Buffalo Named One of the Top 10 Smelliest Cities

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Written by Lauren Spoth

Published on October 4, 2018
Photo courtesy of @clintob

Buffalo has officially landed on another national list, and this time it’s because we smell

But like, in a good way! We all know the saying “my city smells like Cheerios”, and now the whole country knows too. Expedia Viewfinder recently compiled a list of “10 of the Nation’s Smelliest Cities”, where author Chloe Mulliner picked out 10 cities across the United States with the most unique smells.

“No, you’re not imagining things. The air in Buffalo really smells of cereal. Stroll downtown, cruise the Skyway, or kayak along the Buffalo River as the air picks up the toasted oats scent from the General Mill’s production line. There’s certainly something warm and comforting about the smell, and to locals, it’s a sign they’ve arrived home. In fact, they celebrate their city’s peculiar trait, proudly wearing shirts with the phrase, “My city smells like Cheerios,” by the Born in Buffalo clothing brand.”


As proud born-and-raised Buffalonians we can definitely say the Cheerio smell is one of our top favorite things of all time. What other smelly cities made the list?

  1. Lexington, North Carolina: Barbeque
  2. Gilroy, California: Garlic
  3. Chicago, Illinois: Chocolate
  4. Washington Island, Wisconsin: Lavender
  5. Baltimore, Maryland: Freshly Baked Bread
  6. Julian, California: Apple Pie
  7. Little Havana in Miami, Florida: Cuban Coffee
  8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Beer
  9. Mackinac Island, Michigan: Fudge
  10. Buffalo, New York: Cereal

So, next time you hear someone say that Buffalo stinks, proudly say ‘I know’, then remind them that we’re one of the top places to escape climate change, one of the most dog-friendly cities, London’s favorite city, and one of the best places to visit in the US.

Read Expedia’s full article here.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Lauren Spoth</a>

Written by Lauren Spoth

Lauren is the Creative Marketing Director at Step Out Buffalo aka the person who posts all those memes on social. A lover of Buffalo, food, travel, and animals, she can usually be found trying different local restaurants while planning her next adventure and asking passersby if she can pet their dog. Follow her dog-petting adventures on Instagram @laurenspoth
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