Top 50 restaurants in the world revealed

Top 50 restaurants in the world revealed: Top spot is clinched by a restaurant in a Danish FOOTBALL STADIUM while just two UK eateries make the list

  • Geranium in Copenhagen has been named the best restaurant in the world
  • The list, compiled by Condé Nast Traveller, features two London restaurants
  • Spain is the food capital of the world with six restaurants making the top 50

A bistro in Denmark has topped the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world – despite feeding guests from an unusual location.

Geranium, which sits on the eighth floor of National Football Stadium, Parken, in Copenhagen, allows diners to look over the pitch while they eat.

Although the restaurant is currently taking a break from service for the summer, diners will be able to taste its Summer Universe menu for around £366 (DKK3200). 

Despite its unusual setting the bistro, headed by Rasmus Kofoed, has clinched the top spot as Condé Nast Traveller announced the Top 50 Restaurants in the World for 2022.

Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been named the top restaurant in the world this year

Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been named the top restaurant in the world this year

Smoked lumpfish roe, with layers of milk, kale & apple from Geranium's Spring Menu

Smoked lumpfish roe, with layers of milk, kale & apple from Geranium’s Spring Menu

The second floor dining area next to the wine cellar of the Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru

The second floor dining area next to the wine cellar of the Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru

A dish from Central in Lima, Peru, which has made third place in this year's top 50 list and where dishes include rare ingredients like piranha

A dish from Central in Lima, Peru, which has made third place in this year’s top 50 list and where dishes include rare ingredients like piranha

The competition, which is in its 20th year, revealed this year’s shortlist in a ceremony hosted in London on Monday night. 

After opening during the height of the financial crisis, the restaurant began serving  seasonal Scandi food which it has become known for.

It is the second year in a row a Copenhagen restaurant has sailed to the number one spot – with Noma in the same city topping the list in 2021.

The crème de la crème! World’s 50 best restaurants revealed in full 

1. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2. Central (Lima, Peru) 

3. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)

4. DiverXO (Madrid, Spain)

5. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) 

6. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)

7. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)

8. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)

9. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

10. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

11. Maido (Lima, Peru)

12. Uliassi (Senigallia, Italy)

13. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

14. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

15. Reale (Castel di Sangro, Italy)

16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)

17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany)

18. Alchemist (Copenhagen, Denmark)

19. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

20. Den (Tokyo, Japan) 

21. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

22. Septime (Paris, France)

23. The Jane (Antwerp, Belgium)

24. The Chairman (Hong Kong)

25. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

26. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

27. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

28. The Clarence (Paris, France)

29. St. Hubertus (San Cassiano, Italy)

30. Florilege (Tokyo, Japan)

31. Arpège (Paris, France)

32. Mayta (Lima, Peru)

33. Atomix (New York City)

34. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

35. The Clove Club (London, UK)

36. Odette (Singapore)

37. Fyn (Cape Town, South Africa)

38. Jordnær (Copenhagen, Denmark)

39. Sorn (Bangkok, Thailand)

40. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)

41. La Cime (Osaka, Japan)

42. Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Spain)

43. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)

44. Le Bernardin (New York City)

45. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

46. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)

47. Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

48. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)

49. Ikoyi (London, England)

50. SingleThread (Healdsburg, California)

Source: Conde Nast Traveller

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Other foodie hotspots this year are Spain, where restaurants in Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque country have made the top 50, Lima in Peru and Brazil.

One of the more innovative restaurants in the top 10 is DiverXO in Madrid at number three, which describes its menu as ‘a journey through the hedonistic, greedy and creative world of Dabiz Muñoz, avant-garde cuisine in which everything is possible’.

The Spanish celebrity chef, who has three Michelin stars, has a ‘groundbreaking approach to cooking’ according to the Michelin guide.

The rustic interior of Den, Tokyo, which has made the top 20 in the world's 50 best restaurants

The rustic interior of Den, Tokyo, which has made the top 20 in the world’s 50 best restaurants

A salad of deep fried, pickled, grilled and raw veg, topped with the odd edible ant and grinning emoji carrot slice

A salad of deep fried, pickled, grilled and raw veg, topped with the odd edible ant and grinning emoji carrot slice

DiverXO in Madrid has a boxy-style interior with white and red draped curtains, but its food is a work of art

DiverXO in Madrid has a boxy-style interior with white and red draped curtains, but its food is a work of art

A dish of pork skin with black sesame brioche, salmon roe and cherry sauce from DiverXO in Madrid, Spain, which is headed up by celebrity chef Dabiz Muñoz

A dish of pork skin with black sesame brioche, salmon roe and cherry sauce from DiverXO in Madrid, Spain, which is headed up by celebrity chef Dabiz Muñoz

The restaurant’s interior has a simple, boxy style – but its dishes are artistically prepared within flower displays and zany ceramics.

