After graduating college, many 20-somethings look for a change of scenery before finding their first job and starting a new chapter of life.
According to Nielsen, millennials prefer cities to the suburbs and subways to driveways. But, which cities are the best places to live in your 20s?
If you’re a foodie, the following young, hip cities are serving up culinary delights that can make your mouth water.
1. Minneapolis, MN
With its twin St. Paul, Minneapolis is a Midwestern hub for traditional European-inspired comfort foods, such as hotdish and lutefisk.
Minneapolis may be the United States’ second fittest city, but residents sure have a healthy appetite. Along the renowned North Loop, you can sample delicacies like bison tartare at Spoon and Stable or a Jucy Lucy at Matt’s Bar.
Even when the temperatures dip below freezing, Minneapolis remains toasty hot with good eats.
2. Atlanta, GA
Called the Boho-chic capital of the South, Atlanta serves up fashionable, au courant cuisine with a distinctive Southern charm.
Along Buford Highway, locals can taste an ethnic blend of Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Cuban, and Indian fare. The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in, is a foodie favorite along with Mac’s Tea Room.
Even better, you can save your hard-earned money for food because Atlanta has a low median rent rate of $937.
3. New York City, NY
New York City remains a mecca for bright-eyed 20-somethings looking for a powerful career setup. Even though prices are steep, the Big Apple has a wide-ranging price spectrum with cheap eats at street fairs and food trucks.
According to Michelin, there are over 900 fine dining restaurants in New York City too.
Many call Flushing the world’s epitome of a melting pot with everything from British bangers at Pop’s Diner to Korean pork at Myung San. Any meal can also end with a slice of New York cheesecake.
4. Houston, TX
Named the Texas’ #1 job creator, Houston is an economic juggernaut bursting with both Fortune 500 companies and thriving restaurants.
It’s no surprise that Houstonians dine out eateries more often than residents of other American cities. Tex-Mex cuisine reigns supreme in Houston at famous eateries like El Tiempo, Escalante’s, and Pappasito’s Cantina.
Montrose Boulevard is also lined with delicious stops, such as Hay Merchant where the adventurous can gnaw on spicy pig ears.
5. Philadelphia, PA
One in four residents is a millennial in Philadelphia, so 20-somethings can get ready to mingle.
In the City of Brotherly Love, the cheesesteak is nearly as iconic as the Liberty Bell. Yet, plenty of Philadelphia’s hottest eateries, such as Dizengoff and Buddakan, go beyond tailgate fare to serve up an unforgettable ethnic dining experience.
Fishtown is a buzz-worthy neighborhood where young people can sip brew at Frankford Hall and taste brick-own pies at Pizza Brain.
6. Chicago, IL
From Chinatown to Little Italy and Indo-Pak, Chicago offers a global blend of ethnic flavors right on the banks of Lake Michigan. The Windy City is perhaps most renowned for its epic, cheesy Chicago deep-dish pizza, but this is just the top of the culinary iceberg.
The West Loop is well-known for having some of the most innovative restaurants nationwide, including Next, The Publican, and Ruxbin.
Beer aficionados will also be glad to hear that Chicago was officially crowned “America’s Greatest Drinking City.”
7. San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Bay Area is a West Coast hub for cutting-edge cuisine, strong coffee, and delicious wine. San Francisco broke a record by being awarded Michelin stars at 40 different restaurants in 2014, so they know gourmet living.
The Mission District is a popular foodie spot for Latin American cuisine with famous restaurants like La Taqueria and El Castillo. Luckily, San Francisco’s hills act as a natural Stairmaster to burn the extra calories you’ll eat.
8. Portland, OR
Portland has consistently drawn in recent college grads for the past 30 years, partly due to its laidback, progressive culture.
Portland’s quirkiness extends to its highly diverse cuisine.
In just 20 blocks of the renowned SE Division, Oregonians can sample Italian at Ava Gene’s, Indian at the Bollywood Theater, Cambodian at Sok Sab Sai, and more.
Busy on-the-go young adults will also rejoice in Portland’s selection of over 600 mobile food carts.
9. Nashville, TN
Though it’s best known as “Music City,” Nashville is also a favorite in the foodie scene among 20-year-olds looking to spice things up with Southern barbecue.
Nashville was recently put on the gastronomic radar when it was named the “Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appetit. Hot chicken is the city’s signature dish ranging from Damned Hot to Shut the Cluck Up.
Top-notch restaurants like Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Pharmacy Burger Parlor, and Capitol Grille make Nashville a food lover’s paradise.
10. Seattle, WA
As the second most literate city in America, Seattle is the ideal home for bookish young professionals also looking to appease their food cravings.
Seattle has developed a distinguished cafe culture after starting up the original Starbucks. Foodies can find the fresh catch of the day at the iconic Pike Place Market.
It’s also fun exploring the gourmet delights lining Pioneer Square, including the warm croissants at London Plane and savory sandwiches at Tinello.
Looking to make a move? Follow your taste buds to one of these best places to live in your 20s. Your stomach will thank you!