Sydney better than Melbourne for food, say travel readers

Sydney better than Melbourne for food, say travel readers

Two Australian cities cracked Conde Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards world top 20 for foodies.

Readers of prestigious international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler have ranked their World’s Best Food Cities, as part of the publication’s Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014, announced this month.

If your every second thought is consumed by food, glorious food, you should seriously consider jetting off to one of these top nosh cities, as rated by your fellow travellers.

And while proud Melbournites will no doubt be shocked that nemesis Australian city Sydney easily outranks it on the food front, perhaps the biggest surprise is the absence of two self-proclaimed food capitals, London and New York, from the awards menu.

Also see: Top 10 countries for fine dining: Australia and the UK among the best

World’s Top 20 food cities

20. Melbourne, Australia

Foodie favourites: Flower Drum, Café Di Stasio, Abla’s, Cumulus Inc, Supernormal
Standout spot: At Attica, Chef Ben Shewry is whipping up dishes with native ingredients including kangaroo and Bunya Bunya nuts.

19. Madrid, Spain

Foodie favourites: Celso y Manolo, Casa Gonzalez
Standout spot: At DiverXO, Chef David Munoz’s experimental food is served on ‘canvasses’ with sauces quite literally painted on to the dishes.

18. Budapest Hungary

Foodie favourites: Central Café, New York Café
Standout spot: The best place to try goulash (one cannot visit Budapest without trying goulash) is Blue Rose Restaurant.

17. Vienna, Austria

Foodie favourites: Demel, Cake Pruckel
Standout spot: 
Steirereck im Stadtpark is home to modern, innovative Austrian cuisine.

16. Kyoto, Japan

Foodie favourites: Shigetsu Zen, Tsuruya Kakujuan, Takakura-Nijo
Standout spot: More of a market than a restaurant, the 400-year-old Nishiki Food Market boasts the region’s most traditional specialties.

15. Bologna, Italy

Foodie favourites: Sorbetteria Castiglione, Le Stanze
Standout spot: All’Osteria Bottega, is the place to go to taste Bologna’s signature pastas.

14. Lyon, France

Foodie favourites: Le Café des Fédérations, La Meunière, Léon de Lyon
Standout spot: The Michelin-starred Le Vivarais will delight meat-lovers and vegetarians alike.

13. Montreal, Canada

Foodie favourites: Au Pied de Cochon, Le Bremner
Standout spot: Arguably Canada’s most famous restaurant (for meat-lovers) is Joe Beef.

12. Vancouver, Canada

Foodie favourites: Vij’s, Tojo’s, Teahouse in Stanley Park
Standout spot: At Fuel Restaurant the chefs can be seen cooking through the window.

11. Sydney, Australia

Foodie favourites: Ruby’s Waverly, Sepia, Longrain
Standout spot: Kylie Kwong’s Billy Kwong offers ‘canto-stralian’ dining where Australian native bush food meets chinese food.

10. Quebec City, Canada

Foodie favourites: Le Champlain, Laurie Raphaël, Panache
Standout spot: The Old Port Marker (Le Marché du Vieux-Port) is home to the best Quebecois cheeses, charcuterie and maple products.

9. Barcelona, Spain

Foodie favourites: Tickets, Alkimia, La Cova Fumada,
Standout spot: Barcelona’s best food market, La Boqueria, offers countless specialty vendors.

8. Singapore

Foodie favourites: Osteria Mozza, Long Chim, Sorrel
Standout spot:
A dinner at Xi Yan involves 12 plus dishes, and is a perfect mix of Cantonese, Japanese, Sichuan and Thai.

7. Hong Kong, China

Foodie favourites: Man Wah, Luk Yu Tea House, Sun Tung Lok
Standout spot: Only the best minced beef balls, soup dumpling and Peking duck are served in a secret basement spot at Mott 32.

6. Tokyo, Japan

Foodie favourites: Sukiyabashi Jiro, Kanda, Tohiya 
Standout spot:
At Seryna your food (slivers of meat and other morsels) is boiled at the table in a simmering hotpot.

5. Rome, Italy

Foodie favourites: Armando al Pantheon, Sciascia Caffè
Standout spot: Daily food market, Mercato di Testaccio brims with fresh produce and locals going about their daily shopping.

4. Florence, Italy

Foodie favourites: Osteria dei Benci, Giacosa, I Fratellini
Standout spot: Enoteca Pinchiorri boasts three michelin stars as well as a cellar of more than 150,000 bottles.

3. Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay

Foodie favourites: Test Kitchen, The Roundhouse, Bistro 1682
Standout spot:
The trendy Pot Luck Club works on a plate-sharing concept whereby plates are divided into flavour profiles: salty, sour, bitter, sweet and umami.

2. Paris, France

Foodie favourites: Septime, Semilla, Le Chateaubriand
Standout spot: Just beneath her Michelin-starred restaurant, Hélène Darroze opened a casual bistro (Le Salon d’Hélène Darroze) which features low-priced tapas-style mini plates.

1. San Sebastián, Spain
San Sebastian

Foodie favourites: Txepetxa, Paco Buen, Akelarre, Arzak
Standout spot: Award-winning pintxo bar Zeruko is home to the most incredible experimental pintxos.