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The 53 best cities in the apple in 2022

We able 20,000 city-dwellers to rank the best cities in the apple appropriate now. Ready?

Edited by
Huw Oliver
Time Out editors
Time Out contributors

Every year, we quiz bags of city-dwellers common about activity in their hometown appropriate now. We appetite to apperceive about the restaurant arena and the bar circuit. The theatre and the art galleries. The nightlife and the dating apps. What the neighbours are like and which neighbourhoods are actually cool. The abstraction is to actualize a all-around snapshot of burghal living, and point bodies in the administration of the places locals are really agitated about.

And now... the after-effects of the Time Out Basis 2022 are in! As ever, we’ve crunched all that abstracts and acclimated it to appear up with our anniversary baronial of the world’s greatest cities. For the accomplished two years, the account has focused on how cities pulled calm through the communicable and fabricated activity (just about) tolerable during lockdowns. But now, afterwards two years of biking curbs, the apple is aperture up again, and we – like you – are agog to get aback out there.

So while things like association spirit and animation were two of the best important factors aftermost year, in 2022 we’ve added added weight to the things that accomplish cities abundant places to appointment as able-bodied as to live. Our top cities this year are the ones with advancing nightlife, amazing aliment and drink, and art, ability and museums galore. We’ve accent places that aren’t arid or ever big-ticket or overrated, and we’ve ensured that our top picks additionally account able-bodied for applied being like walkability, acceptable accessible carriage and safety, as able-bodied as sustainability.

We’ve additionally broke into our all-around arrangement of able editors and contributors for the central beat on what’s authoritative anniversary burghal beat appropriate now, what’s new and what’s about bustling off. All of which agency that if you are planning a city break this year (especially if it’s your aboriginal in a long, continued time) again these are the places to go. Bolt you out there.

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The 53 best cities in the apple for 2022

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1. Edinburgh

What makes us great: We all apperceive what Edinburgh is best accepted for. But year round, the Scottish basic is adamantine to beat, with landmarks, architectonics and breathtaking hotspots that accomplish it one of the best admirable cities to analyze on foot, as able-bodied as a aliment and alcohol arena that has an ever-evolving alternative of forward-thinking confined and eateries, from new Leith restaurant and wine bar Eleanore to Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace at the St James Quarter. This is a burghal abounding of amore that encourages self-expression beyond communities via its art, ability and nightlife. It’s progressive and always affable of all groups (no admiration 88 percent of locals told us it was accessible to ‘express who you are’ in the city). Plus, there’s the baby amount of those festivals abiding this August...

Visit now because: There are some agitating new openings account blockage out, including Glasgow Asian-inspired favourite Ka Pao, Stockbridge amber café Ocelot and Leith neighbourhood gem Cocorico. The burghal is additionally about to get Scotland’s aboriginal ‘vertical distillery’ in the anatomy of the Port of Leith Distillery on the waterfront.

The big numbers: Edinburgh ranked awful in the Basis beyond the board, advancing top for both the cardinal of association who anticipation the burghal was admirable (95 percent) and those who accounted it walkable (93 percent). And who would we be to altercate with that very, actual candied combo? —Arusa Qureshi, Time Out Edinburgh

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2. Chicago

What makes us great: It may accept been a boxy anniversary for our city, but we know Chicago will cull through: a massive 55 percent of locals declared it as airy in this year’s Basis (the fourth accomplished in the world), and we’d be absorbed to agree. Afterwards two years of on-off restrictions, we’ve appear out stronger and added united, and now our admired Midwest city is advancing afresh – so abundant so, it was voted the funnest burghal in the apple this year, too. Whether you appetite to try world-class dining, affair until 4am at celebrated clubs, absorb a day assimilation up the sun forth Basin Michigan, see iconic artworks or aloof aberrate amid altered neighbourhoods, there’s never a addled moment to be had (yes, alike back winter rolls around).

Visit now because: The aliment arena is bustling off. We’re talking everything from sleek, high-end restaurants on Randolph Artery and the country’s first-ever Michelin-starred Filipino tasting menu to some of the best mom-and-pop Mexican joints you’ll acquisition in a big US city.

The big numbers: A whopping 96 percent of locals amount Chicago awful for its aliment and alcohol – the additional accomplished in the apple – with 95 percent saying the aforementioned about the city’s art and ability scene. —Emma Krupp, Time Out Chicago

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3. Medellín

What makes us great: Accepted as the Burghal of Abiding Spring, Medellín offers added than aloof acceptable acclimate year round. Agilely appreciative of their burghal (this actuality the alone one in Colombia to accept a busline system), the Paisa bodies are awash with energy, entrepreneurship and curiosity; it’s absolutely adamantine not to accomplish acceptable accompany here. In this year’s survey, Medellín’s nightlife was voted the world’s best, admitting that’s conceivably not all that hasty accustomed this is the burghal that gave us reggaeton artists J Balvin, Maluma and Karol G. El Social, Salón Amador, Vintrash or any bar forth La 70 will appearance you a acceptable time.

Visit now because: Design-forward bazaar hotels, like Quinta Ladera and Landmark, are bustling up all over the city, showcasing absorbing Colombian craftsmanship. Meanwhile, affable cocktail bar Casa El Ramal aloof opened in Manila and Mad Radio in Provenza hosts sets by DJs from Medellín and beyond.

The big numbers: This burghal abiding brand to allow itself. Medellín was voted the best in the apple for bistro and bubbler (with 97 percent of Medellinenses adage the aliment and booze actuality is good), and the aforementioned goes for nightlife (90 percent) and association spirit (94 percent)Laura Field

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4. Glasgow

What makes us great: Accidental affection and acceptable humour abound in the burghal voted friendliest in this year’s Index. Glasgow excels at actuality approachable and at activity out. At SWG3, the world’s aboriginal body-heated club, dancing actually helps accumulate the lights on. There are now two Michelin-star restaurants afterwards a continued aridity (Cail Bruich and Unalome), yet a beginning dining arena is best characterised by affable adroitness and acceptable amount for money (Glasgow was the burghal additional atomic acceptable to be declared as expensive). The arenaceous Barrowland Ballroom charcoal the reassuringly abiding temple to alive music you and your favourite bandage deserve.

Visit now because: Glasgow was accomplishing affection meat-free dining way afore it was fashionable and accustomed wine bar and vegetarian/vegan restaurant Sylvan continues the trend. Other top-tier contempo openings accommodate Crabshakk (for accomplished seafood and cocktails) and Big Counter (uncategorisable, in the best way possible).

The big numbers: An astronomic 78 percent of Glaswegians declared their burghal as friendly, pipping aftermost year’s champ Manchester to the top spot. The burghal additionally ranked able-bodied all-embracing acknowledgment to its all-inclusive bulk of blooming amplitude and the array of things to do. —Malcolm Jack

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5. Amsterdam

What makes us great: In abounding ways, Amsterdam is the absolute destination. It brims with abundant places to see art and aces up animated gifts, but is additionally abuse algid out; it’s ample abundant to accolade analysis yet still conspicuously walkable (or cyclable!) The burghal combines a buzzy amusing arena and active nightlife with altruism and assortment – Basis respondents called their burghal the easiest abode in the apple to ‘express who you are’, and additionally voted it the additional best accelerating in the world. No admiration so abounding commentators say this is the archetypal twenty-first-century metropolis.

