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The World’s Best Restaurants Have Just Been Announced

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has just named the world’s best restaurants in 2022 at an awards ceremony in London.

This year, the top place has gone to Geranium in Copenhagen, helmed by chef and restaurateur Rasmus Kofoed. In the last recognition, Geranium placed second on the prestigious list. Noma, which previously won the top spot, has been moved to the Best of the Best category, alongside previous winners such as Osteria Francescana in Italy, Eleven Madison Park in New York, and Mirazur in France. Central in Lima, Peru won second place, while Disfrutar in Barcelona, Spain rounded out the top three.

Other notable prizes include The Highest New Entry Award. This went to Uliassi in Italy, which debuted at a dizzying number 12 on the list and the Icon Award, which went to Wawira Njiru, a Kenyan social entrepreneur who founded Food for Education, a social enterprise that provides school meals to 40,000 kids per day. The Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award, which is voted for by other chefs on the list, went to chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City.


Geranium Copenhagen

Oysters wrapped in cucumber, topped with spring shoots and snail eggs at Geranium in Copenhagen – Claes Bech Poulsen


Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants returned to London, where the list was first dreamed up. Since 2002, a series of panels compiled from global experts have voted for the restaurants they believe deserve a spot on the list. There are a few rules: those on the panel can’t vote for any restaurant they have an economic interest in, and they must have eaten at restaurants that win their votes in the previous 19 months.


What is the best restaurant in the world?

Geranium in Copenhagen was named the best restaurant in the world. The restaurant, which opened in 2007 and is located in a soccer stadium, is overseen by chef Rasmus Kofoed and has been awarded three Michelin stars. Here, guests sit down for a 16-course tasting menu that focuses on hyper-seasonality.

Geranium Copenhagen

Celery root with smoked cod roe, fermented cream, and caviar at Geranium – Claes-Bech-Poulsen

Which country has the most best restaurants in the world?

Italy has the most entries in the 2022 list, with six restaurants placing—including Lido 84 (number 8) and Uliassi (number 12).

Which restaurants made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2022?

Following number one restaurant Geranium, Central and Disfrutar came in on the 2022 list at number two and number three respectively. Below is the full list, from 50-1.

50. Singlethread, California
49. Ikoyi, London
48. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia
47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro
46. Belcanto, Lisbon
45. Narisawa, Tokyo
44. Le Bernardin, New York
43. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
42. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
41. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
39. Sorn, Bangkok
38. Jordnær, Copenhagen
37. Fyn, Cape Town
36. Odette, Singapore
35. The Clove Club, London
34. Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
33. Atomix, New York City
32. Mayta, Lima, Peru
31. Arpège, Paris
30. Florilège, Tokyo
29. St Hubertus, Dolomites, Italy
28. Le Clarence, Paris
27. Hof van Cleve, Kruisem, Belgium
26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin
25. Frantzén, Stockholm
24. The Chairman, Hong Kong
23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
22. Septime, Paris
21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
20. Den, Tokyo
19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
18. Alchemist, Copenhagen
17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin
16. Elkano, Basque Country, Spain
15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires
13. Steirereck, Vienna
12. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy
11. Maido, Lima, Peru
10. Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy
9. Quintonil, Mexico City
8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy
7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo
6. Asador Etxebarri, Basque Country, Spain
5. Pujol, Mexico City
4. DiverXO, Madrid, Spain
3. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
2. Central, Lima, Peru
1. Geranium, Copenhagen


The highest ranking restaurants in each continent were given a special mention. The best restaurant in Africa in 2022 is new entry Fyn, in Cape Town—the restaurant ranked at number 37. The best restaurant in Asia came in at number 20—Den, in Tokyo. The best restaurant in North America placed at number five—Mexico City’s Pujol. The best restaurant in South America was named as Central in Peru. The best restaurant in Europe and the World’s Best Restaurant is Geranium in Copenhagen.

Pujol Restaurant Mexico City

                 Mole from Pujol – Mexico City

Two restaurants in the U.K. were named on the list. Both are in London—Ikyoi in St. James and The Clove Club in Shoreditch.

New entries to the list include La Cime in Osaka, Japan (number 41) and Sorn in Bangkok (number 39), as well as Jordnær in Copenhagen (number 38). The best restaurant in Africa in 2022, Fyn (number 37), along with Mayta in Peru (number 32), Le Clarence in France (number 28), and Alchemist in Demark (number 18) are also new entries.

The Highest Climber Award—which goes to the restaurant which has risen the most spots in the ranking since the previous list—went to Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Germany (number 17).

The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award, meanwhile, was won by Rene Frank, from Coda in Berlin, and the Art of Hospitality Award, went to Atomix in New York City. The World’s Best Sommelier Award, a brand new prize for 2022, went to Josep Roca from Best of the Best restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Spain.


AM par Alexandre Mazzia Marseille

Dishes from AM par Alexandre Mazzia in France. – Philippe Vaures Santamaria/Yam Magazine

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: 100-51

100. Wing, Hong Kong
99. Flocons de Sel, Megève, France
98. Tantris, Munich, Germany
97. Benu, San Francisco
96. Maní, São Paulo
95. Meta, Singapore
94. Burnt Ends, Singapore
93. Hertog Jan at Botanic Sanctuary, Antwerp, Belgium
92. Indian Accent, New Delhi
91. Oriole, Chicago
90. Wolfgat, Paternoster, South Africa
89. Máximo Bistrot, Mexico City
88. Mishiguene, Buenos Aires
87. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai
86. Mikla, Istanbul
85. Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok
84. Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne, Australia
83. El Chato, Bogotá, Colombia
82. Sézanne, Tokyo
81. Brat, London
80. AM par Alexandre Mazzia, Marseille, France
79. Estela, New York
78. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro
77. Table by Bruno Verjus, Paris
76. Neighborhood, Hong Kong
75. Samrub Samrub Thai, Bangkok
74. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
73. Kol, London
72. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
71. Mingles, Seoul, South Korea
70. Zén, Singapore
69. Cosme, New York
68. Kjolle, Lima, Peru
67. Evvai, São Paulo
66. Sühring, Bangkok
65. Le Du, Bangkok
64. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
63. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York
62. Ernst, Berlin
61. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine–sous–Montreuil, France
60. Rosetta, Mexico City
59. Sazenka, Tokyo
58. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris
57. Trèsind Studio, Dubai
56. La Colombe, Cape Town
55. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
54. Lyle’s, London
53. D.O.M., São Paulo
52. Sud 777, Mexico City
51. Alcalde, Guadalajara, Mexico

Meanwhile, a few of the individual awards for 2022 previously announced include the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award, which went to Aponiente in Cádiz, Spain. Chef Leonor Espinosa, at the helm of Leo in Bogotá, Colombia has been named the World’s Best Female Chef, while restaurant AM par Alexandre Mazzia in Marseille has been awarded the American Express One To Watch Award.