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Top 10 gourmet destinations in the world

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World-famous chefs and deluxe picnic hampers – book a hotel to dine your way across the globe with our top 10 gourmet destinations in the world.

Degustation on the Catalan coast

It’s tricky to get to and there’s no menu, but elBulli has been voted the world’s best restaurant for several years running. The inventive 35-course degustation highlights Ferran Adrià’s creative ways with foams, air and purées, but doesn’t include the hen’s teeth you’ll need to secure a booking.

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Parisian excellence at Plaza Athénée

Glamour and classic French cuisine come together at Paris’s Hotel Plaza Athénée, under the guiding eye of world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant’s elegant palette of biscuit and cream is lit by 10,000 crystal drops of chandeliers, and the menu features regional fare like Picardy hare and Brittany turbot.

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Molecular gastronomy at the Fat Duck

Heston Blumenthal’s culinary tricks please the eye, nose and palate, with playful dishes like scrambled egg and bacon ice cream as famous as his three Michelin stars. Blumenthal’s 18-course tasting menu has won the Fat Duck many accolades, including best restaurant in the UK.

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Vue de Monde in Melbourne

Crisp white linen and pendant lighting create a theatrical stage for Shannon Bennett’s award-winning modern French cuisine. Dine at the Chef’s Table to watch the magic unfold in the mirrored kitchen, and order the Menu Gourmand to design a tailor-made dining experience.

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California cuisine at Chez Panisse

Alice Waters identified the seasonal, regional, organic and sustainable features that make California cuisine so special. After almost 40 years, her Berkeley restaurant is still thrilling diners’ taste buds with a menu that changes nightly. 

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Picnic provisions in Milan

Since 1883 Peck has been one of the top 10 gourmet destinations in the world for grocery shopping. A food-lover’s treasure trove of wines, cheeses, oils and vinegars, the emporium is a one-stop shop for luxurious picnic items. 

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Kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto

Yoshihiro Murata is the modern master of Kyoto’s multi-course kaiseki cuisine. Book a private tatami-mat room at Kikunoi to savour delicate sashimi and umami-rich broths, meticulously prepared and artfully presented in a series of lacquered bowls. 

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Modern Scandinavian at Noma in Copenhagen

Quails’ eggs served on a bed of straw, a langoustine perched on a stone – Noma gives traditional Nordic cuisine and regional ingredients a creative twist. The location for Scandinavia’s most exciting dining experience is a freshly scrubbed warehouse on the Christianshavn waterfront. 

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Gourmet groceries in New York City

Satisfy your cravings for ready-to-go tapas, caviar and artisan cheeses at gourmet haven Dean & Deluca. A byword for luxury groceries since 1977, the much-loved SoHo flagship store remains the company’s heart and soul. 

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Game for dinner at Khaya-Nyama in Cape Town

If going on safari hasn’t satisfied your taste for the wild, dine at “The House of Meat” in Cape Town. Brick walls lined with trophies of the hunt create a Bushman’s hut setting for flame-grilled warthog ribs, springbok shank or crocodile loin. 

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