Visit now because: The city’s anniversary ambit is assuredly aback in action – go for Pride (August 5 to 7), back flotillas of boats will about-face the close aqueduct arena into affair central, or the awfully agrarian (and actual fun) Amsterdam Ball Event (October 19 to 23).

The big numbers: In account that will abruptness actually no one, 100 percent of Amsterdammers said they could calmly cross the burghal on two auto – authoritative it the best abode in the apple for cyclists. One hundred percent! —Derek Robertson

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6. Prague

What makes us great: Few capitals attending so good, so it’s no abruptness that Prague was voted the world’s third best admirable burghal in this year’s Index. But it isn’t aloof a appealing face. Visitors are advertent an more adorable affection of life, approved by a huge cardinal of galleries and museums, and quality, affordable dining all over the shop. Locals accent it’s accessible to ‘get about on accessible transport’ too. For some accord and quiet, booty their admonition and get aback to nature, conspicuously at Divoká Šárka Valley, which you can ability after alike accepting to leave the city.

Visit now because: Revamped accessible spaces accept abundant to offer. The afresh completed bank at Náplavka has been nominated for a celebrated architectonics award. Downstream, abounding Střelecký ostrov island offers around-the-clock views.

The big numbers: A acceptable 90 percent percent of Praguers said their burghal was beautiful, and alike added – 96 percent – said they rated the city’s accessible carriage system. Trams, they rule, y’know. —David Creighton

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7. Marrakech

What makes us great: Community, adroitness and acceptance in the approaching accept apparent Marrakech appear roaring out of the communicable with a new charter of life. The burghal has continued been acclaimed as an all-embracing melting pot, but lockdown created amplitude for bounded entrepreneurs to angle their anatomy aperture air-conditioned new boutiques like Moro and restaurants such as Mouton Noir. A new international storytelling festival greeted the city’s aboriginal post-pandemic visitors in February, while big players like La Mamounia are antic bold new looks and El Fenn launched the hottest Sunday music nights in town. No admiration visitors can’t delay to return.

Visit now because: Morocco’s cultural basic is advancing appropriate now. Those sessions on El Fenn’s rooftop are not to be missed, while MACAAL and MCC Gallery host ablaze avant-garde African art exhibitions.

The big numbers: Think of Marrakech and you’ve about absolutely got the city’s packed, active medina in mind, so it’s no admiration the burghal ranked so awful for accepting to apperceive your neighbours (68 percent of respondents said this was accessible – the accomplished in the world) and authoritative new accompany (70 percent). Paula Hardy

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8. Berlin

What makes us great: There is absolutely article for every affectionate of visitor in Berlin. The city’s abominable weekend-long parties are in abounding force, and back it comes to accomplished dining, the German basic has never been added minted. From advocate walking tours to cutting-edge abreast art shows, abate budgets are actual able-bodied catered for (just 10 percent of respondents declared the burghal as expensive, in fact, which is the everyman anywhere in the world). Relax at one of the city’s beloved spas, or get your affection pumping at an all-night babble in one of Berlin’s world-renowned clubs – you’ll go abroad reinvigorated either way.

Visit now because: Travelling aural the burghal has never been cheaper: amid June and August, a pass that covers trains, trams and buses will set you aback aloof €9 per month.

The big numbers: Back it comes to transport, in fact, Berliners accede themselves very, actual advantageous indeed. An absurd 97 percent accepted the city’s accessible alteration arrangement – the highest in any burghal in the world. Nathan Ma

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9. Montreal

What makes us great: There’s never been a added agitative time to appointment Montreal. The burghal has bounced aback post-pandemic, with a crop of new restaurants, bars and some actively absolute energy. Montreal’s alarming architecture, affable accordance and allegorical accommodation hasn’t afflicted – and that mix of European ability and Québécois joie de vivre is still animate and able-bodied – but you’ll ascertain beginning new stuff, whether it’s Michelin-calibre commons or alarming account food.

Visit now because: It’s prime anniversary season, with the accomplished burghal advancing calm to bless art and ability on every corner. We’re talking chargeless concerts, beach festivals and a nightlife arena on steroids.

The big numbers: Montreal boasts solid after-effects beyond the board: 93 percent of locals amount the city’s aliment and alcohol scene, while 82 percent accepted its art and museums, and 80 percent said it’s accessible to booty a airing in nature. A accurate all-rounder. Laura Osborne, Time Out Canada

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10. Copenhagen

What makes us great: The Danish basic is abundant added than bakeries and hot bodies on bikes. Adore these (and again some) by adequate the burghal on bottom (something 86 percent of Copenhageners said is easy, according to our survey). Dip into markets like Torvehallerne, Broens Gadekøkken, Banegaarden and Reffen, afore hiring an electric GoBoat and chatting to added abecedarian cruisers back you berth for a beer in the sun. Appear evening, explore the city’s world-beating nightlife and break out until late – this absolutely is a burghal that brand to affair (and all the added so post-Covid).

Visit now because: Few cities accept accepted their waterways absolutely like Copenhagen. Hydrofoil bikes, amphibian saunas, jacuzzis and alike kayak confined will all be giving CPH activity this summer.

The big numbers: Copenhagen is still one of the world’s abundant green cities, baronial additional in the apple for sustainability (with 75 percent of absolute responses), walkability (86 percent) and affluence of accepting about by bike (97 percent). Alex Hayward

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Cape Town
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11. Cape Town

What makes us great: Good food, culture, mountains, beaches, nightlife – you can do it all in Cape Town. Few cities are bigger for outdoorsy types, what with all the accomplished pond spots, from Clifton and Camps Bay on the Atlantic ancillary to Muizenberg and Simon’s Boondocks on the Indian. Not to acknowledgment all the hiking opportunities offered up by the brand of Newlands Forest, Cecilia Backwoods and Kirstenbosch Garden (93 percent of locals declared their burghal as beautiful, the additional accomplished in the world, and for acceptable reason). Arch aback into town, adjustment a boerewors (hot dog) cycle and you’ll basically be in heaven.

Visit now because: Cape Boondocks nurtures theatre-making, and it shows. The burghal is accepted for its ball and beginning works – hit up the Baxter Theatre or Artscape.

The big numbers: Eighty-seven percent of those polled in Cape Boondocks said it was accessible to relax – added than anywhere abroad in the world. Meanwhile, 93 percent said they rated the burghal awful for the array of things to do. —Yazeed Kamaldien

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12. Madrid

What makes us great: Madrid isn’t how it acclimated to be – actual abundant in a acceptable way. It’s aloof as fun and affable as it has been in years gone by, but anniversary day, you’ll acquisition added to do, see and – crucially – eat than anytime before. No admiration a whopping 94 percent of bodies accepted the Spanish basic for its aliment and drink. And with high-calibre museums including the Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, it’s no abruptness 95 percent of locals amount its art and culture, too.

Visit now because: Airing through the afresh adapted Capital de España and dive into one of the area’s abounding ablaze restaurants (our beloved is RavioXO by Michelin-star chef Dabiz Muñoz).

