Check out these Michel-starred destinations

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One of the best ways to travel is to let your stomach take the lead. Culinary tourism is the stuff of the gods, and thanks to myriad cultures and cuisine styles, you can go in all sorts of directions. One route that we really like is the Michelin ratings that reward the best restaurants around the world.

Eating like a local is a fun and insightful part of being on the go, and the late Anthony Bourdain and many others taught us that. It’s an opportunity to indulge all your senses with something new, or maybe a dish that you’ve missed so much. When you visit a Michelin-starred restaurant, you will most likely enjoy some things that you just can’t prepare at home. It’s best to just reserve a table, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the culinary journey.

Foodster in town

Now that it’s summer and we’ve whetted our appetite for travel, keep these foodie-friendly destinations in mind. From the northern reaches of Italy to the bustling streets of Miami, these are some of the top places to visit when traveling with Michelin stars.

Remember to check with your destinations beforehand to stay up to date on any COVID-related protocols and health procedures. It can still vary dramatically from country to country, state to state, and company to company.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

The dining room of Hotel Fasano in Brazil

Brazil’s vast metropolis of more than 12 million people is home to some serious food culture. Visitors can book private tours to the city’s legendary markets or dine at highly rated restaurants like the neoclassical DOM. You will never want to leave this magical nation, especially if you stay in a five star hotel like Fasano.

Rimini, Italy

A scene from Rimini, Italy

Of course Italy is on the list. In fact, we could probably include three or four more Italian cities in this piece. Why Rimini? Located on the Adriatic coast, nestled in the gastronomic and wine-loving region of Emilia-Romagna, it offers serious street food, ideal for al fresco dining. Sure, check out the many cafes and trattorias that line the sidewalks, but be sure to pop into Abocar Due Cucine for elegant dining heavily inspired by the region itself.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The dining room at Marina Social in Dubai

Dubai has been an irresistible destination for a number of years and currently it has the foodie chops to back it all up. For stunning views of the busy marina and incredible bites, including an impressive vegan menu, head to Marina Social. Amazing Indian cuisine is the theme at Indego by Vineet, which also touts one of the most dazzling decors in restaurant land. It’s likely to get hot, so visit some water parks during the day and save your energy for the vibrant nightlife.

Los Angeles, California

A cityscape of Los Angeles California

The Michelin Guide lists nearly 100 restaurants in the City of Angels, so you may want to extend your stay. For a truly contemporary experience, visit Phenakite in Hollywood. Animal has become an LA landmark, with an amazing wine list to back the kitchen. Lose yourself in Koreatown and be sure to try the moles and other homemade treats in Guelaguetza.

Hong Kong

The Langham in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a galaxy of gastronomic goodness, with discoveries around every corner. Your to-do list will probably be too long, but make sure the dim sum at TimHoWan is there along with the T’ang Court at the beautiful Langham Hotel. The Cantonese here is so good it’s earned a coveted three-star Michelin rating.

Lyons, France

A view of Lyon, France

Ah, France, the birthplace of so many culinary traditions. Lyon is responsible for many staples, just ask Coq au Vin. We recommend grabbing a table at Mère Brazier, where locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy authentic and award-winning Lyon food. Be sure to walk freely around the city and check out the city’s many famous patisseries.

Madrid, Spain

A scene from Madrid

Some of the most avant-garde foods come from Madrid. That’s certainly the case at DiverXO, a restaurant unlike anything else out there. It’s innovative, artistic and memorable in all ways, with a thoughtful wine pairing menu. During your stay in the Spanish capital, try the superb Mexican-inspired menu at Iztac or go intimate and locally minded with Fismuler.

Miami, Fla

Tables, chairs and buildings from Miami Oasis

Miami continues to attract a wealth of culinary talent, with 10 area restaurants earning at least one Michelin star in 2022. We particularly like Cote, the Korean steakhouse, and Hiden, the omakase joint in lively Wynwood. Also, take in the deserved hype from the sharp culinary minds at Stubborn Seed.

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