated. And you can try outrageously creative dishes like scrambled-egg-and-bacon ice cream. “Culinary alchemist” Heston Blumenthal is certainly a genius when it comes to his food and kitchen.
Number Six: Noma – Copenhagen, Denmark. A fan of Nordic Cuisine? If you are, Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant reinvented it. Owner and founder René Redzepi has made this establishment a multiple award winner, with its famous dishes like ‘The Hen and the Egg.’
Number Five: Le Louis XV – Monte Carlo, Monaco. Run by chef Alain Ducasse, Le Louis XV is a three Michelin star French restaurant. If you are a connoisseur of wine, you’ll be happy to know that 400,000 bottles of wine exist in the cellar. Opened in 1987, it won three stars after 33 months, being the first hotel restaurant to receive that level of the award.
Number Four: Piazza Duomo – Alba, Italy. Some good old creative Italian cooking never sounded better than at Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy. Created by its chef Enrico Crippa in 2003, the dining room is covered with beautiful freeform murals by Francesco Clemente. Enjoy fresh buffalo mozzarella, Jerusalem artichokes, cream chocolate truffles and hazelnut cakes.
Number Three: Quique Dacosta Restaurante – Denia, Spain. Quique Dacosta Restaurante is one of the best places to eat, not only in Europe but in the world. Chef Quique Dacosta is highly creative, creating food consisting of wild textures, flavors and temperatures, like the ‘Hot Ice Cream.’ Spicy seaweed sticks and squab rice with beetroot foam and hazelnuts are to die for.
Number Two: Troisgros – Roanne, France. This gourmet restaurant has it all. You can be seated at the bar for drinks, then be escorted into the dining area to enjoy your meal. Michel Troisgros, the owner, has cooked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world. His father and uncle trained with legendary chef Fernand Point at La Pyramide in Vienne.
Number One: In de Wulf – Heuvelland, Belgium. For the perfect private dining experience and a room to stay in for the night, In de Wulf is the best restaurant in Europe and one of the best restaurants in the world. De Wulf used to be a barn and a garage but was eventually transformed into one phenomenal eatery. Kobe Desramualts, the chef and owner, took over for his parents 12 years ago at the age of 23, with the restaurant being awarded a Michelin star just two years after he began managing.