The big numbers: There’s never a addled moment in the Spanish basic – alone 1 percent of Madrileños would call their burghal as boring. And on top of those aerial aliment and ability ratings, 86 percent of locals say the city’s nightlife is accomplished too. Noelia Santos, Time Out Madrid

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13. Manchester

What makes us great: Voted the additional friendliest burghal in the apple this year, Manchester will consistently accomplish you feel at home, with its ever-welcoming mural of restaurants, confined and best ability (feline-themed eateries Neon Tiger and Kitten are two appalling contempo additions). A accurate melting pot, Manchester is a resilient, accelerating city, beholden of its history but consistently attractive ahead. Appropriate now we’re in amazing shape, with accretion neighbourhoods like Ancoats and Prestwich surely amid the best and easiest places to alive in the world.

Visit now because: Well, perhaps wait until aboriginal abutting year, when Factory, one of Europe’s better and best agitative new arts venues, opens its doors. Nearby, the Victorian Castlefield Viaduct will additionally be angry into the city’s actual own highline-style park.

The big numbers: Despite accident the top atom to Glasgow, a huge admeasurement of Mancunians (74 percent) still vouch for their city’s friendliness. On the flipside, aloof 11 percent said they anticipation Manchester was a admirable burghal – the everyman in the world. Appear on, guys – where’s the adulation for Manny’s post-industrial chic? —Rob Martin, Time Out Manchester

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14. Mumbai

What makes us great: From the corporate giants to the arrant blur industry and the always-buzzing aliment and nightlife scenes, Mumbai offers a amplitude for those who dream big. Communicable or not, the city’s spirit is authentic by the way its citizens band in times of celebration as able-bodied as crisis. From helping those in charge to creating opportunities for those who cartel to try, this burghal attracts bodies like bees to honey. And the nightlife doesn’t aloof stop at the clubs – abundant aliment can be begin 24/7, with a advanced row bench by the bay if you so wish.

Visit now because: Lately, the burghal seems ardent by Japanese flavours, with chichi new restaurants including Akina, Koishii, Wakai and, the accepted talk-of-the-town, Neuma by Bollywood athletic Karan Johar.

The big numbers: Eighty-nine percent of locals rated Mumbai’s nightlife awful – the third best in the absolute world. It was additionally third for association spirit (with 81 percent of absolute responses) and denticulate actual awful for its food and drink (94 percent). Kasturi Gadge

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15. Melbourne

What makes us great: Befitting up with the latest bar, café and restaurant openings in Melbourne has consistently acquainted like a action – but now it’s accomplished Olympic levels. Afterwards two years of lockdowns, the Melbourne restaurant renaissance is absolution us with a deluge of bucket-list bubbler and dining experiences. And it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say every bend of the accompaniment is currently lit up and aflame with arts festivals. Anticipate animate music, alfresco installations and beauteous semi-permanent exhibitions. Truly, the burghal has never acquainted added alive.

Visit now because: As Melbourne temperatures plummet, head inside cosy new venues like Otōto, Serai and Parcs – all apery a arresting comestible trend of charry, caramelised dishes fabricated with a waste-not access to produce.

The big numbers: That blast of new post-pandemic openings has absolutely additional Melbourne’s position in the Index. Of those surveyed, a amazing 92 percent said the city’s aliment and alcohol arena is currently on point. —Eliza Campbell, Time Out Melbourne

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16. Taipei

What makes us great: We kept Covid out for added than two years after any lockdown – article that embodies Taiwan’s absurd association spirit and resilience. Taipei is additionally Asia’s top anomalous destination, accepting legalised gay alliance in 2019. Carriage is able and super-affordable and you’ll never go hungry, acknowledgment to our night markets, ample with candied and savoury bounded treats. The blowzy burghal mural hides abstruse centuries-old temples, picnic-perfect parks and a Japanese-era badge base with applicant corpuscle exhibits.

Visit now because: The communicable accomplished subtropical Taipei the joy of partying outdoors, whether it’s a algid ability beer from a beach bar or a aboriginal rooftop club with an amazing citywide vista.

The big numbers: An absorbing 86 percent of Taipei association declared their burghal as safe and 58 percent as sustainable, with 92 percent lauding its accessible carriage system. —Dinah Gardner

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17. London

What makes us great: London is appropriately fun again. While it’s accurate the cost-of-living crisis has actively afflicted our adeptness to accept a acceptable time on the cheap, our burghal has a bigger vibe currently than you ability analytic expect. Accepting all of our free galleries and museums accessible up afresh (no charge to book slots any more) was a abundant admonition of absolutely how democratised ability is here. Meanwhile, nightlife has accomplished an abrupt (by me, anyway) resurgence, with new club nights appearing, generally jumping from area to area like glitter-and-baggie-strewn pop-ups. London gets a bad rap for accouterment alone to the affluent and middle-aged, so it’s abundant to see article absolutely transgressive bubbles up again.

Visit now because: We’ve got All Credibility East and Field Day advancing up in August. Two awfully fun, actual credible, London festivals that booty abode in one of my favourite parks.

The big numbers: When it comes to the arduous bulk of being to see and do, boilerplate is bigger than London. Ninety-four percent of Londoners amount the city’s array of things to do – the accomplished in the world – with the aforementioned admeasurement adage the arts arena actuality is decidedly decent. —Joe Mackertich, Time Out London

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18. Porto

What makes us great: Portuenses like few things bigger than a alcohol at the end of the day – abnormally if you administer to bag a table about with angle over the Douro River. The bodies of Portugal’s additional burghal are additionally about open-minded, admitting actual accurate about what they eat. Conceivably that’s why there are so abounding acceptable restaurants in this city, confined aggregate from trad blah dishes and sarrabulho borsch to beat Michelin-star cuisine. Little wonder, in added words, that 96 percent of Porto locals amount the city’s aliment arena highly, according to this year’s Index. Bom apetite!

Visit now because: Two of the city’s best iconic restaurateurs accept launched accomplished new projects. Vasco Coelho Santos (owner of Euskalduna Studio) has opened a ‘slow fermentation’ bakery, while Ricardo Rodrigues (Fava Tonka, Terminal 4450) now runs a bewitched Mexican restaurant alleged La Dolorosa.

The big numbers: Aside from its amazing aliment and alcohol culture, Portugal’s additional burghal was declared as actuality appealing arctic all-round. Seventy-five percent said it’s accessible to relax in the burghal and 76 percent said it was accessible to ‘express who you are’. Mariana Morais Pinheiro, Time Out Porto

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19. Lyon

What makes us great: Boy does Lyon attending good. With its two above rivers, an immense burghal esplanade (with citizen giraffes) and a new alfresco art arcade absolute 150 accessible murals, France’s additional burghal is as adorable as they come. But it’s wine rather than baptize that flows through the city’s veins; the riverbanks are lined with amphibian confined and the burghal is sandwiched amid the Rhône Basin and Beaujolais winegrowing regions (no agnosticism a accidental agency in a acceptable 71 percent of locals adage they acquisition their burghal relaxing). And canal the car, why don’t you? Lyon has a whopping 540km of aeon lanes.

Visit now because: All sorts of absurd cultural contest are hosted actuality year round, from concerts in Roman amphitheatres to the acclaimed Fête des Lumières in winter. Break for the food: artisanal aliment markets and new vegan restaurants are reinvigorating France’s gastronomic capital.

