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Photo Credit: Ljubljana Tourism/Blaž Pogačnik

The world-acclaimed iconic media TIME has revealed the annual list of the world’s greatest places highlighting 100 exceptional tourist destinations around the world. Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, made the list and was dubbed a culinary capital.

In many ways, TIME’s third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world.

Ljubljana – A culinary capital

TIME praised Slovenia’s cuisine and wrote: The Slovenian capital’s already acclaimed gastronomic scene got a huge boost with the 2020 unveiling of its first-ever Michelin Guide—six of its restaurants have been awarded a total of seven Michelin stars. Among them: chef Jorg Zupan’s much-lauded Atelje, which reopened in May—after pivoting to takeout during the pandemic—returning to its ever-changing tasting menu showcasing Slovenian ingredients, like dry-aged Krskopolje pork. Odprta kuhna (Open Kitchen), the Friday-night food market featuring the area’s top food purveyors, whose return has been highly anticipated, is also one of the city’s most beloved culinary traditions. Other notable additions include the Fuzzy Log, an eco-friendly hostel whose guests can sleep in rooftop tents and log cabins (among other options), and soon, Cukrarna, a repurposed 19th-century sugar refinery, which will debut next year as a new mixed-use cultural venue.

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Photo Credit: TIME/Katherine Baxter

In many ways, TIME’s third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world.

To compile this list, TIME solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from their international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

The result: a list of 100 unique destinations, from the idyllic Portuguese town of Arouca, now home to the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, to the continent of Antarctica, which this December will experience a rare total solar eclipse. And while it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading about until it’s time, once again, to explore.

See the full list of TIME’s World’s Greatest Places here.

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