The Best Restaurants Worldwide. Here's the Top 10!

Published on May 26, 2024

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The world of fine dining is truly a fascinating one. Chefs get to experiment and innovate in something as primordial to the human race as food. As the popular saying goes: "Chefs are like musicians, but instead of music they play with food ."

We have selected ten of the finest restaurants in the world that know how to transform food from a nutritional tool into a truly life-changing experience. And, if reading about these restaurants makes you a little hungry, you can always save this article in case you are in the neighborhood.


Noma - Copenhagen, Denmark

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Noma is an iconic restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, ranked as "Best Restaurant in the World" on four different occasions. The name comes from the abbreviation of two Danish words: Nordisk for Nordic and mad for food.

As the name indicates, this three-Michelin-star restaurant seeks to redefine traditional Nordic cuisine. Founders René Redzepi and Claus Meyer focus on foraging and using fresh, local ingredients for creating and reinventing new dishes .


Eleven Madison Park - New York City, USA

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Located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, Eleven Madison Park offers thousands of New Yorkers a fine dining experience since 1998. This three-star restaurant offers a seasonal tasting menu inspired by New York’s local history and culture. The menu usually includes from eight to ten courses,

Since 2021, Eleven Madison Park only serves plant-based dishes. During the COVID pandemic, it became a commissary kitchen and made meals to help food-insecure New Yorkers.


Dinner - London, England

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Celebrity English chef Heston Blumenthal created this restaurant in 2011 and within a year it had already received its first Michelin star. Located in London, Dinner’s menu is based on traditional British cuisine , thoroughly researched by food historians. Some recipes were even inspired by information found in the British Library.

The restaurant changes its courses every three months, but every menu contains historical dishes that range from the 14th to the 19th century. So, if you are looking to take a culinary step back in time, then Dinner is the place for you.


Alinea - Chicago, USA

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One of Chicago’s two restaurants with three Michelin stars, Alinea is definitively a culinary institution in the Windy City. Founded in 2005, its name comes from the pilcrow, a grammatical symbol that indicates a new paragraph. According to co-owner Nick Kokonas, the name was chosen to indicate the restaurant’s mission to "represent a new train of thought about food. "

True to its name, Alinea’s menu consists of truly groundbreaking experiences. One of its most famous dishes is a chocolate dessert, mixed with several other ingredients, which is directly painted and scattered by a chef on the diner’s table.


Arzak - San Sebastian, Spain

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Located in the heart of the Basque Country, Arzak is a Spanish restaurant founded by Juan Mari Arzak, considered one of the masters of "New Basque" cuisine. While it is considered one of the best restaurants in the world, Arzak is, above all, a family business: it is located in the house of the current owner’s grandparents, on which they originally ran a tavern. When Juan Mari’s parents took over, they turned the inn into a restaurant. By 1989, Arzak had been awarded three Michelin stars.

Arzak manages to perfectly combine tradition with innovation. Their dishes keep the regional flavor of Basque cuisine, using ingredients like local monkfish or spider crab, while still featuring a fresh and creative take on their presentation.


Central - Lima, Peru

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It probably goes without saying that Peruvian cuisine is world-famous: it effortlessly combines the traditions of different immigrant cultures, like European, Asian, and African, with local Peruvian ingredients and customs. The result is a fantastic gastronomic experience that attracts hundreds of culinary tours every year. One of the most visited stops on these trips is Central, an iconic restaurant located in the Barranco district, in Lima.

Virgilio Martínez Véliz, Peruvian chef and owner of Central, uses it as both his flagship restaurant and workshop for creating new "Contemporary Peruvian" dishes . Central was named "World’s Best Restaurant" in 2023.


Den - Tokyo, Japan

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A number of excellent Japanese restaurants could be included in this article. Not for nothing is Japan one of the countries with the most three Michelin stars restaurants. However, we have chosen Den, chef Zaiyu Hasegawa’s flagship location in Tokyo, as a must-visit restaurant in the "Land of the Rising Sun".

Den is unlike any other Japanese restaurant: it features contemporary, innovative dishes that mix traditional Japanese recipes with modern and original styles. Hasegawa is a unique chef who goes out of his way to make eating in Den both a groundbreaking and welcoming experience.


Atelier Crenn - San Francisco

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Located in the Cow Hollow neighborhood, on the outskirts of the Golden City, Atelier Crenn is a French restaurant opened by chef Dominique Crenn. It features a 12-course tasting menu , which heavily focuses on fish courses.

Crenn has stated that Atelier Crenn is an homage to her father. The menu is written as a poem , on which each line features a teaching of Dominique’s father, which she learned during her childhood on a French farm.


Mirazur - Menton, France

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Mirazur is a restaurant that understands that a fine dining experience doesn’t just involve excellent food : Sitting on the banks of the French Riviera, this restaurant offers its diners wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea which pair up perfectly with expertly prepared French food.

