Fine dining around Europe

Fine dining around Europe

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"The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart." - Samuel Chamberlain (1829 - 1908)

When it comes to fine dining, Europe is one of the top places on earth. The most famous rating systems are originated from Europe, such as the French Michelin Guide and the UK list "World's 50 Best Restaurants". 

It is not a surprise that six of the top ten restaurants in the world in 2018, are actually in Europe. So where are the best destinations for memorable fine dining experiences?

Italy

Photo credit © Paolo Terzi
Photo credit © Paolo Terzi

While living in Italy, I had the chance to explore the fine dining scene and was amazed by talented Italian chefs, such as Massimo Bottura and Massimiliano Alajmo. One of my favorite restaurants of all time is the Osteria Francescana, owned by Massimo Bottura in Modena. For a detailed account of my meal at the best restaurant in the world in 2018, check out my story "Modena: The Ultimate Destination For Gourmets". Another great restaurant in Italy is "Alajmos' Le Calandre" in Rubano. The restaurant is located near Padova, a beautiful city full of great art and architecture, that should not be missed while in northern Italy.

Osteria Francescana, Modena
Osteria Francescana, Modena
Via Stella, 22, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano
Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano
Via Liguria, 1, 35030 Sarmeola di Rubano, PD, Italy

Another Italian restaurant that captured my heart was Antico Arco, near where I used to live in Rome. For more information, check out my story "Exploring Monteverde Vecchio In Rome".

Antico Arco, Rome
Antico Arco, Rome

Spain

Next, let's travel to Spain to explore the country's mind-blowing fine dining restaurants. I would like to introduce to you the best one of them all, which is El Celler de Can Roca, twice awarded among the best restaurant in the world. I was totally impressed by the Feast Menu, including around 14 dishes. As I said in my story "El Celler de Can Roca", the orange blossom dessert was divine. Keep in mind that you will need to reserve your table one year in advance. Girona, where the restaurant is located, is also a fantastic travel destination. 

Photo credit © Vy Dan Tran
Photo credit © Vy Dan Tran
El Celler de Can Roca
El Celler de Can Roca
Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain

France

France is certainly a heaven for gastronomy. It is impossible to list all the good restaurants, but one of my favorites in Paris is La Truffière. I have said that "Although I do not remember the first time I've tasted truffles, I can still recall vividly the truffle dishes at La Truffière. One of their signature dishes was oxtail stew, mashed potatoes, and black truffle tuber mélanosporum. Everything melted in the mouth and the flavors were delicate and sophisticated." Plus, the restaurant is tucked away in the heart of Paris and has a mysterious feel. 

La Truffière
La Truffière
4 Rue Blainville, 75005 Paris, France

Turkey

Although the Michelin Guide has not yet reached Turkey, we have our own Turkish expert Alara Benlier to guide us through the best restaurants. Alara recommends the following restaurants for both great food and amazing views in Istanbul:

Fine dining is a worth trying experience because of the meticulous food and excellent service. Although some etiquette is expected in the fine-dining restaurants, what matters the most is that you feel comfortable and truly enjoy your meal.

Cover photo credit © Paolo Terzi

The author

Vy Tran

Vy Tran

Vy grew up in Hanoi but defines herself as a global citizen. She loves Dutch Golden Age paintings, dining at Michelin restaurants, watching warm sunsets and Italy, where she would be willing to spend her life.

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