Aimee O'Keefe

20 Best Cities in the World Right Now | Man of Many

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If you’re wondering where we pulled these rankings from, no – we didn’t just pick our top spots we went on our Gap Year. As mentioned, we drew the list from the Time Out Index, an annual survey that asks 20,000 respondents across the world what makes their city a fantastic place to live. According to Time Out, the index isn’t necessarily focused on the stock-standard criteria of a landmark city. Instead, the publication’s network of global editors and respondents focused on how cities pulled together through the pandemic and what is on the cards for the next decade of travel.

How the Best Cities in the World are Judged

Whilst personal opinions from the people that live in the cities are important, this is also weighed up against other criteria. Some of the key factors determining the world’s best cities are things like:

Criteria

Expert opinions also matter. We’re talking about the people that spend their life exploring, jumping from city to city, investigating, writing and understanding the little things that add up to make a city amazing. For the Index, Time Out tapped its extensive global network of expert editors and contributors to get the low-down on what’s really going on in each city right now.

Experts

Needless to say, there are always some front runners when it comes to top cities in the world, however, it was a Scottish underdog that took home the title. Edinburgh scored major points with respondents due to its stunning architecture, culture and food offerings. Here is a list. of the best cities in the world right now, according to the 2022 Time Out Index.

Best Cities in the World for 2022

It’s not every day you come across a city that looks like something out of a set from a Harry Potter film, with a towering hilltop castle, ancient buildings, rolling green hills at Arthur’s Seat and a vibrant cultural scene – it’s no surprise Edinbruigh tales the cake for the best city in the world for 2022. The Scottish capital is not only a sight for the eyes, but its vibrant, friendly people are an equal match.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

If you’re about all things food and culture, Chicago is one of the top cities in the world for you. The thriving Midwest metropolis is absolutely thriving, with so much to see and do it’s hard to know where to start. The city has a distinct urban beauty, seen in the sun shining along Lake Michigan combined with the diversity of the people and neighbourhoods scattered along its streets, packed full of fine dining options, and clubs that guarantee a night you’ll remember, or maybe not.

2. Chicago, USA

Think sunshine (lots of it), energy, partying and good vibes – you can expect nothing less from this lively Colombian city. You will also make friends, many friends – the people here are so friendly it’s unlike anything else. On top of all these feels, end your day on a high on one of the most epic nights out of your life, with countless clubs, bars and inspiring DJ sets to keep you going. Buen Tiempo!

3. Medellín, Colombia

Only just over an hour’s drive from the Scottish capital, Glasgow is the grungier version, not holding back when it comes to doing things their own way. What does this look like? Expect unique twists on formal dining, innovative interpretations on a night out (yes, they have a body-heated club that keeps the lights on) and live music that seems to never stop. We like to call Glasgow the outgoing little brother to Edinburgh.

4. Glasgow, Scotland

What more would you want to feel after visiting a place other than extremely chilled out? Well, Amsterdam will ensure just that, with a side of art, unique restaurants and plenty of history. Combine all of this with the fact it’s so easy to get around, being one of the most cyclable cities in the world. The city is a pioneer of progressiveness, tolerance and diversity, and upon visiting the Anne Frank house that lines one of its quaint, narrow canal-lined streets, you’re forced to reflect on everything this means.

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the most underrated cities in the world, with a historical, mystical undertone that is hard to come by these days, a trip to Prague almost feels like a fever dream. Littered with beautiful old buildings at every corner, quaint town squares and with a charming bridge shadowing the river (populated with romantic paddle boaters, of course), it’s hard to deny that this city is one of the prettiest in the world. It’s also small enough that it’s walkable, extremely affordable and has a burgeoning arts and cultural scene that is as unpretentious as the city itself.

6. Prague, Czech Republic

One of just two African cities to make the cut, Marrakech has undergone an explosion in recent years. The pandemic has brought on a change of gears, as new restaurants and shops have come into play to match the vibrant, creative and bustling city. With these new additions set against the traditional medina, the city encapsulates the perfect balance of old and new.

7. Marrakech, Morocco

Berlin is a vast, bustling cultural hub, with so many different personalities scattered in every corner of the city giving it a sense of diversity which is why it’s one of the top cities for 2022. Along with a stellar foodie science with a huge emphasis on vego food, the nightlife exists in a world of its own (yes, you can rave until the sun comes up.) Couple this with plenty of opportunities for historical immersion and you’ve got yourself a city that truly has it all.