The big numbers: Lyonnais are abundantly appreciative of their own burghal and that’s absolutely still the case in 2022. Ninety-five percent of association tooted the horn of their city’s aliment and alcohol culture, while 88 percent described their city as beautiful. Anna Richards

New York
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20. New York

What makes us great: New York feels added active than ever. What could accept destroyed the Big Angel over the accomplished brace of years has aloof fabricated it stronger – in fact, NYC was voted the best airy burghal in the apple this year. Our burghal has bounced aback aback with alike added artistic exhibitions and the best theatre we’ve apparent in decades (we know, because NYC was additionally voted the third best in the apple for art, ability and museums).

Visit now because: NYC’s activation has brought adroitness to the forefront. At bars, you’ll acquisition committed martini airheaded and added speakeasy concepts than you can handle. The fun and alarm of roller discos is now at Rockefeller Center and Central Park. There are Pulitzer Best shows on Broadway and awful advancing exhibition openings accident this year, from a Basquiat retrospective to an absolute appearance on the Tudors at the Metropolitan Building of Art.

The big numbers: NYC topped both of the ‘international’ categories in this year’s Index. It was far and abroad the most accepted burghal that Time Out readers capital to appointment in 2022 and additionally the abode the best bodies absolutely capital to move. —Shaye Weaver, Time Out New York

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Buenos Aires
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21. Buenos Aires

What makes us great: South America’s best culturally agitative city, Buenos Aires is a allurement for cocktail aficionados, gourmands and ability vultures, acknowledgment to its affluence of award-winning confined and restaurants, and a active arts arena with chargeless museums, art galleries and cultural festivals that accumulate porteños (the Argentinian capital’s residents) entertained continued into the night. Chacarita is BA’s latest foodie hub – adjustment haute cuisine or ramen, a allotment of muza pizza or Filipino tapas, a late-night Negroni or a Malbec annular the clock. A beachcomber of calm and alfresco food-hall openings is additionally acceptable porteño appetites, including afresh refurbished Mercado de los Carruajes, Bocha by Narda Lepes at the Palermo polo area and Mercat Caballito.

Visit now because: While BA retains its appellation as the world’s meat mecca, a activating plant-based aliment movement is now in abounding swing. Hot veggie restaurant openings accommodate Chui, Marti and Amador Cantina over the accomplished year.

The big numbers: This burghal abiding brand to go out. With 92 percent of locals agitated about BA’s aliment and drink, 88 percent lauding its arts arena and 86 percent adulatory its nightlife, BA charcoal a advisedly buzzy abode to be. Sorrel Moseley-Williams

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22. Birmingham

What makes us great: Assorted and dynamic, Birmingham never stands still. The host of this year’s Commonwealth Amateur takes gold back it comes to active bars, Michelin-star restaurants, world-class museums, top shopping, meandering canals, blooming spaces, groundbreaking music, aristocratic action and active culture. From the graffiti-strewn streets of Digbeth (once the stomping arena of the abominable Ashen Blinders), to the accumulate of adroitness that is the Jewellery Quarter, this above branch of the apple has reinvented itself as a all-around city, area bodies of all cultures army to advance and flourish. ‘Mek yerself at home, bab,’ as the Brummies say.

Visit now because: The 2022 Commonwealth Amateur will adviser a colourful blow of top-tier action and assorted cultures, and Birmingham is banging it out the esplanade with festivals, alive performances and agitative cultural events.

The big numbers: A whopping 92 percent of Brummies declared their burghal as assorted – the third accomplished in the world. Birmingham is additionally a abundant burghal for cogent who you are (78 percent said so) and ranks amid the UK cities atomic acceptable to be declared as expensive. —James Brennan

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23. Stockholm

What makes us great: History oozes from the Swedish capital’s postcard-perfect cobbled medieval squares, spice-hued Art Deco accommodation blocks, and above factories adapted into music and arts venues. But Stockholm is additionally a fast-growing catholic burghal with a able abridgement and a eyes for a high-tech eco-friendly future (little admiration it was the burghal best acceptable to be declared as acceptable in this year’s Index). You can adore a rooftop cocktail, sample the latest admixture aliment trends or booty one of the city’s accessible e-bikes for a spin. Or apathetic bottomward with a beach stroll, a bland bear cruise out to the archipelago or a barbecue in one of Stockholm’s abounding blooming spaces.

Visit now because: The co-owner of allegorical Stockholm amphitheater club Trädgården has aloof launched Eden, a new alfresco DJs-and-dining abstraction in the Kungsholmen district. You can’t exhausted the appearance at the top of the 102-metre-high Sjöstaden Skybar, which opened at the top of the city’s latest glass-fronted battleground Sthlm 01 aftermost year. Meanwhile, the new Avicii Experience offers an alternate exhibition that celebrates one of Sweden’s better music icons.

The big numbers: Seventy-eight percent of Stockholmers told us they advised their burghal acceptable – the accomplished in the world. It additionally came top for blooming amplitude (with 95 percent adage they’ve got accessible access) and was the burghal atomic acceptable to be declared as dirty. —Maddy Savage

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24. Tokyo

What makes us great: Tokyo is actual abundant an all-rounder. Accepting the best Michelin stars in the apple agency it’s abundant for aliment and alcohol (something 91 percent of locals accent in this year’s survey). Plus, with its active bar and nightlife scene, Tokyo will accord you a austere case of out-out fomo. It came as no abruptness to us that the burghal was called the additional best accepted biking destination for 2022, with 12 percent of all those surveyed adage the Japanese basic is cardinal one on their brazier list.

Visit now because: Tokyo’s acceptable yokocho (alleyways awash with tiny restaurants and bars) ability is activity through a renaissance, with the abstraction actuality reimagined as abreast aliment halls – one of the city’s best alike houses a small-batch gin distillery in a business-district skyscraper.

The big numbers: Tokyo’s accessible carriage arrangement ability assume like a bit of a bewilderment to outsiders, but it apparel Tokyoites aloof accomplished – 94 percent said it’s accessible to get about the city, the third best in the world. —Lim Chee Wah, Time Out Tokyo

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San Francisco
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25. San Francisco

What makes us great: Afterwards a continued two years of closures, San Francisco is appealing abundant aback to accustomed – it alike has some upgrades, like an affluence of alfresco basement options congenital during the pandemic. Visiting SF not alone agency analgesic dining spots, from hole-in-the-wall joints to some of the best Michelin-star restaurants in the world, but additionally amaranthine options for hiking, wine tasting, bank hangs, day trips and berth shopping. And with its acceptability of actuality a affable abode for all, it’s no abruptness SF was voted the best accelerating burghal in the apple in this year’s analysis (and additionally denticulate awful for affluence of ’expressing who you are’).

Visit now because: Don’t absence aboriginal civic esplanade destination, the Presidio Adit Tops, absolute 14 acreage of esplanade overlooking both the burghal and Aureate Aboideau Bridge. The activity opens on July 17.

The big numbers: Seventy-three percent of San Franciscans declared their burghal accelerating – added than anywhere abroad in the world. This was backed up by huge numbers additionally adage the Aureate Burghal has affluence of blooming amplitude (83 percent said so) and that it’s accessible to accurate who you are (also 83 percent).  —Clara Hogan, Time Out San Francisco

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26. Delhi

What makes us great: Delhi has consistently been advanced yet durably abiding in history – a spirit that’s reflected in today’s beginning comestible and cultural landscape. There’s a able focus on abreast bounded Indian cooking, accompanying with a active absorption in the city’s afresh adequate ancestry spaces. The result? Rooftop affair with angle of the twelfth-century Qutub Minar. Sunday farmers’ markets at the tomb-studded Sunder Nursery. And possibly the best accessible carriage arrangement in the country – the Delhi Busline – bond the capital’s top spots.

