What’s the greatest city in the world? It’s not an easy question to answer – after all, cities are full of people and people are full of contradictions. Some urbanites want world-beating restaurants
and unforgettable things to do
at every turn. Others prefer affordability, good public transport or friendly neighbours. Still, we think we’ve found a way to discover what makes a city great – and which cities are leading the way as more and more of the world’s population joins the great urban migration. How? By quizzing thousands of city-dwellers all around the world for the Time Out Index survey
In partnership with Tapestry Research, we asked almost 34,000 anonymous city-dwellers – from Melbourne
to Cape Town
and Tel Aviv
– about food, drink, culture, nightlife, community, neighbourhoods, overall happiness and other factors, such as their city’s beauty, affordability and convenience. Then we put the same set of questions to Time Out’s global network of editors and experts: people who know their cities like nobody else. Finally, we crunched the numbers to create the definitive ranking of the world’s best cities in 2019. Read on to discover them all, and prepare to scrap your travel plans: these are the places to be right now.