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For over 120 years, a Michelin guide has been inspecting restaurants around the world for impeccable cuisine, unique ambiance, attentive service, and respect for the environment. The criteria for evaluating restaurants were approved in 1936 and have remained unchanged since then. One star means a really great restaurant. If the culinary institution managed to get two stars, it would be worthy of returning there again. The highest rating - three stars - is awarded to restaurants that deserve to be visited and experienced no matter the cost. In this article, we feature ten excellent Michelin restaurants that can’t be missed.

Mirazur ***
30 Avenue Aristide Briand, Menton, 06500, France; +33 4 92 41 86 86

Housed in a 1930s rotunda at the foot of the mountains, the restaurant boasts a spacious interior. Panoramic windows offer breathtaking views of Manton and the Mediterranean Sea. The Rosmarino terraced garden is surrounded by lush bloom, including berries and edible flowers - the entire crop is used in the kitchen. Depending on the date of the table reservation and the lunar cycle, guests are offered a choice of one of four set menu options (320 €). The chef of the restaurant Mauro Colagreco was not only featured in the “S.Pellegrino 50th Best restaurant list”, but also received recognition from the Gault & Millau and the Michelin guide. 

Rampoldi *
3 Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco, 98000, France; +377 93 30 70 65

In 2021, awarded of the coveted Michelin star, Rampoldi celebrated its 75th anniversary. Upon entering Rampoldi, you will dive into an atmosphere of royal luxury. The design of the restaurant harmoniously combines two eras - a glorious historical past and a future full of innovations. If your plans include a personal interaction with the chef, choose La Table d'Antonio Salvatore au Rampoldi. The cuisine is Mediterranean, based on elegance, restraint, respect for tradition, and natural tastes of organic products. Accompanied by Royal Premium caviar, as well as spicy and tangy Tabasco sauce, the restaurant’s signature plate is beef tartare with a glass of carefully selected wine.

L’Arpège ***
84 Rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007, France; +33 1 47 05 09 06

The fact that a hereditary chef Alain Passard has been retaining three Michelin stars should certainly be the reason to book a table here. The decor in the restaurant is simple apart from a portrait of the chef's beloved grandmother. Don’t mind the lack of chic surroundings, because the main attraction here is gastronomy, especially when local fish and quite a few meat dishes have made a comeback (420 €). The chef has his own vegetable gardens, providing the restaurant with fresh ingredients. Our special recommendation is signature dessert basket made of the finest puff pastry stuffed with apples, masterly presented as flower buds, accompanied by salty caramel topping.

Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris ***
Place du Casino, Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, 98000, France; +377 98 06 88 64

The luxurious restaurant at l'Hôtel de Paris, awarded with three Michelin stars, will surely surprise you with its multifaceted cuisine and unique classical ambiance. Not many know, but Le Louis XV was only 33 months old when it became the first hotel restaurant to receive 3 Michelin stars. And Alain Ducasse, its dedicated Chef, was 33 years old at the time. The restaurant offers guests the course menu called “Lunch Riviera” (180 €, excluding drinks), as well as an a la carte menu, where baked garden vegetables from Provence accompanied by black truffles, as well as shrimps with fish jelly, sturgeon caviar, and rum dishes fall into the category of the divine. 

Chef’s Table Artest **
Trubnikovskiy Lane, 15, building 2, Moscow, 121069, Russia; + 7 499 530 80 87

In 2021, the Michelin gastronomic guide first came to Russia and instantly marked the restaurant with two honorary stars. Artest owes its success to both the Chef Artyom Estafiev and the restaurateur Arkady Novikov, who have put their best ideas about the ways Moscow fine-dining should look like. Veter Design & Architecture designed the space. The first floor has the chef's table – an open kitchen boasting a mysterious half-lit interior finished in the colors of the stormy sky, oil, and night. The second floor flooded with sunlight has completely different vibes and by the way a grand fireplace. The menu, consisting of the products of best quality, is updated every three months.

Twins Garden **
Strastnoy Boulevard, 8A, Moscow, 125009, Russia; +7 499 112 33 11

Two Michelin stars ensure your experience of Twins Garden is flawless and memorable, and the Green Michelin Star (new from 2020) highlights sustainability of Berezutsky brothers’ project. The restaurant kitchen receives 90% of its ingredients from own farm. The space is upscale, boasting chic minimal décor. As a compliment, there are two types of bread from a real Russian oven, thin crispy lavash with herbs and breadsticks with mushrooms. In addition, guests can try the Vegetable tasting menu (170 €) with 14 types of wines or the menu called “Discovering Russia anew” (170 €), where the brothers masterly display the rare and unique products that Russia has to offer.

Piazza Duomo ***
Vicolo dell'Arco 1, angolo piazza Risorgimento 4, Alba, 12051, Italy;  +39 0173 366167

Every day, herbs and vegetables from technologically advanced greenhouses become part of the impeccable menu of three Michelin stars restaurant Piazza Duomo. The person behind this very menu is none other than Enrico Crippa. Located in the heart of Alba, a small, 20-table restaurant has cinematic Wes Anderson aesthetic with coral pink walls adorned with paintings by the artist Francesco Clemente. The chef calls his cuisine seasonal and relevant, admitting that he pays special attention to its color scheme. When white truffle season comes around, make sure to try the Dedicato al Tartufo Bianco D'Alba tasting set (270 €) and the iconic vegetable salad “” (40 €).

Le Calandre ***
Via Liguria 1, località Sarmeola, Rubano, 35030, Italy; +39 049 630303

The fame of Le Calandre's impeccable cuisine, awarded the highest Michelin award, three stars, has spread far beyond Italy. Founded in 1981 by a couple, Erminio Alaimo and Rita Quimetto, the restaurant grew into an iconic space with the help of their sons, Maximiliano and Rafael, who inherited their family business in 2003. The designers have created a mysterious atmosphere of a restaurant with dark walls, a cork panel ceiling, and half-lit space. The menu from Chef Maximiliano reminds you about the work of a genius scientist in a culinary laboratory. We recommend you "Classic", "Max" and "Raf" tasting journeys (250 €) emphasized by wine from restaurant’s own cellar. 

Core by Clare Smith ***
92 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PN, United Kingdom; +44 20 3937 5086

The restaurant pays tribute to the organic produce from UK farmers. Do not be surprised with restaurant staff waving upon your entrance – this is how it is done here. Claire Smith, also known as the "iron lady in the kitchen", is the first woman chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars and the Order of the British Empire. Besides, Claire was in charge of catering for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Personally, she gravitates towards simplicity. That’s why the signature dish is potato, which is marinated with butter and seaweed, and then supplemented with smoked trout and herring caviar. 

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal **
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA England; +44 20 7201 3833

Nestled in one of the most elite areas, on Knightsbridge Street, at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, this true legend of the city neighbors many picturesque squares, parks, brand boutiques, and cultural institutions. From only 100% leather and noble metals to doorman greetings in spectacular scarlet clothes, loyalty to British traditions is read in every detail. But the most obvious advantage of this place is the dishes from the world-famous chef Heston Blumenthal and his unique collection of the rarest Old English recipes. Not without reason, his cuisine has received the highest marks not only from guests but also from respectable gastronomic critics and Michelin guides.