Paris — home to the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, flaky croissants, Nutella-stuffed crepes and to-die-for stinky cheese — is one of the first cities people think of when they think of fantastic cuisine. And the numbers confirm that it is indeed the creme de la creme of foodie cities.
Since 1926, Michelin has been awarding star ratings to the finest restaurants in the world, and when it comes to this particular honor, Paris is nearly on top. As of 2019, Paris is home to 123 Michelin stars — second only to Tokyo.
In general, travelers love its cuisine more than any other city except Florence and Rome (stiff competition) and its sheer volume of restaurants — 40,000 — impresses.
If there's one thing that really hurts the food scene, it's the affordability factor; this is one of the priciest spots on earth to eat a dinner out. The city's extremely rich cuisine can also be a bit of an acquired taste, and it's not particularly healthy, if that's important to you.
Together, these factors prevent the city's food scene from nabbing A marks, though of course it's still very good on the whole.