8. Berlin, Germany

Not just renowned for the friendly people who live here, Montreal is also architecturally unique and bestows a vibrant arts and food scene. The cultural scene in this city is one-of-a-kind, a blend of European culture and Québécois joie de vivre, combined with fresh new restaurants and bars that have popped up in a post-pandemic comeback.

9. Montreal, Canada

The Scandinavian city of Copenhagen is nothing short of a little utopia. It is big enough to be exciting but small enough to remain cosy and be able to get anywhere on a bike. Known for its old-school charm, beautiful people and progressive way of life- Copenhagen, is beyond compare. During the day, stroll along the harbourside, enjoy a different way of life in Freetown Christiania (it’s called free for a reason), bask on the many harbourside decks or floating saunas and hit up Vesterbro for a night out.

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

This African city is the definition of underrated. You can swim, climb mountains, party and do plenty more in this lively metropolis. The mountainous backdrop makes even the most mundane of tasks feel magical, and it also offers up plenty of hiking opportunities – if you’re the outdoorsy type, hike up Table Mountain for an epic view!

11. Cape Town, South Africa

Not just a boujee paradise, while it still has its high-end shops and classy eateries, there’s so much more of this city to be discovered. The city has an astonishing amount of premium restaurants and bars, with something for everyone and every cuisine under the sun. The countless historic plazas and squares are also a massive drawcard.

12. Madrid, Spain

Beating London as England’s top city, Manchester is a dark horse entry in the best cities in the world for 2022. This city is as down-to-earth as it gets and has a thriving progressive culture that is catapulting the city’s foodie and culture scene to the next level. There is also a rich industrial heritage you will see at every corner which is complemented by injections of fresh, modern culture.

13. Manchester, UK

If you’re drawn to cities with so much life running through their veins you can feel it, Mumbai is the place for you. Colour, glitz, delicious food and a vibrant nightlife are what attract tourists to this city year after year. Mumbai has a unique spirit and endless opportunities for all the dreamers out there.

14. Mumbai, India

Sorry, Sydney, but Melbourne is flying Australia’s flag in the rankings for the best cities in the world for 2022. This isn’t just thanks to the coffee, but can be put down to the vibrant arts scene, its plethora of fine-dining options and how damn easy it is to get around on the trams, or by bike.

15. Melbourne, Australia

This little Taiwanese city has some of the best community vibes and one of the most welcoming cultures in the world. The city itself is a vibrant blend of urban jungle with relics of temples and centuries-old buildings. There’s a lot that goes on in outdoor spaces, like night markets and riverside bars, plus, it’s super affordable.

16. Taipei, Taiwan

There’s so much to do in this city that it’s hard to know where to start. With no shortage of fun things to do no matter what you are into, diversity and culture are at the forefront of what makes this bustling capital so great. With markets at every corner, gentrification and a buzzing foodie and nightlife scene, it’s hard to resist seeing what all the fuss is about. Keep in mind, it does come at a cost – this city ain’t cheap.

17. London, UK

The people of Porto know how to have a good time, and against a stunning backdrop of the Duoro River, how could you not? The Old Town has six picturesque bridges and is  UNESCO World Heritage Site. If this doesn’t excite you enough, perhaps the city’s iconic port wine will.

18. Porto, Portugal

We’ve never seen a city as pretty as Lyon. Not only is it easy to get around with most people here making their way around town on two wheels (which also makes it one of the more sustainable cities) but it encourages plenty of outdoor time with a massive urban park and even an outdoor art gallery.

19. Lyon, France

A concrete jungle like none other, New York is more alive than ever before. The city of dreams is the epicentre of art, culture, theatre and museums. There’s so much on offer – visit the theatre on Broadway, check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walk around the trendy alleys in Brooklyn, or experience some authentic American dining in the East Village. And, no matter what you choose, we guarantee you’ll get your main character moment and feel all the romantic ambience that comes with it.

20. New York, USA

21. Buenos Aires, Argentina
22. Birmingham, UK
23. Stockholm, Sweden
24. Tokyo, Japan
25. San Francisco, US

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