Meetings professionals often talk about crunching data to learn all they can about attendees, but Resonance Consultancy tweaked that recipe when it collaborated with National Geographic Traveler to create a list of the world’s best cities for foodies. Call it dining on data.
The index of the Top 21 food cities around the globe appears in the April/May issue of Traveler and on the National Geographic website. We’ll get to the full list later — but here’s an appetizer: The Top 5 are London, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, and New York.
First, let’s look at how they came up with their data-driven results. Resonance Consultancy, a global advisor on economic and tourism development, uses data to create annual lists of the World’s Best Cities, America’s Best Cities, and the best small cities.
For the culinary cities list, Resonance combed through online channels including Google, Facebook, Instagram, and TripAdvisor in more than 200 cities looking for evaluations of “high-quality restaurants and culinary experiences.” Resonance then measured the number of these qualitative mentions to come up with the list of top cities for feasting.
Armed with this delicious data, National Geographic Traveler interviewed local experts to highlight all sorts of gastronomical delights, including restaurants, street food, iconic dishes, markets, and more.
Find the full list below, but read all the delectable details at National Geographic.
Top Food Cities
- New York
- San Paulo
- Istanbul (see photo right)
- Singapore (see video below)
- Las Vegas
- Hong Kong
- Rio de Janeiro
- New Delhi
Hawker Street Food in Singapore
Strictly Dumpling tries hawker street food, which National Geographic Traveler mentioned when it named Singapore the No. 12 best food city.
Curt Wagner is a Convene associate editor.