(1)   A place that attracts many visitors
"New York is a mecca for young artists"
(2)   Joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia; located in western Saudi Arabia; as the birthplace of Muhammad it is the holiest city of Islam

Proper noun

  1. A city in Saudi Arabia, the holiest place in Islam, location of the sacred Ka'ba, and to which Muslims are required to make a hajj at least once in their lifetime.


or mecca
  1. Any place considered to be a very important place to visit by people with a particular interest.


  • 1991, The Economist, The Economist Newspaper Ltd.
    On the other side of the Atlantic, stores in Paris's chic Avenue Montaigne, a mecca for Japanese tourists, said that sales to foreigners had fallen sharply.
  • 1997, John Romano, Muscle Meals, page 14.
    Living in Venice, California and training at the Mecca of bodybuilding, Gold's Gym, I've seen some of the world's most dedicated and hard-training athletes.