- The best cities in the world for 2019 have been ranked in a new list.
- The Time Out Index surveyed 34,000 residents from 48 cities across the globe, as well as travel experts and editors.
- Food, drink, culture, nightlife, community, neighbourhoods, overall happiness, affordability, beauty, and convenience were all considered.
Residents of cities round the world will proudly argue that their hometown is the best place to live.
Meanwhile, others will maintain that there’s no such thing as a best city in the world, because it all depends on what you look for in a place.
However, if there’s one quantifiable piece of research that could go some way to ranking the planet’s cities, it’s the Time Out Index survey.
In partnership with Tapestry Research, Time Out asked almost 34,000 anonymous urbanites from across the globe a series of questions about their cities, encompassing food, drink, culture, nightlife, community, neighbourhoods, and overall happiness.
Participants were also asked to rate the affordability, beauty, and convenience of their hometowns.
As well as asking the thousands of locals for their opinions, Time Out’s global network of editors and travel experts were also consulted to help create the ranking of 48 cities.
We’ve pulled together the top 19, ranked in ascending order:
19. Lisbon, Portugal
The Portugese capital was praised for its mix of good food, good weather, and good laughs, as well as being friendly, beautiful, and safe.
18. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The nightlife in Buenos Aires emerged as sixth best in the world, according to the survey.
17. Barcelona, Spain
Despite the fact that most Barcelona residents think their city isn’t as great as it was a few years ago, they still recognise the wealth of cultural and gastronomical offerings on their doorstep.
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