Visit now because: Avant-garde ability affair featuring acquaintance gins and audibly Indian capacity are afraid up the city’s bar scene. Try Sidecar, which featured on aftermost year’s World’s 50 Best Bars list, and Perch Wine & Coffee Bar.

The big numbers: Think of Delhi and you’re apparently cerebration of the city’s sprawling bazaars and amaranthine appetizing absorb – and absolutely right, too. An absorbing 91 percent of Delhiites acclaimed their city’s aliment and alcohol options. —Malavika Bhattacharya

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27. Toronto

What makes us great: Afterwards assorted lockdowns, Toronto has appear animate again. This awful airy burghal survived a continued winter of acrimonious alfresco patios, and now the aliment and alcohol arena is already afresh alive as new restaurants, cafés and shops accessible up acutely every week. In this year’s Index, the burghal denticulate awful for progressiveness and association spirit, which can be acquainted in the activism, association contest and the advancing underground nightlife arena that’s aback in abounding force for the summer.

Visit now because: Toronto’s assorted aliment arena has aggregate from French alehouse brunch to a new Ossington salad hotspot and can’t-miss summer festivals (hello, Caribana!) that accompany in droves of gourmets.

The big numbers: A massive 95 percent of respondents in Toronto declared their burghal as assorted – the accomplished in the world. Eighty percent additionally said it was accessible to ‘express who you are’ in the city. Lydia Hrycko

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28. Lisbon

What makes us great: Terrace ability has consistently been big in Lisbon, but it feels like there are added alfresco confined and restaurants actuality than anytime appropriate now. Branch by the river or hit up one of the miradouro viewpoints to get a feel for what we beggarly – you’ll apprehend glasses clinking on every corner. Elsewhere, new restaurants are acutely bustling up all over the city, offering the best of bounded and all-around cuisine (no admiration 92 percent of locals said the city’s aliment and alcohol arena is thriving in 2022) while a crop of new bars will serve you the chicest affair around.

Visit now because: Restaurants... with ball floors? Bars... with accomplished aliment menus? Alleged ‘hybrid venues’ area you can grab dinner, break for drinks and again accept a ankle are absolutely demography off in Lisbon. Descarado in Alcântara and Tricky’s in Cais do Sodré are two of the best.

The big numbers: On top of that solid aliment and alcohol rating, a notable 73 percent of Lisboetas declared their burghal as beautiful. Too right. Steffany Casanova, Time Out Lisbon

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29. Boston

What makes us great: Cliché it may be, but Boston absolutely does accept article for everyone. Rock your favourite accouterments and arch to a caricatural appearance at Midway Café or grab a boozy slushie at anomalous academy Club Café. The aliment arena will contentment you with aggregate from fresh cannoli and creamy injera aliment to bounded ability beer. Warmer months are a absolute time to analyze the Accepted or alike booty a swan baiter ride.

Visit now because: The summer is the ideal time to ambit out the best bazaar that takes abode account in Copley Square. Air-conditioned off with a beer and oat milk bendable serve at the anew opened Plant Pub.

The big numbers: This burghal is rather admirable to attending at, so it’s advantageous locals accede it a actual accessible abode to traipse around, with 79 percent of respondents anecdotic the burghal as walkable. The aforementioned allotment additionally rated the city highly for art and culture. Megan Hennessey

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Mexico City
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30. Mexico City

What makes us great: Mexico may accept remained abundantly accessible to travellers during the pandemic, but alone now is the basic starting feel active again. That should abruptness no one. Afterwards all, CDMX has the best bar arena in Arctic America, amaranthine amazing alive music and, actual soon, it will be home to one of the world’s better aquariums. A new building arrives about every year, and the city’s assorted aliment arena offers a actual apple tour.

Visit now because: Some of the world’s finest cocktails can be begin at Café de Nadie, Handshake Speakeasy, Limantour, Baltra, Kaito and Hanky Panky. Anyone up for a bar crawl?

The big numbers: A whopping 92 percent of locals said they rated the city’s art and culture, with 90 percent adage they acknowledge the array of things to do. Say what you will about CDMX, it absolutely ain’t dull. —Mauricio Nava, Time Out Mexico City

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Tel Aviv
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31. Tel Aviv

What makes us great: Advancing out afterwards two years of Covid, Tel Aviv has accepted new concepts. Some of the best things in TLV are chargeless – like yoga sessions at Gordon Pool on the marina, night buses on Shabbat (the weekend) and amphitheater gigs in the summer. Called the additional funnest burghal in the apple in this year’s Index, Tel Aviv brims with pop-up shops, confined and art galleries, generally set in old Bauhaus buildings. While the new ablaze abuse and skyscrapers point to the future, the burghal still has that raw Average Eastern spice.

Visit now because: There’s a new crop of restaurants in town, including Tirza (from the admired aggregation abaft OCD), George and John in Jaffa’s iconic Drisco Hotel, and Fed and Bev, which fuses tapas and Thai cuisine with alive music.

The big numbers: Just pipped to top atom by Chicago, Tel Aviv is still advised fun by a massive 78 percent of locals. And that isn’t all. According to the Index, Tel Aviv is additionally boss acceptable for aliment and alcohol (93 percent said so). —Dan Savery Raz

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32. Paris

What makes us great: Paris isn’t aloof the celebrated city of Haussmanian blocks and café terraces you’ll acquisition on postcards and fridge magnets the apple over. This is additionally a place in the bosom of change. It may accept been called the best city in the apple for art, ability and museums already afresh in our survey, but the French capital’s programming is acceptable ever-more across-the-board and diverse, with the feminist art movement benumbed decidedly high. Elsewhere, accustomed wine confined are blame out the airless caves of yore, and the burghal is acceptable as able-bodied accepted for its artery aliment as for its Michelin stars. Shame, then, that locals still accede the burghal the atomic affable in the apple (at atomic according to our poll).

Visit now because: After two appealing austere years for the city’s nightlife scene, clubs are bustling up in all sorts of absurd places, including beneath the Périphérique ringroad. Our faves are Virage, a gigantic amplitude in a above car pound, and Périph, now the city’s better amphitheater club (with accommodation for 3,500 partygoers).

The big numbers: A whopping 97 percent of Parisians said their burghal was a acceptable abode to see art and ability – authoritative it the best in the world for the additional year running. It additionally came third back asked bodies anywhere which one burghal they’d like to biking to in 2022. Houssine Bouchama, Time Out Paris

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Kuala Lumpur
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33. Kuala Lumpur

What makes us great: Anybody in and about Kuala Lumpur has consistently accepted our aliment is tops, which is why it wasn’t abundant of a abruptness that the burghal denticulate awful on bistro and bubbler in this year’s Index. From soul-nourishing bell-ringer aliment to artistic accomplished dining and beginning bars, KL’s assorted cultural architecture begets an appropriately assorted comestible scene. Alike added acceptable is the city’s beginning arts scene, which has developed over the accomplished few years and exploded post-lockdown. Whether it’s accomplished art, theatre, music or announced word, there’s never been a bigger time to ascertain bounded talent. Now, if alone we could fix the cartage downtown…

Visit now because: It’s absurd not to accept a acceptable night out here. Try Nadodi for accomplished Indian food, Bar Trigona for honey affair and Jao Tim in Chinatown for alive jazz.

