France’s top food city was just crowned — and it’s not Paris


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  • French food website Atabula just ranked the 30 best food cities in France based on a dozen criteria.
  • Bordeaux surprisingly led the pack, ahead of Paris.
  • Data analysts compiled per capita number of restaurants and numbers from food guides like Michelin.

Where do you go if you want to have the best dining experience in France? For most, Paris would be at the top of the list. After all, a government algorithm ranked Guy Savoy in Paris as the best restaurant in the world, while another list of the best 50 restaurants in the world features two Paris eateries.

But according to a new survey from French food website Atabula, the City of Lights is only the second best food city in France. Number one is Bordeaux: the land of deep red wines and Gothic architecture. Lyon, widely known as a culinary capital in its own right, was ranked third.

The website ranked the 30 best food cities/large towns in France, and took into account a dozen criteria, including total number of restaurants per capita, the number of Michelin-ranked restaurants, as well as each city’s gastronomic rankings in a number of other well-reputed guides to French cuisine. 

Bordeaux was recently named the best city in the world for travelers, but it’s not just a beautiful place to visit. The heart of wine country is also home to an impressive three two-Michelin-starred restaurants and three restaurants with one Michelin star each, including Gordon Ramsay’s Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay, which has two stars.

You can read the full list here.

SEE ALSO: 32 mouthwatering foods everyone should try in France

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