Vibrancy of Cities by Tripadvisor Restaurant Listings

One easily accessible parameter is the number of restaurants by city under Trip Advisor which might be considered a proxy for the vibrancy of a particular city. This is of course a completely non scientific approach as a kebab stand or even a garden shed can be listed as important as a Michelin starred restaurant. Nevertheless it has been argued by the economist David McWilliams that it can be used as a measure, no matter how imperfect as a proxy for economic vibrancy. I looked at major cities in Britain and Ireland and the results whilst broadly as expected threw up some surprises.

Before searching, knowing the comparative economic size, I had suspected London to be easily in pole position followed by Dublin, with Manchester and Birmingham vying closely for 3rd place. A number of things however were surprising.

  1. How far London was ahead. I had expected London to be about a factor of about five times greater than Dublin/Birmingham/Manchester but it is ahead by nearly  a factor of ten.
  2. The strength of the Scottish Cities; both Edinburgh and Glasgow are up there with the big boys with Glasgow in no. 3 position and Edinburgh in no. 5.
  3. How far Derry/Londonderry is behind both Limerick and Galway; the two cities in Ireland with very similar populations.

Of course as the population of Britain is about ten times that of Ireland  there are many smaller cities and even large town in Britain which will exceed Derry’s modest listing of 142 resturants. Nevertheless I can recommend Derry restaurant Mamma Masalla an Indian restaurant which also did pizza, much to the delight of  my then 12 year old boy when I was there last Easter.

 

City No of Restaurants
London

18254

Dublin

2091

Glasgow

1964

Birmingham

1930

Edinburgh

1872

Manchester

1839

Leeds

1537

Liverpool

1447

Bristol

1300

Sheffield

1209

Nottingham

1034

Newcastle

1002

Leicester

986

Cardiff

950

Belfast

857

Cork

519

Galway

361

Limerick

238

Derry

142

Table 1 Restaurants listed On TripAdvisor Britain/Ireland.

Comments

  1. Kevin O'Connell -

    An interesting variation of the game is to do the calculation on a per capita (approximate) basis: Dublin 1 per 608, London 1/480, my local city (in France) 1/416, my local ‘town’ (pop 1700) 1/240, Paris 1/124.

    1. Sean Danaher -

      Kevin
      nice idea. Just a bit of fun really. France has had a vibrant restaurant culture far longer than the UK or Ireland do I would guess it would be near the top in terms of restaurants per capita.

      1. Peter May -

        But France doesn’t have pubs! (Mind you with the rent extractive pub operators, increasingly, nor does Britain).

      2. Sean Danaher -

        Good thought. TripAdvisor sadly doesn’t list pubs separately

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