Calling all lovers of gastronomy across Europe: we have put together the ultimate mouth-watering, hunger-generating list of the 10 best food countries across Europe, for you to salivate over at your leisure! Food hailing from the European countries is as rich as it is diverse, ranging from the meaty Frankfurter sausage to the buttery breakfast companion le croissant – not forgetting of course, spaghetti bolognaise or a good old plate of fish and chips! Each country enjoys its own unique flavor combinations, many of which originate from centuries ago, when the range of ingredients was far less broad and depended largely on what could be grown locally. Today, while ingredients can be flown in from anywhere in the world, it is still the locally produced dishes that inspire us most; what’s more enjoyable than tomatoes grown and ripened under the Mediterranean sun?
To ensure this list is definitive, we have used a selection of research criteria: not only have we ranked countries according to the number of Michelin-starred restaurants (per 100,000 residents, to take into account the huge variation in population size), we’ve also included, where available, the number of Bibs Gourmands (number of restaurants offering a simple meal of quality for under 30 euros (35, in larger cities). Not just focusing on the dining experience, we’ve taken into consideration some key questions we hope will assess the quality of each country’s food; namely, the quality of the food (this was measured by the diversity of the diet, as well as overall access to clean water). Using both these criteria, we can give you an accurate picture of which countries truly deserve their place in the 10 best food countries in Europe. Of course, we are not suggesting good food can only be found in Europe – have a look at our article 11 countries with the best food in the world for a more global appreciation of our culinary exports!