The whole travelling experience wouldn’t be complete without trying traditional and exclusive meals. And we know that Europe and the United Kingdom have the best cuisines, with influences from all over the world. So, if you’re planning on visiting the following countries, make sure you’re checking out these restaurants below.
Located in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, the Alchemist has two Michelin stars and is rated five stars on TripAdvisor, making it also in the top five of 1,979 restaurants in Denmark. Its cuisines are a blend of international, contemporary, European and Danish meals.
Besides the delicious foods, the restaurant offers its visitors an immersive and choreographed dining experience, with five different acts making statements about social and environmental issues. The chef, Rasmus Munk, considers that he can change the way people view food waste and, therefore, tries to make his customers stop and think about their impact on the planet. The restaurant also has one Michelin Green Star for sustainability.
Regis & Jacques Marcon, France
The French restaurant is located in Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid, with three Michelin stars. It is also rated as the number one restaurant in Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid. The cuisines you’ll find here are French and European, but you also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for your meals.
It is said that the restaurant pays tribute to mother nature, being a sustainable place, where you’ll have locally reared meat, green lentils from Puy, regional cheese and hand-picked mushrooms. The chef, Jacques Marcon, is rewriting the menu weekly and tries to reduce waste as much as possible while showcasing the best local produce.
If you’re from another country and want to explore France more, you can do that by travelling to Paris by train. Your trips will be fast and enjoyable with Thalys or TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, the French high-speed train). You can also get to see the French countryside while passing by cities.
This One Michelin star restaurant from the UK can be found in the Somerset village of Bruton, in a stone building that used to be the village ironmonger (shop). The rural spot has titled walls, exposed brickwork and muted blue and white tones that give off rustic vibes.
The cuisine is truly British (with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options), where you can taste artichoke snacks, herb ice cream desserts and white onion royale with morels and vin jaune. The chef’s high-quality cooking with most plant-based and organic wine pairings has made the restaurant the top second in Bruton, and it’s got a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, with fantastic customer reviews.
This Spanish restaurant is located in Axpe Achondo, and it’s got one Micheline star for its excellent grilled and roasted dishes cooked to perfection. The cuisine focuses mostly on steakhouses, but you’ll also find European and Spanish traditional meals. The restaurant offers gluten-free options and is most appreciated for the food quality overall. Still, the service and the atmosphere are also making Etxebarri the perfect place to eat at.
The chef, Victor Arguinzoniz, makes the best house-made chorizo, salted anchovies and beef chops. Every meal has a small tent of smoke, even the desserts, like the milk ice cream with raspberries. He received the 2021 Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award and is considered a mentor for many other chefs.
While in the UK, you can find this restaurant in Machynlleth, where the local cuisines blend with contemporary meals. The two Michelin-starred location is influenced by Asian cuisine, and you can enjoy Welsh Wagyu beef or miso treacle tart. The meat-focused kitchen is also where you’ll find mackerel paired with rhubarb and back fat, pollack with black beans and salmon with a bit of BBQ treatment.
The restaurant also provides a small hotel with ten individually designed bedrooms so that you can have the whole Welsh experience and explore the surroundings. The place is close to the rural side, but if you’re looking for more urban experiences in the UK, you can get a train to London, where you can visit the Tower of London or the well-known Tower Bridge.
Lido ‘84, Italy
Finally, getting to one of the best cuisines in the world, Ristorante Lido ’84 is located in Gardone Riviera, Italy, and is rated one of the top five restaurants to go to in this city. The specialties here are Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean and European. Plus, you have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options if you’re on a special diet.
Lido ’84 is rated with one Michelin star for the high-quality cooking, with exciting dishes and creative plates. The dining location, which is next to the lakeside (with mooring available), makes customers come again for the experience. The chef, Riccardo Camanini, makes the best Torta di Rose, but the star of the menu is definitely cacio e pepe en vessie, made from rigatoni pasta cooked with pecorino cheese, served in a theatrical style. He opened this restaurant with his brother, which is a common practice in Italy for family businesses to pass on to future generations.
Raby Hunt, UK
Talked about as a global experience, you can find this restaurant in Darlington, where you’ll try the best European and British meals. It’s got two Michelin stars for the original menu and delicious signature dishes, such as the seasonal salad of top-notch ingredients, along with some of the best desserts.
The food and the service are especially appreciated here, as the self-taught chef, James Close, is full of passion and pursues perfection so that the customers can enjoy the best food services. The tasting menu includes global and signature dishes, while the wine selection comes with bottles from around the world. At Raby Hunt, you can also book rooms if you want to spend the night. The large, beautiful rooms will allow you to rest after a great meal experience. The restaurant is located ten km from Darlington’s historic centre so that you can explore the beautiful landscape.