The 17 most-Michelin-starred cities in the world 2017

Where does your city rank?

From Madrid to Macau, the Michelin Guide’s notoriously secretive diners scour the globe searching for chefs who can turn a meal into fine art.

Throughout its 100-year history the Guide, published by French tyre-maker Michelin, has set the standard for what makes a restaurant truly great. What began as a way to boost the French automotive industry by identifying restaurants that are “worth a special trip” has now become a global database for the world’s most exciting menus.

But it is only in the past 15 years that the Guide has begun to look seriously beyond Europe. In 2005, Michelin landed in New York for the first time, covering 500 restaurants in the city’s five boroughs and 50 hotels.

Michelin’s little red book caused controversy when it launched in Asia in 2007. Tokyo immediately became the most-starred city in the world, with eight restaurants receiving the coveted three-star rating.

The Guide’s generosity raised many eyebrows in Japan, with some restaurants going to the extent of rejecting their stars altogether, but it continues to expand in the region, launching a Seoul edition last year, and with plans to unveil a book for Bangkok by the end of 2017.

Despite its controversial place in the Asian restaurant scene, the Michelin Guide remains a household name, covering cities in nearly 30 countries globally.

Ahead of the Guide’s launch in Bangkok next week, and in a bid to show where really has the tire-maker’s attention these days, we’ve collated the ultimate league table by city.

The most-starred cities were calculated by looking at the most recent Michelin ratings for restaurants in every destination, simply counting the number of stars each venue has received.

Across the board, more Michelin stars have been doled out this year, but its becoming increasingly difficult to hold on to more than one. Several restaurants in London lost stars since last years’ guides were released, including Hackney’s Pidgin and Dabbous in Mayfair, which shut its doors as owner Ollie Dabbous turns his attention to the newly-opened Henrietta hotel in Covent Garden.

But there’s no slowing down the star-studded boom in Asia. Japanese, Chinese and Korean cities on our list are home to more than 550 Michelin-starred venues between them.

Whether you’re dining in Seoul or San Francisco, keep scrolling to see where your city ranks.

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