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Athens and Thessaloniki in the top-100 world Food Destinations

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Online catering marketplace, Caterwings, have released the 2017 Best Food Destinations Index, detailing the top 100 best food cities around the world.
As a company with food at its core and employees from all over the world, the office at Caterwings is no stranger to the debate on where to find the best food. With food tourism as one of the fastest growing travel trends, cities all over the world are now vying for the accolade of best food destination, so Caterwings decided to undertake this study to reveal the ultimate top 100 best food cities.

The research began by analysing thousands of cities based on the number of restaurants per capita, as well as established international restaurant rankings to determine the final list of top 100 cities. They then considered which factors are most important to food lovers, opting for four scalable criteria :
the opinion of critics, the accessibility and variety of food on offer, the quality of available food, and the affordability of dining in a restaurant. Within these categories the study included factors such as percentage of fast food restaurants as compared to restaurants, availability of vegetarian/vegan options and number of restaurants per 10,000 citizens.


CaterwingsDue to preferences in taste, they also analysed the quality of both the high-end restaurants and the street food scene in each city. In order to calculate the accessibility and affordability of food in each location, Caterwings calculated how many hours a person on minimum wage would have to work in order to afford a two-person dinner in a restaurant.

To round off the study and find out an on-the-ground expert view, they then asked 20,000 food journalists and restaurant critics to rate the quality of both the food scene and the food service in their city. All of these factors were then given a score to determine the final ranking of 2017’s Best Food Destinations, with every city on the final list worthy of recognition and praise.

For the Methodology, the Criteria, the Calculation formula and the full list of top-100 you can see the relevant page of Caterwings.

The top-10 of the list is as follows :

1. San Sebastian, Spain
2. Tokyo, Japan
3. New York City, United States
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Singapore, Singapore
6. Paris, France
7. Madrid, Spain
8. Lima, Peru
9. London, United Kingdom
10. Munich, Germany

In the following table you can also find the scores of Athens (Νr 54) and Thessaloniki (Νr 75).


Best Cities for Food 2017   Caterwings














Further findings include :

- When asked to rate which cities had the best quality of the culinary scene, experts ranked San Sebastian, Spain first, followed by fellow Spanish city Barcelona and Peruvian city Lima.
- When asked to rate which cities had the best quality of food service, experts ranked San Sebastian, Spain first, followed jointly by Oslo, Norway, London, UK and Zurich, Switzerland
- Seoul, South Korea has the most restaurants per 10,000 citizens at 110.23, followed by Osaka, Japan and Jeonju, South Korea.
- Jeonju, South Korea has the lowest percentage of fast food outlets as compared to restaurants at 0.06%, followed by fellow South Korean city Seoul and Japanese city Osaka.
- Dubai, UAE ranks first for diversity of cuisine, followed by Mumbai, India and Seoul, South Korea.
- Zanzibar, Tanzania comes out on top for vegetarian/vegan options, followed by Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, UK.
- San Sebastian, Spain ranks first for high end restaurants, followed by Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France.
- San Fernando – Pampanga, Philippines comes out on top for street food, followed by American cities Honolulu and Austin.
- The food in New York City, USA is the most affordable for locals, followed by Singapore, Singapore and Dubai, UAE.
- The food in Hanoi, Vietnam is the most affordable for visitors, followed by Kiev, Ukraine and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Citizens earning minimum wage must work the most hours in Pondicherry, India, to afford a dinner in a restaurant for two, followed by Dakar, Senegal and Chennai, India.   


Main source : etb-travelnews and the Caterwings page.
 
Further Findings: When asked to rate which cities had the best quality of the culinary scene, experts ranked San Sebastian, Spain first, followed by fellow Spanish city Barcelona and Peruvian city Lima. When asked to rate which cities had the best quality of food service, experts ranked San Sebastian, Spain first, followed jointly by Oslo, Norway, London, UK and Zurich, Switzerland. Seoul, South Korea has the most restaurants per 10,000 citizens at 110.23, followed by Osaka, Japan and Jeonju, South Korea. Jeonju, South Korea has the lowest percentage of fast food outlets as compared to restaurants at 0.06%, followed by fellow South Korean city Seoul and Japanese city Osaka. Dubai, UAE ranks first for diversity of cuisine, followed by Mumbai, India and Seoul, South Korea. Zanzibar, Tanzania comes out on top for vegetarian/vegan options, followed by Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, UK. San Sebastian, Spain ranks first for high end restaurants, followed by Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France. San Fernando – Pampanga, Philippines comes out on top for street food, followed by American cities Honolulu and Austin. The food in New York City, USA is the most affordable for locals, followed by Singapore, Singapore and Dubai, UAE. The food in Hanoi, Vietnam is the most affordable for visitors, followed by Kiev, Ukraine and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Citizens earning minimum wage must work the most hours in Pondicherry, India, to afford a dinner in a restaurant for two, followed by Dakar, Senegal and Chennai, India.   Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global

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