The best food experience in the world has been revealed

With so many amazing cuisines and dining experience on offer, it’s hard to pick a favourite. But the travel experts at Lonely Planet have done just, that after sampling the best food experiences in the world for the release of their new book, Ultimate Eatlist.

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The publication has launched a definitive foodie bucket-list ranking the world’s top 500 food experiences, and it turns out San Sebastián is where you’ll find the crème de la crème of culinary. After knocking out some tough competition, sampling delicious pintxos (a small snack on a skewer, typically eaten in bars) along the grid of narrow streets in Spanish city’s old town was crowned the best food experience in the world.

It was closely followed by sampling curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which placed second and sushi in Tokyo, which ranked in at number three. Beef brisket in Texas, and som tum in Bangkok were also in the top five, while smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark came sixth on the list.

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The 10 best food experiences in the world

1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
10. Dim sum in Hong Kong

To create the list and crown the winner, Lonely Planet asked their food-obsessed writers, bloggers and staffers to name their favourite, most authentic gastronomic encounters. Their team of food editors then narrowed down the list with the help of an expert panel made up of chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim, who evaluated the entries according to the taste of the dish, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location.

As you can see, no UK culinary experiences made the top 10. However, we did come in at number 13 with our good old fish and chips, with the experience on offer at Stonehaven in northeast Scotland. Other UK entries included smoked salmon from the Outer Hebrides in Scotland at number 39, a Sunday roast in a pub at number 59 and crab sandwiches in Norfolk at number 80.