The one city that Anthony Bourdain loves more than all others – and why it reminds him of an acid trip

Anthony Bourdain, Tokyo, Parts Unknown, Japan, No Reservations

Anthony Bourdain is one of the most famous globetrotters alive today. The transient celebrity chef spends more than 200 days a year on the road, writing books, working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and filming his many television shows.

Given that Bourdain has visited seemingly every city on the planet, you might expect him to have a difficult time identifying his favorite. As it turns out, however, it’s a very easy choice for him.

Without any hesitation – with No Reservations – Bourdain recently told Maxim that his favourite city on earth is Tokyo, Japan.

“I went to Tokyo the first time and my head kind of exploded,” he said. “I compared it to taking my first acid trip: Nothing was ever the same for me. I just wanted more of it. If I had to agree to live in one country, or even one city, for the rest of my life, never leaving it, I’d pick Tokyo in a second.”

Bourdain is not alone in his love for Tokyo.

According to the recently released MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Tokyo is the ninth-most visited city in the world (see the top-20 here).

What’s your favorite city in the world? Join the conversation in the comments section.


This article debuted on on 8/31/2017.


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