Anthony Bourdain standing on a sidewalk
The Food City Anthony Bourdain Loved More Than Any Other
By Camryn Teder
Anthony Bourdain had culinary adventures all around the world, but he shared with Maxim in 2017 that Tokyo, Japan, held a special place in his heart ever since his first visit.
Bourdain shared, "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 was captivated by everything Tokyo had to offer. He loved how different it was from everything he'd previously known and quickly became smitten with Japanese culture.
The chef spoke extensively about his love for Tokyo many times. He wrote about it in his first book "Kitchen Confidential," and discussed the city on panels and television.
Anthony Bourdain was very vocal about his admiration for Tokyo, maybe even more so than his hometown of New York City (of which he was famously a proud resident).
In his Tokyo field notes for "Parts Unknown," he said, "I never get bored and I always learn new things in Manhattan. But there's 15, 20 different Manhattans in Tokyo to me."
The scale of Tokyo might be a big reason why Bourdain's first trip to the city left him hungry for more, including endless opportunities and food that kept him coming back.