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08th Jan 2020

Cork named one of the most dynamic food cities in the world right now

Darragh Murphy


A leading dining recommendation service has named Cork as one of the best cities for food and restaurants in 2020. revealed its Places to Eat in 2020 list this week and included on the 19-strong list of destinations is none other than Cork.

Cork is mentioned along the likes of New York’s East Village and Marseille, France on the list of very worthy foodie destinations.

Eater enlisted the help of the world’s top culinary experts to shortlist some of the most dynamic food regions and additional research identified 19 particularly exciting cities when it comes to dining.

In its justification for selecting Cork, Eater discusses Leeside’s easily-walkable city centre and the thriving nightlife as well as the fact that the city is now rivalling its coastal competition in terms of dining quality.

The Eater assessment explains: “In the last 18 months, three restaurants along this dramatic coastline have received Michelin stars, but while rural Cork County has long been on the international set of culinary coordinates — from Ballymaloe and its world-class cookery school in the east to the wilds of West Cork and the origin stories of the Irish farmhouse cheese movement — Cork city has long played second fiddle. That has changed.”

The current diversity of top quality international cuisines available in Cork City – from Middle Eastern cafes to the burgeoning Japanese food obsession in the Rebel Country – explains why it now places among such wonderful, long-standing food strongholds.

Also featuring on the list of the world’s top food destinations are George Town in Malaysia, Marrakech in Morocco, Malmo in Sweden, Richmond BC in Canada, Gyeongjou in South Korea, Milwaukee in Wisconsin, Akko in Israel, Lagos in Nigeria, Nagoya in Japan, Monterrey in Mexico, Pristina in Kosovo, Porto in Portugal, Cartagena in Colmobia, Hobart in Australia, Oakland in California and Santiago in Chile.