The 50 best cities to live in around the world if you love to try new food

Máncora Cebicheria/FacebookParis, France, has 65 global cuisines.
  • The best cities for international food span the globe, from Bangkok to Moscow to New York.
  • Bott and Co, a legal organisation in the UK, found the best cities for international food based on how many national cuisines are offered.
  • New York City came out on top, with restaurants offering 94 different national cuisines.

If you’re bored of your neighbourhood restaurant and are looking to spice up your meals with new global food options, you may consider moving to a new city – or even just visiting one.

Bott and Co, a legal organisation in the UK, found the top 50 international cities for foodies, based on the number of nationalities represented in each city’s restaurant scene.

To determine the ranking, Bott and Co analysed restaurant data for every international city with a population of at least 1 million. To qualify as having a specific national cuisine available, the city needed to have a restaurant dedicated to the cuisine listed in Google Maps. They also found the top-rated restaurant for each cuisine in each city.

To place in the top 50, a city needed to have at least 34 different national cuisines represented.

Some of these cities might surprise you, and you may not have heard of some national cuisines. It’s always the hole in-the-wall restaurants – ones that you maybe can’t pronounce – that are the best.

Keep reading to check out the list of the top 50 cities for international food, plus one of the top-rated restaurants for one type of cuisine in each place.


50. Moscow, Russia

International cuisines: 34

A top-rated restaurant: Thai Pattara Restaurant (Thai)


48 (TIE). Phoenix, Arizona, United States

International cuisines: 37

A top-rated restaurant: A Touch of European Cafe (Polish)


48 (TIE). Auckland, New Zealand

International cuisines: 37

A top-rated restaurant: King Tut Restaurant (Egyptian)


44 (TIE). Detroit, Michigan, United States

International cuisines: 40

A top-rated restaurant: Kardashian Bakery and Grill (Armenian)


44 (TIE). Denver, Colorado, United States

International cuisines: 40

A top-rated restaurant: Bistro Barbes (French)


44 (TIE). Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

International cuisines: 40

A top-rated restaurant: Intermezzo (Serbian)


44 (TIE). Brisbane, Australia

International cuisines: 40

A top-rated restaurant: Wandering Cooks (Peruvian)


40 (TIE). Singapore, Singapore

International cuisines: 42

A top-rated restaurant: Bochinche Restaurant (Argentinian)


40 (TIE). Perth, Australia

International cuisines: 42

A top-rated restaurant: Miss Kity’s Saloon (Canadian)


40 (TIE). Ottawa, Canada

International cuisines: 42

A top-rated restaurant: Roku bar + bites (Lao)


40 (TIE). Orlando, Florida, United States

International cuisines: 42

A top-rated restaurant: Worlds Magic Restaurant (Indonesian)


34 (TIE). Miami, Florida, United States

International Cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: Oporto Cafe Miami – Restaurant Portuguese (Portuguese)


34 (TIE). Manchester, United Kingdom

International cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: Umezushi (Japanese)


34 (TIE). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

International cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: The Narra, Filipino Resto Lounge (Filipino)


34 (TIE). Houston, Texas, United States

International cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: Tasty Arepa (Colombian)


34 (TIE). Edmonton, Canada

International cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: Syphay Restaurant (Lao)


34 (TIE). Baltimore, Maryland, United States

International cuisines: 43

A top-rated restaurant: My Thai (Thai)


29 (TIE). San Diego, California, United States

International Cuisines: 44

A top-rated restaurant: Little Lion Cafe (Belgian)


29 (TIE). Munich, Germany

International Cuisines: 44

A top-rated restaurant: Nana (Israeli)


29 (TIE). Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

International cuisines: 44

A top-rated restaurant: Bg Bistro Las Vegas (Bulgarian)


29 (TIE). Atlanta, Georgia, United States

International cuisines: 44

A top-rated restaurant: The Lawrence (Lebanese)


29 (TIE). Adelaide, Australia

International Cuisines: 44

A top-rated restaurant: La Tombola Italian Restaurant (Italian)


28. Milan, Italy

International cuisines: 45

A top-rated restaurant: Ristorante Uzbek (Kazakh)


27. Frankfurt, Germany

International cuisines: 46

A top-rated restaurant: Miraflores Peruanische Küche (Peruvian)


25 (TIE). Barcelona, Spain

International cuisines: 48

A top-rated restaurant: Pappa Sven (Swedish)


25 (TIE). Bangkok, Thailand

International cuisines: 48

A top-rated restaurant: El Tapeo (Spanish)


21 (TIE). Vienna, Austria

International Cuisines: 49

A top-rated restaurant: Pitawerk (Bosnian)


21 (TIE). Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

International Cuisines: 49

A top-rated restaurant: Cave Vin (French)


21 (TIE). Calgary, Canada

International cuisines: 49

A top-rated restaurant: Kothu Kadai (Sri Lankan)


21 (TIE). Amsterdam, Netherlands

International cuisines: 49

A top-rated restaurant: Pianeta Terra (Italian)


20. Brussels, Belgium

International cuisines: 50

A top-rated restaurant: ISSAN Restaurant (Lao)


19. Vancouver, Canada

International cuisines: 52

A top-rated restaurant: Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (Peruvian)


16 (TIE). Seattle, Washington, United States

International cuisines: 53

A top-rated restaurant: Sebi’s Bistro (Polish)


16 (TIE). Portland, Oregon, United States

International cuisines: 53

A top-rated restaurant: The American Local (American)


16 (TIE). Madrid, Spain

International cuisines: 53

A top-rated restaurant: Restaurante Gourmand Atelier Belge (Belgian)


15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

International cuisines: 54

A top-rated restaurant: Emperor Restaurant (Russian)


14. Sydney, Australia

International cuisines: 56

A top-rated restaurant: Rey’s Place (Filipino)


13. Boston, Massachusetts, United States

International cuisines: 57

A top-rated restaurant: The Black Rose (Irish)


11 (TIE). Tokyo, Japan

International Cuisines: 58

A top-rated restaurant: La Caverne Russe (Russian)


11 (TIE). Montréal, Canada

International cuisines: 58

A top-rated restaurant: Ibéricos Taverne à Tapas Espagnoles (Spanish)


10. San Francisco, California, United States

International cuisines: 60

A top-rated restaurant: Cuisine of Nepal (Nepalese)


9. Los Angeles, California, United States

International cuisines: 61

A top-rated restaurant: Baco Mercat (Spanish)


8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

International cuisines: 62

A top-rated restaurant: Bushman’s Restaurant and Bar (Australian)


6 (TIE). Melbourne, Australia

International cuisines: 64

A top-rated restaurant: Amok Restaurant (Cambodian)


6 (TIE). Berlin, Germany

International cuisines: 64

A top-rated restaurant: OK Cafe (Swedish)


5. Paris, France

International cuisines: 65

A top-rated restaurant: Máncora Cebicheria (Peruvian)


4. Chicago, Illinois, United States

International cuisines: 66

A top-rated restaurant: Pannenkoeken Cafe (Dutch)


3. Toronto, Canada

International cuisines: 73

A top-rated restaurant: Kaiseki yu-zen Hashimoto (Japanese)


2. London, England

International cuisines: 89

A top-rated restaurant: The Providores & Tapa Room Restaurant (New Zealand/Kiwi)


1. New York, New York, United States

International cuisines: 94

A top-rated restaurant: Voula NYC (Greek)

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