A very cool study by The Telegraph out of the UK looked at small towns around the world that have a relatively high proportion of Michelin star restaurants comparatively to their population.
It demonstrates that you don’t have to be a large urban centre to enjoy fine dining.
There seem to be two primary reasons why a cluster of Michelin star restaurants would aggregate together in a small town setting.
One, a spectacular natural setting. Whether that is a mountainside village in the Alps, a seaside resort, or among the vineyards in Napa Valley. The setting acts as a natural accompaniment to the fine dining experience. Two, a chef’s primary residence. A chef may open several restaurants in close proximity to where they either grew up, or where they currently live. If these restaurants become a culinary destination and draw upon a regional population base (as well as food tourism), other fine dining restaurants may naturally cluster around them.