Customers looking to experience Muñoz’s visionary cooking style can pay around £311 (€365) to taste the Flying Pigs menu. 

Diners looking for a more classic gastronomic experience could try out Le Clarénce in Paris, headed by chef Christophe Pelé, which is in 28th place.

Some of Pelé’s signature dishes include pigeon tourte, foie gras, spinach and pigeon jus and porcini mushrooms with puff pastry.

Chefs preparing dishes at Disfrutar, a two-Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona, Spain

Chefs preparing dishes at Disfrutar, a two-Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona, Spain

A dish from the tasting menu at Disfrutar, Barcelona, Soain, which made third place on this year's list

A dish from the tasting menu at Disfrutar, Barcelona, Soain, which made third place on this year’s list

Another of the dishes from the tasting menu at Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain, which has two Michelin stars

Another of the dishes from the tasting menu at Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain, which has two Michelin stars

Leo in Bogotá, Colombia, is led by local chef Leonor Espinosa, who runs the site as her flagship restaurant

Leo in Bogotá, Colombia, is led by local chef Leonor Espinosa, who runs the site as her flagship restaurant

One of the main courses at Leo, where the menu includes a duck jelly served with coquindo oil and dried shrimp served with ants.

One of the main courses at Leo, where the menu includes a duck jelly served with coquindo oil and dried shrimp served with ants.

A view of the clean, relaxed interior at Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico

A view of the clean, relaxed interior at Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico

A dish of marine snails and beans, which is on the menu at Pujol restaurant in Mexico City

A dish of marine snails and beans, which is on the menu at Pujol restaurant in Mexico City

St Hubertus, Dolomites, Italy just about made its way into the top 30 on the list, at number 29

St Hubertus, Dolomites, Italy just about made its way into the top 30 on the list, at number 29

A marshmallow and green apple dish at St Hubertus restaurant in San Cassiano, Italy made the top 30 in the list

A marshmallow and green apple dish at St Hubertus restaurant in San Cassiano, Italy made the top 30 in the list

Le Clarence in Paris, located in the eighth arrondissiment, has a grand interior with red velvet dining chairs

Le Clarence in Paris, located in the eighth arrondissiment, has a grand interior with red velvet dining chairs

Packed with flavour! One of the classic dishes at Le Clarence in Paris, France, being topped with grated black truffle

Packed with flavour! One of the classic dishes at Le Clarence in Paris, France, being topped with grated black truffle

Situated in the eighth arondissiment in the French capital, the restaurant’s lavish interior includes chandeliers, enormous gold-framed artworks and red velvet dining chairs.

Two London restaurants also made the top 50 representing the best of the UK’s food scene – The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall and Ikoyi in Piccadilly.

With two Michelin stars The Clove Club, at number 35, is headed up by chef patron Isaac McHale. 

Top dishes at the restaurant include chilled salad of grilled aubergine, brown crab and verbena and hot smokoed wiltshire trout with almond milk and watercress.

Ikoyi in Piccadilly, London, which has two Michelin stars, has been named in the top 50 restaurants in the world

 Ikoyi in Piccadilly, London, which has two Michelin stars, has been named in the top 50 restaurants in the world

Peking duck, caramelised and grilled in suya tamari, with a sauce of liver, heart and hazelnut butter at Ikoyi, London

Peking duck, caramelised and grilled in suya tamari, with a sauce of liver, heart and hazelnut butter at Ikoyi, London 

Another London restaurant named within the top 50 is The Clove Club in Shoreditch

Another London restaurant named within the top 50 is The Clove Club in Shoreditch

Raw Orkney scallop with clementine, hazelnut and Western Australian manjimup truffle at The Clove Club

Raw Orkney scallop with clementine, hazelnut and Western Australian manjimup truffle at The Clove Club

Ikoyi, which also has two Michelin stars, operates a seasonal menu which can include anything from Cornish lamb to caramelised sweetbreads.

South and Central America also proved to be foodie hotspots with several restaurants included in the top 50.

In particular Central in Lima, Peru, was at number two after remaining high in the list for several years. 

The restaurant, located in the Miraflores District, is the flagship project of Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martínez Véliz and he describes the site as his ‘workshop’ for experimenting with new flavours and styles. 

Another, more unusual restaurant in the top 50 is Leo in Bogotá, Colombia, which is headed up by local chef Leonor Espinosa.

Among the dishes on her unusual menu is a duck jelly and dried shrimp with fried ants. 

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