The world's best restaurant sits on the eighth floor of a soccer stadium

The best restaurant in the world is Geranium in Copenhagen. At Geranium, the specialty is seasonal Scandi food, served on the 8th floor of a football stadium with views of the park. It was opened in the middle of the financial crisis, in 2010.

The annual awards night was held in London, UK and witnessed some new restaurants making their debut in the world of hospitality. The well-established ones that have been doing a good job were rewarded for their efforts as restaurants spanning across five continents and 24 countries made it to the list of the best restaurants, as per a report by a leading media publication. Geranium is a fine-dining space located on the eighth floor of the Common Gardens which is a central point of Copenhagen. 

Offering panoramic views of the city, the restaurant is well-known for its high-concept cooking with a multi-cuisine spread. For the unversed, high-concept cooking refers to a certain style of cooking, presentation, menu and theme that is usually incorporated by luxury dining spaces or high-end restaurants. 

Geranium takes its customers through a gastronomic journey, involving diversity and clarity at the same time, which reflects the vision of the restaurant, as per a report by a leading media publication. 

What is even more interesting is that Geranium was one of the first restaurants to bring three Michelin stars to the country. While Denmark continues to make its mark for a second year in a row and plunge the top spot of the list this year too, it is followed by Lima’s Central restaurant in Peru. The annual restaurant list is prepared by food critics and highly-reputed personalities of the hospitality industry. 

Geranium was the first Danish restaurant to receive three Michelin stars and the head chef and co-owner of the restaurant, Rasmus Kofoed, has also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the global cooking competition.

This is the list of winners, with the new entries marked NE:

1. Geranium, Copenhagen

2. Central, Lima

3. Disfrutar, Barcelona

4. Diverxo, Madrid

5. Pujol, Mexico City

6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo

8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy

9. Quintonil, Mexico City

10. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

11. Maido, Lima

12. Uliassi, Senegallia, Italy

13. Steirereck, Vienna

14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires

15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy

16. Elkano, Getaria, Spain

17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

18. Alchemist, Copenhagen

19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

20. Den, Tokyo

21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

22. Septime, Paris

23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

24. The Chairman, Hong Kong

25. Frantzén, Stockholm

26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin

27. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

28. Le Clarence, Paris (NE)

29. St. Hubertus, San Cassiano, Italy

30. Florilège, Tokyo

31. Arpège, Paris

33. Atomix, New York

34. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

35. Clove Club, London

36. Odette, Singapore

37. Fyn, Cape Town (NE)

38. Jordnaer, Copenhagen (NE)

39. Sorn, Bangkok (NE)

40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland