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Culinary Wanderlust: International Dining in Atlanta

Explore a world of flavor in the culinary melting pot that is Atlanta—no passport needed.

Atlanta is a melting pot of cultures boasting international culinary treasures in every corner of the city. The thriving environment attracts renowned chefs from around the globe who bring with them new epicurean inspiration. Best of all, you don’t need a passport to indulge in the gastronomic adventure that awaits.

Baguettes to Riches

Bistro Niko
Bistro Niko's mussels are a classic choice for lovers of French cuisine. (©Sara Hanna Photography)

For a taste of Paris in the heart of Buckhead, visit Bistro Niko, the bustling brasserie overlooking Peachtree Street. This gorgeous eatery features an extensive selection of reasonably priced French wines and Parisienne-inspired cocktails plus a classic bistro menu and impeccable service. Try Executive Chef Gary Donlick’s sublime skate wing beurre noir and the succulent steak au poivre with brandied cream mushrooms for the ultimate DIY surf-and-turf combo.

South of the Border

Nuevo Laredo, Atlanta, GA
Nuevo Laredo's enchiladas are rich, creamy and fresh. (©iStock.com/Wesmyles)

You’ll find this unexpected stop in the midst of an industrial area, but the line of hungry locals outside the door means you’re at the right place. Owner Chance Evans focuses on fresh, quality ingredients at Nuevo Laredo Cantina, where traditional Mexican staples, like chicken mole and chiles rellenos, are offered alongside modern, Texas-inspired favorites like tender barbecue brisket and lobster tacos. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with killer margaritas.

Art of Fusion

Gypsy Kitchen, Atlanta, GA
Gypsy Kitchen's flavorful garlic shrimp (Courtesy Gypsy Kitchen)

Visit Gypsy Kitchen in haute Buckhead Atlanta for a trendy night out. The breathtaking space draws influences from Spain and Morocco. Each eclectic dish is crafted with a sense of artistic culinary expression in a kitchen where multicultural flavors meld seamlessly. Try the garlic shrimp with pickled chorizo, tender lamb kefta (meatball) tagine, and non-traditional paella made with crispy fried rice and topped with a fried egg and a lasting finish of aromatic spices.

Family Meal

Sugo, Johns Creek, GA
The famous meatball al Sugo (Courtesy Sugo)

The Castellucci family welcomes diners at Sugo for a classic Italian feast in John’s Creek, a northern suburb of Atlanta. This family-run restaurant transforms locally sourced ingredients into Mediterranean-style small plates and Italian family-style dishes. The staff’s hospitality and attentiveness further elevate the experience. Sugo’s epic sausage meatball is a must-try—bathed in a tangy tomato basil sauce and stuffed with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and dates, the award-winning meatball is so popular it has its own cooking class.

Spiced Just Right

Ethipian food
Injera is sometimes used as a base for the food as well as an utensil. (©Garrett Ziegler/Flickr)

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen appeals to both diners with adventurous tastes and those looking for a delicious variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Leave your utensils at home and experience Ethiopian cuisine the way it was intended—with your hands. You might want an extra helping of Injera, spongy Ethiopian flatbread, to sop up every last drop of spiced meat or vegetable stew. For a well-catered night in, call ahead and take your favorites to-go.

East Meets West

Makan, Atlanta, GA
Makan's killer pork belly bun (Courtesy Makan)

Tucked into a Downtown Decatur hotel, Makan offers Chinese and Korean cuisine in a contemporary dining room splashed with bold pops of red and Oriental-inspired motifs. Executive Chef George Yu’s seasonal menus focus on small plates and family-style dishes executed with a fresh, modern take on traditional Asian fare. The creative bar program features craft beverages served both inside the high-energy bar and outside on the large patio. Try the pork belly bun stuffed with slow roasted pork, pickled red onions and sugared pecans.

Worldwide Wine

Vino Venue, Atlanta, GA
Vino Venue's automatic wine dispensers make sampling different wines a breeze. (Courtesy Vino Venue)

Voted one of the top wine bars in the U.S., Vino Venue is the go-to place for wine enthusiasts and lovers of international cuisine. Aside from being a restaurant and bar, the sleek space serves as a wine shop and culinary school. On any given night, guests can choose from over 50 wines by the glass—many of them offered in self-dispensing machines—200 bottles, craft beer, and a delicious menu of shareable plates and entrees. Once a week, the Atlanta Wine School transports visitors around the globe in a wine tasting dinner that showcases the flavors of South-American, African and European countries.