Time Out, in partnership with Tapestry Research, surveyed 34,000 city-dwellers to rank the best cities in the world to visit right now.
The questions asked to reveal the world’s best cities are about food, drink, culture, nightlife, community, neighbourhoods, overall happiness and other factors, such as their city’s beauty, affordability and convenience. Then the same set of questions are answered by Time Out’s global network of editors and experts and all results are created the definitive ranking of the world’s best cities in 2019.
New York tops the list, followed by Melbourne, Chicago, London and Los Angeles. These are the best cities for 2019 to visit that offers unbeatable combination of excellent food and drink, culture, fun and entertainment.
New York tops the list as the most diverse city in the world and has the best culture: a huge 91% say there is always something to do or see in the so-called ‘capital of the world’. New Yorkers are proud of their diversity and acceptance which they will celebrate in 2019 with WorldPride.
In second place, Melbourne ranks highly across the board for happiness, creativity, eating and live music.
Chicago is at number three, but second to none in the rankings for eating, drinking, fun and happiness. In fact, it is the happiest city in the world, with 85% of residents saying they have felt content in the last 24 hours. When it comes to food and drink, Chicagoans can’t speak highly enough of their dining and imbibing scenes, and more than anywhere else, its residents simply think their city is unbeatable (98% said it was great).
Despite the current political uncertainty ahead of Brexit, Londoners are proud of their city when it comes to culture, food and live music. London proved itself as a diverse, multicultural and creative city in the ranking. The unpredictability of Brexit also doesn’t seem to be putting off travellers, as London is following right behind Tokyo and New York as the city most want to visit this year.
Completing the top five of this year’s Time Out Index ranking of the best cities and showing that some long-held stereotypes are true is Los Angeles: full of happy, meditating and mindfulness-practising residents who describe their city as creative, diverse and dynamic. Angelenos are the most likely to dine out among residents of any U.S. city, thanks to an exciting food scene that has finally caught the attention of the rest of the world.
The world’s best cities right now, according to the Time Out Index 2019:
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Find out more about the Time Out Index at timeout.com/timeoutindex