Run by Argentine-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur dishes draw inspiration from nature. Many of the ingredients used are grown in the restaurant’s garden , on which aromatic herbs, flowers, and vegetables are grown.


Le Bernardin

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Just like Arzak, Le Bernardin takes the most pride in knowing that, almost forty years after its opening, it still is a family restaurant . Founded by siblings Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, this French restaurant was first opened in Paris before relocating to Midtown Manhattan in 1986. The name comes from a folk song that the father of the Le Coze siblings sang to them as children.

Le Bernardin focuses mainly on French seafood and fish recipes , which combine traditional French cuisine with Asian influences. It received three Michelin stars in 2005, in the first year in which Michelin published a guide to New York City.


Reaching High: The 10 Most Fascinating Skyscrapers In The World

Published on May 26, 2024

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Skyscrapers are the architectural legacy of modernity. Pushing the boundaries of engineering and design, these monumental structures redefined urban living and reshaped cities. From towering glass structures to spiraling wonders, skyscrapers continue to fascinate city dwellers and stand as testaments to human ingenuity.

Let’s take a tour around the world and explore 10 of the most fascinating skyscrapers out there!


Burj Khalifa

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Location: Dubai, UAE

At a staggering 2,722 feet, the Burj Khalifa currently reigns as the world's tallest building. Its sleek design, inspired by the desert flower Hymenocallis as well as by Islamic architecture, features a spiraling pattern that draws the eye upward. An architectural wonder, it is built to endure the extreme conditions of the desert while offering panoramic views of the city below.


Shanghai Tower

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Location: Shanghai, China

As the third-tallest building globally, the Shanghai Tower soars 2,073 feet into the sky. Its distinctive twisted shape not only reduces wind loads but also creates a stunning visual effect. With some of the world's fastest elevators, a mixed-use concept, and a futuristic design that focuses on high energy efficiency, the Shanghai Tower is a striking symbol of China's rapid development.


One World Trade Center

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Location: New York City, USA

An emblem of resilience and rebirth, the One World Trade Center is arguably the beating heart of New York City. Reaching 1,776 feet, a deliberate homage to the year of American independence, the colossal building was also designed to be in harmony with the city’s iconic skyline. Whether seeking to understand the city's history, or simply marvel at the breathtaking views, the One World Trade Center is an unforgettable experience for visitors from around the world.


Petronas Towers

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Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The breathtaking Petronas Towers in Malaysia’s capital proudly held the title of the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. But despite being surpassed, they are still a marvel of modern architecture. Their sleek design inspired by Islamic motifs incorporates steel and glass to stunning effect. The sky bridge connecting the two towers offers panoramic views of the city and is a popular tourist attraction.


Taipei 101

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Location: Taipei, Taiwan

The tallest building in Taiwan, Taipei 101's bold design incorporates elements of traditional Asian architecture with modern technology. Its distinctive pagoda-like structure is made to withstand typhoons and earthquakes and also to symbolize the connection between earth and sky. Its 101 floors are also deliberate, as the number represents the renewal of time, linking past and future.


Lotte World Tower

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Location: Seoul, South Korea

Standing 1,821 feet tall, Lotte World Tower's elegant silhouette dominates the Seoul skyline. Its design draws inspiration from traditional Korean ceramics and features cutting-edge sustainability elements. The first building in South Korea to be over 100 stories tall, light and fireworks displays are often showcased from the tower during national festivities or celebrations.


The Shard

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Location: London, UK

Formerly known as the London Bridge Tower and rising 1,016 feet above the skyline, The Shard's glass façade and iconic silhouette have become synonymous with modern London. Its characteristic pyramidal shape was designed to resemble the 18th-century London spires as well as the masts of sailing ships.


Marina Bay Sands

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Location: Singapore

Although technically not a skyscraper by most accounts, at 650 feet, the Marina Bay Sands building is still a wonder of modern architecture. The multifaceted complex consists of three towers connected at the top by a massive rooftop terrace known as the SkyPark, which features gardens, infinity pools, and panoramic views of the city skyline.


Central Park Tower

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Location: New York City, USA

Soaring 1,550 feet above Manhattan's skyline, the Central Park Tower stands as the tallest primarily residential building in the world. Designed to maximize both views and comfort, the luxurious building offers unparalleled views of Central Park and the iconic cityscape, with amenities including a private club, swimming pool, and concierge services.


Al Hamra Tower

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Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait

As the tallest building in Kuwait and the tallest curved concrete skyscraper in the world, the Al Hamra Tower is the central piece of Kuwait City’s skyline. Its twisting form and beautifully polished frontage make it an unforgettable landmark, with an innovative design that incorporates energy-efficient features and advanced technology to minimize reflective surface area.

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