Michelin has announced its guide for the Main Cities of Europe, which includes covers 44 cities in 20 European countries. The guide itself comes out on March 15 and is written in English.
The big news is that René Redzepi's Copenhagen restaurant Noma — named by S. Pellegrino as the number one restaurant in the world — remains at two stars for the second year in a row. So, two years in a row: that's officially a snub now, yes?
Two restaurants debuted at two stars: Gourmet Restaurant Silvio Nickol in Vienna and Maaemo in Oslo. There are 18 new two stars total, and a whopping 44 new one stars. There are currently 15 three star restaurants included in the guide, which you will find (along with a press release) below. Spoiler alert, they are almost entirely in Paris. Go on, watch those stars twinkle:
MICHELIN guide Main Cities of Europe 2012 to go on sale from March 15
The 31st edition of the MICHELIN guide Main Cities of Europe covers 44 cities in 20 countries.
Written in English, the MICHELIN guide Main Cities of Europe is intended for business travellers and tourists visiting leading European cities and who want to be able to easily find, for example, a hotel near a convention centre or a restaurant in which they can entertain clients.
The guide features a wealth of useful information, including city maps showing the exact location of hotels and restaurants, key words for defining each establishment’s style, practical information about each city (sites to visit, tips for getting around town, etc) and key tourist information.
The 2012 edition of the MICHELIN guide Main Cities of Europe features a selection of over 3,600 establishments, of which 2,100 are restaurants and 1,500 hotels. These establishments come in all different styles, sizes and price categories and have been visited anonymously by the Michelin team of fulltime inspectors.
Highlights in this edition include two restaurants which have gone straight into the guide with two stars: Gourmet Restaurant Silvio Nickol in Vienna and Maaemo in Oslo. Prague has 2 new one-star restaurants: Alcron and Degustation Bohe?me Bourgeoise, as well as Athens with Funky Gourmet and Galazia Hytra. In Copenhagen, there are 4 new one-stars, which range in style from the informality of Relæ to the elegance of Geranium.
In this guide the reader can discover 287 restaurants with one star (of which 44 are new this year), 74 restaurants with two stars (of which 18 are new) and 15 with three stars. There are also 48 new Bib Gourmands, bringing the total in Europe to 249 and reflecting the importance our readers place on affordability as well as quality.
From a small, 400-page red guide distributed free of charge to motorists and containing a wealth of useful information on such topics as tyre changes and vehicle maintenance, the MICHELIN guide has developed over the years to become the benchmark in gourmet dining. Today, it covers 23 countries and features a selection of more than 45,000 hotels and restaurants, with the goal of making travel easier and more enjoyable. The guide has always promoted the Michelin Group’s mission expressed in the corporate slogan: “a better way forward.”
Austria (Vienna, Salzburg) - Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp) - Czech Republic (Prague) - Denmark (Copenhagen) - Finland (Helsinki) - France (Paris, Lyons, Strasbourg, Toulouse) - Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart) - Greece (Athens) - Hungary (Budapest) - Ireland (Dublin) - Italy (Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence) - Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague) - Norway (Oslo) - Poland (Warsaw, Cracow) - Portugal (Lisbon) - Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia) - Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg) – Switzerland (Bern, Geneva, Zurich) - United Kingdom (London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow)
The MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe will go on sale from March 15, priced €22,90. The Europe iPhone application (priced at €14.99) includes restaurants and hotels from MICHELIN guides in all European countries. The selection of restaurants in Europe is also available on Windows Phone (priced at €12,99).
Three Starred Restaurants in the Guide to the Main Cities of Europe
· Paul Bocuse, Lyon, France
· Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athe?ne?e, Paris, France
· Arpe?ge, Paris, France
· Astrance, Paris, France
· Guy Savoy, Paris, France
· L'Ambroisie, Paris, France
· Le Meurice, Paris, France
· Le Pre? Catelan, Paris, France
· Ledoyen, Paris, France
· Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
· E?picure, Paris, France
· Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence, Italy
· La Pergola, Rome, Italy
· Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London, England
· Gordon Ramsay, London, England