European city adventures can be defined by restaurant choices. Whether you want to eat like the locals do, or book ahead for high-end and Michelin-starred fare – a memorable meal is a must. We prepared a list of 20 best restaurants in Europe for your unforgettable time out, and give you the inside info on the most exciting restaurants.
1. MIRAZUR (Menton, France)
Unrivaled views of the French Riviera, three levels of cascading vegetable gardens churning out the sweetest produce and a team of outrageously talented cooks and front-of-house staff combine to make Mirazur the ultimate restaurant experience. Mauro Colagreco’s unique cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own gardens, including Menton’s emblematic citrus fruits.
2. NOMA (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The original Noma was, undoubtedly, one of the most important restaurants of its generation. With his food, René Redzepi developed a new genre of cuisine. New Nordic cookery looks back to look ahead; digging deeper than seasonality to explore unsung foraged products, while seamlessly weaving in a study of fermentation. Redzepi’s visionary approach to celebrating terroir via ingredient-focused, minimalist plates earned the first incarnation of Noma the title of The World’s Best Restaurant in four years: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
3. ASADOR ETXEBARRI (Axpe, Spain)
A combination of skillful barbecuing techniques, the chef himself, the exquisite rural setting, the deeply unpretentious atmosphere of the restaurant and, of course, the food. Oh, the food…
4. CHÂTEAU GÜTSCH (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Here you have a great view of the town, the lake and the mountains right from your dinner table. The dining area has floor-to-ceiling windows maximizing both the daylight and the view. The menu is classic – and they do the classics very well. We started with a French onion soup, followed by an incredibly tender beef fillet steak accompanied by a light, finely sliced potato gratin and finished with a tonka bean ice cream. Wines are primarily from Switzerland and Europe and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
5. HIŠA FRANKO (Kobarid, Slovenia)
Chef Ana Roš put Slovenia on the gastronomic map after being voted The World’s Best Female Chef in 2017 and starring in her own episode of Netflix’s cult series, Chef’s Table. Pronounced Hi-sha Franko, the restaurant is located in the stunning surrounds of the Soča Valley and has drawn visitors to Slovenia from all over the world.