Which Countries Have Michelin Guides?

10 May, 2022
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What do the Michelin star ratings mean?

One Michelin star is the basic rating, and so one-star restaurants are the most numerous in the guide. When a restaurant is awarded one star, it stands for: "A very good restaurant in its category". When a restaurant is awarded a second star, it is a big step up, and the Michelin Guide website explains the difference by stating that two Michelin stars mean a restaurant has: "Excellent cooking and is worth a detour". The third and highest rating a restaurant can attain within the Michelin Guide is that of three Michelin stars, where the establishment is considered to have: "Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey".

What Countries are included in the Michelin Guide?

Countries included in the current Michelin Guide series are:

Austria

Belgium

Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo) 

China Mainland (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou)

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Japan

Luxembourg

Macau

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

UK

United States

Which cities in the United States have Michelin Guides?

The Michelin Guide currently assess restaurants in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County and the Bay Area and Washington D.C., with plans to expand to Miami, Orlando, and Tampa in 2022.

Which countries have the most Michelin stars?

France has the most Michelin star restaurants, followed by Japan and Italy. Only 4% (133) of Michelin star restaurants have earned the top rating of three stars.

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