The big numbers: A bluntly astounding 94 percent of Basis respondents in KL went agrarian for the city’s aliment and drink. Seventy-seven percent declared their burghal as diverse, while 62 percent accepted its association spirit. Florentyna Leow

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34. Manila

What makes us great: Manila gets bad rap for chaos – from bottleneck to ballsy cartage jams. Do as the locals do and embrace the anarchy, alike for aloof a brace of canicule afore jetting off to one of the Philippines’ added than 7,000 arcadian islands. The bequest of Chinese, Spanish and American influences makes Manila an underrated hub for art and culture, with different community and cuisine to boot. The communicable brought the longest lockdowns, atrocious liquor bans and the appeal for spacewear-like face shields, but a able vaccine drive has helped this megacity break afloat. Manila was voted the third best airy in this year’s survey, and not a distinct acknowledging declared the burghal as abrupt – instead, it was admired by abounding for the affable and communicable smiles of its people.

Visit now because: The burghal absolutely is advancing again. Let Manila absorb you as it has afore with its high-end arcade malls, all-embracing abreast art galleries and the anxious music venues of the south.

The big numbers: One hundred percent of respondents in Manila didn’t call locals as rude, authoritative it the atomic abrupt burghal in this year’s Index. Sixty percent said that the burghal was resilient, while 78 percent raved about its nightlife and affair scene. Shirin Bhandari

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35. Athens

What makes us great: Area abroad in the apple can you acquisition active rooftop confined overlooking temples congenital by age-old civilisations; admirable beaches a bald 20 account away. Add to that the acutely amaranthine flurry of new openings: contemporary bazaar hotels bustling up on about every axial street; restaurants specialising in aggregate from tacos to croissants; ultra-cool confined absolute for cooling bottomward on a summer black – anniversary is allowance Athens become as able-bodied accepted for its present-day creative activity as for its history.

Visit now because: Summer is when the burghal comes alive. Backpack a barbecue and arch to SNFCC for chargeless movies beneath the stars, or drink, banquet and beddy-bye at 2022’s hottest new hotel-restaurant combo: Estiatoria Milos at Xenodocheio Milos.

The big numbers: Not alone did ninety-one percent of Athenians laud their city’s aliment and alcohol and 80 percent allege out in favour of its nightlife, but they about anticipate it’s appealing cheap, too. Seventy-seven percent didn’t call the Greek basic as expensive, authoritative it the third atomic big-ticket burghal in this year’s Index.  —Katie Silcox

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36. Dublin

What makes us great: A vibrant, affable and bunched burghal with a pub culture that confined beyond the apple could alone dream of replicating... Dublin absolutely is one of a kind. Whether it’s Brogan’s, Hogan’s or Grogan’s (believe us, there’s a BIG difference), you’re affirmed to accomplishment the night with some new friends who will accomplish you feel as though the Irish basic is your home. There are few cities area you’ll acquisition bank crowds active into the sea appear rain or shine, mountains with arresting angle of a low-rise city, active streets with buskers and a drool-worthy aliment arena – but our burghal has the lot.

Visit now because: With new Michelin-star restaurants including Liath and Variety Jones, the tastiest Korean craven from Chimac, burgers from BuJo and pizza from PI, Dublin offers article to amuse any craving.

The big numbers: Not alone did a beggarly 10 percent of Dubliners call their burghal as rude, but a acceptable 71 percent said it was an actively affable abode – authoritative it the third friendliest burghal in this year’s Index. That old Irish charm, eh? Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

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São Paulo
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37. São Paulo

What makes us great: Don’t accept what they say over in Rio about bodies from São Paulo. It’s accurate that the active Paulistanos assignment hard, but they affair alike harder and there’s a arena for everybody in the clubbing basic of South America. The aliment actuality is some of the best on the abstemious too: decades of clearing accept alloyed affable traditions from Italy, Adorn and added into catholic São Paulo’s comestible tapestry.

Visit now because: São Paulo’s LGBTQ association is bigger and bolder than ever: an estimated four actor abounding the city’s pride array in June this year, authoritative it the better in the world.

The big numbers: A near-faultless 95 percent of Paulistanos said their city’s aliment and alcohol is on point, with 86 percent additionally praising its nightlife. —Dougie Loynes

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38. Miami

What makes us great: Miami is hot appropriate now (and not aloof temperature-wise!) A contempo arrival of tourists and transplants has aloft its profile, alluring inspectors from the Michelin Adviser for the very aboriginal Florida guide, globally acclaimed entertainers (Bad Bunny is aperture his aboriginal restaurant here) and world-class sports events, from the Formula 1 Admirable Prix to the 2026 Apple Cup. It seems like anybody wants to be in Miami these canicule and we don’t accusation them.

Visit now because: The above Michelin Adviser is hot off the presses and you’ll appetite to be aboriginal in band to try Miami’s finest restaurants, including abreast American from a Top Chef-winning chef (who’s additionally got a atom at Time Out Market) and berserk adroit Cuban food.

The big numbers: Vice Burghal was declared as fun by 72 percent of respondents and admirable by 74 percent. Back it comes to aliment and drink, 93 percent of Miamians had article absolute to say about their city. —Virginia Gil, Time Out Miami

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39. Barcelona

What makes us great: As you’ll no agnosticism accept clocked, anybody is branch to Barcelona right now. Whether or not it’s aloof the summer anniversary rush, we account the burghal is alone activity to get busier over the advancing months. And that’s great. This burghal is alone absolutely itself back the bars and restaurants and beaches ample up, and break that way from aurora till dusk. The burghal came fourth back we asked which one burghal Time Out readers would like to move to, demography 6 percent of all votes. No agnosticism the influencers (@moyamawhinney, @best.dressed amid them) who’ve flocked actuality afresh have had article to do with it. But the city’s abiding charms – culture, gastronomy, the calefaction – accept absolutely helped too.

Visit now because: The cocktail arena charge be amid Europe’s finest. Venues like Paradiso, Two Schmucks and Sips are all apple class, and it should appear as no abruptness that the World’s Best Confined bright is actuality captivated actuality after this year.

The big numbers: Locals rarely get apathetic actuality (94 percent of Basis respondents didn’t call their burghal as boring) and they additionally anticipate their neighbours are appealing appropriate (just 11 percent declared their adolescent Barcelonians as rude). María-José Gómez, Time Out Barcelona

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40. Dubai

What makes us great: Dubai has all the being you’d appetite from a biking destination – from absurd restaurants and buzzing nightlife to some of the world’s best shopping and artlessly beauteous beaches. What’s more, it’s modern, clean, super-safe and actual accessible to get around. This is a burghal of superlatives – booty a selfie at the top of the world’s tallest building, bathe in the world’s accomplished beyond pool and skydive over the world’s better manmade island, all in one day.

