30 Luxury Foods Only Millionaires Can Afford To Eat

By Shannon
30 Luxury Foods Only Millionaires Can Afford To Eat

News outlets like to pick on Millennials for eating avocado toast and drinking Starbucks coffee. Meanwhile, wealthy foodies are going above and beyond to spend outrageous amounts of money on once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Here at Self-Made, we’re going to cover some of the most expensive food in the world. Be sure to read until the end to see which food item costs one million dollars.

Shark fin soup. Credit: Shutterstock

30. $65 Bowl of Shark Fin Soup

In China, shark fin soup is eaten during special occasions like weddings. If you are looking to try it in the United States, you’re going to have a difficult time getting ahold of it. In New York City, you can try a bowl of shark fin soup, but it will set you back $65

Typically, you would see a waiter bringing the soup for a wedding party. Credit: Shutterstock

While it may seem interesting and exciting to eat shark fin soup, you might actually want to avoid this one. Sharks contain a dangerous amount of mercury, so it might make you sick.

These rooster cookies are so intricate, you can only buy them in Japan. Credit: Antolpo

29. $90 Cookie

Spending $90 on a single cookie sounds outrageous until you see the work of Antolpo. The owner creates one-of-a-kind works of art that just so happen to be edible. These cookies are so beautiful, you will feel guilty about eating it. This would obviously not be the sort of cookie you casually buy with a cup of coffee. Each one of their handcrafted pieces is typically wrapped in plastic before going inside an elegant gift box.

Cookies in the shape of other desserts. Credit: Antolpo on Instagram

The baker lives in Japan, and there’s no physical bakery where people can buy these cookies. Every item is custom-ordered via e-mail and the creator ships their cookie creations locally. So if you want to try it, you’re going to have to take a trip to Japan and maybe smuggle some back on the plane with you.

This massive poutine weighs 15 pounds. Credit: Poutineville on Instagram

28. $100 Poutine 

One of Canada’s signature dishes is poutine, which are french fries covered with cheese, meat, veggies, and gravy. The Buzzfeed Worth It crew showed up to try the $100 Poutine at Poutineville in Montreal. It’s a whopping 15 pounds and will take an entire crowd of people to eat it in one sitting. 

This poutine has gooey cheese. CredIt: Poutineville on Instagram

Even though this poutine is expensive, it may be worth splitting among several friends who love poutine. Apparently, it’s delicious and worth spending more than your average $5 to $10 poutine.

The famous $100 milkshake. Credit: Guinness World Records

27. $100 Milkshake

Who doesn’t love a creamy milkshake? It just might help hit the spot with your sweet tooth, but some people are apparently willing to spend $100 on dessert. The most expensive milkshake in the world is sold at Serendipity 3 in New York City.

The milkshake is served in a glass bedazzled with crystals. Credit: Guinness World Records

This milkshake is made with some of the finest ingredients from around the world: Jersey milk, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Devonshire clotted cream, 23k gold foil, and more. All of this is brought together in a glass covered with Swarovski crystals. As you might imagine, the only people who have paid that much for the milkshake are social media influencers and celebrities.

Ramen is delicious on a cold fall or winter night. Credit: Shutterstock

26. $110 Ramen

Sometimes, a warm bowl of ramen really hits the spot. It also just might bring back memories of your days being a broke college student. In Japan, ramen is taken far more seriously than what you can make from a 25-cent pack at home.

Would you pay $110 for ramen? Credit: Shutterstock

The Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant serves their Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles, which costs $110 per bowl. It is also only exclusively made for people who know the restaurant owner.

The Juuni Ban is topped with incredibly expensive ingredients. Credit: Guinness World Records

25. $145 Hot Dog

Whether you are at a baseball game or wandering around a city, hot dog vendors are usually a cheap option to get something to eat for $1 to $5. The most expensive hot dog in the world is available at a food truck called Tokyo Dog in Seattle, Washington, and it costs a whopping $145.

A closeup of the toppings on the most expensive hot dog. Credit: Guinness World Records

The “Juuni Ban” is made with smoked cheese bratwurst, Maitake mushrooms, butter Teriyaki grilled onions, foie gras, Wagyu beef, black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise.

This is a lobster stuffed with macaroni and cheese. Credit: Buzzfeed

24. $195 Mac ‘N’ Cheese 

Even if you’re a terrible cook, chances are that you have made a $1 box of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese at some point in your life. It’s not exactly a dish you would imagine ordering at an upscale restaurant. At Barton G. in Hollywood, you can get the most expensive macaroni and cheese dish you have ever tasted. The dish is a full lobster stuffed with macaroni and cheese, topped off with truffle shavings. It’s a whopping $195 and serves two to four people.

