Columbus named one of the ‘Best Destinations for Culinary Travel’ in the entire world for 2024

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It’s no secret that Paris, Barcelona, and Mexico City are among the top global destinations for incredible, decadent food, year after year. But what if I told you that good ol’ Columbus, OH has now been added to this esteemed list of “Best Destinations for Culinary Travel,” among the aforementioned international cities? 

Essence Magazine, a monthly publication known for city guides, fashion, culture, and lifestyle, has named Columbus as a hotspot for culinary travel in 2024.

Photo of Hiraeth courtesy of Jada Mason

The best part? Essence started their explanation of choosing Columbus with the simple phrase, “Don’t laugh. Columbus has gastronomical game.” We agree!

“It is called home by chefs and restaurants that have been given kudos from The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and others. Chef BJ Lieberman, who opened Hiraeth this year with dishes like whole jerk guinea hen with yuca hash browns, grilled turnips and pineapple, earned a James Beard Award semifinalist nod in 2023,” Essence explained. 

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Modern Southern Table owner and winner of Food Network’s Food Court Wars, Sadaya “Daisy” Lewis, opened Modern Southern Table in the Budd Dairy Food Hall a few years ago. The Black-owned spot features recipes from Daisy’s grandmother’s kitchen, including fried chicken, gumbo, macaroni and cheese and other Southern classics. Take it from me, you’ll be impressed with what’s cooking in Columbus,” said Essence.

We know Columbus is special, but for our city to be included in a list that also praises Paris, Toronto, Barcelona, and Mexico City, means the world to us, really. Among Columbus, the only other American cities featured were Charleston, Tampa, and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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