Visit now because: The anew opened Museum of the Future is not alone account visiting in its own right, but additionally has a hidden examination accouter that few bodies apperceive about. Follow it up with a bank club clamber forth the rapidly accretion Approach West band and a DJ set at Electric Assurance Shop.

The big numbers: Dubai was called one of the cleanest cities in the world, with 97 percent of locals adage it wasn’t dirty. And that’s not all – 83 percent declared it as safe, too. —Louise Charlesworth, Time Out Dubai

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41. Rome

What makes us great: After two years of restrictions, Rome is aback — and the city’s cultural programming is bigger than ever. Whether you opt to airing through the Colosseum by annex to abstain the crowds, bolt an opera in the third-century Baths of Caracalla, or watch a cine al adorn on the tiny Tiber Island, the Abiding Burghal offers a deluge of aboriginal adventures in acclaimed settings. Afterwards a day of exploring, accomplish like the Romans and arch up to one of the city’s abounding rooftop confined to adore the skyline at sunset: Alto is a new accession which pairs ability affair with gourmet bites a abbreviate airing from the Vatican.

Visit now because: Natural wine is everywhere in Rome these days. The aboriginal Vinificio in Testaccio has added than 500 all-embracing labels set beyond a ample automated space, while Enoteca l’Antidoto in Trastevere is a cosy atom that sells wine by the canteen forth with artistic baby plates.

The big numbers: With about 3,000 years of history beneath its belt, it’s no abruptness that 91 percent of Basis respondents in Rome acclaimed the city’s art, ability and museums. Eight-four percent additionally anticipate it’s beautiful. Livia Hengel

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Los Angeles
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42. Los Angeles

What makes us great: Activity in L.A. may be more and uncomfortably hot and dry, but the airy Mediterranean accordance still abide on the banquet bowl acknowledgment to the acceleration of crudo-forward and tapas-inspired spots, including Bar Moruno and Causita. The rapidly convalescent dining arena reflects a ambit of cuisines as assorted as L.A.’s population, and that applies alfresco of the comestible world, too, as art shows and alive music backlash with accelerating purpose – and a signature aberancy that we’re animated to acceptable aback to the city’s again-brimming amusing calendar.

Visit now because: The Academy Museum wraps up its aboriginal year with above arcade refreshes and an exhibition on pre-1970s Atramentous cinema, while the Broad has formed out shows on Takashi Murakami and the American flag additional a new catch action for Yayoi Kusama’s Beyond Mirrored Room. 

The big numbers: Ninety percent of LA residents spoke out in favour of the city’s aliment and alcohol and 87 percent acclaimed its array of things to do. An absorbing 87 percent also described the Burghal of Angels as diverse.  —Michael Juliano, Time Out Los Angeles

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43. Accra

What makes us great: Accra will anxiously accord you a acceptable time. In the Ghanaian capital, the affair either lasts until 8am or artlessly never ends. The arrangement of adorable acceptable foods to try is never-ending, and the all-embracing Afrobeats sounds, melancholia cultural festivals and adventurous blithe accoutrements point to the city’s affluent history. And association is important here. ‘Your business is everyone’s business’ is how abounding locals would put it. Accra’s amore makes it about absurd to leave after establishing 18-carat access (in fact, the burghal was called the third easiest burghal to accomplish accompany in, according to our survey).

Visit now because: Every week, there’s article new to ascertain on the city’s nightlife circuit. Club 69 is a contempo favourite, and the capital’s first non-alcoholic bar is set to accessible soon, too.

The big numbers: Sixty-eight percent of locals said it’s accessible to accomplish accompany here, with 63 percent adage it’s accessible to get to apperceive your neighbours. Just 2 percent would call the burghal as rude. Christina Jane

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44. Singapore

What makes us great: Admitting we may be a baby city, you’re never abbreviate on abundant being to do in Singapore. About anywhere on the island is attainable via accessible carriage (something 92 percent of locals praised in this year’s Index) – but because it’s about summer all year continued here, you’d do aloof as able-bodied to analyze on bottom and absorb up some rays. Lately, Singaporeans accept additionally started accepting austere about wellness and relaxation, with abounding spending their weekends in the city’s admirable parks, and additionally partaking in things like complete baths and complete therapy.

Visit now because: The burghal is aback to its accepted alert self. People are dining out again, there are new openings every anniversary and late nights are aback with a vengeance. Lately, the Time Out aggregation accept enjoyed the aliment at Native, aloof about the bend from our office. Anticipate animated Singaporean cuisine with a bold twist.

The big numbers: Singapore was called the safest burghal in the world, with a massive 96 percent of locals adage their burghal was safe in our survey. Because aloof how little amplitude the burghal has, it’s additionally absorbing that 78 percent of respondents acclaimed the affluence with which they can admission blooming amplitude and nature. —Delfina Utomo, Time Out Singapore

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Abu Dhabi
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45. Abu Dhabi

What makes us great: Not alone is Abu Dhabi the basic of the UAE, it’s the actionable arts and ability capital, too. The burghal is accepted for actuality safe, apple-pie and adequate – as locals fabricated actual bright in this year’s Basis – which may able-bodied be why it’s so accepted amid expat families. You’re never abbreviate of agitative things to do actuality from cutting-edge restaurant openings to major new museums including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the National History Building Abu Dhabi (both advancing soon).

Visit now because: Yas Bay Waterfront and Al Qana are the latest neighbourshoods to accessible up with cafés and restaurants aplenty. Al Qana is additionally home to the National Aquarium, which is the better in the Average East.

The big numbers: Not alone is Abu Dhabi one of the safest cities in this year’s Basis (with 92 percent of locals praising this aspect of activity in the city), it additionally ranks amid the atomic dirty, demanding and rude. In short, it’s an all-round adequate and affable abode to alive and work. Heather Cichowski, Time Out Abu Dhabi

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46. Sydney

What makes us great: The world-famous architectonics of our best recognisable architecture aside, it’s the accustomed wonders Sydney boasts that absolutely accomplish the burghal a must-visit. With added than 100 beaches, bags of hectares of National Parklands surrounding the burghal drape and the better natural harbour in the world, few added cities can battling it for arduous jaw-dropping beauty. And acknowledgment to the city’s waterfront restaurants, rooftop and high-rise bars and attractions like the Harbour Arch Climb, you can consistently adore Mother Nature’s eye bonbon with a alcohol or a chaw in hand.

Visit now because: Sydney is in the bosom of a accommodation bang as the burghal bounces aback from 2021’s rolling lockdowns. A cardinal of new high-end hospitality precincts accept created one-stop solutions for a abundant night out, with collections of confined and restaurants calmly aggregate on the aforementioned brand for your bubbler and dining pleasure.

The big numbers: Not alone is Sydney beautiful, it’s pristine, too. Seventy-one percent of Sydneyites declared the city as beautiful, while aloof 11 percent said it was dirty. On top of that, 80 percent said they could go walking in attributes with ease. —Maxim Boon, Time Out Sydney

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47. Auckland

What makes us great: Auckland might be New Zealand’s better burghal but it still brims with accustomed beauty. It’s aloof as accessible to backpack up volcanoes or ferry-hop to islands as it is to adjustment bounded wines at buzzy city-centre bars. No admiration Auckland denticulate awful for alleviation and ‘taking a airing in attributes or a blooming space’ in this year’s Index. It additionally got a nod for diversity: acceptance of the abounding cultural influences that accept shaped the city, and are best explored through the city’s aberrant dining scene.

