World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021

The Noma restaurant of Copenhagen with Chef René Redzepi and his team took first place in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, the celebration of global gastronomy sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The winners were announced on Tuesday 5th October at an event in Antwerp, Flanders, the northern region of Belgium with a rich culinary and cultural heritage. The event was also live-streamed on 50 Best social media channels.

Accepting the award, Chef René Redzepi, the chef and owner of the restaurant, thanked his team, and said this would never have happened without them.

Second and third prizes went to Geranium, in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Chef Rasmus Kofoed and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain, by Chef Victor Arguinzoniz.

The previous day, S.Pellegrino had presented "Food meets Talent” - an event exploring talent and highlighting its crucial role in the future of gastronomy. Protagonists included renowned chefs Clare Smyth, Ana Roš, Micha Tsumura and Heston Blumenthal, young talents Adelaide Lala Tam, Kurt Evans, and from the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Mark Moriarty (2015 S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award Winner) Paolo Griffa and Manon Schenck.

Other Awards

Other awards presented on the 5th included the new Champions of Change awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino. Celebrating local food heroes who have created change for good in their communities, the three inaugural awards went to: Kurt Evans – from Philadelphia, USA, who uses his culinary skills to rally the community around ending mass incarceration; Viviana Varese – chef of Viva restaurant in Milan, Italy - breaking down barriers around LGBTQ+ and inclusivity; and Deepanker Khosla – chef-owner of Haoma in Bangkok, Thailand - a restaurant turned soup kitchen during the pandemic.

The World's Best Female Chef 2021 was awarded to Peruvian chef Pía León, chef-owner of Lima’s Kjolle, co-owner of Central. Meanwhile, the Icon Award went to Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, USA, who is an LGBTQ+, inclusivity and sustainability activist and author. And finally, the One To Watch award was won by London's Ikoyi, a cosmopolitan restaurant building its own spice-based cuisine around British micro-seasonality..

Here is the complete list of the World 50 Best Restaurants:


1. Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Geranium  in Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Asador Etxebarri  in Axpe, Spain

4. Central in Lima, Peru

5. Disfrutar in Barcelona, Spain

6. Frantzén in Stockholm, Sweden

7. Maido in Lima, Peru

8. Odette in Singapore

9. Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico

10. The Chairman in Hong Kong (Highest Climber Award)

11. Den in Tokyo, Japan

12. Steirereck in Vienna, Austria (Art of Hospitality Award)

13. Don Julio in Buenos Aires, Argentina

14. Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain

15. Lido 84 in Gardone Riviera, Italy (Highest New Entry Award)

16. Elkano in Getaria, Spain

17. A Casa do Porco in São Paulo, Brazil

18. Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy

19. Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan

20. DiverXO  in Madrid, Spain

21. Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia

22. Cosme in New York City

23. Arpège in Paris, France

24. Septime in Paris, France

25. White Rabbit in Moscow, Russia

26. Le Calandre in Rubano, Italy

27. Quintonil in Mexico City, Mexico

28. Benu in San Francisco, California

29. Reale in Castel di Sangro, Italy

30. Twins Garden in Moscow, Russia

31. Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin, Germany

32. The Clove Club in London, UK

33. Lyle's in London, UK

34. Burnt Ends in Singapore

35. Ultraviolet in Shanghai, China

36. Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem, Belgium

37. SingleThread in Healdsburg, California

38. Boragó in Santiago, Chile (Sustainable Restaurant Award)

39. Florilege in Tokyo, Japan

40. Sühring in Bangkok, Thailand

41. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris, France

42. Belcanto in Lisbon, Portugal

43. Atomix in New York City (New entry)

44. Le Bernardin in New York City

45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin, Germany (New entry)

46. Leo in Bogotá, Colombia

47. Maaemo in Oslo, Norway

48. Atelier Crenn  in San Francisco, California

49. Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain

50. Wolfgat in Paternoster, South Africa (Best restaurant in Africa)