Most Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Japan Third Behind France and Italy

With studies revealing that 70% of people pick their holiday location based on the food and drinks available in the area, new research has revealed the countries with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in 2024. 

The study also looked at the most affordable and most expensive countries for Michelin-starred dining as well as the most popular Michelin-starred restaurants. 

Japan came in third with 396 Michelin-starred restaurants. With an increase of almost 15% since 2023, it’s clear the country continues to influence the culinary landscape. Japanese restaurants dominate the food scene, whether due to the quality of fresh ingredients or the intricacy of dishes.

The top 10 countries with the most Michelin-starred restaurants

RankCountryNo. of Michelin-starred restaurants
8China Mainland141
10United Kingdom131

France has the most Michelin-starred restaurants, with a whopping 660, an increase of 19% since 2023. As a pioneer in the evolutionary food culture, the French have mastered the art of using new, innovative ingredients to promote a unique and creative food culture centred around a strong sense of individuality, which has gained popularity worldwide.

In second place is Italy, with 401 Michelin-starred restaurants. With an increase of 10% in Michelin-starred restaurants in the past year, Italy retains its position as having the second-highest number of establishments with this prestigious award. From pizza and pasta to focaccia, lasagna, and risotto, Italians have brought some of its most iconic traditional dishes to the mainstream.

The study also revealed that:

  • Malaysia is the best country to visit for affordable Michelin-starred dining. 
  • Macau has the most Michelin-starred restaurants per population. 
  • El Celler de Can Roca is the most popular three Michelin-star restaurant in the world. 

The study was done by a regulated online casino in May 2024 using data from the Michelin Guide, OECD, Google, Instagram and other sources. 

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