Anyone who knows anything about food knows that in London, locals and tourists alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Well, not even just dinner: whether you’re looking for a mid morning breakfast, lunch break date, or the perfect takeaway for a Friday night.
But food is just as important to every other country in the world, heavily ingrained in various cultures and costumes, with a reported 140 different types of cuisines served globally. Radical Storage used data from Tripadvisor to suss which cuisines are most popular globally and specifically in each city, as well as what meals are people’s go-to, where you will find the priciest restaurants, and what the most common cuisine is served across the globe.
When it comes to culinary diversity, they named London the most diverse in the entire world. Which isn’t a bad accolade to have? Our city offers a whopping 123 out of 140 different cuisines, with our multicultural heritage has had a massive impact in the culinary food scene, serving a wider array than any other city in the world. The other most diverse food cities in the top five include Paris, Tokyo, Berlin and New York.
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Their research also found London’s most popular cuisine was Indian, while our most common restaurant type was British. Meaning we were one of seven cities not to have our local cuisine as the most popular within our area, alongside the likes of Dubai (Asian), New York (Italian), Makkah in Saudi Arabia (American), Medina (Asian), Moscow (European), and Riyadh (Indian).
So what was considered the world’s most popular cuisine? Famous for introducing the world to pizza, beautiful pasta dishes, tiramisu, and panna cotta, Italian food took first place out of the top twenty cuisines. The rest of the top ten were made up of Mediterranean, Japanese, American, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Latin, and French, respectively.
An Italian dish also clinched the crown to become the world’s “most popular meal type”, with pizza being the dish everyone craved. It beat the likes of seafood, steakhouse, sushi, and fast food.
Radical Storage’s research also found the most common restaurants found worldwide were Chinese, with the data showing an average 10.14% of all restaurants you’ll find in each of the world’s top cities will be Chinese. They are followed hot on the heels by Italian restaurants.
Now when it comes to the bill, they looked at which cities had the most expensive restaurants on average by looking at the price of each and averaging it across the number of eateries in each city. This landed Venice at the top with its 1,348 restaurants having higher prices on average than any other city globally. Making up the top five most expensive cities were Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Vienna.
For the cheapest, you’ll have to head to Asia. Guangzhou in China has the lowest average price across its 7,107 restaurants, making it officially the most affordable place for food. It was followed by Seoul, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Osaka.
So now you know where to head if you’re looking to plan your next meal, just remember you’ll be spoilt for choice in London.
Most Diverse Cities for Food:
London, UK – 123 Cuisines
Paris, France – 121 Cuisines
Tokyo, Japan – 116 Cuisines
Berlin, Germany – 113 Cuisines
New York, USA – 111 Cuisines
However, on the flip side there are some cities around the world which don’t seem to share the UK’s culinary prowess. With four of the top five least diverse coming from Asia and just one from Europe.
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Least Diverse Cities for Food:
Medina, Saudi Arabia – 29 Cuisines
Ha Long, Vietnam – 30 Cuisines
Jaipur, India – 44 Cuisines
Venice, Italy – 50 Cuisines
Kolkata, India – 54 Cuisines
To see the full research, visit here.