Steven and Andrew from Buzzfeed try the Barton G lobster mac n cheese. Credit: Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed Worth It featured this dish on their YouTube channel. Apparently, it’s amazing and totally worth the money. Lucky for you, the recipe for the Barton G mac n’ cheese has been posted online, if you’re willing to go through the trouble of making it.

Luxurious Matsutake mushrooms. Credit: Shutterstock

23. $200 Matsutake Mushrooms

Mushrooms are usually very cheap. You can get an entire carton for $1 to $2 at the grocery store. But the Matsutake mushrooms are not your garden variety fungi. If you want to buy a small wooden basket, they will cost $200. The larger mushrooms can go for as high as $1,000 per pound.

Some people give baskets of Matsutake mushrooms as a gift. Credit: Shutterstock

Matsutake mushrooms are incredibly rare in Japan, and they have been disappearing from the country due to a bug infestation. So they have become more and more valuable as the years went on.

The Buzzfeed crew got to enjoy this cocktail in a crystal tumbler with owls etched on them. Credit: Buzzfeed

22. $208 Cocktail

When you were a poor college kid, you probably pre-gamed before going to the bar because $10 drinks are far too expensive. If you thought that was bad, imagine paying $208 for just one cocktail. It’s called the Highland Park 30 Penicillin, and it’s available at The £10 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

This cocktail is simple and yet so elegant. Credit: Buzzfeed

The drink also comes with some free snacks like bacon and cheese that are meant to complement the taste. To see more about this cocktail, watch the review on Buzzfeed Worth It.

The most expensive burger. Credit: Guinness World Records

21. $295 Le Burger Extravagant 

According to Guinness World Records, the most expensive hamburger in the world is $295. It’s called Le Burger Extravagant. The burger is made with truffle butter-infused wagyu beef, cheddar cheese, and quail eggs.

The most expensive burger in the world is sold in NYC. Credit: Fox News

If you want to taste this luxurious burger, it’s sold at the Serendipity 3 Restaurant in New York City. This restaurant also has some of the most expensive ice cream in the world, too.

This pig roast meal is over $700. Credit: Buzzfeed

20. $715 Pork

A restaurant called Jeepney in the East Village of New York City has a family-style pork roast meal that costs $715. It is served as a “kamayan,” which means “to eat with your hands.” Guests are encouraged to tear the pig apart without using utensils. Normally, this feast can feed 10 people.

You will need a whole party full of people to eat everything. Credit: Buzzfeed

Considering that buying a whole pig to roast costs between $200 to $300, it’s actually understandable why it’s so expensive to prepare this feast for a crowd of people. It could potentially be a great experience for a group of friends who are willing to split the cost, or a wealthy foodie who wants to treat their family to a special occasion.

The $914 cup of coffee. Credit: Buzzfeed

19. $914 Cup of Coffee

If you thought going to Starbucks was expensive, you’ll be floored by the fact that there is a $914 cup of coffee. That’s at least 6 months of Starbucks, right? The Munch is a coffee shop in Osaka, Japan, and they offer coffee that has been aged in a barrel for 22 years. Who knew you could age coffee like a fine wine? In fact, it has been described as tasting like chocolate wine.

The coffee has been aged in a barrel for over 20 years. Credit: Buzzfeed

The owner of the restaurant actually discovered this by accident when he left cold brew coffee in his refrigerator for six months. It tasted great. So, he decided to put it in a barrel. 10 years later, it tasted sweet. So he decided to keep going. Since this coffee took so many years to age it costs a massive $914 per cup. Of course, you could always buy your own barrel to make this at home if you had the patience to wait a couple decades. 

This expensive bagel is topped with gold and wine jelly. Credit: The Westin

18. $1,000 Bagel

At The Westin in New York City, they sell a bagel that costs an outrageous $1,000. The bagel is topped with truffle cream cheese, edible gold, and a goji berry and wine jelly. 

Would you pay $1,000 for this bagel? Credit: Buzzfeed

The proceeds from the sale of these luxury bagels go to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. So while the bagel may not truly be worth $1,000, you can feel good knowing that the money goes towards a good cause. 

The Golden Opulent Sundae is the most expensive in the world. Credit: Guinness World Records

17. $1,000 Ice Cream

The most expensive ice cream in the world is the Golden Opulent Sundae, which is sold by Serendipity 3 in New York City. It is created with gold leaf, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with Amedei chocolate from Italy. 

This ice cream is full of gold. Credit: Guinness World Records

The sundae is topped off with an edible gold sugar flower. It also has salt-free caviar that has been infused with passionfruit on the side. There are extra toppings inside of the sundae like candied fruit and golden almonds.

