The best cities in the world – as voted by you

written by Lottie Gross
updated 8/4/2021
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We asked our readers on Facebook and Twitter to vote for their favourite city in the world: here are the results.

#20 Boston, USA


made it into the top 20 thanks to its buzzing music scene and plethora of historical attractions.

#19 Barcelona, Spain


was an obvious choice for some. Giggy1 says "it’s the most vibrant, unforgettable city with beautiful monuments, Gaudi’s works, great nightlife, great metro system, great football team and by the sea, it’s got it all."

Aerial Panorama view of Barcelona city skyline and Sagrada familia at dusk time, Spain © basiczto/Shutterstock

#18 Prague, Czech Republic

Vega Snider was one of many who chose Prague

because of its "stunning architecture, amazing history, beautiful people, delicious food, [and] great atmosphere..."

View of the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic © Sergey_Bogomyako/Shutterstock

#17 Melbourne, Australia

With a vibrant music scene and some fantastic parks, Melbourne

was city of choice for many of our readers in Australia – and beyond.

Melbourne city skyline at twilight in Australia © f11photo/Shutterstock

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#16 Lisbon, Portugal

We saw a lot of love for Lisbon

on Twitter. @GeekyExplorer was among those who love the Portuguese capital for its lively culture, beaches and relaxed lifestyle.

Late afternoon panorama in Lisbon, from the miradouro da graca. Portugal © Stefano_Valeri/Shutterstock

#15 Istanbul, Turkey

Thanks to its position at the confluence of eastern and western influences, a number of you voted for Istanbul

. Lauren Woods said "Istanbul! Ancient history, modernity, culture, amazing food and the Bosphorus!"

© TAMVISUT/Shutterstock

#14 Hong Kong, China

We couldn’t have put it better than Alexi: "in Hong Kong

– you have everything: mountains, sea, food, shopping, buzz, nightlife… it’s the city that never sleeps!"

Tourist tram at the Peak, Hong Kong © ESB Professional/Shutterstock

#13 Florence, Italy

Beautiful Florence

made it into 13th place thanks to its wonderful architecture. Hannahmass1 loves the city for the "fantastic laid back Italian vibe."

Uffizi Gallery. Piazza degli Uffizi square in the early Sunny autumn morning. Florence, Tuscany, Italy © Ilia Baksheev/Shutterstock

#12 Berlin, Germany

As Germany

’s biggest and most happening city, it’s hardly surprising that Berlin made it into this list. There’s frenetic nightlife, fascinating history and abundant creativity.

Museum island on Spree river and Alexanderplatz TV tower in center of Berlin, Germany © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

#11 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lainey was among many who voted for Amsterdam

: "everything is just a ride away. It’s open minded and one of my favourite places to take photos."

Woman riding a bicycle with bouquet of flowers on the street in Amsterdam city © RossHelen/Shutterstock

#10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

just took the number ten spot. Some tips from girlintheeast: "dance like crazy in Lapa, lap up a caipirinha at Copacabana and while away the hours in Santa Teresa."

Rio de Janeiro aerial view of Christ and Botafogo Bay © marchello74/Shutterstock

#9 Venice, Italy

Coming in at number nine, despite its reputation as an over-touristed city, Venice

was voted for by many of our social followers. Netty said: "no city compares with Venice. It’s beautiful and you don’t have to watch out for traffic running you down".

Beautiful view of Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

#8 Vancouver, Canada

Lucy was one of those who voted for Vancouver

, a "vibrant and relaxed city that made us feel really welcome and at home".

© Pixabay

#7 Toronto, Canada

Canada’s top entry was Toronto

at number seven – a favourite for its awesome CN Tower and July 1 Canada Day celebrations according to our Twitter followers.

#6 Rome, Italy

Pizza, pasta, wine, Vatican City, Roman history… The list goes on. On Facebook, Jennifer DeSutter Causey told us she loves Rome

for its "amazing food, beautiful fountains and piazzas, and layers of history". We couldn’t agree more.

View of old cozy street in Rome, Italy © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

#5 Paris, France

"Beautiful, inspiring, artisan, dynamic, cosmopolitan, varied, romantic"… Those are just a few of the words used to describe the world’s fifth best city, Paris


#4 London, England

England’s capital

makes an appearance at number four with numerous votes. Besty Li said: "It has to be London! A simply unique blend of the traditional, the historical, the modern, the elegant, the hip, the arty, the cutting edge, the charming, the skyscrapers, [and] the Thames."

Tower Bridge and the Gherkin from across the Thame © timages/Shutterstock

#3 Chicago, USA

From the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile, to its great lakeside location, there was a lot of love for Chicago

on Twitter. Clareef called it a "cosmopolitan city with loads to see, including some great architecture".

© f11photo/Shutterstock

#2 San Francisco, USA

Another US entry and in second place, San Francisco

has touched the hearts of many a traveller with its chilled out vibes and undulating hills. Ali described it as a "big, bustling city and cozy, friendly town all at once".

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco © Pung/Shutterstock

#1 New York City, USA

Our readers voted New York City

into first place as the world’s best metropolis. A huge variety of restaurants, world-class shopping and landmarks we all know and love are just a few of the draws. Gavin Burnett says: "A perfect day would include walking the ‘high line’, lunch in Chelsea market, a sunset stroll over Brooklyn Bridge and rooftop cocktails with the Empire State as a backdrop."

Central Park bird's eye view © digishoots/Shutterstock

Top image: Late afternoon panorama in Lisbon, from the miradouro da graca, Portugal© Stefano_Valeri/Shutterstock

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written by Lottie Gross
updated 8/4/2021
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