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7 Must-Visit Restaurants Around the Globe

4/5/17 by Samantha Larson

The idea of seeing world-famous landmarks, exploring a new destination, and interacting with the locals are often what inspire feelings of wanderlust. But once you find yourself on the other side of the country, continent, or world, one of the best parts about traveling is often a little more corporal: the excuse to indulge.

Of course, dining out at the best restaurants across the globe is about so much more than filling up your belly. Food is just as much a part of a place as its art, music, or natural beauty. A night spent reveling in Septime’s *pre fixe *menu, for example, could well be the most memorable part of your trip to Paris; an evening savoring seafood surrounded by the sea at The Rock could seal your love for Zanzibar; a lunch spent feasting on German fare at Bauhaus could turn into your favorite part of visiting Vancouver. So get ready to work up an appetite—here, our recommendations for seven must-visit restaurants from around the globe.

1. Bauhaus; Vancouver, Canada

Bauhaus has been drawing food-loving types to Vancouver since it opened in 2015.

    Sofia Kuan Photography
Bauhaus has been drawing food-loving types to Vancouver since it opened in 2015. Sofia Kuan Photography

With a star-studded staff—including Tim Adams, who once managed Kensington Palace, and chef Stefan Hartmann, who earned his former restaurant a Michelin star—all eyes were on Bauhaus when it first opened in 2015. And the restaurant has yet to disappoint: Serving up German cuisine like schnitzel and spaetzle, Bauhaus offers a fine dining experience with an easygoing, unpretentious vibe. The toothsome, hearty menu somehow seems right at home in the restaurant’s reclaimed brick and stone building in Gastown, one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods.

2. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele; Naples, Italy

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele lives up to its Eat, Pray, Love fame: It is, according to many critics, the best pizza in the world. This pizzeria’s roots go back to before 1906, when Michele Condurro opened his first pizzeria. Da Michele is now expanding around the world, having recently opened branches in Tokyo, Rome, and London. Still, nothing beats a perfect Neapolitan slice in its hometown of Naples.

3. The French Laundry; Yountville, California

The French Laundry’s longstanding fame shows no signs of slowing.
The French Laundry’s longstanding fame shows no signs of slowing. Dylan

The French Laundry is without a doubt one of the most famous restaurants in the world. There is a choice of two tasting menus: one that features meat, and one that is entirely vegetarian. The menu changes every day, and no single ingredient is repeated throughout the nine courses. With a price tag of $310 per person—if you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation—The French Laundry is by no means your everyday joint, but it’s an experience that will leave an exquisite taste in your mouth well beyond that last bite of dessert.

4. Septime; Paris, France

Any list of the world’s best restaurants would be remiss without an entry from Paris. With dinner running at about $35-50, the Michelin-starred restaurant Septime is a way to experience fine dining without breaking the bank. In fact Septime chef Bertrand Grébaut, who won his first Michelin star as a 28-year-old in 2008 at the restaurant Agapé, has said one of his goals is to "democratize haut cuisine." The menu offers a creative twist on the classics, with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce: Think line-caught tuna with raspberries, or free range duck with carrots and rhubarb.

5. Biko; Mexico City, Mexico

With Mexican and Basque influences, Biko is a highlight of Mexico City’s exploding culinary scene.
With Mexican and Basque influences, Biko is a highlight of Mexico City’s exploding culinary scene. City Foodsters

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Biko serves up an eclectic menu with Mexican and Basque influences, like pork jowl with chicharrones (crispy pig skin), or peas and artichokes with Iberian ham. The restaurant is located on Mexico City’s bustling Avenue Presidente Mazaryk, but the sleek, minimalist interior keeps the attention on what guests really come here for: the food.

6. Gaggan; Bangkok, Thailand

Molecular gastronomy meets traditional Indian fare at Gaggan—or, as owner and chef Gaggan Anand calls it, "progressive Indian." Gaggan opened his namesake restaurant in 2010 with the mission of perfecting Indian food to the same degree that Bangkok’s best restaurants had perfected French or Japanese cuisine. Now that Gaggan has been named the number one restaurant in Asia for the past three years, is seems safe to say that he has succeeded.

7. The Rock; Michanvi Pingwe Beach, Zanzibar

The atmosphere goes beyond basic beachy at The Rock; it’s located literally in the ocean.
The atmosphere goes beyond basic beachy at The Rock; it’s located literally in the ocean. Rod Waddington

This restaurant doesn’t just have views of the ocean—it’s located in the ocean. The building in the shallows of the Indian Ocean was once a fisherman post, but now it’s a restaurant focusing on seafood and Swahili cuisine. Get there early for a pre-dinner cocktail in the outdoor patio surrounded by the sea, but keep in mind that The Rock can only be reached on foot at low tide; at high tide, it requires a boat ride.

Originally written by RootsRated for ExOfficio.