Travel+Leisure: Mpls. Among “Hottest Travel Destinations”

Minneapolis was the only U.S. city on the list and was described by the magazine as an “unexpected foodie mecca.”

Travel+Leisure magazine recently revealed its 13 hottest travel destinations for 2013, and alongside such places as Nepal and Uco Valley, Argentina stood the only U.S. city on the list—Minneapolis.
According to Travel+Leisure, Minneapolis is an “unexpected food mecca” that offers compelling reasons to visit, including the city’s Nordic cuisine offerings. The magazine described the city as America’s most Scandinavian, with chefs who “have embraced the foraging-and-farming ethos” of Noma, a famed restaurant in Copenhagen known for its reinvention of Nordic cuisine.
The magazine highlighted three local Scandinavian-inspired restaurants, all of which are in or near downtown Minneapolis: the “pioneering” Bachelor Farmer in the Warehouse District that has the city’s first-ever rooftop garden; Fika, the American Swedish Institute’s Nordic-inspired café; and Union, a new restaurant located in the old Shinders space on Hennepin Avenue whose kitchen is headed by Noma alum Jim Christiansen.
Travel+Leisure said it compiled its list based on recommendations from safari experts, art dealers, cutting-edge chefs, and branding agencies.
Aside from Minneapolis, the 12 other spots that made the list are: Amsterdam; Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica; Basilicata, Italy; Charlevoix, Quebec; Gold Coast, Australia; Marseilles and Réunion Island, France; Nepal; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Uco Valley, Argentina; and Zambia. To read more about each of them, click here.