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The World's Best Cities

Where People Want to Be

Travel+Leisure has compiled its 22nd annual list of the world's best cities, as voted by users worldwide. Florence and Rome are the only two cities in the "Hall of Fame" for making the list ten years in a row.

Rank

City

Score

1

Hoi An, Vietnam

90.39

2

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

90.23

3

Chiang Mai, Thailand

89.56

4

Mexico City, Mexico

89.30

5

Oaxaca, Mexico

89.16

6

Ubud, Indonesia

89.08

7

Tokyo, Japan

88.95

8

Kyoto, Japan

88.42

9

Florence, Italy

88.26

10

Udaipur, India

87.80

Source: Travel+Leisure, 2019
World's Best City, San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende in Mexico

What Makes a Top City

Obviously the list here is going to be a bit biased towards best tourist cities, as it's polled from a travel magazine. It won't feature things like the job market, school system, and other telltale economic markers that people look for. Travel + Leisure asked readers to review their experiences in different cities based off of set criteria. These included sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and "overall value." A top city on this list is one with an abundance of stuff to do, things to see, and a distinct character.

Some Common Elements

The cities that made the list this year all have a few things in common. Cities that rank highest tend to be accessible to pedestrians, tend to have abundant greenery, and have well-preserved historical sites. These features have drawn more and more visitors to Asia, which is represented more in 2019 than in any year prior. 

 

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