Visit now because: Top chefs are redefining New Zealand cuisine through built-in ingredients, and Māori and Accordant influences. Ascertain beginning takes on the aftertaste of Aotearoa at Abate Gordon’s Homeland, Michael Meredith’s Mr Morris and Ben Bayly’s Ahi.

The big numbers: According to this year’s poll, the NZ burghal is abundantly accessible to relax in – astronomic 86 percent of respondents said so, the additional best of any burghal in the world. It’s additionally accessible to booty a airing in attributes or a blooming amplitude (say 94 percent of Aucklanders). Petrina Darrah

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Rio de Janeiro
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48. Rio de Janeiro

What makes us great: Rio is accepted as the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city), and while that may complete immodest, what added burghal boasts such a abundance of beauteous accustomed features? Affecting bouldered peaks belfry over wildlife-packed forests, lagoons and aureate beaches. Indeed, Rio denticulate awful this year for beauty, ‘hooking up with people’ and ‘making new friends’, and by night, that balmy acceptable comes to the ahead as the city’s endless bars, artery parties and samba clubs accessible up. Accompany a smile and an amenable attitude – in moments you’ll accept fabricated a host of new friends, accessible to advice you adore aggregate a night out in this active burghal has to offer.

Visit now because: During the canicule of the communicable restrictions, Rio put its affair spirit on hold, but now it has alternate with a vengeance. And in the downtime, abounding of the beachside kiosks and rooftop confined accept been upgraded, alms bigger food, drinks and music.

The big numbers: Rio is the third best burghal in the apple for hook-ups (66 percent of citizens said it’s accessible to get with addition here), while 74 percent said their hometown was admirable and 70 percent said they had accessible admission to blooming space. Tom Le Mesurier

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49. Johannesburg

What makes us great: Johannesburg is a burghal abounding of activity and possibilities. It’s a abode area South Africans appear for opportunities, which makes it abundantly assorted – bodies from all types of backgrounds appear and alive activity calm here. The nightlife is phenomenal, with clubs and pubs from the burghal to the township. And acknowledgment to the melting pot of the surrounding ’burbs, the city’s restaurants offer up an admirable aftertaste of the added world.

Visit now because: Outdoor markets are booming. Our beloved is the Fourways Farmers Market – actuality you’ll acquisition gourmet artery food, aristocratic affair and actual acceptable alive music. The ideal abode to alpha the weekend.

The big numbers: A arresting 80 percent of Joburg respondents said their burghal was diverse. While the burghal came asleep aftermost for walkability – aloof 4 percent of Joburg association account the burghal can be navigated calmly on bottom – 77 percent said they had accessible admission to attributes and blooming space. —Thando Mpembe

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50. Istanbul

What makes us great: Despite political uncertainties – and a terrible bread-and-butter abatement – it didn’t booty continued for Istanbul to agitate off its Covid dejection and acknowledgment to its active self. As always, the city’s comestible arena is awash with surprises, conspicuously acknowledgment to a contempo arrival of refugees from Syria and Iran. The launch of the city’s aboriginal Michelin guide additionally generated a beachcomber of action aural the industry. Add to that the 17th Istanbul Biennale and endless big agreeable events, and you charge accept one of the world’s most agitative cities appropriate now.

Visit now because: Afterward years of agitation the iconic Ataturk Kultur Merkezi is already afresh accessible with a adventurous programme of opera, theatre, concerts and blur screenings. One added cogent aperture of 2022 was Galata Port, the huge redevelopment of the historic Karaköy waterfront, crowned by Renzo Piano’s new Istanbul Modern museum.

The big numbers: Ninety-seven percent of Istanbulites didn’t say their burghal was boring, while 82 percent said it was abundant for food and alcohol and 83 percent anticipation it was diverse. Seda Pekçelen, Time Out Istanbul

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51. Bangkok

What makes us great: For a burghal codicillary on tourism, Bangkok soldiered through the accomplished brace of years after so abundant as a whimper, adapting to the new accustomed while aperture hot restaurants, coffee shops and hotels. Clashing abounding capitals beyond the globe, its association did not leave in droves (perhaps acknowledgment to the affordability of active in BKK) and the burghal connected to tick, hosting festivals, fairs and arcade openings. Finally, nightlife looks set to acknowledgment in earnest, now that restrictions to area aperture hours accept assuredly been lifted, abatement the Burghal of Angels aback into abounding swing.

Visit now because: The aliment arena is appreciably active with afresh opened Kin Kub Koi for seafood, fine-dining restaurant Maze and Thai-Chinese admixture atom Restaurant Potong all authoritative austere waves. Plus, coffee connoisseurs will rejoice at Piccolo Vicolo Café in Ratchathewi.

The big numbers: The Thai capital’s food and alcohol arena reigns supreme. An astronomic 86 percent of Bangkokians say their burghal is a abundant abode to eat and drink. Lucie Grace

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Hong Kong
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52. Hong Kong

What makes us great: Hong Kong has been rocked by protests and the pandemic, but the burghal charcoal resilient. While Hong Kong has been bankrupt off to the apple for two years, its aliment and alcohol arena has kept evolving. You’ll acquisition aggregate actuality from hole-in-the-walls to Michelin-starred restaurants, as able-bodied as abounding of the region’s most-awarded bubbler dens. With the aperture of massive abreast art museum M  and the Hong Kong Alcazar Museum, and contest like Art Basel and Art Central assuredly captivated in being this year, Hong Kong is cementing its cachet as one of the world’s arch art capitals.

Visit now because: The aliment and alcohol arena is bustling off. Grab a meal at the anew opened Heimat and Agora, again wind bottomward with a alcohol at avant-garde bar Argo or omakase-style Mostly Harmless.

The big numbers: Public carriage doesn’t get abundant bigger than in Hong Kong, with 92 percent of respondents praising the city’s alteration system. For such a close city, beginning air additionally isn’t too far abroad – 72 percent of Hong Kongers said they had acceptable admission to attributes or blooming space. Tatum Ancheta, Time Out Hong Kong

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53. Doha

What makes us great: Ask anyone why they adulation active in Doha, and they’ll no agnosticism accompany up how clean the abode is (in fact, in this year’s Index, a whopping 87 percent of respondents said so). But added importantly, there’s endless of abundant being to see and do here, whether you adorned branch out to one of the city’s abounding cafés for breakfast (and we beggarly many, Doha’s coffee-and-cake ability is actually thriving), touring accessible art spots from Al Sadd Busline Base to Katara Cultural Village, or visiting a bar afterwards hours. Cull up a chair, constrict into a French acknowledgment and embrace the slower (and beneath stressful!) clip of activity Doha offers.

Visit now because: As Qatar prepares to host the World Cup in November, the city’s already ablaze art arena is about to get alike better. Amid now and the end of the year, 17 new exhibitions are set to open, including ‘Forever Valentino’. The immersive ablaze accession from Pipiliotti Rist at the National Building of Qatar (which opened aback in March) is decidedly stunning.

The big numbers: As able-bodied as rating the burghal awful for cleanliness, locals anticipate activity in the burghal is about appealing stress-free (just 18 percent said it was a demanding abode to be). —Dianne Apen-Sadler, Time Out Doha

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