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2021’s 50 best restaurants in the world

Noma has been named the best restaurant in the world for the second time.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards are the Oscars of the food industry. To make this list is the pinnacle of success for both chefs and wait staff.

As restaurants faced an uncertain future in 2020, the awards took a hiatus. But a brighter outlook saw their return in 2021 with a ceremony and after-party in Antwerp on October 5.

Noma Copenhagen
Noma Copenhagen. Credit: Twitter

This year the top two restaurants on the list are both in Copenhagen: Noma and Geranium.

Watch the reaction as the staff at Noma find out about their win.

Rule changes

It’s important to note that the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards changed the rules in 2019 to render previous winners ineligible for the list. That might have excluded Noma. Danish chef René Redzepi’s three-Michelin star restaurant opened in Copenhagen’s in 2003 and took the top spot on the list in 2010.

However, the restaurant shut in 2016 and opened in a new location two years later, making it once again eligible.

The rule did exclude Eleven Madison Park in New York, The Fat Duck near London, Italy’s Osteria Francescana, and Mirazur in Menton, France.

The previous winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants compete for the “best of the best” awards, which Noma will now enter.

Noma Copenhagen
Noma is known for fresh seasonal ingredients. Credit: Noma / Twitter

No Australian or New Zealand restaurants made the cut.

Members of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising of more than 1000 international restaurant industry experts, with a 50/50 gender balance determine the list each year. The members include food writers, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmets. Each member has 10 votes.

Geranium Copenhagen
Geranium Copenhagen is the second best restaurant in the world. Credit: Geranium

The world’s 50 best restaurants

  1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  2. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  3. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
  4. Central (Lima, Peru) Best Restaurant in South America
  5. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
  6. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
  7. Maido (Lima, Peru) (up three places)
  8. Odette (Singapore) Best Restaurant in Asia
  9. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) Best Restaurant in North America
  10. The Chairman (Hong Kong) Highest Climber Award
  11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
  12. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria) Art of Hospitality Award
  13. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  14. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
  15. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy) Highest New Entry Award
  16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)
  17. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)
  18. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
  19. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  20. DiverXO (Madrid, Spain)
  21. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
  22. Cosme (New York City)
  23. Arpège (Paris, France)
  24. Septime (Paris, France)
  25. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
  26. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
  27. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
  28. Benu (San Francisco, California)
  29. Reale (Castel di Sangro, Italy)
  30. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)
  31. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
  32. The Clove Club (London, UK)
  33. Lyle’s (London, UK)
  34. Burnt Ends (Singapore)
  35. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
  36. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
  37. SingleThread (Healdsburg, California)
  38. Boragó (Santiago, Chile) Sustainable Restaurant Award
  39. Florilege (Tokyo, Japan)
  40. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)
  41. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
  42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)
  43. Atomix (New York City)
  44. Le Bernardin (New York City)
  45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany)
  46. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
  47. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
  48. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, California)
  49. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
  50. Wolfgat (Paternoster, South Africa) Best restaurant in Africa

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