A tray of saffron. Credit: Shutterstock

16. $1,500 Saffron

This next entry is not a complete food dish, but rather a spice. Saffron is made from removing the red slender parts of a flower found in Spain, Iran, Greece, and India. The price starts at $1,500 per pound, and can actually be more expensive for certain varieties.

Saffron is harvested from the inside of a flower. Credit: Shutterstock

It is usually used to make risotto, bouillabaisse, and paella. Chefs only need to use a tiny pinch of saffron in their dishes, so at least a little goes a long way.

The most expensive bento box in Japan. Credit: Buzzfeed

15. $1,593 Bento Box

In Japan, bento boxes are traditionally taken as lunch boxes to school and work. Cheap bentos called “ekiben” can be purchased at a train station or convenience store for just a few dollars. Larger bento boxes are often taken to picnics for friends to share together.

The Bento Box is served in a hand-carved wooden box. Credit: Buzzfeed

The price of a normal bento box changes depending on the ingredients, but the most expensive in the world is $1,593. It comes in a gorgeous hand-carved wooden box that you can keep and reuse.

The chef needs to pack everything into a ring to keep the ingredients together. Credit: Business Insider

14. $2,000 Lobster Frittata 

Norma’s in New York City has a dish that has been nicknamed “The Zillion Dollar Frittata”. This is a 6-egg omelette made with lobster and topped off with a huge helping of caviar.

The frittata is a layer of potatoes topped with a lobster omelet and caviar. Credit: Business Insider

The “jumbo size” costs $2,000, while the smaller version is just $200 if you have less caviar on top. Either way, eating the Zillion Dollar Frittata is expensive, but some say it’s worth the experience. According to Business Insider, Norma’s sells 10 of the $2,000 versions and 40 of the $200 ones ever year.

This 24 karat gold pizza is topped with caviar and edible flowers. Credit: Buzzfeed

13. $2,000 Pizza

Industry Kitchen, which is located in the financial district of New York City, serves the 24K Pizza. It has black dough that has been dyed with squid ink. Then it is topped with foie gras, English cheese, French truffles, and 24-karat gold. After it’s baked, the pizza is topped with caviar from the Caspian sea.

This pizza has multiple layers. Credit: Buzzfeed

Andrew Ilnyckyj from Buzzfeed Worth It gave the following review for this pizza; “I’m fulfilling one of my greatest fantasies. Eating this pizza, I feel like a Bond villain. I want to eat this in my volcano lair.”

A leg of Jamón ibérico. Credit: The Daily Mail

12. $2,210 Black Pig Ham 

Jamón ibérico, also known as “black pig ham,” is one of the world’s most expensive meats from Spain. This leg of ham was selling for £1,800 or $2,210 in the Selfridges department store in London. At the moment, that particular ham is out of stock, but the store still sells outrageously expensive ham that can be shipped all over the world.

Slices of Jamón ibérico served with bread and olives. Credit: Shutterstock

After the popularity of this dish, the budget grocery chain Lidl began offering the same ham for just £100, which is $128.  Even though it’s a fraction of the price, there are few people who would spend over $100 to make a ham sandwich.

This Indian curry costs $2,487. Credit: Home Grown

11. $2,487 Curry

An Indian restaurant called Bombay Brasserie in London sells curry for £2000, or $2,487. This dish is nicknamed ‘Samundari Khazana.’ The restaurant is famous for being a famous go-to for sport celebrities when they visit London.

Your standard seafood curry. Credit: Shutterstock

The seafood curry is made with Scottish lobster, Abalone sea snails, white truffles, and Beluga caviar. Each one of these ingredients is incredibly expensive on its own, but together, it makes the most expensive curry in the world.

The soufflé is often paired with brut rose. Credit: Buzzfeed

10. $2,500 Soufflé

A restaurant in New York City called Petrossian sells a caviar soufflé that costs a shocking $2,500. The soufflé is made with quail eggs, and they use applewood smoke to enhance the flavor. Then, it’s topped with 24-karat gold leaf and a 200-year old cognac that is set on fire and used to flambé the dish. Last and certainly not least, it is topped with some of the most expensive caviar you can find.

The inside of the fluffy souffle. Credit: Buzzfeed

This holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive soufflé in the world. This is apart of the “secret menu” at Petrossian, so you need to ask for the chef to make it special for you.

The black watermelon densuke is sweeter than normal. Credit: Mystical Raven

9. $4,500 to $6,000 Black Watermelon Densuke

In the summertime, watermelon is one of the best fruits you can eat. Normally, watermelon is very affordable, but in Hokkaido, Japan, there are luxury versions of nearly every fruit. The most expensive of all watermelons is the black watermelon, densuke.

black watermelon densuke is incredibly expensive. Credit: The Japan Agri News

The shell is much darker than normal, and the fruit flesh is far sweeter than a normal watermelon. Normally, people can buy a black water densuke for around $250, but some of the more expensive melons are between $4,500 to $6,000.

