San Sebastian is the place to be

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One of the places that might have clinche the top award for San Sebastian. Tapas at Bar Bergara in San Sebastian © www.spain.info

San Sebastian in northern Spain is the place you should head to if you are a foodie. This is the conclusion reached by Caterwings, an online marketplace for the catering ndustry.

Often, these announcements are made based on views of the interviewed but this time Caterwings has adopted a different approach. They have analysed 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.

Or the pinchos counter in San Sebastian

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. 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

As food choice and choice is so very different from one person to another, the different criteria chosen give a more reasoned conclusion. San Sebastian came top followed by Tokyo, New York, Barcelona and Singapore. Paris came 6th (a bit of a surprise that it wasn’t higher) Madrid, 7th, Lima, London and Munich.

That London came 9th is an indication of how much food quality has changed in the UK in the last forty years or so. Glasgow came in at 61st, Manchester was 64th, Edinburgh 77th and Brighton 93rd giving the UK five top places in the 100. The island of Ireland had no city in the top 100.

Overall, the USA had nine cities in the top 100 and Italy had seven so those places would seem to be the place for food tourists to book their next holidays.

 

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