's top ten

Foodies looking for somewhere new to explore, men's Web portal has come up with a list of the world's top 10 undiscovered culinary capitals.

by: Reuters | 07 Apr 2008

1. San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian on the north coast of Spain in the country's Basque region, which is famous for its cuisine, especially its tapas. This small city has three restaurants with three Michelin stars each – Akelare, Arzak and Martin Berasategui.

2. Mougins, France
Mougins in southeastern France is not only famous for being the site of Pablo Picasso's death, but also for its gastronomic climate. Mougins only has about 16,000 inhabitants but it has more than 50 restaurants, including Moulin de Mougins, located in an old mill with two Michelin stars, founded by Chef Roger Vergé. Restaurant Candille is also Michelin-starred.

3. Luxembourg
It's a country of less than 500,000 people but a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants. Its culinary influences are French, Belgian and Germanic, which is found in regional specialties like trout, pike and crayfish, as well as in pastries and cakes.

4. Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg, Sweden's second city, boasts five Michelin-starred restaurants – 28+, Basement, Fond, Sjomagasinet, and Kock & Vin – and has produced a surprising number of Sweden's best chefs.

5. Palermo, Italy
Sicilian culture is the product of many influences and its cuisine reflects this. In Palermo, enjoy greens and vegetables, and fish and grain, seasoned with the best influences of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Try restaurants like Il Mulinazzo and Osteria Altri Tempi for classic Sicilian favourites.

6. Ludlow, England
This town once boasted more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other outside London with only 10,000 inhabitants. Sadly, Ludlow is on the decline and now boasts only one, Mr Underhill's, but there's artisan food shops and pubs serving great fare.

7. Las Vegas, Nevada
Everyone knows Las Vegas is all about glitz, glamour and gambling, but it also excels in fine dining and is the second home to many chefs – Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, and Emeril Lagasse. Top restaurants include Guy Savoy, Commander's Palace, and Firefly or three-starred Joel Robuchon.

8. Bologna, Italy
The nickname for the region in which Bologna is located is La Grassa, which means "the fat" – a celebration of the rich diet enjoyed here. The use of pork is prevalent throughout Bologna which is also famous for other cured meats and pasta with top restaurants including Al Pappagallo and Da Bertino.

9. Edinburgh, Scotland
Home to three Michelin-starred restaurants (Martin Wishart, Number One and The Kitchin), and also a hot spot for all things cultural and famous for its farmer's markets, tea rooms, pubs.

10. Singapore
British and Asian influences combine to make Singapore one of the world's top undiscovered culinary capitals. The Singapore food festival, held every July, is a showcase of the best local foods. Head to Clarke Quay and Boat Quay for the best restaurants and to Chinatown Food Street and Lau Pat Sat Festival Market for the best local eats. Top restaurants include One Rochester for French dishes and Lei Garden for grilled shark

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