TimeOut has released its fifth annual listing of the world’s best cities, according to the people who live in them.
Edinburgh, Scotland, takes the top spot, while Cape Town — Africa’s second-highest-ranking city — comes in at number 11. The list ranks the 53 best Cities.
Every year, TimeOut quizzes thousands of city-dwellers worldwide about life in their hometown right now:
We want to know about the restaurant scene 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 idea is to create a global snapshot of city living, and point people in the direction of the places locals are really raving about.
Here is what the people who live in Cape Town have to say about our City:
What makes us great: Good food, culture, mountains, beaches, nightlife – you can do it all in Cape Town. Few cities are better for outdoorsy types, what with all the excellent swimming spots, from Clifton and Camps Bay on the Atlantic side to Muizenberg and Simon’s Town on the Indian. Not to mention all the hiking opportunities offered up by the likes of Newlands Forest, Cecilia Forest and Kirstenbosch Garden (93 percent of locals described their city as beautiful, the second highest in the world, and for good reason). Head back into town, order a boerewors (hot dog) roll and you’ll basically be in heaven.
Visit now because: Cape Town nurtures theatre-making, and it shows. The city is known for its dance and experimental works – hit up the Baxter Theatre or Artscape.
The big numbers: Eighty-seven percent of those polled in Cape Town said it was easy to relax – more than anywhere else in the world. Meanwhile, 93 percent said they rated the city highly for the variety of things to do.
To see who else made the list click HERE.