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San Sebastián is world's number one city for food
thinkSPAIN , Friday, September 7, 2012

A SPANISH city has been voted top in Which? magazine's list of the best places in the world for food.

San Sebastián beat the likes of Tokyo (in second place), Hong Kong (in seventh) and parts of France and Italy.

Paris came joint fourth and fifth with New York, whilst Italy's central Emilia Romagna region and the island of Sicily came sixth and ninth respectively.

Australia fared well with Sydney coming third and Melbourne eighth, and although considered to be among the most expensive, the Danish capital, Copenhagen, came 10th.

According to Which?, San Sebastián, a northern coastal town in the Basque Country that was once considered grim and industrial but has now become popular with tourists year-round as a result of its excellent beaches, ultra-modern Guggenheim museum and many other attractions that have popped up in recent times, has more Michelin stars per head than anywhere else in the world.

The magazine's panel was made up of a food and travel writer, a restaurant critic and a food blogger and cookbook author, who gave San Sebastián a score of 81 per cent.

They did not only test the top eateries, but also the middle-of-the-row restaurants and budget bars offering cheap menus, plus food for sale on the street, in markets, at food festivals and on tours, and sold by local producers.

The team also considered typical produce and dishes of the area and its eating culture in general.

San Sebastián's food culture, creativity of chefs in restaurants and its value for money scored very highly.

Which? said that although most cities and regions in the world have some Michelin-starred restaurant that provide excellent meals for eye-watering prices, it is 'very rare' to be able to order a three-course dinner at 'almost any eatery' and be certain that you will enjoy them all.

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