In Japan, people like to peel their grapes. Credit: Shutterstock

8. $10,900 Grapes

In Japan, it is polite to bring gifts over someone’s house when you come to visit, especially if you have just gone on vacation and brought back souvenirs. It’s common for people to bring baskets of fruit as a gift. Over time, luxury fruit became popular as a way for the wealthy to one-up their friends. Maybe you have seen the video from Buzzfeed where they tried grapes that cost nearly $2,000. 

Grapes are often sold in gift boxes to preserve them. Credit: Time

Believe it or not, there are even more expensive grapes in Japan. The price of these luxury grapes is typically decided by a committee, but one bunch in particular actually went up for auction and reached the insane price of $10,900

Meat pies are usually a quick and easy dinner option. Credit: Shutterstock

7. $14,260 Meat Pie

Traditionally, meat or “minced pie” is eaten in England during Christmas time. In the United States, we sometimes call them pot pies. They are delicious, but not known for being especially expensive. The Fence Gate Inn in the UK sells the most expensive meat pie in the world, which costs $14,260.

In England, people at meat pies in the wintertime. Credit: Shutterstock

The meat pie is created with Japanese Wagyu beef, Matsutake mushrooms, and winter black truffles. The gravy is made with 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which is typically over $1,000 per bottle.

Frozen hot chocolate sold at Serendipity 3. Credit: Guinness World Records

6. $25,000 Dessert

The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3 is made in partnership with a jeweler named Euphoria in New York City. It is considered to be the world’s most expensive dessert. It’s made with a blend of 28 different chocolate cocoas from around the world, which gives a deep richness to its flavor.

The fancy version of the frozen hot chocolate. Credit: Guinness World Record

This ice cream sundae is made with edible 24-karat gold. The base of the ice cream goblet has an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds. The dish is served with a golden spoon, decorated with diamonds. If you want to eat this dessert, the total cost is $25,000, but you can take the jewelry, goblet, and spoon home with you.

The most expensive breakfast includes a croissant, coffee, and a cocktail. Credit: Shutterstock

5. $27,000 Breakfast

In 2009, The West End in London had a theatrical production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. They served a breakfast for the opening performance, and it ended up earning the record for the most expensive breakfast in the world.

Mimosas are great breakfast cocktails. Credit: Shutterstock

Unfortunately, the only thing that the guests got for $27,000 was a croissant, coffee, and a cocktail. The croissant was decorated with gold and diamonds, so at least it was fancy.

If you ever eat caviar, it would be in a fancy setting. Credit: Shutterstock

4. $34,500 Caviar

Everyone knows that caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world. Even on Amazon, tins of caviar sell in the ballpark of $100. The most expensive caviar in the world comes from the “Almas” eggs of the Iranian Beluga fish. These fish are between 60 to 100 years old. They live in the Caspian sea, where there is very little pollution.

Caviar is notoriously expensive. Credit: Shutterstock

Since their eggs are so rare, this costs a whopping $34,500, and it has the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive caviar.

Truffles are common in luxury cuisine. Credit: Shutterstock

3. $300,000 Truffle

The most expensive fungus in the world that you can buy is truffle. It has become a go-to topping on many luxurious dishes. Depending on the type of truffle, prices will vary drastically.

Truffles are a fungus that grows in the ground. Credit: Shutterstock

European white truffles can be sold for up to $3,600 per pound. There was one truffle in particular that weighed two pounds and sold for an incredible $300,000.

Screaming Eagles holds the record for selling the most expensive bottle of wine. Credit: Alux

2. $500,000 Bottle of Wine

We all know that wine can be expensive, and it’s not all that unusual to see $100 bottles at a nice restaurant. You may have never expected that anyone would be willing to pay half a million dollars for just one bottle. The 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon holds the record for being the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at the Napa Valley charity auction.

Most people would never spend more than $100 on wine. Credit: Shutterstock

This bottle of Screaming Eagle wine was created with a very limited batch, which makes it incredibly rare. The price may have been inflated because of the charity, but it is still the most expensive bottle ever.

This is not a mannequin. It’s a cake! Credit: BrightSide

1. $1,000,000 Wedding Cake

Last and certainly not least is the most expensive wedding cake in the world. It was made by a cake designer named Debbie Wingham for a wedding expo in Dubai. Keep in mind that Dubai is home to some of the most expensive weddings in the world where couples have multi-million dollar budgets. So for Wingham, she needed to completely blow people away with her cakes at this expo.

It was necessary to bake loads of layers in order to build this cake. Credit: BrightSide

Hopefully, her million-dollar dessert was worth the investment. The cake weighed 164 pounds, which was the right size to feed thousands of people attending the event.